Practical Steps to Getting the Dress of Your Dreams

Whether you want a big, fancy wedding or a small, quiet one, the right dress is essential to every wedding. This is, after all, the dress to end all dresses, so you want to remember it as perfect. All brides-to-be have to choose a dress, which may seem challenging, but there are ways to make the process less stressful.

You can be sure that this guide will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to pinpoint the dress of your dreams without second-guessing yourself.

Here are five steps to finding your dream wedding dress:

1. Try to Keep Your Budget Realistic

It’s silly to fall in love with an outfit you can’t afford. A budget will help you find and buy the dress of your dreams. You should also consider how much it will cost to fix your clothes if they don’t fit right.

Find out how much the dress will cost and how to fix it before you buy it. Changes can be expensive, so they must be considered in the budget. You can also change the bustle based on the type of dress. Four months before the wedding, the dress needs one to three alterations.

Set a budget based on the accessories and parts of the dress. Do you ever picture yourself in expensive shoes? You should finish your dress. Do you know the cost of buying the veil you’ve wanted since you were a child? You can set a more accurate budget if you plan the accessories and details ahead of time. 

2. Decide What the Vibe of Your Wedding Dress Will Be

Researching wedding dresses is essential. Thankfully, it’s fun research. Gather your favourite outfits. Look for similarities among the styles you like. See a specific colour, cut, or designer? Note them.

Have you considered a Cinderella-worthy wedding dress? Or an essential but elegant look? Looking for a stylish pantsuit? Knowing your wedding style helps reduce time-consuming alternatives and buying frustration.

In the same manner, consider what you don’t want. You enjoy long sleeves, but they won’t work for your July wedding. Remember this. Once you know your style, you can select the right outfit.

3. Start Looking for a Dress as Soon as You Can

If you want to change the neckline or train of the dress or add beads or lace, it can take even longer, so make sure you give yourself enough time. Short on time? Ask your consultant if you can get your dress faster for an extra fee, or think about going to a sample sale, where brides can get off-the-rack styles for up to 80%.

4. Limit Who You Are Bringing to Your Dress Shopping Trips

It might be tempting to ask everyone what the essential fashion purchase of your life will be, but the more people you ask, the more likely you feel overwhelmed or confused. Bridal experts say you should bring two or three family members, but no more than five. Instead, save the crowds for when you are getting fitted. 

5. Choose What Feels Just Right for You

While wearing your wedding gown, you should feel radiant and at ease. Your mother, maid of honour, or anyone else cannot make this decision for you. But what if you still don’t know if it’s “The One?”

Try donning a veil and visualizing yourself walking down the aisle in this gown as if it were your wedding day. If you don’t want to remove it after answering “yes,” your search has ended. 


Brides often select the dress that everyone else thinks looks best on them instead of the one that makes them feel like the best version of themselves. Remember to trust your gut. You’ll know you’re right if it’s the one you don’t want to take it off.

Wilkins Bridal is the best bridal boutique you could ever visit, thanks to the combined expertise of the founders, who have been in the bridal industry for over 30 years. We have the largest variety of wedding dresses in Christchurch and the South Island, and we offer private, one-on-one bridal consultations. Contact us today and look gorgeous for the singular moment in their lives that will live on forever!

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