How to Choose a Wedding Dress

Choosing a wedding dress is both exciting and stressful. Maybe you’ve had a dream dress in mind since you were a child or maybe you’ve never given it any thought. Either way, there are many factors to consider when you are choosing your wedding dress.

I can personally attest that I never had a dream dress growing up. When it came time to start wedding dress shopping I went in open minded.

I truly believe because I wasn’t overthinking finding the right dress, I enjoyed the process more.

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The day I choose my wedding dress!
wedding dress shopping

My Experience Choosing a Wedding Dress

I may be biased, but I highly recommend dress shopping at Modern Trousseau. Their dresses are sold in 14 states between Flagship stores and luxury retailers.

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modern trousseau
Veil and shawl options!
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modern trousseau
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wedding belts

Unlike your traditional bridal boutiques that take your measurements and order your dress size, Modern Trousseau custom designs your wedding dress to your body!

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My third dress fitting.
custom wedding dress
custom wedding dress

First, they create a muslin and then design your dress from the mock up.

I know what you’re thinking, how much do these dresses cost? Modern Trousseau has a wide range of price points. Take it from me, I was a bride on a budget!

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Wedding Day!!!

Steps to Take When Choosing a Wedding Dress

  1. Research bridal boutiques. Read reviews from past customers on Facebook, Yelp, The Knot, Wedding Wire, etc.
  2. Go in open minded. Try on a variety of wedding dress styles to determine what you are was most comfortable, confident and happy wearing.
  3. Shop early! Turnaround time can take months and that’s not including alterations.
  4. Determine your budget. Do not try on dresses that exceed your budget! Take tax and alterations in to account.
  5. Make an appointment, especially on the weekends!
  6. Bring the right individuals to your appointment. You want to enjoy the process and do not need added stress.
  7. Shop trunk shows for extra savings.
  8. Walk away if you are not ready to commit and choose your wedding dress that day.
  9. Choose the wedding dress that YOU like. Of course it is okay to get others opinions, but yours is what matters most!
  10. Utilize Pinterest for inspiration only. Do not get hung up on having a “Pinterest” wedding.
  11. Take the season in to account when choosing your dress.
  12. Add a belt for extra detail.
  13. Try on different veil lengths.


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