1. Bringing an Entourage - It's hard to know if the reality TV shows have influenced the bride and convinced her that she needs to have a dozen opinions about her wedding gown before she can make a choice. If it isn't the TV shows then there must be something in the water. It is not a good idea to show up with a crowd. It is stressful for the bride and adds very little to the efficiency of the day. Most consultants will caution the bride to bring at most - her best friend, her mother and maybe one other person whose opinion she values. Unless the bride to be has promised grandma that she can have the final word on the bride's gown in return for paying for it, try to keep the crowd down. For practical matters, many bridal shops are simply not equipped to deal with 8- 10 extra people with each bridal party. Do yourself a favor and take only those few persons whose opinion you value.
2. Shopping too Early - We know that brides are excited to begin the search for THE GOWN, but more than 12 months in advance is seen as a hindrance rather than a blessing. Styles can (and will) change, your tastes may change, your plans may change. Before the great gown search begins, you should have a good handle on your wedding budget, the venues for the ceremony and reception and the kind of wedding you have in mind. Certainly buy the wedding magazines, start thinking about your wedding themes and potential sites, but until things are locked down and you know how much you can spend and the sites you've chosen, it is better to wait.
3. Trying on too many gowns - We all know brides who have found their gown after trying on only a couple of styles, but out of fear that they will miss some other gown if they don't shop around and try on dozens of gowns, they keep going from store to store. Some brides brag that they have tried on dozens of dresses. Others claim that it is fun to try on dozens at an equal number of wedding salons. But most experienced consultants suggest that trying on more than 7 or 10 tops, is a waste of time because gowns become "a sea of white" and the bride emerges confused not delighted.
4. Demanding the wrong size- Wedding gowns can run 1 to 2 sizes smaller than RTW. Don't get hung up on a specific size. Sizes can vary from designer to designer. Listen to the consultant who is assisting in the fitting room and remember that alterations are always easier when a gown has to be taken in rather than let out.
5. Being swayed by deep discount - Everyone likes a bargain and if the dress you love and must have is on sale, then good for you. But to buy your wedding gown solely because "it is such a fabulous deal" isn't the best idea. We always caution a bride against buying a dress she doesn't love just because it is on sale.
To insure that you shop for the best with the best, plan to shop for and purchase your gown at a full service bridal salon where the selection and service will make this once in a lifetime event a truly memorable one. Shop at a store that has been selected for membership in National Bridal Service.