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10 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Wedding Dress

Copplestones Bridal is based in Liverpool City Centre, and we have one of the most extensive collection of Designer Wedding Dresses in the North West of England with Gowns priced from £299 to £899, and our Amanda Wyatt collection with prices from £750 to £1499. Our team has a large amount of collective experience and we’ve created a list of the top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Wedding Dress:-

1. Bringing a large entourage

“I have always been a believer that the most a bride should bring when dress shopping is two people,” said Cristina DeMarco, of Bridal Reflections in New York. Just a Mum and maybe a sister or best friend who generally have the bride’s best interest at heart. 5 different opinions can often cause more problems than help, make it almost impossible to come to a consensus and it can take you farther away from what you actually want. Theresa Misso, a blogger, recently wrote about her dress shopping experiences and said, “When you’re standing there in a big dress, and random people in the store are ohh-ing and ahh-ing and all you want to do is take it off, you’ll need an honest, reliable companion to say, ‘I love it. But it’s just not you.” Your wedding dress is the most important dress you’ll ever wear, and it should be absolutely perfect.

2. Trying On Too Many Dresses

Most brides should try on between four and seven gowns and shouldn’t try more than 10, because it will lead to confusion. Often, a bride is trying on dress after dress because she’s just enjoying the shopping experience and defers making a commitment. The danger then is that she becomes overwhelmed with the choice and forgets what she really was looking for.The most common mistake that a bride makes is not purchasing her dream wedding dress when she finds it.

3. Deciding in advance on a style of gown

Looking through the magazines you may already have seen the ‘dress’ of your dreams, a sleek slim fitting gown – but it may not be your best look. Try it out, then listen to your consultant, Mum or friends. Ninety percent of brides leave with something completely different than what they had in mind when they walked in. If a bride has large hips, she might intend to avoid a fitted dress, but what she may not know is that a more fitted dress would show off her curves and fit beautifully. Your consultant knows her stock, if she suggests a gown, even if you don’t like the look of it, be open minded. Try it on as it might just be the dress of your dreams.

4. Demanding the Wrong Size

Wedding dresses are typically one or two sizes smaller than the high street, so don’t get hung up on a “number”. There’s no need to fixate on the actual size but instead on how the dress will fit, particularly after alterations.

5. Expecting it to fit without alterations

Some wedding dresses will be a perfect fit but a lot of brides intend to lose weight for the big day and it is important that your salon can provide alterations at the last minute. Any dress can be taken in, typically up to four sizes without affecting the look of the dress, but most can only be let out one or two full sizes. “If I had a pound for every person I have measured who said they were going to lose weight, I would be very rich!” says our Maxine. “There’s always something I can do, including putting extra fabric in the seams or adding a lace up back, so there’s no need to panic”

6. Looking at a dress-in-a-bag

If your bridal salon stocks its dresses in bags, remember, they all look more or less like “dresses in bags”. A wedding dress will look better out of the bag and on you. It’s impossible to tell what a dress will look like on just from seeing it on a hanger.

7. Buying online

Every week we hear horror stories from Brides buying wedding dresses online, with wrong fabric, wrong colour, wrong size, wrong style and no returns. The dresses may appear cheap but the truth is there are many cowboy companies out there, with one website saying that style, colour and size are not guaranteed. Add to this the chances of the fit being correct are remote. A brick-and-mortar store has actual dresses to try on, reputations to protect, and real people to help you.

8. Not choosing your store carefully

If you’re a plus-size bride, make sure the store carries a large amount of dresses that you can try on as very few salons do. With some stores your only option is to play “paper dolls” where size 12s are held up to your body. Hopeless! You need to find dresses to try on in the exact or similar size to try on. (We have over 60 plus sizes!)

9. Not wearing suitable underwear

Wearing suitable underwear is essential when going to try on wedding gowns. We recommend a strapless bra and, ideally, a body slimmer. Also no fake tan as you wouldn’t want to mark a brand new dress when you try it on

10. Waiting too long to buy your dress or shopping too early

Tricky one this! We have over 600 dresses that you could buy tomorrow and you could get married in the afternoon. On the other hand we can order in dresses that will take 6 – 8 months to produce. Although it may seem trite, the time to buy a dress is when you decide on it. A year in advance is not too soon to buy a gown, but if you start shopping more than 24 months in advance you are taking a risk that you will fall out of love with the dress. So the best advice is to visit bridal salons when you’re ready to buy, but, at the same time, don’t procrastinate.

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