Do’s and Don’ts of Wedding Dress Shopping

Apr 10, 2021

A woman trying on a wedding dress.

The moment you have been waiting for has arrived; your significant other has proposed! Now it is time to get into wedding planning mode and begin making arrangements. After you have tackled the venue, the perfect floral centerpieces, and the guest list, it is time for wedding dress shopping! But before you head over to your favorite bridal boutique or bridal shop, here are some helpful dos and don’ts of wedding dress shopping according to the event planners at our South Florida wedding venue

How to Shop for a Wedding Dress 

Finding the right wedding dress takes time; trying on wedding dresses is only half the fun. We have hosted our fair share of weddings here at Deer Creek Golf Club and have seen some wedding dress disasters unfold. To ensure you have the bridal gown of your dreams, here are a few wedding dress shopping tips. 

DO Bring People You Trust to Watch You Try on Wedding Dresses

When you’re wedding dress shopping, be sure you have a supportive entourage that you trust. As a bride, you will not only want honest opinions about the different wedding dress styles you try on but people who will support you no matter what dress you choose, even if it wasn’t their first choice. Surround yourself with people that will bring you back to Earth in honest and supportive ways. 

DON’T Try on Wedding Dresses in the Middle of the Afternoon  

If you know you will be shopping for a wedding dress with a big crowd, book the bridal salon’s first appointment of the day. This gives you the opportunity to complete your wedding dress shopping before the salon gets too busy. You will not feel overwhelmed and will most likely be able to try on more wedding gowns. 

DO Have an Idea of What a Dream Wedding Dress Looks Like

Save time running through countless dresses by going into the bridal shop with an idea of what you may be looking for. Are you searching for a lace wedding dress? Something blush or ivory? This will give your wedding dress consultant a general idea of which wedding dresses to pull and which ones to skip. You can peruse bridal magazines and try some of the latest wedding dress trends to start helping you visualize your dream gown. 

Not sure what wedding dress to wear on your big day? We recommend trying on at least one ball gown, one fit-and-flare gown, and an A-line wedding dress to start. This can give you a better idea of what style of wedding dress you feel great in to help you narrow down your selection. 

DON’T Judge a Wedding Dress On a Hanger

When wedding dress shopping, don’t judge any wedding dress on its hanger. Oftentimes brides will overlook a beautiful gown because of the way it looks simply hanging.  While it may not feel right at first glance, trust your bridal consultant and give it a shot; the bridal consultant will know that a gown looks much better on a body compared to how it looks on the hanger. Who knows, this may just be the wedding dress of your dreams!

DO Add Accessories When Trying On a Wedding Dress 

Accessories can change an entire look, so when you’re shopping for a wedding dress, bring accessories you will want to include in your wedding such as an heirloom that’s been passed down from generation to generation, like a veil or tiara. We also recommend bringing a wide range of different jewelry to get an idea of how it all looks together with the dress. You won’t regret it! 

DON’T Be Afraid to Say No to a Wedding Dress

Keep in mind that you are shopping for YOUR dream wedding dress. Although your consultant at the bridal shop is the expert and your loved ones want you to look great on your wedding day, you are allowed to decline a dress. Don’t feel pressured to choose a dress your family and friends love if you don’t feel the same way about it. If you cannot picture yourself walking down the aisle in the wedding dress you’re trying on, then it may not be the gown for you. You will make your consultant’s job easier by being honest about what you want.

Finding a Wedding Venue in South Florida

Finding the perfect dress and a fantastic venue are two of the biggest tasks in wedding planning! Whether you hire a wedding planner or do it yourself, Deer Creek Golf Club offers beautiful views of our pristine golf course and a delicious menu for weddings and other events hosted at our event spaces and ballrooms in South Florida!

Contact us today to find out more about our wedding venue packages and inquire about the golf lessons we offer and golf club membership deals for some pre-wedding fun in the sun! 

Additional Reading: 

Creating a Wedding Budget 

5 Things to Consider When Planning a Destination Wedding

Wedding Favors Guests Will Love