The Dos & Don’ts of Wedding Dress Shopping


Wedding gown shopping can be a simultaneously stressful and joyous occasion; with so many gowns to choose from, dollars at stake and opinions weighing in, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Here are my top wedding gown shopping dos and don’ts to help the bride avoid stress, find the gown of her dreams and have fun in the process…

DO bring an indomitable pal with you to the boutique to act as your personal advocate, asking the uncomfortable questions, such as “can you do any better with the price?” and insisting that the seamstress readjust the hemline when she sees you’re not 100% happy with it. 

DON’T bring a loudmouth sourpuss who will overwhelm you with her opinion and find something wrong with every gown.
DO tweak minor dress details. Many wedding gowns are made-to-order, so customizations, such as softening the sweetheart neckline, elongating the train and removing gaudy appliqués, are not only acceptable they’re expected. 


buy a dress that you’ve had to redesign beyond recognition in order to love. 

DO choose a gown that flatters your figure, suits your personality, complements your venue and makes you feel like a stunning bride. 
DON’T settle for a gown that your mom (even if she’s paying for it) or best friend love, but that isn’t right for you.

DO ask a friend or family member you trust for a second opinion before making this momentous purchase.

DON’T crowd source your dress decision—if you ask enough people, you’ll find someone who doesn’t like your gown and that can be enough to make you second-guess your dream dress.

DON’T be afraid to sleep on it before purchasing the gown, no matter how pushy the salesperson may be.
DO follow your gut, make a decision and stick with it. There’s no room for second guessing in bridal gown shopping.

DON’T doubt if a gown you love is “the one” just because you didn’t tear up like the brides on “Say Yes to the Dress.”

DO know that no matter what you wear on your wedding day, you will be glowing and gorgeous and your groom will find you the most beautiful woman on earth.


2 Comments on The Dos & Don’ts of Wedding Dress Shopping

  1. elle
    January 29, 2014 at 4:40 pm (4 years ago)

    Maggie , Great advice on this subject, I will only add this:
    Don’t loose 11 pounds 3 weeks before the wedding unless you have a seamstress who is readily available !!
    Loved this post ,
    XX, Elle

  2. Maggie Winterfeldt
    February 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm (4 years ago)

    hahah so true!! Brides have a bad habit of shrinking around their wedding date!