Top 10 Wedding Dress Shopping Mistakes

There are many common mistakes brides make when they come wedding dress shopping – often because they are underprepared or unwilling to think beyond the ideal vision that they have in their head. But wedding dress shopping needn’t be stressful, or fruitless, or time-consuming. Here are our top 10 mistakes that brides make when shopping for a wedding dress – try to avoid these and you should be fine!

1. Not knowing their budget

Unless you really do have an unlimited amount to spend, you should have an idea of what you can afford. Obviously your budget will go a lot further if you choose to shop for discount wedding dresses, from a factory outlet or discount designer store, but you still need to know what your limit is.

2. Not considering extra costs

When you budget for your outfit, you need to remember that you will be wearing more than just a dress! You need to consider your shoes, underwear, a veil if you will be wearing one, any jewellery you don’t already own (I’m guessing most of us didn’t have a tiara before we got married!), and even your hair and make up should be included.

3. Bringing too many people

You should definitely bring someone. Many people bring their mum and a sister or a close friend. Whoever you choose, they should be people you trust to give an honest opinion but also not try to influence you to choose a dress they like rather than the one you like! Any more than two people and you’re going to end up with too many different viewpoints, which can get confusing for you. Besides, you want your wedding dress to be a surprise for as many people as possible on the big day!

4. Getting all made up to come wedding dress shopping

Okay, so wedding dress shopping feels more special than normal shopping, but there really is no need to get all dressed up for us! You should make sure that you are wearing a well-fitting bra if you are likely to need extra support under your wedding dress, but apart from that, casual is fine. In fact, we would prefer you didn’t wear any make up that could get smudged off on to the dresses.

5. Shopping too early (or too late!)

Shopping too late is less of a concern for shopping at wedding dress factory outlets, for example, as these dresses don’t need to be made from scratch for you, but you should still aim to leave enough time for any alterations. As for shopping too early, you really need to at least have the wedding date booked, and preferably the venue, as both of these decisions will influence what style of dress you choose. Also, if you aren’t ready to make the purchase, you could fall in love with a dress that isn’t available when you have the money ready.

6. Not having done a bit of research before

It’s all very well having an open mind as to what style of dress you want, but you should have some idea about what you like. Knowing your venue will help (beach weddings have a very different dress code to church weddings!), but take the time to look at some pictures and see what appeals to you. Perhaps you prefer plainer dresses to the more detailed ones, or a detachable train to a built in one. If you have no idea where to start, it can be a bit bewildering to look at all the wedding dresses on the rails!

7. Only trying one style on

Conversely, being adamant you will only try on white strapless ballgowns, may mean you miss out on a dress that would suit you more, as well as restricting your choice somewhat.

8. Trying to buy a smaller size saying “I’ll lose weight before the wedding”

It’s so easy to say, but not as easy to achieve, and while we’re not saying that you won’t lose weight before your big day, it is worth remembering that most dresses can be taken in by as many as four sizes without affecting the style. Letting a dress out is much more difficult, and if it is possible, you will only be able to let it out by one size. So choose a dress that fits now, and have it taken in when you lose that weight!

9. Forgetting they have to spend a whole day in the dress

This sounds obvious, but many people will try a dress on and decide to buy it without even trying to sit down in it. The wedding dress is for more than just the ceremony, so think about how comfortable it will be to wear while sitting down, eating and even dancing in. This is particularly important with corset style bodices that can be restricting, and fishtail dresses, which if too closely fitted can stop you being able to sit down at all!

10. Buying a dress you don’t love

This is YOUR dress. It should be the dress that you keep comparing all other dresses to (I still do this 4 years after my wedding, and so far, I still love my wedding dress more than any other!). Choosing a dress because it made your mother well up, or just because it has a coloured trim that will match the bridesmaid’s dresses is really not advisable. You aren’t planning to do this more than once, so make sure to buy the wedding dress of your dreams.

Choosing the Colour of Your Wedding Dress

White wedding dresses aren’t the only choice when it comes to modern bridalwear! More and more brides are choosing coloured and patterned wedding gowns to show their individuality and colour-theme their wedding. Choosing a coloured wedding gown can add an extra dimension to your wedding look, and each different colour has different meanings and significances that you might want to take into account when making your decision.

Blue

Light blue is a calming and serene colour, reflecting the colour of the ocean and the sky, whereas deep and dark blues are sumptuous and give the appearance of quality and wealth. Electric and bright blues are dynamic and make a real statement, but beware of overusing blues as they can also create a cold atmosphere.

Yellow

Yellow brings to mind the brightness of summer, flowers and sunshine, and is uplifting and full of youthful optimism. For a more mature look, use golden yellows to create a glamorous atmosphere for your wedding. Yellow is a stimulating and creative colour and is perfect for an energetic, outdoor summer wedding. Recent wedding trends pair yellow with grey for beautiful, understated wedding gowns.

Green

Green is the colour of spring and new beginnings as well as the natural world and, more recently, anything ‘eco’ themed. Great for an outdoor wedding, green is a tranquil, peaceful and refreshing tone. Green is a popular colour for bridesmaid’s dresses, too.

Orange

Orange is a strong, autumnal colour, which can be bold or earthy, depending on the tone. A warming colour, orange is becoming more popular in its muted shades, for example peach or terracotta, both of which add a subtle interest to a wedding outfit. Bright oranges are fun and flamboyant and are sure to raise a smile on your wedding day!

Purple

Purple has a regal history, and gives a sense of luxury and elegance to a wedding dress. Use dark shades sparingly, however, to avoid overwhelming with such a strong tone. Lighter tones of purple are uplifting, and are often chosen by creative people.

Red

Red is traditionally the colour of love, and it is has a warming, romantic effect. The use of red for your wedding dress will make you the centre of attention, either as a block colour or used as an accent on a predominantly white dress. Dark reds are a perfect choice for an intimate winter wedding.

Brown

Browns and beiges are becoming more popular as wedding dress colours, especially when choosing a vintage wedding dress. Brown is an earthy, traditional and organic colour, giving a feeling of wholesomeness and stability. Vintage wedding gowns are often made in subtle, delicate tones of brown, beige and peach, and you can accessories wonderfully with this colour by using lace, pearls and wooden beads.

Black

Don’t be afraid of a black wedding dress! Black is a sophisticated and classic colour for a dress, especially if you are having a clean-cut, contemporary wedding, or a black tie affair. Black is a strong, authoritative colour, and of course pairs excellently with white for a twist on the traditional.

You can experiment with colour when choosing your wedding gown in many ways:

  • Some wedding dresses are all one colour, with detailing in lace, beadwork or different textures and structure.
  • You might want to stick to a white or pale wedding gown and use touches and accents of colour in the form of a sash or buttons, shoes or a bolero.
  • Think about accessorising with colour, from shoes to headwear, jewellery or an umbrella!
  • Match your wedding dress’s colour to your groom’s outfit, or your bridesmaids, bouquet or even your venue’s decor.
  • Why not go for a pattern or print rather than a plain colour?
  • Ombre shading is a very popular trend right now, as seen in Gwen Stefani’s pink wedding dress, which grew darker from top to bottom.
  • Find two colours which complement each other and work your wedding theme around them, perhaps one for your wedding dress and one for your groom!

How to Find the Best Nantucket Wedding Photographer

Modern photography is more than traditional photos in traditional settings. It is taking photography to the next level and bringing printed memories to life no matter where they might be. Photography has advanced; you no longer need massive amounts of equipment that made handling wedding ceremonies or receptions in unusual locations. The first step in finding the best Nantucket wedding photographers is to know what you want.

Having the Idea

It is a good idea to give your photographer an idea of what you want to create. The clearer your idea the better the photographer will be able to see what you want and let you know the best way to accomplishing your goal. You do not have to have the entire event planned perfectly when you go to talk to the photographers.

It is a good idea however, to have the basics. Modern photography has made it easier for photographers to meet the needs of their clients. Finding the best Nantucket wedding photographers starts with finding the photographers that can help make your idea into reality. If you do not know for sure a photographer generally has a great idea about the various venues available in the area.

Venues such as The White Elephant, an elegant but intimate hotel located on Nantucket Harbor or Wade Cottages are available. In addition, there are locations such as the Quaker Meeting House and Nantucket Whaling Museum and the beautiful historic Hadwin house garden. All of these locations are ideal wedding venues and your photographer may help you choose the perfect venue for what you want.

Choosing What You Want

Choosing what you want to have recorded is the second set to finding the best photographer to shoot your wedding. Some people only want the traditional wedding photographs in formalized settings. Other people may want their photographer to be in charge of the traditional photos but also want photos of the receptions and guests such as the toasts and firsts dances.

Other couples may want candid shots such as getting ready for the wedding, arriving at the venue. Some may want pictures of the event hall or reception being decorated and set up or candid shots of the reception as the guests celebrate.

Everyone is different and the best Nantucket wedding photographers are the ones that can accommodate whatever you want. Generally, more than one photographer will meet these requirements, the choice comes down to two additional requirements.

Additional Requirements

The first Nantucket wedding photographers need to have is price. You want to be able to afford to have all the pictures you want of your wedding day. You do not want to have to compromise.

You also want to feel comfortable with your photographer especially if they are going to be taking candid shots. This means they are going to be all over the place and around everyone. You want to make sure that everyone feels comfortable. Choosing the right Nantucket wedding photographers is not as difficult as it used to be. Modern photography has opened the way for photographers to handle everything from candid shots to traditional weddings.