When should I start looking for my wedding dress?

When should I start looking for my wedding dress?


Congratulations on your engagement. Now it’s time to start planning your wedding. And with so much to do, how do you know where to start?

Well isn’t it obvious? Your wedding dress, of course!

Whilst it is important to find a location and book a date for your special day, your wedding dress is one of the first things that you need to think about organising. The style, and look of your dress, will set the scene for the rest of your wedding day plans.

Did you buy the first wedding dress you tried on?

Did you know that 30% of brides buy the first gown they try on?

Because of the ability to complete so much of your research for your ideal wedding dress online, the chance that you will buy the first dress you actually try on is on the way up. Though don’t be so adamant that you are going to buy the first dress you try on, that you miss out on modelling a range of looks.

Buying your wedding dress is a fun and wonderful experience. Make sure you really savour the experience, by selecting a few different styles to wear. There is nothing more fun than feeling like a princess for a day, and getting to wear several different gowns, until you are sure which one is for you.

Before shopping for your perfect wedding dress, make sure you consider each of these factors in your planning ~


Allow time for your gown to be made.

If you are looking at designer wedding gowns, you could be looking at a 6-8 month lead time to have your order completed. This includes the alterations in the bridal store in lead up to your big day.

Make sure you know your budget.

Ensure that before you start looking for a dress, that you and your partner are in agreement for how much you can afford to spend on your wedding dress. This will save you a lot of worry when go shopping, as you will be able to try on dresses you know you can take home.

Give some thought to the look you are going for.

Whether it is a classic look, vintage inspired, strapless or modern, having done some research in magazines and online will help make your decision easier as you search for the one.


But most of all, enjoy the time you have in choosing your dress. It is an amazing moment in your life, where you can dream about what your big day is going to look like. Remember, the day is really about being able to walk down the aisle to join your partner – and start your life together as a couple.