Choosing the Right Wedding Gown: 9 Tips Every Bride Should Know

Many young girls dream about the day when they get to walk down the aisle. Is your dream finally coming true? Because all eyes will be on the bride, you definitely want to be the belle of the ball. Plus, given the endless photos that will be taken of you, you certainly want to look your best. As a result, it’s understandable why you might find the process of wedding dress shopping overwhelming.

Given the endless shops of bridal dresses Melbourne has to offer, knowing which one to pick can be pretty stressful. We’ve taken the liberty to outline a few tips that you need to keep in mind to help you purchase the wedding dress of your dreams.

Do Some Research

Finding a wedding gown isn’t as easy it sounds. It’s not every day that you must distinguish between three shades of white when buying a dress!

If you’re among the lucky few, you might experience the classic love-at-first-sight scenario with your wedding dress. For most, you need to actively look for the perfect dress.

To make the process easier for you, research around the different wedding gowns Melbourne bridal stores have to offer. Go through bridal magazines, websites or TV shows to learn about what’s available to you and get some inspiration. Learn about the different fabrics and styles & pick what’s right for you.

Compile a Folder

Based on your research, you can compile a folder with pictures of gowns that appeal to you the most. This can help you determine what kind of dress you’re drawn to. Is it the gowns with the lacy detail, stunning embellishments or open backs?

The process helps you streamline your search based on the commonalities and styles that you like. When you get to your first appointment, you’ll have a clear idea of what you’re looking for.

Call the Shops Before You Go

Remember that you’re likely to try on countless dresses. But it doesn’t mean that you need to visit each and every bridal store you see. Rather call in beforehand to find out if the store has the designers, price range or styles you want. Find out if the store sells bridal accessories so that you can possibly buy everything from the same place.

Once you’ve identified the shop, you can go ahead and schedule your appointment. Opt for a weekday when the shops are less likely to be busy. But make sure that your appointment isn’t during lunch hour to avoid feeling rushed.

Go with Backup

Where possible don’t go wedding dress shopping on your own. Go with your maid of honour, best friend or mum—anyone who can give you a second opinion. At most, keep your dress-shopping crew to two people. But pick people who understand your taste and will give you an honest opinion. Go with people whose judgment you trust.

Also, take a few back-up accessories with you such as the shoes or bras you’re likely to wear on the day in question. Are you planning on wearing that stunning necklace you got from your grandmother? Take it with to your dress fittings to have an idea of the final look.

Try the Affordable Dresses First

When you visit the stores, don’t necessarily go for the most expensive dress you see. Rather start with the most affordable and one work your way upwards. You might find the perfect dress before you get to the bank-breakers.

The Right Fit is Important

When trying on your dresses, focus on the fit as opposed to size. Bridal wear often runs smaller. Make sure that you buy the one that fits you now and avoid buying a smaller size with the hopes of losing weight. After all, it’s easier and less expensive to alter a gown to a smaller size than the other way around.

Consider the Fabric

When it comes to finding the right fit, consider the fabric that the dress is made of. The fabric will make all the difference regarding how the dress will actually look on you.

Structured fabric such as taffeta and lace are likely to shape & smooth your figure. Unstructured fabric such as chiffon is less flattering especially if you have curves.

Get Your Contract in Writing

Before paying that 50% deposit make sure that you get the contract in writing. Carefully go over details such as when the dress will be available, cancellation policy and alteration costs. You want to know what you’re getting into to avoid breach of contract.

Once you’re satisfied with the price, designer, colour and style of the dress you can go ahead & sign on the dotted line.

Fully Take Advantage of the Dress Fittings

With wedding dresses, you’re likely to need two or three dress fittings for necessary adjustments. But don’t be afraid to ask for more if you still need a few more tweaks on your dress.

Schedule the last fitting a week or two before the wedding day. Can you move—or dance—easily in the dress? Is it comfortable? Can you lift your arms up with ease? (Remember you need to throw the bouquet effortlessly). Only leave the shop when you’re completely satisfied.


Are you ready to go wedding dress shopping? Follow the tips outlined and we’re certain you’ll get the wedding dress you’ve always wanted.