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How to Start Your Wedding Dress Journey: A Beginner's Guide

Updated: Jun 22, 2023

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Are wedding bells near? If you’ve recently gotten engaged, you’re probably just getting started with your wedding dress search and all the other planning for the big day. As you get started on the exciting journey of finding your dream wedding dress, it's important to start off on the right foot. Finding the right bridal boutique, for starters, is high on the list of priorities, but there are several things to consider before your first bridal gown consultation.

With so many options and things to consider, the process can feel pretty overwhelming. But finding the right wedding dress should be a wonderful experience you’ll cherish when you look back on all the memories from your wedding day! So in this beginner’s guide, we'll walk you through the four essential steps to kick-start your wedding dress journey and make the process a breeze once you go for your first fitting appointment. So, let's dive in!

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Timing is Everything

When it comes to wedding dress shopping, timing is key! We cannot stress this point enough! Some bridal stores take 6 – 8 months just to order the dress, while at Ansuné Bridal, located at 4/490 Mahoneys Road, Campbellfield, VIC 3061, we typically take around 5 months (depending on the brand). However, it's recommended to start gathering inspiration and looking for dresses at least 1 year to 10 months before your wedding day. This gives you plenty of time to browse for the right shop, research brands, try on dresses, and get alterations done well in time before the wedding. That way, this portion of the wedding planning will be a stress-free experience. So remember, finding the perfect dress takes time. Plan ahead by putting this at the top of your to-do list for wedding preparations.

Undergarments Matter

An easy detail to overlook is what goes on underneath your wedding dress! Before the search begins, it’s essential to know what undergarments you’re going to wear on the big day. Also, be sure to take them to all of your fittings. The right undergarments can make a significant difference in how the dress looks and fits.

Opt for nude-coloured panties, bras, and/or shapewear. Be sure to pick items that are seamless and match your skin tone, to ensure there are no visible details that distract from the dress. Most importantly, make sure they’re comfortable since you’ll be wearing them for several hours! If nude isn't an option, white is the next best choice. For the bra, consider wearing a strapless bra or nipple covers to see the true effect of the dress on your silhouette. In some cases, you might even try on the dress without a bra to get a better sense of its fit and shape.

Look Online for Inspiration

Before diving into bridal gown appointments, you should do your homework first! Gather inspiration from several sources, so you have a general idea of styles, colours, and materials that catch your eye. Be sure to search online boutiques, bridal magazines, and platforms like Pinterest for ideas on different wedding dress styles and trends also don't forget to explore the benefits of customising your wedding dress to truly make it your own. Most importantly, however, be open to trying out various styles of dresses during your fitting appointments. Dress variety is often overlooked, but extremely helpful to have at the bridal shop you choose. While you might have a specific style in mind, don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try on dresses that surprise you. What you’re fixated on might not flatter your body type, or you might even fall in love with a style you hadn't considered before!

A bride standing in front of the two big doors

Match the Dress to the Venue

When it comes to selecting the right wedding dress, it’s important to think about how it will match the atmosphere of your chosen venue. Around 90% of brides usually have their venue figured out or almost decided before they even start the search for the perfect wedding gown. This way, it’s at the top of your mind when hunting for THE dress. Imagine you’re exchanging vows on a beach, a huge ball gown might not make sense in this scenario. You’ll want to look for flowy, lightweight fabrics that match the beachy vibes! If you’re having a formal indoor wedding, then a more structured and elegant dress might be a better fit. Also, be sure to take into account the weather conditions at your venue on the wedding day. You might need something cooler or an accessory to cover up if you’re cold. Overall, let your venue be a guide of sorts in finding a dress that perfectly complements the overall aesthetic of your special day.

Start Your Wedding Dress Journey With Ansuné Bridal

By following these simple tips, you'll be well-equipped to begin the search for your dream bridal gown. Remember to give yourself enough time, wear the right undergarments during fittings, seek inspiration from various sources, and consider how your dress aligns with your chosen venue.

At Ansuné Bridal, we're here to support you every step of the way, offering a wide selection of exquisite dresses in all sizes and personalised assistance. Contact us today to book an appointment and embark on the unforgettable journey of finding your dream wedding dress.

If you're ever in Epping, Lalor, South Morang, Thomastown, Broadmeadows, Bundoora, Reservoir, Diamond Creek, Preston, Fawkner, Essendon, or nearby areas, hit us up and we'll be with you in finding that dream wedding dress and start your happily ever after.

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