When he first pops the question, most women immediately have a vision in their minds of how they’ll look as they stride down the aisle. You may have planned your dream wedding dress since you were five – or maybe you’re panicked thinking about what to wear now that the day has finally arrived!
If you’re not a celebrity in Hollywood, then your wedding dress will probably be the most expensive piece of clothing you ever own – unless you take the budget route and cut costs on your gown.
Making this decision requires careful consideration. The wedding dress industry is booming with competitors who want your business – so you’ll have plenty of wedding dresses to choose from – from Cinderella gowns to trendy colorful wedding dresses that part from traditional gowns.
Before you even go shopping, ask yourself what the single most important factor is when shopping for your wedding dress. Is it cost? Quality? Designer status? Fit? Or sheer availability?
When considering which wedding dress to buy, you have to also think about what season you’ll be married in. And if it’s too soon for a custom-made gown, then you may have to buy something off-the-rack.
The average cost of a wedding dress is $700. But it’s safe to say you can find used wedding dresses for much less – or pay thousands of dollars for your dream dress if you want to. Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, spent $200,000 on her dream dress!
After you set a budget for your wedding dress, think about the style and fit that you want. Is it going to be a formal affair or a casual family-only ceremony?
The level of formality will usually dictate how ornate your wedding dress is – but remember that it’s your day – so even if you have haystacks and a Bar-B-Q in the backyard for your wedding, if you want to wear a decorative wedding dress with a 10-foot train, you should!