A women’s wedding dress is arguably one of the biggest statement pieces to be observed at a wedding. This outfit choice will be the very attire a bride wears the first time her fiancé, soon to be husband sees her in before they exchange vows. 

Prior to you saying YES TO THE DRESS, there are a few pro insider tips we thought we must share with you for when you are shopping for your wedding gown.


NV Tip  #1: 


Have an idea of the style, detailing and shape of your ideal dress. Have you checked Pinterest lately? There are SOO many different wedding gown looks, it can be overwhelming! You definitely don’t want to feel overwhelmed when you walk into a wedding gown boutique. Having a clear understanding of what you want and what you don’t want prior to shopping can save you a lot of time and frustration. 

With that being said, any dress you try on may surprise you, but here are a few things to think about prior to your big shop.


Do you want: 

A bold, voluminous ball gown or a sleek fit?

Any feminine bows in the front or back of the gown?

Sheer material, lace, or sparkles in the detailing? 

Sleeveless, thin strap, halter top, or 80’s inspired puffed sleeves? 

Unconventional colours or pure white?

Sky-high slits, fitted skirts, or a long flowing train on the bottom half. 

The more specific you can be with your wedding gown consultant the better! This will make your day less stressful and you will feel confident that you have picked the perfect dress when the various options come your way! 


NV Tip #2:


When shopping for a wedding gown, be prepared for bridal sizing! Often the gown’s size number will be 1 or 2 sizes higher than your regular clothes. Don’t let that horrify you! Trust your consultant, forget about the numbers, and enjoy the wonderful moments of your wedding journey. 


NV Tip #3:


Have a budget set!

It is important to have realistic expectations for what your budget can get you. The price of your dress will vary depending on the materials and fabrics used, the size, and make. 

Most gowns are polyester/satin, silk or velvet, or a combination of these. Silk is the most expensive option, satin being the cheapest fabric, and velvet falls in the middle to higher end price range. If you want to add any decorative touches like lace appliqués, beads, embroidery or rhinestones, this will cost you more as well. 

Lastly, you should also work in any potential alteration costs needed when picking a wedding dress as these are usually costly. 


NV Tip #4:


Start shopping 9-12 months in advance if you can. This also means making sure you have bridal salon appointments booked so you don’t miss out. 

The reason you want to be prepared to shop 9-12 months in advance is because gowns can take anywhere from 4-10 months to be produced, altered and shipped! If you leave dress shopping too last minute, you will need to be prepared to potentially pay extra fees for rushed services. 


NV Tip #5:


Bring appropriate undergarments and shoes.

There is nothing worse than trying on an outfit an not being able to envision the final look because you don’t have the right shoe, bra, or spanks to feel your absolute best. Nude coloured undergarments are the best, and be sure to bring a heel that is the height you’ll want to wear with your dress. 

Our experts and artists are here to help prepare you for your perfect day, during the months leading up to your wedding and on the day of. 

For more tips and ways to plan the perfect wedding, click the design your experience tab to learn more about how we can help create the most NV-ous wedding day for you !



Marissa from NV Bridal Société