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Wedding Dress Shopping Myths Debunked

Embarking on the journey to find the perfect wedding dress is an exciting and memorable experience for every bride-to-be. However, amidst the joy, there are often myths and misconceptions that can cloud the process. In this blog post, we aim to clear up some common wedding dress shopping facts, providing clarity and guidance to brides as they navigate this important aspect of wedding planning.



Myth: You'll Know "The One" Instantly

Reality: While some brides may experience that magical moment of finding "the one" instantly, many others take time to explore different styles and options. It's completely normal not to have a love-at-first-sight moment. Be patient, try on various dresses, and trust your instincts. Most people don't cry.


Bride wearing Capri by Richard Designs
© Weddings by Emma Olivia

Myth: Wedding Dresses Should Only Be White

Reality: The idea that wedding dresses must be white is a long-standing tradition, but it's not a strict rule. Brides today have a myriad of colour options to choose from, including ivory, champagne, blush, and even bolder hues. Select a colour that complements your skin tone, wedding theme and resonates with your personal style.


Myth: You Have to Stick to Tradition

Reality: Wedding dress traditions have evolved, and today's brides have the freedom to choose unconventional styles that reflect their personalities. Short dresses, jumpsuits, and coloured gowns are becoming increasingly popular. Don't be afraid to break free from traditional norms and choose a dress that makes you feel confident and authentic.


Bride in the bath wearing Capri wedding dress by Richard Designs
© Weddings by Emma Olivia

Myth: Shopping Early Isn't Necessary

Reality: Wedding dress shopping should ideally start early in the wedding planning process if you're looking for a made-to-order gown. Ordering a dress can take several months, and alterations can add extra time. Starting early ensures you have enough time for fittings and adjustments, reducing stress as your big day approaches.


Myth: You Must Bring a Large Entourage

Reality: While having your closest friends and family with you can be a wonderful experience, too many opinions can sometimes lead to confusion and overwhelm. Consider bringing a small, supportive group whose opinions you trust. Remember, the final decision is yours, and you should feel comfortable and beautiful in your chosen dress.


Bride wearing Capri by Richard Designs
© Weddings by Emma Olivia

Myth: Alterations Can Fix Everything

Reality: While a skilled seamstress can work wonders, it's crucial to choose a dress that fits well from the start. Minor alterations are common, but major changes might alter the overall look and feel of the gown. When shopping, prioritise dresses that flatter your body shape to minimise the need for extensive alterations.



Wedding dress shopping is a unique and personal experience for every bride, and they should approach this process with confidence and an open mind. Remember, the perfect wedding dress is the one that makes you feel beautiful and captures the essence of your special day. Happy shopping!

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