If you are a bride who has begun shopping for your wedding dress and are wondering how you will ever decide on “the one”, you won’t want to miss the advice we have to share today. If you are shopping for your wedding dress and are stuck between two dresses and can’t decide on the final one you want to purchase, we have the tips and tricks you need to help you narrow down your selection.
At Lovella, we have seen it all and oftentimes have brides who are stuck between dresses and need assistance to narrow down to the final dress they will wear down the aisle. We are doing to share all the advice you need to keep in mind when you are shopping for your wedding dress and find yourself stuck between styles.
Video: Stuck Between Two Gorgeous Wedding Dresses? Here's How to Decide
If you are shopping for your wedding dress and wondering how you will ever narrow down the options to just one wedding dress, don't miss our advice video all about how to decide when you are stuck between two wedding dresses.
Top Two Choices
It is very normal to have some nervous feelings when you are shopping for your wedding dress. It’s not a situation you find yourself in everyday and there can be a lot of pressure put on brides when they are shopping for their dream wedding dress. We often hear from our brides that they are going to narrow down to their top three dresses and then make a final decision from those three wedding dresses.
We are here to help take some stress out of the wedding dress shopping experience. If you find yourself stuck in this position of narrowing down between wedding dresses that you love, our tips will help you out. The first step is to only have a top two. At the end of the day, you are only shopping for one dress so don’t plan on having a top three. Automatically one dress should be out. Don’t waste your time and energy debating three dresses when you are only in need of one wedding dress. Get down to your favorite two wedding dresses and then use our expert insight to make your final decision on the one dress you will wear down the aisle.
It’s very common for brides to have a hard time deciding on their wedding dress. It can be overwhelming trying on dress after dress to find the one that you love. Sometimes brides overanalyze their choices and find themselves in decision paralysis.
Another common scenario we see is brides falling in love with two different style wedding dresses. At Lovella, we often have Brides that find themselves in a fitted, sexy dress and in a ball gown and they just can't decide between the two. They’re so different in appearance that it can be hard to know what they really want and what they want to exude on wedding day.
Clear Your Mind
If you are a bride who finds yourself in between two dresses that are similar in style, that can be a different and challenging scenario to choose only one dress. Maybe you have decided that a fitted style is the best choice and you love a more modern style and also love a more traditional looking dress.
If you are caught between two similar dresses, it can be hard to know which is the right choice. How will you know what you want to wear six to eight months or even a year or more from the time you are buying your wedding dress? Our best advice if you are in this situation is to approach it with a clear and open mind. Don’t allow other people’s opinions to cloud your judgement. When deciding between your two favorite dresses, try to stay clear minded. Look at yourself in the mirror and look at the overall picture. Don’t analyze any specific feature of the dress, take in the whole vision of what you look like in the dress.
The most important thing is not just how you look but it's also how you feel in the dress. You want to walk down the aisle in the dress that makes you feel excited, beautiful and confident to marry your person in. That’s when you know you have found the right dress.
If you find a bridal dress that you can’t stop smiling in and you are exuding excitement, that’s your dress. None of the other things matter - pay attention to how you feel in the dresses you are trying on. The way you walk and talk and feel in an article of clothing sets the tone and carries your mood.
Think about a time where you had a night out and you loved what you were wearing and you were confident and felt beautiful. You were thriving and loved how you photographed. All of those things are what we're looking for on wedding day, just elevated.
A wedding dress is one of the most important articles of clothing you will ever wear so you need to be in something that you feel the most beautiful and confident in. Tune in to how you feel in each of your final two dresses because there may be a clear winner and it might not just be in looks.
Looking At Photos
One of our biggest pieces of advice for brides shopping for their wedding dress is to make their decision while they are in the dress. As mentioned above, you want the dress that makes you feel beautiful and confident and you can’t recreate that feeling by looking at photos. Decide which wedding dress you are purchasing while you are in the gown.
You don’t want to go home and analyze the photos you took of you in the dresses. You’ll be zooming in on certain aspects and can get over critical. This can lead to buyer’s remorse because you are making your decision outside of the dress and just by looking at photos of a dress that doesn’t fit you perfectly and is not the finished product.
You definitely want to take photos while you are trying on dresses so you can see how they photograph and look at a different angle, but the way a dress makes you feel is so much more important.
The cost of wedding dresses is also a common factor that brides have to consider when wedding dress shopping. If you are stuck between two bridal gowns, we encourage you to not make your final decision based on cost alone. We understand that a budget for your wedding dress has likely been set before you began shopping and you should certainly try your best to stick to that. But if you make your final dress decision based on cost alone, you could end up regretting your decision and second guessing your choice. If you choose the gown that is less expensive just to save money, but you really love the other dress, you may not be as happy on wedding day and you don’t want any regrets when it comes to your wedding day.
If you have the funds and budget available and you really can’t choose between two dresses, you always have the option to purchase both dresses and change your bridal outfit on wedding day. Reception bridal dresses are becoming more and more popular with brides who want to have a separate look from their wedding ceremony.
If possible, take the price of the dresses out of the equation and pretend that they are the same price. We have seen brides go with the less expensive dress because they're logical and practical but they didn't buy the dress that they loved. They end up walking down the aisle in a dress that they didn't love or worse off, they end up buying the other dress and now they've spent double all in.
More Helpful Wedding Dress Shopping Advice
We hope you have found this advice helpful when it comes to shopping for your wedding dress and knowing how to decide on your final dress if you might be stuck between two wedding dresses. For even more helpful advice when it comes to shopping for your dream wedding dress and finding your bridal style, be sure to check out our past posts:
- How Do You Know When You've Found the Right Wedding Dress?
- How To Avoid Wedding Dress Buyer's Remorse
- How To Maximize Your Wedding Dress Shopping Experience
If you're shopping for your perfect wedding dress, come visit us at Lovella Bridal in Glendale, CA. We carry wedding dresses in all sizes and styles, including plus-size bridal gowns and a full selection of veils and accessories. Lovella Bridal is the premier, luxury bridal wedding dress shopping boutique located in Los Angeles, California. Lovella features couture, feminine, modern and chic bridal gowns in all sizes from the best wedding dress designers. Schedule an appointment to find the wedding dress of your dreams at Lovella Bridal. We can't wait to help you!
About Wedding Fashion Expert
Our wedding dress shopping tips and advice are from Nayri, Lovella's own, in-house wedding fashion expert. Nayri is truly the expert when it comes to bridal fashion and wedding style. As the Wedding Fashion Expert, Nayri is the top bridal fashion stylist and the best-selling author of the book "I'm Getting Married And I Have Nothing To Wear," the ultimate guide to helping brides find their wedding day style and their perfect wedding dress. You can subscribe to her YouTube channel or listen to her podcast for more helpful and practical advice on wedding dress shopping.