Wedding-Dress Shopping: 3 Tips to Help You Get In and Out of the Bridal Shop in No Time

After you say yes to the proposal, it's time to start planning for the wedding. While a wedding planner can help you get the details and the logistics all figured out, it's up to you to find the wedding dress of your dreams to walk down the aisle in. Most brides usually start looking for and will decide on their wedding dress approximately 11 months before the wedding. This gives them plenty of time to make adjustments to the dress, lose weight to get to their ideal body size, and find the right type of jewelry and accessories to go with the dress. If you want to be able to get in and out of the bridal shop in no time instead of loitering around for hours upon hours, consider the following three tips.

Do Your Research and Have an Idea of What You Want

There are a vast number of different wedding-dress styles you can choose from. If you plan on trying on everything at a bridal shop, you'll be there for ages. To get in and out of the bridal shop in no time and find the perfect wedding dress of your dreams, do some online research before making an appointment at the bridal shop so that you have a vague idea of what you want. Consider the formality of the wedding and the wedding-dress style that would best fit the overall theme.

For example, if you're planning to have a traditional wedding, a ball-gown wedding-dress style is usually preferred, as the grand dress style is usually more compatible with the wedding style. A ball-gown wedding-dress style has more of a fairy-tale aura to it. On the other hand, straight dress styles tend to be more appropriate for casual weddings on the beach. You also need to consider whether a particular style will look more flattering on your body. Compare your body shape to the models' to get a better idea of how the dress style that speaks the most to you will look on you. Doing your research ahead of time will help you become familiar with what's out there and the correct terminology to use at the bridal shop.

Limit Your Entourage

Although most brides-to-be want to bring all their bridesmaids and friends along with them for wedding-dress shopping, a larger entourage will likely lead to more chaos and trouble. Not only will the bridal shop have to accommodate a larger party by setting aside more room for everyone, but it'll also take some time for everyone to settle down while you try on wedding dresses. This can greatly increase the length of time it takes for you to try on each dress.

In addition, if you bring a larger entourage with you, expect there to be a lot of discussion as everyone tries to give you their opinion of how a certain wedding dress looks on you. You might feel pressured to give in to everyone else's opinion, and this might prevent you from getting the wedding dress that you actually want. As much as possible, limit your entourage to only a handful of people at most. Put some thought into who you should ask to come along. Only bring people whose opinion you truly value.

Avoid Wearing Lacy Undergarments

If you want to be able to get in and out of the bridal shop in record time, then you need to be able to get in and out of various wedding dresses quickly. The type of undergarment that you choose to wear can really complicate matters. Contact the bridal shop to see whether they have any preferences or recommendations in regards to the type of undergarment you should wear. If you already have a certain undergarment set you plan on wearing on the wedding day, wear that; however, if you don't, you want to avoid wearing anything lacy.

Lacy undergarments can really get in the way. It's easy for the wedding dress to get hooked onto the lace. At which point, you're going to have to stand there barely dressed for minutes while someone helps to untangle you from the mess you're in.


The right wedding dress will jump out at you when you see it. After deciding and committing to a wedding dress, you should get it tailored to your body so that it fits like a glove. After all, you want to look your best when walking down the aisle.