The Bride's Guide: 10 Things to Know Before Wedding Dress Shopping

Photographer: Amanda Ketterhagen Photography

Are you ready to embark on the magical journey of finding your dream wedding dress? Congratulations, bride-to-be! Wedding dress shopping is one of the most exciting experiences in a bride’s journey, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. To help you prepare for this special day, here are ten essential things you should know before stepping into the bridal boutique. 

Set a Budget

Before you start swooning over designer gowns and trendy styles, establish a realistic budget. Knowing your budget will help you narrow down your options and prevent you from falling in love with a dress that’s out of your price range. Remember, you can find beautiful dresses at every price point. 

Research Styles

Take some time to research wedding dress styles and silhouettes. Knowing the difference between an A-line and a ball gown, or a mermaid and a sheath dress, can save you time and make the shopping experience more enjoyable. Pinterest and bridal magazines can be your best friends in this regard. 

Shop Early

Ideally, start shopping for your wedding dress at least 9-12 months before your big day. Wedding dresses often require alterations, and you’ll want to leave plenty of time for fittings and any unexpected delays. 

Make an Appointment with b3

Bon Bon Belle requires appointments, so call ahead or book online at to schedule your visit! This way, you’ll receive personalized attention from our bridal stylists and have a dedicated space to try on dresses!

Be Open-Minded

While it’s great to have some ideas in mind, be open to trying on different styles. The dress you fall in love with might be completely different from what you initially envisioned. 

Limit Your Entourage

Bringing a small group of trusted friends and family members can provide valuable feedback, but too many opinions can lead to confusion. Keep the group small, consisting of people whose opinions you truly value. Bon Bon Belle has guest limits of 4 during the weekend and 6 during the week! You can always upgrade to our large suite and bring 8 guests with you!

Wear the Right Undergarments

Choose nude, seamless undergarments and a strapless bra to wear when trying on dresses. It will help you see how each dress looks without any distractions. 

Keep an Eye on the Fine Print

Before making any purchase, carefully read the bridal boutique’s return and alteration policies. It’s crucial to understand your options if the dress requires any adjustments or if you change your mind. 

Mind Your Timeline

Ensure your wedding dress arrives well in advance of your wedding day. Be aware of the boutique’s ordering and delivery times to avoid any last-minute stress. 

Trust Your Instincts

Lastly, when you find the dress that makes you feel beautiful, confident, and utterly radiant, trust your instincts. The most important thing is how the dress makes you feel, and if it speaks to your heart, it’s the one for you. 

Remember, wedding dress shopping is a delightful adventure on the path to your big day. Keep these tips in mind, stay true to your style and budget, and most importantly, enjoy the process of finding that perfect wedding gown. Happy dress hunting, and best wishes for your upcoming wedding!