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What To Know Before Trying On Wedding Dresses

So you’re excited to start trying on bridal gowns. You’ve set a date for the wedding and it’s time to get to work. This is most brides’ favorite aspect of wedding planning. You get to try on wedding dresses surrounded by loved ones - add a bit of champagne and you’ve got a perfect day! And many brides end up finding their dream dress pretty quickly - all in all, resulting in a great experience.

However, there are also brides who struggle with trying on wedding dresses. Their excitement starts to fade as they get discouraged. Much of this can be avoided if you just go into dress shopping with a bit of a plan and the right mindset. And today, that’s exactly what we’re going to talk about. We’re going to explain what you need to know before trying on wedding dresses to set yourself up for success and enjoy the process to the fullest. 

Armed with this advice, you’ll be able to find “The One” quickly and effortlessly, and all while staying within budget. Ready to get started? Let’s dive in! 

What To Know Before Trying On Wedding Dresses

When it comes to what to know before trying on wedding dresses, much of it can be summed up with “prepare in advance” and “leverage help from the experts”. When you shop at Avery Austin, our bridal experts guide you through the process step by step. By the time you get to try on wedding dresses, we’ll have narrowed your searches so perfectly that you may find your perfect pick right away! And at that point, it’s just about trusting your gut and pulling the trigger. Here’s what you need to know before trying on wedding dresses:

Start With Some Research

If you just dive right into trying on dresses, it’s going to be very confusing. There are so many different types of bridal gowns that you need to start the entire dress shopping process with some research. Find out what style you want in a dress. Are you doing a destination wedding on a tropical island? You may want a sexy wedding dress or a beach wedding dress. Is your wedding venue a chapel? You should probably stick with tradition and opt for a long-train wedding dress

You should also do some research into different fabrics and consider any important features you want in a dress - like pockets. We encourage you to explore the entire Avery Austin catalog as you start your dress shopping journey. This will help you get a better idea of what your dream dress looks like. With that in mind, you can shop smartly and save your time and energy for just dresses you can actually see yourself walking down the aisle in.

Figure Out Your Budget

Another important thing to know before trying on wedding dresses? Your budget! Weddings can be expensive, and traditionally, so are bridal dresses. At Avery Austin, we’re changing that narrative, though. We create salon-quality gowns that won’t break the bank. In fact, you’ll find stunning styles in every price range:

No matter which price range you shop within, you can rest assured you’re getting the quality you deserve. You’ll look and feel your best as you step towards the aisle. Better yet? We offer inclusive sizing at no extra cost. Shop our affordable plus size wedding dresses and see for yourself! 

The point we’re trying to make is that you don’t have to take on any undue financial stress to get your dream wedding dress. However, you do have to be honest with yourself about what you can afford. Set a budget before you start trying on dresses and be strict with that budget. You don’t want to fall in love with a dress that’s out of your price range. This leads to disappointment and frustration. For more information on how to find affordable wedding dresses without compromising on what you want, take a look at our related article.

Start Trying On Dresses Early

When should you buy your wedding dress? This is a common question brides-to-be ask us. And the answer is, it depends. We recommend you start trying on dresses 6-8 months in advance. Your goal is to place your order within 5 months of your wedding. Whether using our try-at-home program or trying dresses on locally, the more dresses you’re in, the better idea of what your dream dress will be! However, the sooner you can start shopping the better. This is just one less thing you need to stress about as your wedding date approaches. Keep in mind that these recommendations only apply if you shop with Avery Austin. We are currently boasting the fastest shipment times in the entire industry - with most dresses arriving in 13 weeks or less. Compare that to the industry average of 6+ months! This is yet another reason to buy wedding dresses online at Avery Austin. With our ready to ship wedding dresses in stock now, you have a lot more cushion when you need to start trying on dresses.

Connect With A Bridal Expert To Make Things Simple

One thing many brides tell us they wish they knew sooner is that they didn’t have to go through this process on their own. Navigating the dress shopping experience can be daunting - even if you have the help of women who’ve gone through it themselves. If you really want to make your life easy and eliminate any and all stress around your dress, connect with a bridal expert at Avery Austin. With over 30 years of experience in the bridal industry, we’re here to help - you can trust that you’re in good hands. We’ll talk through the details of your wedding to help you narrow down your preferences. We’ll send out your dresses right to your door to try on - in the comfort of your own home surrounded by loved ones. How amazing does that sound? Don’t go through this alone - make life easier on yourself by connecting with our bridal experts.

You Can Try On As Many Wedding Dresses As You Want

While you’re eager to find the perfect wedding gown, this isn’t a process you should rush through. Take your time and try on as many wedding dresses as you want. After all, you are hopefully only going to get to experience this type of dress shopping once in your life. Make the most of it and get your money’s worth! We allow you to try on three different dresses at once (at just $15/each). Once you’ve tried on all three, you will either have found the one or you’ll be ready to try on three more. Send them back, and we’ll get another box built together for you to try. Brides can apply their try-at-home costs (up to $45) to the purchase of their dress! This is part of why so many brides are ditching the traditional dress shopping experience in favor of the convenience we offer at Avery Austin.

Be Patient & Don’t Get Discouraged

In the first try at home wedding dress box we send you, you’ll get three bridal gowns that we’ve chosen together. Because you’ve implemented the tips we recommended above, there is a good chance your dream dress is in that first box! But if not, that’s ok. You can send all three gowns back and we’ll send you three more. We’re in this together until we find the one!

However, it’s really important that you go into trying on wedding gowns with the right mindset. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find the right gown on your first go. Be patient - the right dress is out there, and we will find it. Plus, the more dresses you try on, the more time you have with your girls - let’s look at the positive side of things! 

Invite The Bride Tribe Over For Feedback & Fun - But Trust Your Gut!

When that try at home box arrives at your doorstep, you’ll definitely be eager to try them on. So, invite the bride tribe over and make sure someone brings the champagne. Finding your dream dress will be so much easier with feedback from the people whose opinions you value most. If you’re on the fence with two different styles, you’ll want everyone’s input to help you feel confident in your decision.

However, we always recommend that you go with your gut. You’ll know when you find the one because you’ll feel different seeing yourself in it. At that point, you should tune out the noise and trust your instincts.

Ready To Try On Wedding Dresses At Avery Austin?

There you have it - what to know before trying on wedding dresses. Remember - step one is coming up with a budget and doing some research. This will prove invaluable as you set off on the right foot with the best chances of finding your perfect dress fast. And with the help of our seasoned bridal experts, you’ll have no problem finding your dream gown with ease. Start shopping early so you can enjoy a stress-free experience, and don’t get discouraged if you don’t find “the one” as quickly as you’d hoped. This experience looks different for every bride - be sure to remain present and enjoy the journey for what it is: uniquely yours!

At this point, there is just one thing left to do. Head over to Avery Austin and get the ball rolling! We make it easy to try on wedding dresses, and we’ll help you find your perfect dress fast. Experience the difference yourself - when it’s all said and done, you’ll be glad you went with a less traditional shopping journey!

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