Auckland Wedding Dresses
By Avya Hlaváč

22 April 2024

Let's talk wedding dress shopping. Though this is one of the most exciting parts of the wedding planning process, it can come with its own set of challenges. If Hollywood rom-coms are anything to go off, you may expect to have your "this is the dress!" moment. Maybe this is the case for you, and you find your perfect match after a movie-like montage of trying on exquisite gowns over champagne with your besties. More realistically, you might find the pressure of finding a dress a little overwhelming. After all, it's not just any dress! We're here with a few quick-fire tips for finding your dream gown and making the most of the process.

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Expectation vs reality 

Though arriving at your bridal appointment with references and styles in mind is helpful, it's important to be open-minded. 

You may be surprised at how differently you feel about certain dresses in person, and this is all part of the process! 

It's often through trying on various styles and allowing a few wild cards that brides find their perfect fit. 

Sleep on it 


If it's not love at first sight with your dress, that doesn't mean it isn't meant to be! 

Decision fatigue is a real thing, but it's easy to counter. Have your friend capture photos and videos of each dress during your appointment. 

Head home from your appointment, sleep on it, and check out the footage over the following days - noticing how each dress makes you feel. 

Your feelings toward each dress are likely to change, so allow yourself time to think through your decision without external pressures such as timeframes, etc. 

The fewer opinions, the better 

We recommend bringing no more than 1-2 guests to your appointments. Though the energy of a larger group of friends can be fun - you don't want too many cooks in the kitchen. 

Having multiple opinions coming your way can cloud your judgment and make the shopping process unnecessarily stressful. Keeping your bridal gang small means clear headspace with only your very nearest and dearest there for moral support. 

Is it party-proof?


Dare we say it.. it's not just about looks. There's no point in a beautiful dress you can't walk, sit or dance in! Before putting down a deposit, ensure you can do all the above. 

Be prepared for alterations!


Very few brides will perfectly fit the off-the-rack sizing, so be prepared that you may be between sizes and require custom sizing, alterations, or both! Dress alterations cost between $400 and $1,000, so you may want to factor these costs into your budget ahead of time to avoid any surprises. 

Convertible dresses 


We love the concept of having a new look for the reception, but not everyone can afford two beautiful gowns. 

That's where two-in-one dresses come in. 

Whether it's an overskirt that detaches, removable sleeves or a slip dress hidden beneath the main skirt - convertible dresses are a clever way to achieve a second look without breaking the bank. 

Get two dresses for the price of one!