By Kristina Rosen

Not every bride has that “ah-ha” moment where she puts on a dress and knows instantly that it’s the one. Some brides fall in love with their first dress while others have to model twenty before they find the ideal one. Whether or not you’ve tried on bridal gowns before, I’m sure you’ve imagined the moment and dress you say yes to. With making appointments, finding time in busy schedules, and not to mention the pressure of actually choosing a gown; most brides know the search for their dream dress can be demanding. In order to make your dress hunting experience more fun than stressful, follow these simple tips and ensure that you purchase your dress as easily as possible.

Know your budget

Before you step into a dress, set a realistic price range. Knowing how much you’re willing and able to spend is helpful, especially once you start looking. Keep in mind that you’ll also need to consider alterations, possibly a veil, and any additional accessories when making your budget.


Once your wedding is in sight, it’s never too early to start searching for a dress. You don’t necessarily have to go the day after you’re engaged, but you’ll want to leave yourself at least 7-8 months for ordering and alterations. Besides, your dress often controls the tone of the wedding, so finding your dress early on can make the rest of the planning process easier. If you don't have 7-8 months, don't fret! That's exactly why MTB exists. Try to find off the rack places if your wear date is shorter so you don't have to stress over your dress coming in on time or not.


There’s no doubt that looking for a dress at the right time can enhance your shopping experience. The weekend, and Saturday in particular, is the busiest and most popular time to go. For a quieter, less busy atmosphere, opt to schedule your appointments during the week or early on weekend mornings. 


Sure, we all want a crowd of people praising us for each dress we model, but try to limit the number of guests you bring to each appointment. Being accompanied by an entire entourage can make it harder for you to express your opinions and concerns. It’s your big day, so don’t allow anyone to steal your voice or take this moment from you.


You will know which dress is the one for you. It might not feel like “the dress” right away or it may not be the one you’ve always envisioned yourself in, but if it’s meant to be the dress for you, you’ll know. As cliché as it sounds, trust your instincts and listen to your heart. The dress that you feel the most confident, beautiful and happiest in is the one you should be married in.


Sometimes the dress you’re hesitant about or least expect to love is the one you end up loving. Don’t be afraid to try on something that isn’t pinned on your Pinterest page or one that the bridal consultant pulls for you. I actually encourage you to keep an open mind and try on a dress that doesn’t necessarily fit your description. You’ll never really know if you don’t like it until you try it on.