How to Shop for Your Dream Wedding Dress

May 20, 2015 | carrie

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I bought my dress from Unbridaled, a local Austin boutique that specializes in the bride looking for a non-traditional dress (although they do carry many traditional and classic designs). I decided to interview the lovely ladies from Unbridaled to get their two cents on wedding dress shopping, and a few Junebug girls (including me) tried on some gorgeous gowns too! Whether you’re purchasing your dress at a shop like Unbridaled or choosing an alternate route (like buying a dress online that costs under $200), I hope this From Blogger to Bride post will give you what you need to feel ready to conquer the wedding dress world however scary it may be!


Junebug: When should you start your wedding dress search?

Unbridaled: About a year in advance. 6-8 months is ideal. Brides usually make 2-3 visits before saying yes to the dress!

***Junebug Tip: I ordered my dress in February (FEBRUARY) and it won’t be in Austin until July. You don’t want to be in a time crunch and miss out on ordering your dream dress, so be sure to tackle your dress early on in the wedding planning process!

Unbridaled-Junebug-Weddings-From-Blogger-to-Bride-3 This is me rocking the Sadi gown from Rue de Seine’s Young Love Collection.



Junebug: What is a typical wedding dress budget?

Unbridaled: $1,500 to $2,500 is pretty average.

***Junebug Tip: Do your research and find a few designers you love (and that fit your price point) before you fall in love with a dress that’s over your budget!

Unbridaled-Junebug-Weddings-From-Blogger-to-Bride-4 This is our lovely Editor, Nicole, rocking the Beloved gown by Anne Barge.


Junebug: What styles fit best with different body types?


Hourglass – A dress that accentuates your curves, such as a mermaid

Pear Shaped – A classic A-line silhouette with a skirt that flares out at the waist

Tall – Long, elegant, and simple silhouettes

Busty – Sweetheart necklines

Petite – Sheath and Trumpet styles

Plus-Sized – Empire

***Junebug Tip: Wedding dresses fit differently than regular clothing and it’s difficult to tell what style will work best with your figure before you start trying on dresses, so we advise that you go into your first dress boutique with an open mind, because you might be surprised! 


Junebug: What is one piece of advice you would give to a bride’s family and friends when accompanying her during the dress search?

Unbridaled: Try and keep your emotions inside until you see what the bride thinks. It can be overwhelming as a bride if your party gives you commentary right away.

Unbridaled-Junebug-Weddings-From-Blogger-to-Bride-1-4 Marissa is trying on a fitted beaded gown by designer Theia White Couture. To add a bit more glam, she decided to pair the gown with a tulle skirt!



Junebug: What are popular wedding dress styles this season?

Unbridaled: A lot of brides are looking for a vintage look with lace and sleeves. Illusion necklines are also really popular, along with champagne and cream colors.



Thanks to Unbridaled for letting us play dress-up! For more wedding dress inspiration, you can find tons of stylish gowns in our Dress Gallery. Also, be sure to stay on top of bridal fashion trends by reading our Bridal Fashion Trends Forecast! Next time on From Blogger to Bride, I’ll be talking hotel blocks! Happy wedding planning, readers!


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  1. A very informative blog post. Thanks

  2. Pretty wedding dresses. Finding that perfect dress isn’t easy. But this burden can be eased to a great extent if one chooses event stylist and there’s no dearth of good wedding event stylists in Sydney.

  3. Wonderful dresses and she looking awesome.

  4. I prefer the second dress! The first one is slightly too lacy and feels too thick in terms of the materials.. Grandeur Wedding

  5. Thank you for the important information you have shared with us, it is really worthy to me and I just want to see such wonderful blogs again so keep writing such blogs.

  6. The dress is obviously a very important part of the whole wedding – if you can get that right, everything will follow. Love these vintage style dresses with the off white colour. Absolutely gorgeous.

  7. Because wedding is the day of woman, I guess wedding dress must be treated important as well. Might be better if it is designer wedding dress. Yes, it can be expensive yet might be memorable.

  8. She looks very nice in these wedding dress. Thanks a lot for sharing these with us.

  9. Thank you for sharing the whole information. The bridal dress is the most important part of the wedding and I am thinking of getting my dress too from the Unbridaled. They have a wonderful collection. Thanks for the post.

  10. nice information to get thanks for sharing this

  11. Every girl dreams of a fairy tale wedding where she wishes to be best dressed person in the event and wants every pair of eyes to be one her. Getting the wedding dress right is the first step towards achieving that result and your tips on how to shop for the prefect wedding dress is certainly helpful.

  12. I am an Indian girl so we did wear gown, but after reading this blog I really just want to buy a bridal gown for my after party.

  13. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post. l love your blog.!! bridesmaid dresses

  14. WOW this Article was really helpful i am looking for this kind of article. many many thanks for sharing

  15. Many thanks for sharing with us the awesome article. It is really helpful for me.

  16. it’s really a good post. Love this post. It’s such a realistic look at what is involved with picking out your dress. I love to reiterate that just because you see it hanging on a rack or a mannequin and “YOU” think it doesn’t look right or won’t look good on you.

  17. Great tips for bride wedding shopping. hanks for sharing it. I’ll be sharing it on our Facebook wedding gown page too!

  18. Marvelous! What do you think about the dress with open back? is it fashionable currently?

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