How to Find the Best Dress for Your Outdoor Wedding


Shopping for your perfect dress can be a little overwhelming so we are here to help! Here are some wedding dress hacks to help you find the perfect dress for your outdoor wedding.


What Questions to Ask when Shopping for your Wedding Dress


When getting ready to meet with your bridal stylist, make sure you prepare a list of questions beforehand to ask. Some important questions you may want to ask are; Do they alter gowns there at the store? If the answer is “no,” ask them if they could refer you to an expert tailor in our area. If you’re thinking about ordering a dress online, ask questions like “Are you able to ship this to my address? How much will the shipping cost? and What is your policy for returns if the dress does not fit?”  It is also wise to ask how long alterations will take if you are having it customized or designed from scratch. Having your dress is complete with plenty of time to spare will greatly reduce your stress and make it easier to relax and enjoy the weeks leading up to your big day. If traveling for your wedding, be sure to ask about the material of your dress; what is the best way for you to travel with your gown, and if steaming the dress is an option.


Take Time to Pamper Yourself before Shopping for Your Wedding Dress


Shopping for your wedding dress is no insignificant task. While pampering yourself is an optional luxury, we definitely recommend making a day of it and enjoying a special treat. Whether you’re shopping with a large group or kicking it solo, starting the day off with a quick mani/pedi is the best way to set the mood for a fabulous girls day; one you will remember forever. Having your nails and hair done will help you imagine what you will look like on your wedding day.


Choosing the Right Under Garments to Compliment Dress


Planning ahead is one of the most important things for a successful day of wedding dress shopping.  Ask yourself, what kind of shoes do I want to wear down the aisle? If you’ve been dreaming of wearing 5 inch heels on your wedding day, bring those along so you can see how the dress will flow. Undergarments should also be chosen carefully the day you plan to shop. Wearing solid nude colored bra and panties will help you see exactly what the dress will look like. If possible, bringing additional bras such as strapless and/or sticky options are helpful if you are unsure of the style of dress you’re looking for. If you’re the bride who has her heart set on the matching bra and panty combo to wear on your special day it would be wise to wear those on the day you shop for your dress as well.


Finding the “Right” Size


It goes without saying that women’s clothing sizes range vastly from brand to brand; wedding dresses are no exception. When you walk in the door of that wedding dress boutique, throw everything you know about traditional sizing out the window. Be conscious to focus on what you feel the most comfortable wearing. There is never a “one-size-fits-all” dress, and we’re glad! As you walk down the aisle, your mind should be focused on your handsome groom, not holding your dress to keep it from sliding down. While you’re busy dancing the night away and devouring the most delicious wedding cake, your dress should be a flawless extension of your body. Fit is important!


Consider Different Styles of Wedding Dresses


Some brides have dreamed of their wedding since they were little girls and know exactly what type of dress they will wear down the aisle. Other brides have never given it a second thought and are now at a loss of where to even begin. Regardless of which bride you are, having an open mind while trying on different styles of dresses can be more beneficial than you might think. Trying on a dress that is completely out of your style can either make you fall even more in love with the style you already want OR you may just fall in love with something completely new and unexpected.  


Consider the Season of your Outdoor Wedding


When choosing your dress possibly the most important thing to consider is the weather. Of course you cant know for sure what the weather is going to be like on the day of your wedding but when considering an outdoor wedding venue, it is wise to be conscious of the season your wedding will be held in. If your wedding will be held during the summer it is best to avoid heavy or layered dresses. If you’re going to have an outdoor wedding during the early spring or late fall go for a dress that allows you to wear an extra layer underneath or one that has long sleeves.



Shopping for your wedding dress is one of the most memorable experiences that you will have as a bride. Whether you visit multiple shops or fall in love with the first dress you put on, finding the perfect dress for your outdoor wedding will play a huge part in how you remember your special day. Take time to find the dress that makes you feel like a queen and do not settle for anything less.