Thought you’d found the wedding dress of your dreams, but now there’s another top contender that’s got you questioning everything you were sure of five minutes ago?
I found myself in this exact situation during my own wedding dress shopping. Trying to pick between two exquisite styles that were almost complete opposites felt like an impossible task! I worked my way through most of these steps before deciding on ‘The One’, and can happily confirm I have no regrets about my choice.
Here’s what to do when you’re torn between two wedding dresses you love for different reasons.
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1. Ask your entourage
They’re already well acquainted with your everyday style and wedding dress wish list. They also won’t be able to contain their excitement when you step out of the dressing room in a knockout look, which might just be your best clue that you’re onto a winner!
2. Get an expert opinion
Bridal designers and consultants have a natural eye for style and plenty of experience helping brides find ‘The One’. Getting the perspective of someone who isn’t a friend or family member can give you the objective feedback you need.
3. Picture your whole look
Do you have a certain hairstyle in mind, a gorgeous pair of designer heels to show off or a must-wear accessory? There may be one dress that lends itself best to pairing with these details.
4. Trust your instincts
If you had your eye on a specific design when you first started your search and end up with something similar as one of the final options, it may be the style that’s really calling to you.
5. List the pros and cons
Assess how each gown looks, feels and fits with what you have planned for your wedding day. What features do you love most? Is anything bothering you? See if this comparison helps one design stand out!
6. Look to the future
Maybe it’s time to consult the crystal ball? Choosing a timeless style means less chance your wedding dress will date. (Just ask any bride from the puffy-sleeved 80s!) You might even end up with a beautiful heirloom piece for a loved one in the future.
7. Revisit each style
Consider booking another appointment to try your top choices on again. Leave the entourage at home for some one-on-one time with your favourite designs, or bring someone from #TeamBride for a second opinion if you were flying solo first time round.
8. Go with your gut
If it seems like there’s no solution to your wedding dress dilemma, it might be time to toss a coin! This isn’t about leaving your decision to chance, but revealing how you truly feel about each option. You’ll know straight away whether you’re secretly stoked with the result!
9. Plan an outfit change
Who says you can’t wear two wedding dresses? If your budget allows, choose both gowns and have fun revealing your second look at the reception.
10. Consider a custom design
You may have found details you like, but no single wedding dress that ticks all the boxes. Why not look into working with a designer like Angela Osagie Bridal to combine everything you love into a one-of-a-kind gown? They’ll help you match this bodice with that skirt and add a sleeve or embellishment for a perfectly personalised look.
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