There’s nothing more stressful than picking the wedding dress. So many brides dream about walking down the aisle from a young age, wowing their guests in a gorgeous dress that makes them feel amazing and beautiful. Traditionally, you’d grab a few friends, schedule a bunch of appointments at local boutiques and away you went! Today, there are new opportunities that make the experience a bit more complicated.
You’re able to spend days scouring wedding dresses on Pinterest, wondering whether it is safe to buy a wedding dress online, wanting to still do the boutique days with friends, and then going back and forth between all the options. But let’s be realistic for a second, since you buy everything else online, why not pick up your wedding dress virtually and save the mental and physical exhaustion of hiking from place to place every Saturday for months?
That's why this post is focused on buying a wedding dress online. Today there are many awesome options for brides who want to buy directly from wedding dress websites. We've rounded up the best online wedding dress shops to help you get creative and even provide some wedding dress shopping tips we hope make things a little less stressful.
HOW SAFE IS IT TO BUY A WEDDING DRESS ONLINE?
This is the question we hear the most when the topic of wedding dress shopping comes up in conversation. The reality in this day and age is that it is very safe to buy a wedding dress online. As always though, the same rules for buying anything online apply including:
Make sure you shop at reputable retailers who you know and trust. If you find a dress on a small, boutique site you're not sure about make sure to research them and look for reviews from real brides.
Check out the return policy and delivery times. Most online wedding dress websites will have clear outlines of how long it takes to get your dress as well as their policies on returns. You don't want to be in a situation where you buy a dress and don't love it when you try it on, only to not be able to return it. Even if the store allows returns you don't want to be stuck with a time-situation counting down to your wedding.
Overall, there are tons of high quality wedding dress websites from both big retailers to little boutiques online. Set your budget, book your venue, and keep the season and site in mind when picking your gown.
5 CAN'T BREAK RULES FOR BUYING YOUR WEDDING DRESS ONLINE
Here are five important tips for making sure your online wedding dress shopping goes well.
Know the Lingo
The industry (like many others) has its own language and as an outsider it can be uncomfortable coming in as a newbie. To avoid being overwhelmed Team Wedding recommends that you prepare by first learning the key parts of a wedding dress. Check out this cool Wedding Dress Lingo cheat sheet.
Know Your Measurements
Know your measurements and don't do it yourself. Go to a seamstress and ask her to measure you properly. Also, check to see if the website you are checking out has a size chart to help you figure out the right size for you.
Read the Fine-Print
Make sure you get to know the store's policies, especially around returns and shipping. We've seen sites that charge insane amounts for delivery and don't accept returns. That may be okay with you, but if it isn't then it probably isn't the place to buy your wedding dress.
Read Product Descriptions
Most brides see a picture of a wedding dress and fall in love. Though quite technical, dress descriptions help you understand exactly what you're buying so make sure to read it. If you aren't sure, then ask an expert to help you figure it out.
Know Your Fabrics
In-store, you can run silk through your fingers — but online, you must know just how each fabric will fold and flex. We recommend that you find an expert or friend who can help you figure it out. Again, a great return policy is helpful in case you buy a fabric that isn't what you expected in person.
WHAT ARE THE BEST PLACES TO BUY YOUR WEDDING DRESS ONLINE (NEW)?
While we'd all love to be able to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a custom, uber-brand name wedding dress the reality is that we all have budgets. With that in mind and the fast-growing world of wedding dress shopping being directly online, we decided to create the ultimate list of best places to buy your wedding dress online.
We’ve researched and vetted each of these spots whether they have generous return policies (unlike bridal salons), free return shipping, or amazing designer sales, these are the most reliable, and highest customer-rated dress sites on the web. If your idea of fun is not schlepping from one bridal salon to another for weeks on end, then this is the list for you. Sit back on your iPad and lose yourself in a sea of wedding dresses.
The Queen of eclectic has a host of budget-friendly and quirky options for fun-loving brides.
WHAT ARE THE BEST PLACES TO BUY YOUR WEDDING DRESS ONLINE (USED)?
Whether you don't want your pricey gown collecting dust in your closet or you're looking to recoup some cash after your wedding, check out our reviews of the best websites to buy or sell your preowned wedding dress.
The place to turn if you’re after the cheapest wedding dresses (and we mean price, not quality). A bit sketch, but the advantage here is that it’s local, so you can go try on the gowns in person, and negotiate the price to your advantage.