The Emotional Stages of Choosing Your Wedding Dress

Choosing your wedding dress is such an emotional part of your wedding planning and we've got every stage right here for you

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Choosing your wedding dress will be one of the more emotional parts of your wedding planning. Whether you find your wedding dress after visiting five bridal shops or 500, you’re sure to experience highs and lows during the process.

If you’re right in the middle of a full on bridal shop melt down then don’t worry, take a look at the emotional stages you are likely to go through and feel comfort in knowing it’s all ok in the end!

You start browsing pictures online and in mags and it's all so exciting

This is amazing, you love every single one and you can’t wait to go and try all these beautiful wedding dresses on.

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You recruit your bridal shopping squad

So you know you need your mum there, and your sister will give her honest opinion, oh and your maid of honour? Is three enough? Is three too many? 

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You visit your first bridal shop

Everything looks amazing, where do I start!? You’re feeling a tad overwhelmed!

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You begin your catwalk

You try a few wedding dresses on and white is SO your colour! This is like a giant game of dress up, amazing!

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Have you found the one?

Trying on a few dresses was fun but have you found the one? You haven’t broken down in tears, does that mean you haven’t? How do you know?

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You visit the next shop

So no one burst into tears as you walked out the fitting room, next shop please.

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You start to feel deflated

No one told you it might feel a little bit soul destroying if you don’t find your perfect dress straight away, what now?

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You’re over it

You are so over it and you can’t stand the thought of trying one more dress on.

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You conclude you’re never going to find ‘The One’

You go from ‘over it’ to full on melt down and decide you just can’t do this.

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You have a serious wedding dress sulk

You think about dress shopping ALL the time and have a serious sulk about having to go shopping again.

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After a break from it all you make your comeback

It’s time to pull yourself together and get back to your hunt for the perfect dress – this time you know what styles suit you and you’re going in with a clearer idea of what you want.

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After what feels like a thousand dresses later, you find it

You know all that time you spent worrying how you would know it was ‘the one’ – well you’ve found it and you know it!

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Everyone agrees

Your bridal shopping squad are in total agreement!

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There might even be tears

And here come the tears…

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You place your order feeling confident you have found the one

You are ridiculously excited to place your wedding dress order.

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A few days pass and you start to worry

Now you have paid your deposit and can’t really change your mind, you start to worry about whether you made the right decision.

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Weeks pass and you go for your fitting

It’s time for your fitting and you’re feeling excited but a little nervous.

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Your love for your dress is renewed

You finally see your dress again and all your doubts disappear, this is the one!

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You find your perfect accessories

Picking our all your accessories make it feel real, you are actually a bride!

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It’s complete and you feel like a princess

Ok, you’re more than a bride, you are a full on fairytale princess.

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You bid goodbye to your dress until the big day

You begrudgingly say goodbye to your wedding dress until it’s time to pick it up.

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The day is here!

The day is here! You’re so excited to put your dress on and say ‘I do’!

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The end

Then you pretty much live happily ever after...

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If you are just starting to look for your perfect wedding dress then don't miss our 43 mistakes not to make when choosing your wedding dress.



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