Let me guess… you’ve stumbled upon this blog post because you are looking for your perfect wedding dress?! (and are most likely shopping in Baltimore or the surrounding areas?!) I know that selecting the dress you’ll wear on your wedding day feels like a big decision, but it should also feel FUN! Your dress is a statement of your personality, style, and the love you share with your partner. It can be a daunting task to find the perfect gown, but with a little bit of research and some expert advice from stylists, finding the dress of your dreams is well within reach. In today’s blog post, I’m walking you through the process of selecting your perfect wedding dress while sharing the top wedding dress stores and boutiques in Maryland to ensure that you are easily able to find the best dress for your wedding day.
I know you’re busy with wedding planning, so let’s dive right in!
How to select the best wedding gown
Before you start looking for your wedding gown, it’s important to have an idea of what you want. I love the idea of scrolling wedding magazines, blogs, and social media to get inspiration. Once you get a feeling for what you love, I recommend putting names to what you’re drawn towards! If you are not familiar with common gown silhouettes, I highly recommend taking a peek at a post similar to this one to put a name to the styles that you are loving.
Once you have an idea of what you want, the next step is to consider your body type, wedding vibe, and budget.
When it comes to your body type, you want to choose a dress that flatters your curves and accentuates your best features. Do pick a dress that highlights what you love most about yourself! Don’t be afraid to try on different styles, even if they aren’t what you were drawn to in your initial research. You may be surprised at what you fall in love with! Overall, the goal is to find a dress that you feel 100% YOU in!
When it comes to picking your dress, also consider the vibe of your wedding! If you’re having a beach wedding, you might want to go for a lightweight and flowy dress. If you’re having a black tie wedding, you might want to go for a floor length gown with intricate beading and embroidery.
Lastly, it’s important to consider your budget. Wedding dresses can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, so it’s important to have a realistic budget in mind. Do also budget for alterations and accessories. Head into any styling appointments with a budget in mind to avoid falling in love with a dress beyond your means.
Where to Find Your Wedding Dress in Maryland
If you are shopping for a dress in Baltimore or beyond, you’re in luck! Maryland is home to many wedding dress boutiques that cater to different styles, tastes, and budgets. Here are some of the top wedding gown stores and boutiques that you may want to visit within Baltimore city limits and beyond:
- Garnish Boutique (Towson, MD)
- K&B Bridals (Bel Air, MD)
- Elite Secrets Bridal (Baltimore, MD)
- Anna’s Bridal Couture (Bethesda, MD)
- Couture Bridal of Maryland (Gaithersburg, MD)
- Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection (Baltimore, MD)
What to expect during wedding dress shopping
When you visit a wedding gown store or boutique, you’ll typically have a one-on-one appointment with an expert stylist who will help you find the perfect gown. During your appointment, you’ll be able to try on different gowns and accessories while receiving expert advice on fit, style, and budget. Each boutique has a different way of scheduling and styling, so check in on what each store offers in their appointments.
Wear comfortable, nude undergarments and bring along any accessories that you plan to wear on your wedding day like heirloom jewelry pieces or veils. It’s also important to have an open mind and be willing to try on different styles that your stylist recommends… you never know what you may end up loving! Do also bring along people that you love and trust to share their opinion. You know the people that know you best who won’t be afraid to share their opinion and happy tears when you say YES to the dress! Double check allowed numbers of guests for each styling appointment you will be attending.
Happy shopping, friends! I so hope this helps you get a jump on finding the PERFECT wedding dress!
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