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  • Writer's pictureLydia Mattern

Wedding Dress Tips for Shopping, Storing, and Wearing Your Tahoe Wedding Gown

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Wedding dress shopping is one of the most exciting parts of the wedding planning process. However, there are definitely a few things to consider when shopping, storing, and wearing your dress at your Lake Tahoe wedding. We’ve put together our best wedding dress tips to help you during this exciting time!

Wedding Dress Tips for Shopping for Your Gown

Here are our best wedding dress tips when it comes to choosing the perfect dress to wear for your Lake Tahoe wedding.

1. Consider the Season and Your Lake Tahoe Wedding Venue

Of course, you want your wedding dress to look beautiful and fit you well, but it’s also important to consider where your wedding is taking place when you choose your dress. For example, if you’re having an outdoor winter wedding in Lake Tahoe, you’ll probably want to choose a dress with extra layers or coverage or find a cover-up that goes with the dress to keep you warm.

Also, consider your venue when choosing the style of your dress for a cohesive look throughout the entire wedding. For example, if your wedding style is boho-chic and your venue is on the lake, opt for a free-flowing dress with intricate details, like feathers or lace, to match the aesthetics of your wedding. Of course, you can go with whatever dress you love most. These are just some wedding dress tips to keep in mind while shopping!

2. Bring Your Besties Along

Dress shopping is more fun with a few of your besties along, whether that’s your maid of honor, mother, or other special friends and family members. While there aren’t any “rules” about how many people you can take dress shopping, definitely check with the shop when booking your appointment, as they may have a limit. Additionally, keep in mind that more people means more opinions, which can be overwhelming. Not everyone needs to be there when you say yes to the dress.

3. Get Inspired Before You Go Shopping

There are so many different types and styles and colors of wedding dresses. Nowadays, many brides don’t even wear a gown but opt for more modern attire, like a wedding jumpsuit or cocktail-style dress. To make shopping go smoothly, have some ideas of the styles you want to try before entering the store. That will save you time and help you find the perfect dress quicker. Of course, there’s no harm in trying on multiple dresses and styles because you may fall in love with something you didn’t have your eye on.

If you’re a same-sex couple, we recommend booking separate dress appointments at the same store with the same consultant. That way, you can ensure your dress or pantsuit styles go well together! Some of the most notable designers for gender-inclusive wedding attire are QUEERA and Christian Siriano.

4. Listen to Other’s Opinions but Go With Your Gut

Not everyone has that “this is it!” feeling when they try on the perfect gown. It’s ok if it takes you a moment to decide whether or not you found the dress. When it comes down to it, you should feel exactly how you want to feel while wearing it, whether that’s beautiful, sexy, bad-ass, or something else. While other people’s opinions matter, make sure you stick to your gut when you know you’ve found the right wedding gown.

Commonly Asked Wedding Dress Questions

When you start wedding dress shopping online for inspiration, you may have some of these commonly asked questions. So, we’ve gone ahead and answered them for you here!

Who is the most popular wedding dress designer?

There are so many amazing wedding dress designers, but three of the most popular are Monique Lhuillier, Galia Lahav, and Anna Campbell.

What is the best wedding dress brand?

The best wedding dress brand often follows the best names in the industry that we mentioned above. However, these emerging wedding dress brands from new designers are making a name for themselves.

How expensive are designer wedding dresses?

Designer wedding dresses typically range from $6,000 to $12,000 for a gown. If a designer wedding dress is out of your price range, or you’re looking for a unique style or budget-friendly option, you may be interested in brands like BHLDN, David’s Bridal, and Revolve.

What are couture wedding dresses?

Couture wedding dresses are the most expensive style because they are created 100% from scratch. Everything from the design to the material to the details is customized, sourced, cut, and sewn specifically for the bride. These dresses cost around $100,000 and upward, depending on the designer.

Wedding Dress Tips for Storing Your Gown

You’ll likely purchase your wedding dress months before your wedding, so it’ll be stored for a while. Here are our best wedding dress tips for storing your dress before the wedding.

  • Store your wedding dress in a cool, dry, dark room or closet.

  • Keep your dress far from heat, moisture, or bad smells (like a bathroom with a shower or near the kitchen).

  • Store your dress hanging up and in a protective, fabric garment bag.

  • You can also store your dress lying flat in a dress box if it’s a medium to heavy-weight gown made with dense material.

  • Whatever you do, don’t store your dress in plastic, as it can cause discoloration!

Wedding Dress Tips for Wearing Your Gown

Remember these two essential wedding dress tips for wearing your gown during your Lake Tahoe wedding.

1. Record How to Bustle Your Dress

This is our number one tip, and we can’t stress it enough! When the dress store or your alternation gal shows you how to bustle your train, record it. Have your friend, mom, brother–whoever is there with you–record how to bustle your dress. We know, from many experiences, that you’ll probably forget how to do it when the time comes to pin it up. So make sure you have the process recorded on multiple devices.

2. Don’t Fret Over a Rip or Stain

Of course, you want to keep your wedding dress in pristine condition, but as you wear it throughout your wedding day, you might get something on it or snag some of the lace. While this may be heart-wrenching at first, it’s important to remember that you are wearing it for hours, dancing in it with your best pals, and making memories with your new spouse… minor wear and tear simply means you are having the time of your life. Plus, you can take it to a cleaner before you pack it away, and they can improve any blemishes to ensure it’s in the best condition before you preserve it.

Enjoy Wedding Dress Shopping and Leave the Rest to Us

One of the best parts about hiring a wedding planner is that you can do all of the fun parts of planning–like finding the perfect wedding dress–while we take care of the rest. Learn more about our Lake Tahoe wedding planning services here. Then, contact us today if you’re ready to put your wedding vision in the hands of the experts to bring it to life!


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