bride in lace dress walking barefoot in the sand

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I'm Danielle Aisling


Elopement photographer, biz coach, mom and coffee lover. 

5 Tips to Your Perfect Wedding Dress

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It can be super fun to shop for your elopement or wedding dress, but also suuuuper frustrating if you don’t really know what you’re looking for. 

Here are some tips to help give you an idea of what will work for you… BEFORE you start shopping for your wedding dress!  

a bride wearing Reclamation Design lace gown for her desert elopement
Lace Dress by Reclamation Design


Think about WHEN + WHERE you’re getting married.

Is it going to be really hot? Really cold? Rainy? Super windy?

  • If you’re getting married on the beach in Mexico, think about light, flowy fabrics and lace (like the dress pictured above by Reclamation Design).
  • If you’re hiking to the top of a mountain in early spring, choose a dress with some stretch and long sleeves, or
  • find a skirt with enough movement and length to catch the wind or hide leggings + hiking boots (like the one below from Alice in Blush).
Couple in rustic cabin for winter elopement
bride putting Blundstones on under her Alice in Blush elopement dress
Skirt + Top by Alice in Blush


WHO are you, style wise?

Do you like to get dressed up? Or do you prefer to live in yoga pants so you can move freely?

If you hate heels and tight dresses, maybe steer clear of that skin tight mermaid gown, no matter how pretty you think it is! Be true to you and choose something that reflects your style. You’ll be SO happy on the day of your wedding that you did. 


WHAT price point are you looking at, realistically?

I’ve seen some absolutely GORGEOUS gowns for several thousand dollars, and I’ve seen equally beautiful gowns for a fraction of the price.

Decide what you want your overall wedding costs to go toward.

That way you’ll know exactly what you want to spend before you start shopping. (Trust me on this one!)


WHY did you decide to get married?

I know this may sound a little deep. But it’s easy to fall into overwhelm when you suddenly have to become an event planner.

Take a breath, and go back to the why behind your upcoming marriage when you feel the calm starting to slip. It will help steer you back to what’s important. 

Bride and groom holding wedding bouquet from Blossom Bar
Vintage gown


HOW do you envision your wedding day?

Is it just the two of you? Is it a huge party with all of your friends and family?

Having a clear picture of how you want your wedding day to unfold will give you SO much clarity about all of the other little details.

bride and groom overlooking the lake during elopement
Lace gown from Reclamation Design

Forget about what other people are doing, or what you think a wedding “should” be. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and visualize your wedding… getting ready, the exchange of vows, spending time with your boo… you might even end up having a vision of you in the perfect dress. 😉 

I hope these tips help as you’re on the hunt for your perfect dress!

You can also check out some more dress inspo here:

this Wear Your Love XO dress for this Hawaii elopement,

and this beautiful dress from Alice in Blush for this winter elopement.

If you liked this post, you may also like How to Write Vows or To Elope or Have a Big Wedding!

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