As a bridal consultant and fashion director on TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta," Monte Durham has seen a lot of brides, a lot of wedding dresses and a lot of shopping mistakes. To help brides make the most of their wedding-dress shopping experience, Monte stopped by the web series #OWNSHOW and shared the five biggest mistakes women make when trying on all those gowns.
Mistake #1: Wearing the wrong bra.
"Make sure you have the proper undergarments on," Monte says. "Most bridal salons will have them for you… but if you bring your own, you'll be more comfortable in them and... as you try [the dresses] on and zip them up, you won't be worried about adjusting yourself into the other undergarments."
Mistake #2: Wearing the wrong hairstyle.
You might not think much about your hair when you're wedding-dress shopping, but Monte says it's important to intentionally choose a hairstyle you're comfortable with. "If you wear your hair down, have it down so we can see how the dress [looks with it]," he says. "And we can show you that if you pick a dress that has an interesting back, maybe you'll want to put your hair up."
Mistake #3: Not bringing the right shoes.
While Monte doesn't expect brides to bring in their exact wedding-day shoes, he does stress the importance of wearing a similar heel height to the one you're planning to wear. "All gowns are made in different lengths from the waist, whether it's an empire, fit-and-flare or a ball gown," he explains. "So wear the heel height that's most comfortable for you and... that you're going to wear on your wedding day."
Mistake #4: Not trying on the right accessories.
From the veil to the jewelry, if you've got it, bring it. "If you have your mother's veil, bring it with you!" Monte says. "So many girls go, 'I don't know if it's going to match the lace. I don't know if it's going to match the satin.' If you have an heirloom piece... bring it with you. And we can also make sure that it matches."
Mistake #5: Bringing along the wrong person.
"Be mindful of who you bring shopping," Monte cautions. "Bring your best friend or your mom, but leave those opinions at home." He also advises brides to try shopping for a wedding dress on a weekday, as consultants can often spend more time with you on Monday through Friday than they can on the weekends.