What to Look for When Shopping for a Wedding Dress Online
Silhouette & Size
- Silhouette & Size: Before you even begin browsing online, it’s important to know your measurements and what silhouettes work best for your body type. Check with each brand’s sizing guides, as each designer uses slightly different measurements. This will help eliminate a lot of trial and error and ensure that your wedding dress fits you perfectly. When compiling this list, we looked for sites that offer extensive size ranges, as well as special sizes and alterations for those that are petite, tall, or pregnant.
- Fabrics: Since you’re not viewing wedding dresses in person, it’s also helpful to familiarize yourself with different types of fabrics, so that you can get a sense of how certain wedding dresses will fit and feel. Think about whether you want something smooth and silky like satin or charmeuse or a style that’s more light and airy like chiffon or tulle. You also want to think about the season you are getting married, and what fabric best suits the weather and location. Fit for any season, the wedding dresses from Revolve are crafted from everything from timeless satin to floaty crepe.
- Shipping & Returns Policy: One of the most important tips for buying a wedding dress online is to extensively review a retailer’s shipping and return policy. “Make sure you read the retailer’s fine print and are very clear on return policies and delivery dates as you’ll want to make sure you receive everything on time,” says Coleman. If a site has a flexible return policy, you might want to order your dress in a couple of sizes to ensure you find the ideal fit. Nordstrom is known for having one of the most generous return policies—you can usually take back most items at any time and get a full refund.
Why Trust Brides
Contributing writer Sophie Moore is a former fashion editor at Brides and is an expert in all things bridal attire, from couture wedding gowns to the perfect “something blue” accessory. She researches and sources the best fashion items for brides, grooms, wedding guests, wedding parties, and more.
For this article, the Brides team heavily researched and even tested popular online wedding gown retailers. We also spoke with a bridal fashion expert for their valuable insight and tips:
- Ranu Coleman is the chief marketing officer of Azazie. She has more than 10 years of experience in the fashion, beauty, and apparel industries.