Shopping for a wedding gown might not always be as glamorous as the process was for…let’s say, Meghan Markle—but brides tend to make common mistakes that hinder their process of finding the perfect gown. Some mistakes are minor (expert tip: leave your black lace underwear at home and opt for a seamless nude pair to try on wedding gowns), while others can be incredibly detrimental to the process of finding the dress.
And once the dress is decided upon, most brides misstep again, falling prey to tempting “don’ts” that make the process that much more challenging for them in the long run. Here, all the common mistakes brides-to-be make when shopping for their wedding gown—and the ones that will most likely have your friends (or fans) murmuring that your look is “ill-fitting,” “boring” or “bland.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.