If you are like most brides, you will be excited about wedding dress shopping, and perhaps a tad nervous!
Finding your dream dress is the first step to becoming the beautiful bride you always wanted to be. So, you have to choose well, and choose right! As a prospective bride, here is a list of things you should do, before you hit the stores, in search of your wedding dress.
Fix your budget
The first and crucial step in wedding dress shopping is fixing your dress budget. Calculate the maximum amount you can spend on your dress, and it should include alterations and accessory charges as well. This will help you look at dresses that you can actually buy, and save you the disappointment of falling in love with one that you cannot afford.
Research your options
The right wedding dress would flatter your figure and highlight your best features. Find out the best wedding dress silhouettes for your body shape. Once you know this, look at wedding dresses on the internet and in bridal magazines to identify styles, fabric and features that appeal to you. Collect or save pictures that you like, and note down collections that they belong to.
Define your wedding dress
As you shortlist dresses that you like, you should see a pattern emerging. This will guide you towards the features that you would like in your dress, and help you narrow down your search. When you go shopping, share this information with your dress consultant, so she can pick dresses that appeal to your taste. This improves your chances of finding your dream dress within minimum time.
Find the right place to shop
Start with shops that are near to where you live. If you are in love with a particular designer collection, check out shops that carry that designer. To enjoy a positive shopping experience, it is a good idea to visit boutiques that are recommended by friends and family. Otherwise, target those with good online reviews. Once you decide on the place to visit, book your appointment. If you have any specific dresses in mind, ask the staff to keep these dresses ready for you to try on, when you visit.
Choose your entourage wisely
Take along only those who you must, when you go shopping. The people who accompany you should know your taste and personal style well. They should be honest, offer constructive criticism and have your best interests in mind. So, invite only two or three people, who will actually be able to help.