You’ve done the research. You’re an expert on ball gown silhouettes and sweetheart necklines. Now the time has finally arrived-it’s wedding dress shopping day! But like the rest of the wedding planning process, shopping for a wedding dress is slightly more complex than shopping for your basic pair of slacks. Know what to expect before you hit the stores!
Wedding Dress Shopping Tips Every Bride Should Know
First, you must decide where you are going to shop; Once you known here are the most common : What to expect once you’re in the bridal shop : 15 useful wedding dresses shopping tips
1. Make an appointment, and, if possible, try to shop during a weekday. You will receive more attentive service if your sales associate can dedicate his/her time especially for you.
2. Bring someone with you whose opinion you respect and trust, but avoid bringing an entire brigade of “experts.” Too many opinions will distract you.
3. Many bridal boutiques will not simply allow you to browse through the selection of wedding dresses; rather they will bring gowns to you one at a time. At these boutiques, a sales associate will sit down with you to discuss your style and will bring you dresses that reflect your vision.
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4. Consider bringing the lingerie that you will wear at the wedding. This will help you determine exactly how the wedding dress will look and feel on the big day.
5. Most likely, you will not try on dresses in your actual size. Stores typically carry sample sizes (8-10), and the sales associate will pin it to your body.
6. That said, allow them to bring you many styles. While you may have an idea of what you want, you never know what looks best on your body style until you try it.
7. Wedding dresses tend to run small, so be prepared to order a size that is larger than you normally wear.
8. Don’t forget that you will have to be fitted – up to 3 times – before your wedding dress fits perfectly. If the store has an in-house seamstress, ask for an alterations estimate.
9. Go with your gut! If you need to be convinced that a wedding dress looks good on you, it’s probably not “the one.”
10. If there is a specific feature you want changed, you can usually request it. Keep in mind that any design changes will increase the cost of the wedding gown.
11. When determining the cost of your wedding dress, remember to factor in the cost for the veil, which can run up to £1,000 and beyond, and other accessories such as shoes, headpiece etc.
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12. Sleep on it. Most stores have a no return policy, so you need to be sure before making your final decision.
13. Once you have found “the dress” and made your final decision, you will usually pay a 50% deposit on the dress.
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14. Afterwards – the store will take your measurements to order size – don’t be tempted to order one too small in hopes of losing weight.
Nardos Imam wedding dress | Photo by Apryl Ann Photo
15. Remember that the dress usually takes a few months to be made, so make sure you leave enough time for alterations.
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