Every girl dreams of her wedding day–the dress she will wear on the special day, the man she will marry and the venue where she will recite her vows. And on one special day she will capitalize her dream.
Wedding is also about shopping. It is one of the most fun, exciting, memorable moments of life. But, at the same time, it is also stressful.
Here below are few tips that will make your wedding shopping full of fun and stress free:
When should I start the search for my dress?
Bridal boutiques require a minimum of six to nine months to get a dress delivered. Most wedding dress designers suggest 12 months prior to wedding date for delivery and at least eight weeks if possible for any alterations that are required when it arrives.
How many appointments/ fittings do I need?
It is expected to be at least three appointments. First, when you go to shop looking for your “the dress”. Second will be after you have ordered and the gown has arrived in store and to ensure the right fit. The third and final time will be before your wedding day to ensure the alterations are all correct.
What do I need to bring to my fittings?
You should bring the undergarments that you will wear under the dress on special day, shoes and other wedding accessories. While gown shopping, bring a strapless bra or even a nude-colored bra. If you have curves that need to be redirected and smoothed over—as we all do—bring shape wear, especially if you plan to wear a corset on your wedding day.
What style of dress should I go for?
What style is best for my body type? This is one of the most important questions you can ask at your fitting. An experienced consultant can give you unbiased and objective advice about what kind of dress will make you look at your best on your wedding day. Your shape will determine which dress style will look amazing on you, and you deserve to look as beautiful as you feel on your wedding day. Think about your figure, height and complexion, as well as the theme of your day and your venue. The more information you give to assistant, the better chance you have of finding ‘the one’. Don’t be afraid to try on a variety of different styles. You might be surprised about what you end up loving, even if it was not your original idea of the perfect dress.
What if my weight changes? How much last-minute tweaks would cost?
Many brides will either plan to lose weight, or will lose some unintentionally due to nerves. Should this happen, you want to make sure that your dress can be taken in at the last minute for the perfect fit!
Do you have in-house alterations services?
It is always best to do alterations at the salon where you purchased your gown. That way, you are guaranteed that your alterations specialists are experts at tailoring wedding gowns and you will not have to worry about taking your dress elsewhere.
What are the emerging trends?
It is important to discuss what trends are in style for the season, since fads tend to come and go. The consultant can then steer you in a certain direction depending on whether you want a dress that is trendy or classic.
What about fees and pricing?
Aside from the cost of your wedding dress, you will need to think about alterations. You will likely end up paying more than the price tag on the wedding dress for fittings and alterations, so ask about the salon’s various fees. Some shops add this in to the price of the wedding dress and some prefer to keep it separate so you only pay for what you need. Ask about how to store your gown and about storage fees as well.
You may also want to think about your accessories. Veils, head pieces, jewelry and shoes will all need to be budgeted for. Be sure to check the fine print and review the cancellation policies. Due to the custom nature of wedding gowns, most are nonrefundable or exchangeable.
It is easy to get caught up in the moment and finding the perfect dress, but do not leave the appointment without discussing and/or trying on veils and accessories. Find something that will complement and enhance your overall look.
How many guests can I bring with me?
It is less stressful (and more productive) to limit yourself to bringing only a couple of guests during the shopping process. The more loved ones you have there, the more opinions you will get. Bring your mom and a very close friend who understands you and your style.