Dress Shopping Tips
Set a Budget
– Before you get carried away Pinning all those diamond-encrusted wedding dresses, take a look at your wedding budget and set a number you’re willing to spend on your gown.
– This will not only narrow your choices but also help you hone your expectations in the dress shopping process.
Start Shopping- 9 to 12 Months Beforehand
– Believe it or not, gowns typically take anywhere from 4-6 months to be made. Factor in shipping times alterations and multiple fittings – in the end, your gown could take up to 6 months to be ready.
– Don’t have that kind of time? Some designers offer rush services but be prepared to pay an extra fee. Out of timely options, you can always purchase a dress off the sales floor and take it home with you that same day.
Use Social Media to Find & Save Gowns
– Pinterest and Instagram are brilliant for discovering the endless gowns on the market these days. Save your faves on your wedding dress boards, and Instagram archives to bring with you to your appointment.
Choose Your Bride Tribe Wisely
– Take special care when you select which guests will join you on this wedding dress hunt. Make sure your bride tribe is uplifting, understands who you are, what you like, and understand that this day is about you choosing your gown.
Forget About Sizing
– Wedding dress sizes are vastly different than street sizes (what you wear on a day-to-day basis) so don’t get worked up when you see your wedding dress size. In fact, when you’re at the salon, that sample you’re trying on is definitely “one-size-fits-no-one”.
– Nearly everyone needs alterations, so the gown you buy will eventually be taken in and tailored to fit you perfectly – totally different from the usual “pick a size number” shopping experience.
Listen to Your Bridal Stylist (& Your Gut!)
– It’s true, your bride tribe knows you best. But no one knows the gowns at the shop like your bridal stylist. The person pulling gowns and jumping into the dressing room is paid to make this experience perfect for you. They’ve taken into account everything you love, and quite frankly is likely a more objective opinion than your family or friends. They are thinking of what you like, not what they like.
– But ultimately, block out all the noise and listen to your gut. If you know deep down you don’t love something, it’s not your gown, no matter how “pretty” your bride tribe says you look. And if you, in your heart, know you prefer something different, listen! You’re the one who’s going to be wearing the gown, you make the ultimate choice.
Don’t Be Afraid to Say Yes to The First Dress You Love
– Bridal stylists are super smart, and if they can tell you have a serious favorite during your salon walkthrough, they’ll likely put it on you first. Our experts say often brides think they are being too quick to decide, but then they come back to buy the first gown they loved anyway.
- Enjoy your shopping experience and don’t stress!
- Be open-minded to endless possibilities.
- Your wedding gown is the most self-expressive garment you will ever wear. Make sure you LOVE it!
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