Women grow up thinking and dreaming about their wedding when they can be the center of every one’s attention and feel like a princess. Most girls think about going shopping for wedding dresses with their mothers, sisters and friends.
Once the wedding dress shopping process begins, most brides are dazzled by the lace, bling and pretty satin that makes them feel like they are dreaming. The whole process is a little overwhelming and most of the time, mothers are no help because things have changed drastically over the years.
From trumpet dresses to princess ball gowns, you need to be aware of what you want and how you want to look on your wedding day. While the shopping process can be a little intimidating, you need to be aware of the process and what you need to do to be able to find that perfect dress.
Most of us hope and dream of marrying just once, so finding the dress of your dreams becomes even more important. You need someone experienced to guide you through the process so that you get a dress, have it fitted and wear it on your big day without a hitch.
Here are some tips that will make the process easier and much more enjoyable for you.
Start With Setting a Budget
Just like everything else in your wedding needs a budget, so does your wedding dress. Although you may want to think the sky's the limit when it comes to your wedding dress, realistically it is not possible for everyone. So, before you can step a foot inside a wedding dress shop, you need to determine how much money you are going to spend and who is going to foot the bill. Setting a budget will tell you how much wiggle room you have, what you can get and help you set your expectations right from the very beginning. If your budget is very tight, you can visit your nearest wholesale clothing store and see what you can find there. Chances are, you will find a dress you would absolutely love and you just might have to get it tailored a little bit.
Start Looking for A Dress Ahead of Time
You should always start your dress shopping process at least 9 months before your wedding, however, the ideal time is 12 to 16 months before the actual wedding. This timeline is very important because what dresses you will find in the wedding dress shop are sample sizes and when you choose a dress, one will be made for you. Typically, a wedding dress can take at least 4 months and as much as 10 months to be made. This time frame does not include shipping, alternations that you may like and different fittings so that you can get the appropriate changes done to the dress before your wedding day.
Always Do Your Research Before Shopping
Before you start shopping for your wedding dress, you need to research on the dresses that are in trend or available at the moment. While there are endless options available in the market and the designers always working hard to bring something new to the table, you need to be aware of these options. Look up different wedding dress styles and see what type of gown would look best on you. See the different kinds of silhouettes available, different styles, lengths and shapes according to your body type and more. All of this should be done before you enter a bridal shop. Don’t be shy of using social media for reference.
Make Appointment At Different Bridal Salons
Here is the thing: you cannot expect to find the dress of your dreams at the first bridal boutique or salon you visit. You will always have to make an appointment and you will need to make an appointment at different salons and boutiques if you want to quickly find a dress. Try to schedule all of your salon appointments on the same weekend or the same day so that you can mentally revisit all the dresses that you tried and decide which of them was the best for you. Always let the salon know what you are looking for so that they can properly guide you on what they have in stock and if they will be able to cater to your particular needs or not.
While all of the above-mentioned tips are absolutely necessary for you to keep in your mind when going bridal dress shopping, there are some other things that you need to keep in your mind. Always take only the people you love to your appointment, keep negativity away, if you have any questions then be sure to ask your stylist at the shop and finally, wear the right undergarments and shoes to the appointment to get the full effect.