Every bride wants to have the wedding dress of her dreams but sometimes the pressure of it all can drive you insane! We know exactly how you feel so we’ve put together this handy set of tips that will help you lose the stress and find the perfect wedding dress.
Set a budget for your wedding dress and stick to it:
Make sure you work out your budget before you go shopping for your wedding dress. And when you get to the store tell your stylist what your budget is. That not only saves you a lot of time but also save you from the heartbreak of giving up a dress you can’t afford.
When coming up with your budget, keep in mind that you might have other expenses as well. Like, veil, undergarments, and any other accessories,alterations, shipping fee, professional pressing/ steaming, etc.
Decide the style and location of the wedding:
You don’t have to plan the whole thing out right away but knowing a few things about the location will be very useful in picking your wedding dress.
Having a beach wedding? You can rule out ball gowns with elaborate embellishments and long trains. Getting married in winter? Most fabrics are good all year long but you might want to stay away from linen and organdy. Getting married in warm weather? Stay away from Velvet and brocade.
Get an early start:
Manufacturers usually take about four months to make a dress and another two months to finish the alterations. The more elaborate the gown, the longer it will take to complete. So it’s a good idea to start your shopping at least six to nice months before your wedding.
Don’t have that much time? Don’t lose hope, many bridal boutiques rush orders for an additional fee. They also have samples which you can buy off the rack.
Do your research:
Explore websites like this one and make sure you stay informed. Know your body type, collect pictures of wedding dresses you like, learn about fabrics and silhouettes so you can better convey what you are looking for.
Collect this info and pictures on your phone or dropbox so you can share it with your stylist when you get to the boutique.
Sign up to mailing lists and save big!
Most large salons hold big sales a few times in a year to clear out sample gowns. These are gently worn and are available off the rack. If you’re lucky you’ll find one that needs very minor alterations to fit you and you’ll end up saving a ton of money as well!
Contact the designers or sign up to mailing lists on websites like this one so you can be informed of these sales and trunk shows as well. Boutiques usually offer discounts on the day of the show.
Your dress is out there and we’d like to do everything we can to help you find it. Comment below and let us know what you thought of this list. Would a complete guide with checklists, schedules, mindsets and the whole works help you? What information would be in your perfect guide? Let us know in the comments below.