Wedding dress shopping should be the best time of your life, but it can also be a very stressful time. Below are a few tips to maximizing the fun and minimizing the stress of shopping for the gown that your husband-to-be will first lay eyes on as you walk down the aisle towards becoming his wife.
Browse online first:
Before you actually step foot in a bridal shop, be sure to do your browsing online. Take general note of certain styles, fit, beading, rouging, etc. This will give you a good overall idea of the dress you may be looking for. In addition, visit certain local bridal shops’ websites in order to get an idea of actual dresses available to you. Be sure to write down the exact style number, so the bridal assistant can easily find it for you.
Schedule an appointment:
Most bridal shops are very busy and short-staffed, so be sure to set an appointment. Don’t be afraid to ask how large the time block is that they have allotted you. If they give you any less than an hour, be sure to ask for a bit more time. If you’re planning a full day of dress shopping, you may not need appointments at all the shops, but be sure you get your name on the list for your first and favorite bridal shop.
Plan time for bridesmaid shopping:
You may choose to bring your bridesmaids, and have them try on dresses as well, but be aware that this can be timely and can eat away at the bride’s time for dress shopping and fitting. A good idea is to bring the bridesmaids and keep an eye out for bridesmaid dresses, but set another appointment just for them. This will also give you an opportunity to assist them free of distraction.
Remember this is YOUR dress:
DO bring your family and friends dress shopping with you, but DON’T listen too much to their opinions. Everybody is different in many different ways, and in the end, this is your day and your dress, so make sure it’s the one you choose. Others can give you very helpful tips on fit and how the dress hangs and looks from the back, but the overall choice is yours.
Keep in mind, the dress will look different when altered:
Rarely does a wedding dress fit a woman perfect on the first try. More than likely, it will need to be altered several times. Have the bridal assistant help you pin and pull the areas that can be altered to get a better idea of what the dress will really look like. If it’s too tight here and too loose there, don’t be afraid to ask what parts may or may not be altered and adjusted.
Budget for alterations:
Often times, alterations can total more than the dress itself. Just be sure to plan for it. If need be, shop around for a seamstress. It will always be better to use the seamstress from the shop you purchased your dress at due to the fact that they are familiar with the styles, but keep in mind they may be more expensive. If you choose to buy your dress online (as there are amazing deals), be sure to give yourself plenty of time (and money) to have it altered, or to be returned.
Ask about options:
If you’re not to keen on the sleeves, the lace, the bows, the beads, the sash, or any other items designers can manage to stick on a wedding dress, don’t be afraid to ask if it is available without those attributes and you don’t require such to dance on the beats of wedding dj lancaster pa. Often times many features can be added or removed. Be sure to ask about color choices as well. Cream is different than white.
Stop when you’ve found the one:
Whether it’s the first or the last dress you try on, you will find “the one.” Once you’ve found it, stop shopping! You just won’t be satisfied. Call it successful, and don’t look back. In fact, after you’ve purchased your dress, stop looking at dresses overall. Remember why you picked the one, and know that there is no better dress out there.