Wedding dress shopping is a very exciting moment for any bride to be as it’s something that will only (hopefully) come around once. This step in the wedding planning process is likely to be one of the most important because it’s the dress that you’ll get married in, so you want it to be special. Here are some tips when shopping for your wedding dress.
Do Your Research On Designers
Firstly, it’s important to have some idea of what designers are out there. There are certainly a fair few wedding designers that will all have a unique design and twist on what they believe is a wedding dress. Not all designers will suit your tastes, and so it’s good to start off by looking at what designers are currently around. The research is important because you’ll need to know where these designers are stocking their dresses for when you’re booking appointments in with the wedding dress shops. Start looking at a number and then try to align your wedding dress shops so that there are multiple designers that you like in one store.
Know Your Budget
The budget is extremely crucial to nail down and have in place before you start wedding dress shopping. Like everything when it comes to a wedding, it can be easy to overspend, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to your wedding dress. Everyone’s budget will be different, and so if you’ve had a friend or colleague you know that’s recently paid thousands for a dress, that doesn’t mean you need to do the same. Go for what you can reasonably afford and don’t get swept away in the idea that this is a dream dress because, in reality, you’re only wearing it for one day. For some brides, they end up selling their dress so that it can be worn again and not wasted sitting in their wardrobe forever. Know how to budget for your wedding so that you don’t get swayed to pay for something that’s too expensive.
Start Shopping Early On
Get your shopping started as soon as you can because a wedding dress can take a total of twelve months to sort. If you leave it too late, then you could end up limiting your choice of dresses, and it may be that you have to choose from a sample rack and hope that they can get the dress adjusted in time. If your wedding is more than twelve months away, then you’ve got some more time to work with, but even so, it’s good to start your search early enough to plan for any snags along the way. For some brides, they can find their dress by the first shop visit, but for others, it could take a while.
Think About What You’d Like
Before stepping foot into a shop, it’s good to have an idea of what you’re looking for in a dress. There are so many designs, styles and shapes to choose from that it can be quite overwhelming when you go to a shop, and there are hundreds of various white and ivory dresses on display. If you don’t have a clue, this can make it quite difficult for yourself and for the person who’ll be dressing you. There are various necklines to think about, the shape of the dress and whether you’ll want something with a long train or something shorter. The material is also one thing to consider and of course, the colour. White or ivory are usually the two popular colours, but there are other daring shades to choose from.
When going to a wedding dress shop, you’ll be trying on different dresses, and most will likely be white. So it’s good to dress appropriately when it comes to the underwear. Try going for a strapless white bra and white or nude-coloured knickers. Don’t fake tan because the last thing you want to be doing is getting tan stains on beautiful dresses. As you’ll be trying on different dresses, you’re going to be sweating, so don’t do it!
Visit A Few Shops
And finally, don’t forget to visit a few shops. It’s all about having fun on these trips, and therefore each shop is going to be a little different to the next. Take your time and don’t feel obliged to stay with just the one shop on your hunt for the wedding dress of your dreams.
Be picky and don’t just settle for the first dress you see. Have fun and make memories!