You're about to start an exciting time in your life. You've got the ring, the groom and the date...so now it's time to SHOP!
Your wedding gown is THE most important purchase for your wedding. It sets the tone for everything else connected with the wedding. So, here's a few tips to help make your wedding gown shopping a little less stressful and more enjoyable!
- Begin your search early. It can take anywhere from 3-8 months to get a wedding dress in (depending on the manufacturer). You also need to factor in 6-8 weeks for alterations. So, if anyone tells you that shopping a year in advance is too early, well, they are wrong. The earlier you start the more time you have to make your decision.
- Know your style. While it is always good to come into the bridal shop with an open mind, it's also very helpful to your consultant to have an idea of what you like. So we LOVE to see pictures! As I mentioned before, it's important to keep an open mind and try on some gowns that your consultant might suggest. It might not be what you see yourself in...until you put it on. It's still your choice.
- Know your budget. It helps both you and your consultant to know your limits. If your budget is $1,000, there's no reason to try on gowns over that. Period.
- Make an appointment. We appreciate appointments and weekday appointments are best. It's more relaxed and less stressful.
- No food, no drinks, please. Bridal shops have a lot of money invested in their merchandise and accidents do happen.
- Don't bring a whole entourage. Bring just a couple people whose opinions you really value...mom, maid/matron of honor, grandmother. Too many people equal too many opinions. And it's your dress and your opinion counts the most! Also, it's best if you can leave the little ones home. They become bored very quickly.
- Accessories to bring to your appointment. Are you wearing heels? Bring a pair. Bring your SPANX and your strapless bra, too. It's a little easier to figure the fit of the dress when you have the undergarments on that you plan to wear. Also, if you are wearing something for sentimental reasons, like your mom's veil and grandma's pearls, bring them, too. You will need them to make a final decision on which dress looks best with these important accessories.
- Don't be pushed into buying. Some places sell on commission, so a sale is a sale. Find a shop where the focus is YOU and how you want to look on your wedding day. It's all right if you sleep on it. And you'll feel better about your decision.
Photo by Carrie Harris Photography