Tips on Choosing the Perfect Wedding Dress

Every bride deep down has a romantic vision of what her special day should be like. Predominately in this vision she is wearing the perfect wedding dress. In order to increase the likelihood the bridal gown will match up to the expectation it is advisable to seek the services of a dedicated wedding dress shop consultant.

First Find Out Information on Wedding Dresses

Generally this will be the most important clothing purchase you will ever make, so it is wise to do some research on the subject area of wedding dresses and the different types of dress and associated terminology. Purchase some bridal magazines and make notes about the gowns that interest you the most. Go onto the internet and research the jargon and look at the images of wedding dresses and the current designers.

Start Shopping Early

It is advisable to purchase your wedding gown at least six months before the wedding day. There could be a long delivery time for your particular dress, and when it does arrive there will be numerous fitting and alteration sessions to make sure the gown fits comfortably. You should locate a wedding dress shop with a dedicated bridal gown consultant on hand to give personal one to one advice on the best dress to suit your requirements. A good bridal gown shop should stock a number of the most popular makes of dress. Ring up and make inquiries on the designer labels catered for and possible delivery dates. Some shops also have in stock a range of dresses for immediate delivery.

Your Wedding Dress Shop Experience

First of all call and make an appointment with the wedding dress consultant. Sometimes an appointment is essential for fitting certain types of dress. This will ensure you have plenty of time to try on a variety of bridal gowns. Try on a selection of gowns to verify the dress that suits you the most and ask any questions you have concerning the dress or the wedding day requirements. Do not rush this experience. It should be an enjoyable part of the usually stressful wedding day preparation. It is important not to feel rushed or pressured into making a hasty decision, possibly take a bridesmaid along to the consultation for extra advice and support and to look at complimentary bridesmaid dresses.

The main points of choosing the best wedding dress should be to first research your subject matter, take into consideration the setting of the wedding when browsing for a style. As soon as possible make an appointment with a wedding dress consultant to go over your findings and use their help to pick the perfect wedding dress of your dreams.

Last Minute Wedding Dress Shopping

Finding a wedding dress at short notice can be an overwhelming thought! Many modern couples are deciding to get married very shortly after they get engaged, so sometimes a time-frame of just a few months or even weeks is becoming more common. There might be a particular reason for this, such as an illness in the family, booking the only available dates at a favourite venue, other plans that mean you need to get married right away and so on. Or perhaps you just can’t see a reason to wait! Whatever your reason for a swept-off-your-feet wedding, one of the first things you’ll be wanting to do is find a wedding dress. This might seem like a herculean task, and many traditional bridal shops will tell you it’s impossible, but don’t despair – it is absolutely possible if you know what to do! 

Traditional bridalwear stores tend to suggest that you give yourself between 6 months and a year to find your perfect wedding gown – this is so adjustments and fittings can be booked, or the right size shipped in etc. While browsing these stores can give you a firm idea of what kind of dress you’re after, many simply won’t be able to provide you with a gown at short notice, so looking elsewhere is your first step to finding a late-notice wedding dress.

Your options include non-wedding clothing stores, vintage wedding dresses and wedding dress factory outlets:

The high street is sometimes a great place to start, and larger department stores often stock wedding gowns at affordable prices. But these tend to be rather limited, generic and might not cater for smaller or larger dress-sizes.

If you can find a vintage dress that fits, then fantastic! Many vintage dresses are often in very slim sizes, however, so may narrow down your options. Perhaps you have a family heirloom of a gown that could be adjusted to fit you?

Finally, wedding dress factory outlets are great places to find affordable designer wedding dresses in a huge range of styles. These outlets buy end-of-line, one-off and ex-display/catwalk bridalwear and are able to sell on to the customer at greatly reduced prices. Sometimes you can save up to £1500 on a top designer dress! They may also work with new or specialised designers who offer their gowns at reduced cost. This option gives you the greatest choice, with larger outlets stocking up to 700 dresses in a variety of styles and sizes.

Wherever you find your dress, you will most likely need to have it altered in some way. Even ‘off-the-peg’ dresses may not fit perfectly. But hiring a bridalwear seamstress is fairly cheap and easy to do, and you can get the work done with a quick turnaround if you start looking for your wedding gown as soon as you being planning your wedding.

Other top tips for anyone looking for a wedding dress at short notice include:

– Set aside a whole day for shopping and plan to visit just a few bridalwear stores rather than panicking and rushing round as many shops as possible.

– Don’t rush! Take your time to research what type of gown you are after and be open to trying on lots of different styles.

– Take the advice of the staff and whoever you’ve brought along with you.

– If possible, do some research on the gowns available before you come into the store.

– Don’t stress! Even if you don’t find what you’re looking for first time round, bridalwear stock changes frequently, and new wedding dresses will come in regularly. Chances are, in a week or two, there will be a whole new range for you to choose from.

How to Shop For Your Once in a Lifetime Wedding Dress

He proposed, you said yes. The wedding planning is in full gear and its time to shop for your wedding dress. Your wedding dress is the most memorable and expensive dress you will ever purchase. Here is some practical advice to make your shopping trip fun and let you know what to expect.

Make an appointment to try on wedding dresses. Some bridal salons don’t require them, but an appointment will guarantee you the individual attention of a bridal consultant and space in the dressing room.

Time your shopping trip to your best advantage. If you shop on a weekday afternoon, you will get the most attention and you will not be competing with a lot of other brides like you would on weekends. You also get more time to shop.

You will get the best deals if you shop in November and December when the bridal salons are slow and new merchandise is arriving. There will be more sales and more incentives to buy because they need to clear out stock to make room for new stock that is arriving. Wedding dresses arrive in cycles, with the late fall and early winter being the time the manufactures ship out new merchandise.

Don’t shop too early, if your wedding is two years away and you are not prepared to buy, stay home and surf the net for ideas. The styles will change and your idea of your dream dress may change, along with your weight and wedding plan. The style may also be discontinued by the manufacturer.

Don’t shop too late. Wedding dresses should be ordered 9 months to a year in advance. The manufacturers take 16 to 20 weeks to fashion your dress because of all the hand work that is done on the dress. You also need to allow transportation time and time to have alterations done. If you shop at the last minute, you will risk major disappointment. You will either have to buy off the rack or pay the manufacturer extra for rushing your dress.

Shop prepared. This should not even have to be mentioned., Wear underwear on your shopping trip. Wear clean underwear and be freshly showered or risk major embarrassment. Some salons will send you home to shower or come back with underwear and who can blame them? You are trying on expensive white dresses! And if you don’t wear underwear, you’ll be standing in the dressing room buck naked. If you are uncomfortable, you consultant will be doubly uncomfortable.

Bring along a strapless bra if you have one and a pair of heels to get a feel for how the gown will look on you.

Don’t shop with a posse. Shop with someone you trust, your mom, your sister, your best friend. Don’t shop with your entire wedding party. Too many people means a lot of confusion for you and your consultant. Too many opinions will make you crazy. Are they giving you their true opinion, or picking out a dress they would wear to their own wedding? Invite your friends to see your choice after you’ve made your choice. They’ll be more interested after you’ve chosen your dress. Sure, a huge shopping trip sounds like fun, but you’ll totally regret it when you leave exhausted, confused and aggravated.

Don’t try to cram too many shopping appointments in one day. Trying on wedding dresses is exhausting. You’ll be standing up in heels for a long time. Some of the dresses are very heavy. Pretty soon you’ll be suffering from white blur, a wedding term that means that all the dresses are starting to look alike. Limit your appointments to no more than two a day and take time in between to grab something to eat and drink. The only way you can be on top of your dress shopping game is to be fueled up, hydrated and relaxed. Its going to be a long day!

Shop with an open mind and a good attitude. You have a dress etched into your mind. You are closing yourself to dresses that may be more flattering on your figure, cost less money and be THE dress. Be open and receptive to different necklines, body styles and fabrics. You may leave with the dress still etched in your mind, but you may just find THE dress if you stop telling yourself that you are picky. By constantly reinforcing your pickiness, you’ll make yourself and your shopping companion crazy. Bridal consultants are trained and experienced in finding dresses that make the most of your figure and hide the parts that need to be hidden. Stop whining and listen, you’ll be amazed at how fabulous you can look if you just open your mind and adjust your attitude.

What to expect when shopping for your wedding dress. Expect to be warmly welcomed into the bridal salon and meet your consultant. Your dress consultant will ask you some questions about your wedding. They’ll ask you about the type of wedding, the formality of the wedding and your wedding dress budget. They aren’t being nosy. They need to help you choose a dress from a mind boggling selection of dress styles. You can’t try everything on in the store, its physically impossible. They also need an idea of your dress budget, so you don’t fall in love with a dress that is out of your price range. If you want to see dresses under a thousand dollars or under five hundred dollars, tell them honestly to avoid a lot of disappointment on your part.

You will be shown styles, feel free to say no to anything you don’t like. Be honest, you will not like everything and it will help your consultant pull more dresses that are in line with what looks best on you and you like.

You will be helped try on the dresses. Dressing yourself in a bridal salon is difficult, so expect to be helped on and off with the dress, in addition to zipping the dress.

You will be asked more questions, for example, do you feel comfortable in this style?

Your consultant will categorize your dresses by the dresses you like, the maybes and the definite no way. You might want to retry the dresses you like to cut down on your selections. Your consultant will keep the dress style on file so when you return, the can find the style.

If you are uncomfortable in the style, its a no. If you feel overwhelmed in a style, its a no. If you feel fat in a style, its a no.

And above all, do NOT be pressured into buying a dress by anyone. If you feel pressured, gracefully say you’ll be back to try it on once your mind is cleared. Don’t buy anything from pressure. Buy the dress because you love it and its THE dress!