Shopping for the dress that you will be getting married in is an exciting experience for any bride. However, it can also be a daunting one. The majority of brides have no experience in this field, and even those who have been married before may be looking for something completely different this time around. While you have probably done some of your homework already, flicked through a seemingly endless pile of wedding magazines, and received some advice from your mother, there are a few things you may want to consider before embarking on your odyssey in search of the perfect gown.
Before you start shopping have your budget worked out. Figure out the maximum amount you are willing to spend on your dress and try to stick to it. Slight deviations from your budget may be acceptable, but this really depends on your own personal circumstances. It may be that if your dream dress costs a little more than you can afford but you absolutely must have it, you will need to make cut backs on another aspect of your wedding. Alternatively you may have to opt for another dress that fits within your budget or perhaps rent your wedding dress. While renting your wedding dress may seem like a sensible option (after all you will only be wearing the dress for one day), you may wish to think again. Some brides who decide to rent their wedding dress develop an attachment to it, and often regret their decision when it comes to giving it back.
Having little or no experience at shopping for a wedding dress, knowing what to take along with you can certainly be tricky. While many salons supply accessories to their customers, there are a few items that you should definitely make sure you have with you when shopping for your wedding dress. A strapless bra is an essential, your choice of dresses are not limited to those with straps, and you are more than likely to wear something strapless on your wedding day anyway. Even if you have not decided on your bridal lingerie yet, and you probably haven’t, take along some underwear that is similar to what you think you might to wear on the day. The same goes for your shoes. Wedding shoes are frequently chosen after your dress, but why not take along a pair (or a few pairs) similar to the style you envisage yourself wearing on your wedding day. Any accessories you already have decided upon should also be taken along.
Wedding dresses come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with styles to suit different styles of wedding. A dress that may be perfect for a large ultra-formal wedding may look out of place at a more informal event and vice-versa. You will need to have your wedding style sussed before you can seriously start thinking about the type of wedding dress you want to wear. With this firmly in your mind, make sure you communicate your expectations for your wedding style and atmosphere to the consultant at the bridal salons you visit. Using this information they should be able to guide you towards a selection of dresses in stock.
So you think you are ready to start shopping? Now who should you take with you when shopping for your wedding dress? You may think that the more different opinions you can get the better. While for some people, several different points of view can be helpful but for most people it can all get a little too confusing. Generally the fewer people you take along with you when shopping for your wedding dress the better. Take one or two of your most trusted friends or family members along with you, listen to their advice, but do not let it stop you from making your own decisions. After all it is your wedding, and you will want to look and feel great in a dress you like. After the first round of consultations at bridal salons, you will hopefully have narrowed down your choices to a few dresses. You may even be in the privileged position of having fallen in love with just one dress. Now is the time to bring other people in. Get advice from your mother, your bridesmaids, and other gal pals to help you make your final decision and choose and alterations and accessories.
While this may seem like a lot of information to take in, shopping for a wedding dress is definitely a lot of fun. Keep an open mind and a positive attitude, and you should find the one special dress sooner than you think.