Find your perfect frock with our top 10 tips for how to pick your dream wedding dress. Looking for your dream wedding dress? Before you head out with your credit card in hand and buy the first dress that you find, there are a few things you should keep in mind. From knowing your budget to finding the perfect fit, check out our top 10 tips for finding your dream wedding dress.
Shopping for your dream wedding dress is one of the most exciting parts of planning your special day but it can also be overwhelming. With a seemingly endless choice of designs, fabrics and prices on the market, it can be hard to know where to start…and if the search will ever end.
So we’ve put together a few of our top tips to help you find your dream wedding dress, without the struggle and stress.
1. Establish A Budget
It’s easy to completely blow out your budget when buying a wedding dress, so know exactly how much you want to spend before you go shopping. Once you arrive at a bridal boutique, tell the salesperson what your budget is, that way she won’t start tempting you with gowns you can’t afford. Remember when buying a wedding dress that you may need to factor in shipping costs and alterations, as well as professional pressing or steaming if it’s being sent through the post.
2. Know Your Setting
The setting of your wedding will probably impact the wedding dress you choose to buy, not only for stylistic reasons but also for practical ones. If you’re getting married on the beach, you don’t want a long train that has the potential to get hooked on something in the sand. And you’re probably not going to want to sweat it out in velvet during a mid-summer ceremony. So decide where you’re getting married and take into account the season before settling on your dream dress.
3. Do Some Research
A lot of detail goes into the perfect wedding dress, from the type of fabric to the fit of the waist and the myriad shades of white. So make sure you do your research before you head out shopping to ensure you understand exactly what it is that you’re after. Browse bridal magazines or scroll through websites to gain a deeper insight into the options available and start collecting pictures of dresses or features that you like.
4. Shop Around
Compile a list of bridal boutiques you want to visit and call ahead to schedule an appointment. Avoid going when you’re pressed for time (like during your lunch hour) and don’t push yourself to information overload by trying to visit all in one day. You might want to call ahead to check that they stock gowns in your price range or find out which designers they carry, then pace yourself to ensure you can really soak it all in.
5. Go With An Open Mind
While you might have a vision in your mind as to how your dream wedding dress appears, don’t let that stop you from trying on dresses you might never have considered. If a salesperson recommends a particular dress that will be flattering to your body shape, there’s no harm in seeing whether they’re right or not, even if it doesn’t look like much on the hangar. By having an open mind, you might just end up with the dream wedding dress you never knew you wanted!
6. Start Early
Whatever you do, don’t leave shopping for your dream wedding dress to the last minute. Most shops recommend that you order your dress at least six months before your wedding day, taking into account around four months to make a dress and another two to complete any alterations. If you’re considering a particularly elaborate gown, it might take significantly longer than this. For brides who are in a rush, you can buy off the rack or you may be able to request a rush order for an additional fee.
7. Find The Right Fit
When shopping for a wedding dress, it’s important to remember that it may be easy to take in, but it will be very expensive to let out! So rather than trying to squeeze into a certain size (or convincing yourself that you’ll be that size by your wedding day), focus on the fit and comfort of the dress now. Bridalwear is often smaller than ready-to-wear clothes, so you might find that the perfect fit is actually a size or two bigger than you’re used to…and that’s completely okay!
8. Get A Second Opinion
It’s always good to get a second opinion when making big decisions and a wedding dress is no exception. Whether it’s your mum, a best friend or “bridesman”, go shopping with someone whose opinion you trust and who you know will be honest with you. That being said, don’t go with a whole bevy of people, as this can be overwhelming and may result in a clash of opinions that might leave you more confused than when you began.
9. Understand Your Contract
Once you’ve decided on your dream wedding dress, it’s time to pay the deposit (usually 50%) and sign the all-important contract. Make sure you understand when the gown will be ready and any additional fees for alterations, as well as what the dressmaker’s cancellation policy is. It’s also important to double-check that all the details are correct, including your chosen size, style, and color.
10. Take Advantage Of Fittings
A wedding dress is a big investment and you want to be comfortable on your special day. So make the most of each and every fitting to ensure it’s just right. Check that you can move your arms easily and you’ll be able to let loose on the dance floor at the end of the night, without worrying about your straps falling down or things popping out of place. While most bridal boutiques will schedule in two or three fittings, don’t be shy to ask for more if you’re not quite happy with the finished product.
May 22, 2020