Wedding Dress Shopping? Read These Tips First!
Going wedding dress shopping can fill a bride with a variety of different emotions. Not only will she be excited, but she will also be fearful and scared. These emotions rise from being able to try on dresses, not knowing what will look good and fearing the prices that are out there.
If you are a bride and are just experiencing this for the first time, then read these tips first! Hopefully they can push you through dress shopping so that it turns out to be an amazing experience for you.
1. Set a Budget
"Ooh that's pretty! I have to have it!" This is a phrase that is going to get you into a world of trouble when you are wedding dress shopping. Set a budget before you ever step foot in the bridal salon. Tell this number to your friends, family and the bridal dress consultant you will be working with.
Sharing your number will ensure that you and the people you're with stick to your budget and don't stray from it. This will also ensure that you ONLY see dresses that you can afford, which will leave you better off in the long run.
2. Determine Your Style
It's always a good idea to look at bridal magazines or pictures online to get an idea of what dresses you like. You should show these to your bridal consultant so that they can help you find them in your price range and try them on. Although you may end up with a style that you thought you wouldn't like; it is still useful to have a vision in your head of what you would like to look like.
3. Manage Expectations
You should walk into a bridal dress store understanding that you might find a dress, but also that you might now. It's important to realize that sometimes the right dress takes a little bit of searching for. This shouldn't discourage you and shouldn't cause you to be any more stressed than you already are with your wedding.
Another part of managing your expectations is thinking about what you will look like in the dress. Remember that sizing differences and different designers will all affect the way you look in a dress. Don't get discouraged if something doesn't fit right or if you're a bigger size than you thought you were.
4. Shop Early
Don't be a bride that shops the week before her wedding. This is only going to cause you a ton of stress and unnecessary nights with no sleep. It's generally a good idea to purchase your wedding dress 6 months before the big day. This will ensure that you have enough time to get alterations so that it fits your body like a glove.
On the flip side of this, you shouldn't shop too early. Doing this could result in getting a dress that ends up not fitting your body well because you either lose or gain weight. You might also want to think about how far in advance you will get married and whether or not you plan on having kids beforehand.
5. Book Appointments
When going into a bridal dress shop you have to book an appointment ahead of time. Of course this isn't the case with every single shop, but it is with the majority of them. Book appointments well in advance and make sure you schedule adequate time for each of them. This will ensure that you can try on all the dresses that you like without having to rush from one to another.
6. Bring People who's Opinion Matters to You
Don't go wedding dress shopping with everyone that you know. Only bring individuals who are truly special and important for this big day. This could be your parents, your maid of honor, your siblings or anyone else. Just try to limit the friends you bring with you to four or five and no more than that. Too many people at the appointment can result in far too many opinions flying around and you not being able to find your special dress.
7. Think ahead about having your Dress Cleaned After your Wedding
Keeping your wedding dress looking like it did when you first purchased it is important and something most brides don't think about when first going dress shopping. While your browsing around the stores be sure to ask about cleaning services or inquire about discounts. You can also book ahead and order an online wedding dress cleaning service so that you can simply box up your dress and head off to your honeymoon after the big day is over.
Most Importantly, Have a Blast!
Wedding dress shopping is going to fill you with a world of emotions, which is why it's important to relax. Take your time to breathe, drink a glass of wine and soak up the memories that you can make!