Congratulations on your engagement! As you embark on your journey to find the perfect wedding dress, it's important to keep in mind a few helpful tips to ensure a stress-free and enjoyable shopping experience. Here are some wedding dress shopping tips for newly engaged brides:
Wedding dress shopping should be on your priority list, and ideally, you should begin shopping for your gown at least six to nine months before the big day. Keep in mind that some wedding dresses can take up to six months to arrive once ordered. Also, you may need to schedule fittings and alterations, which can take some time. Starting early will help you avoid the last-minute rush and give you enough time to make a decision that you will be happy with.
Do Your Research
Before heading to any bridal store, do some research to get an idea of the style, fabric, and design that you are interested in. You can browse through wedding magazines, online bridal stores, or Pinterest to get inspired. Also, take note of designers or specific dresses that catch your eye so that you can request to try them on when you visit the store.
While it's essential to have an idea of what you want, keep an open mind when trying on dresses. You may find that a dress that you never thought you would like looks stunning on you. Your bridal consultant will also have a good idea of what styles will look great on you, so listen to their suggestions and try on a variety of dresses.
Set a Budget
Wedding dresses come in various styles and prices, so it's important to set a budget before shopping. Keep in mind that the cost of the dress is not the only expense; you will also need to factor in alterations, accessories, and shipping fees if you are ordering a dress from overseas. Setting a budget will help you narrow down your options and save time.
Bring Supportive Friends or Family
Bringing a few close friends or family members to your bridal appointment can be helpful in making your decision. However, too many opinions can be overwhelming and make the process more complicated. Bring people who know your style and can provide honest and helpful feedback.
Wear Proper Undergarments and Shoes
To ensure that you get the most accurate idea of how the dress will look on you, wear proper undergarments and shoes to your appointment. This will also help you envision how the dress will look on your wedding day.
Remember, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so don't rush the process. Take your time to enjoy the experience, try on as many dresses as you want, and don't feel pressured to make a decision on the spot. If you're unsure about a dress, sleep on it and revisit it later.
Wedding dress shopping is an exciting and memorable experience. By following these tips, you can make it a stress-free and enjoyable one. Remember, the most important thing is to choose a dress that makes you feel beautiful and confident on your special day! When you’re ready to find “the one,” book your appointment with us!