Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

On the 2nd of October my very best friend got married, which has inspired me to write my next blog on tips to finding your perfect wedding dress. After doing some research I have read that it’s important to figure out what your budget is, first thing, so that you don’t waste time trying on dresses that you would never wear on your wedding day. You will save not only time but give yourself the chance to look at amazing dresses that you could fall in love and have a chance with!

Time is of the essence, give yourself plenty of it! You need at least six to eight months  to get your dress; you don’t want to miss out on the specific style you’re looking for, especially if you’re a picky shopper. Custom gowns can take up to a year for alternations, especially ones that are heavily embellished. Think about the season and time of day you’re getting married. If it’s summer time, a bulky ballgown style wouldn’t be a good fit. Figure out which style is best for your body shape too, you want something flattering because when you know you look good, you feel good and it’s important feel confident on your special day.

Certain dress shops may be able to order in a specific brand or style that you’re looking at, so call ahead to give them some ideas. Some shops will require appointments to come in too, so keep that in mind. Consultants have a fresher mind early in the day so they’re more likely to give you more of their attention during that time span. Appointments on weekdays make it easier to shop because the weekends will be swamped with those who work Monday through Friday. If you do too, take vacation days to shop, it’s completely worth it, and almost like having the whole store to yourself.

When you think you’ve found the dress, read the dress contract carefully to be sure that you’ll have to correct style, color, delivery date, brand, and more. You don’t want to end up with the wrong dress! While trying on, bring the accessories you plan to wear on your special day to see if they mesh well with the dress. If you have to try to convince yourself that you like the dress, its probably not the one for you. You’ll know when you find it! That’s exactly how my best friend felt when she found her dress, and everyone agreed it was absolutely perfect for her. I hope these tips will help you find yours too if you’re a bride-to-be!

Picture One: My best friend Amanda and her new husband Chris. Mr. and Mrs. DiStaolo!

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