Many brides are unprepared for all the decisions that come with wedding planning. The gown is the central purchase, and you usually don’t even get to discuss it with your intended as it’s traditionally a surprise. Here’s our guide to wedding dress shopping to ensure you start off on the right foot.
Wedding gowns take a long time to make – beading, embroidery and all that intricate stitching doesn’t just appear and it’s rare to turn up at a boutique and walk out with a frock. You’ll need to allow for a lead time, so the earlier you start your search for your dress, the better.
Don’t be too hasty or go into your research phase with a closed mind. You may have an idea of what you want when you first go dress shopping. Remember though, just because it worked for a celebrity, it may not work for you, your shape or your theme.
It’s likely that you’ve not shopped for your own wedding dress before so you’re best placed to take advice from people who sell wedding dresses every day. They know which styles will suit you. Dresses can look completely different on a hanger or mannequin than on your frame. Be prepared to be open-minded about dresses that may not match your usual style.
Underwear makes a difference – for fittings, wear similar underwear to what you plan to wear on the day. A black bra under a strapless ivory gown won’t show it in its best light.
Stick to your budget
The dress is an integral part of the day so it’s easy to be tempted to spend more than you need to. But if you’re able to be clear about your budget, your assistant won’t show you gowns that are outside of it.
When it’s right you’ll know
You know your style, your plans for your wedding and your personality better than anyone. You know which dress speaks to you: “THIS is the one.” If you’re not feeling that, it’s not right – so when you do, say yes to the dress. Photo Credit