One of the most important decisions you will make when planning your wedding is selecting “the perfect gown”. Your gown should reflect your personality, taste and style. You may know exactly what you are looking for or maybe you are just beginning your search. Regardless of where you are, you are about to begin a wonderful journey and want to look your best. There are some things you will want to know before you begin.
Knowing where and when your wedding will take place will definitely help you focus your search.
Know the money decisions before you shop
The wedding ensemble including accessories will typically be about 10 to 15 percent of the total wedding costs. Set a budget for your dress and factor in extras for alterations and shipping fees. Before you put down a deposit and sign a contract, get everything in writing. The delivery date, alteration fees, cancellation policy, damage recourse and incomplete modification requests should all be included. Double check the everything about the order! If you are on a tight budget, you may want to find out when the salons hold their big sales, usually once or twice a year.
Make a game plan for shopping around
You will want to begin shopping six to nine months before your wedding. Find salons that carry dresses in your price range. Be sure to try on several different styles within your budget. You don’t want to fall in love with a dress you can’t afford. Finding the right silhouette for you is the first decision you should make.
You may have already decided on a style, but try some on and make it fun. If allowed, take pictures – the camera doesn’t lie. Also, finding “the one” may be hard to find again when you go back to buy it. If you can’t take pictures, use a notebook for dress descriptions. Try to stick to two stores a day and call ahead for appointments. Get an appointment early in the day. Also, try to narrow down salons you visit to those that carry your top three designers and “gets” your style
Do your research
Pore over websites and bridal magazines to find styles you like. You will also want to have a basic understanding of the various gown styles, fabrics, silhouettes, and the lexicon. This makes it easier for you to explain to the bridal shop consultant exactly what you want. You should also take pictures of dresses you like or details that you find appealing.
When you find the “perfect gown”, buy it.
Many times the right gown will be at the first salon you visited. Once you know you found your wedding dress, stop looking. Buy it immediately. Don’t count on it being there when you return at your leisure, especially if it was on sale. You may end up very disappointed.
Finding the absolute right wedding gown for you can be overwhelming if you aren’t prepared. These tips should help. Clicking the button below to view a gallery of gowns will also help you get started. The best advice overall is to keep an open mind. Be open to trying on something suggested. However, don’t let yourself be talked into purchasing a gown you’re not in love with. Your dress is meant to dazzle your future spouse and you will feel it when you love your dress.