Planning a wedding is a huge task. From selecting your wedding venue to the dress that you are going to wear for the big day, there are a lot of things to get done. A wedding dress is the most important thing on the checklist of your wedding planner. Here are a few tips that will help you out on picking a wedding dress.
Don’t forget to set a budget
This is very important before you choose your wedding dress. Let the salesperson know your budget before they start showing you the dresses. This way, you won’t lose control and go on shopping for dresses that you can’t afford. Also, if you have a particular budget set for a dress, don’t think that this means that you can buy a wedding dress for that price. You will have to consider other charges like alteration and shipping charges. The dress might also need steaming for which you will have to pay again. So, keep in mind all these factors before you go out and start shopping.
Start looking early
The ideal time to start looking for a wedding dress is at least 9 months prior to the wedding. This is so that you have enough time for the alterations that you need. For instance, you might need to add beading or lace or even alter the train or neckline. This is obviously going to take time and you’ll need to start early. The delivery is going to take time too. In case you’re short on time, you can rush the process by asking your consultant and paying in additional fee. If possible, get your dress between Thanksgiving and Christmas since stores will be trying to sell out the older stocks and you might get a pretty good deal.
Keep an open mind
You might be obsessed over a particular dress online for a couple of months and have it noted in your head that it’s going to be your wedding dress. Well, this isn’t a good thing. Sometimes, dresses online are very different from what they look in real. Also, doing this will prevent you from trying on dresses that might be even better. Dresses that don’t look good on the hanger will sometimes end up looking fabulous on you. So, try all kinds until you find the right one. However, don’t let the salesperson persuade you into buying one that you don’t really like.
Before simply walking into the bridal store and trying on gowns, look at all the possible options available. Get yourself some bridal magazines and books and educate yourself about all the fabrics and silhouettes. Also, before narrowing your options, try a wide variety of gowns and make a note of the kind that fits your body best and looks good on you. This way, you’ll have an idea about what to look for.
Pick a partner and a weekday
It is always better to take someone with a good taste and knows what looks good on you. Take someone with experience. Also, weekends are a really bad time to go to the bridal store. There’s too much crowd and you might not get the right attention to pick the dress of your choice. So, visit stores on weekdays. Another thing to take note of is the time of the day. Visit the stores in the afternoon where not many customers are looking to buy things. After you’ve picked a dress, book your fitting session.