Sunday, March 13, 2016

Shopping For Your Wedding Dress - 7 Tips For a Successful Shopping Trip!

Shopping for your wedding dress is probably the most exciting part of planning your wedding! Ever since you were a little girl, you've imagined what it would be like stepping into a beautiful gown, and now that time is here! You're excited, you're nervous and you're probably going to cry! Here are my 7 tips for getting the most out of the time spent, while making memories you will always treasure!
1. Do Your Homework. Before you make an appointment, your first step should be to peruse bridal magazines and/or the Internet to determine the type of dress you are looking for. The style of dress should suit the formality of your wedding (i.e., semi-formal or informal), your body type and your taste! Bring pictures of the type of dress you like to your appointment so the consultant can help you find what you're looking for.
2. Determine how much you want to spend. Be honest and realistic with yourself. Tell the consultant at the bridal boutique what your budget is so she doesn't show you anything outside of your price range. Nothing is more disappointing that seeing something you've fallen in love with, only to realize that it's blowing your budget!
Also when determining your budget, keep in mind that alterations will probably be needed and will add to the total cost of your dress.
3. Plan what you will wear to try on dresses. You may be saying "why is this important". Check out the following blog from WeddingAces, and you'll see why!
4. Determine the kind of accessories you plan to wear. The website listed in tip #1 also has great information regarding types of veils. You should also consider whether you will wear a tiara, along with the type of shoes and jewelry you will wear. Your accessories should complement your dress, not take away from the beauty of it!
5. Order early! If you are planning to purchase your gown at a bridal boutique, don't wait until the last minute to place your order. To avoid rush fees, your dress should be ordered 6 months before your wedding day to allow time for alterations.
6. Only bring a few people with you to your appointment. Shopping for your wedding dress is a special time that should be reserved for special people, such as your mother and your maid of honor. Don't turn this unique day into a three-ring circus! J
7. Have Fun! And bring plenty of tissue!
Happy Shopping!
Brenna Taylor has been planning weddings, special events and conferences for several years. She combines her love for event planning, particularly weddings, with her almost 18 years of corporate project management experience, to assist clients in planning the important events of their lives.
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