Whether you are engaged or not, shopping for your wedding dress may be something you have imagined yourself doing for a long time. While it can be a fantasy for many, without the right guidance, the reality is that the experience can quickly turn into a nightmare.
Have you set a budget you’d like to stick to? How soon is too soon to start shopping? Have you been keeping an eye on the latest trends? Who have you counted amongst your nearest and dearest bridal tribe? These are all important questions to consider before you embark on your dress-finding journey. Being mindful of the following five tips will mean you get the best experience possible for something you hope to do only once in your life as a bride.
Your bridal tribe are crucial to your wedding dress shopping experience. Many brides like to bring their mothers and best friends with them. Perhaps even their sisters. However, you need to make sure whoever you choose has your best interests at heart. If someone habitually keeps putting you down then they may not be the right person to have with you while you are choosing the dress of a lifetime.
If budgeting is important to you, then you should decide on a price point before you embark on your shopping journey. There is no point looking thousands of dollars above your budget. This will not only waste your time but also leave you potentially feeling dissatisfied with the dress you finally choose. A modest budget does not have to been settling for a dress. It is possible to find the perfect dress for you within every price range.
Around 9 months before the wedding is an ideal time to start looking for a wedding dress. Too early means that styles can go out of fashion, and you may change your style drastically. Too late means that you may not have enough time for fittings. Around 9-12 months is usually the perfect time to have a dress ordered in the size and style you want.
While you don’t need to be fully made up and with perfect hair to try on wedding dresses, you may want to make a little effort. This will not only boost your confidence to try on different dresses but also give a sense of your style and look to the staff who are serving you on the day.
While it's recommended to do a little research into the styles and looks that you are interested in, do not make any sweeping decisions before you try on some dresses. Some dresses look plain or unattractive on the hanger but can look paradisical once worn by the right bride. Try on some different styles, even something you have never worn before, and you may be surprised by the one you finally love.
With these five tips, you can rest assured that you will have a wedding dress shopping experience to remember for the right reasons. Wedding dress shopping can and should be a fun and exciting process with loved ones. Get in touch with us at Belle Mariee Bridal and we will make sure you have a fruitful experience. We will be available to walk the journey with you as you prepare to be a bride on one of the most important days of your life.