Perhaps the most anticipated activity in wedding planning for any bride is wedding gown shopping. While there is often a bit of anxiety about finding the perfect dress, there is also the excitement of trying on dozens of beautiful gowns.
It’s a lot like the dating process actually, when you find The One- that gown you would give anything to walk down the aisle in- you will KNOW. But just in case your dating experiences were the ‘kiss a thousand frogs before finding your prince’ variety, here are a few tips to help you find your dream wedding dress with less heartache:
Start Searching Early
We cannot emphasize the importance of taking your time in finding a gown. Even if you don’t have the finances ready yet, you need to start looking around in order to figure out what you like. You may even enjoy discounts when you shop during low seasons. You will also have adequate time for ordering and shipping your wedding gown, and even altering it if necessary.
Trust the Professionals
When you visit a bridal boutique such as The Perfect Bride , you need to realize that they have the advantage of experience with dresses and brides of all kinds. Sometimes they may suggest a gown you don’t quite fancy. Try it on anyway. You may find it looks better when worn than it does just hanging on the rack. You don’t have to buy the exact gown they recommend, just take their advice into consideration.
Take an Entourage
However much you want to keep your wedding gown a surprise for everyone at the wedding, always shop for your gown with trusted friends or family members. They will be able to give you an honest opinion on your choice. They also keep you from being overly influenced by the bridal boutique attendants. Even if you insist on picking out your own wedding gown, they could help in picking out the accessories.
Set a Budget Range
At some point, you will have to figure out just how much you are willing to spend on your wedding dress. This saves you time as you can narrow down the choice of gowns you will try on. There is nothing as heart breaking as falling for a gown that is out of your league budget-wise.
Even if you do find a good gown, you may end up pining for the expensive gown forever, or straining your budget for it. Having a reasonable budget range gives you freedom to try out options within that range.
Trust Your Instincts
At the end of the day, you have to be completely satisfied with your choice. If you are in any doubt whatsoever, keep looking around. They say when you find the right gown you never want to take it off, or try any others. Consult with your entourage and the bridal boutique experts, but make sure the ultimate choice is yours.
Ask for After Sales Services
Finally, when you find your gown, ask if the boutique provides any extra services. A good vendor will offer to launder and deliver your wedding dress. An even better one will offer to dress you on your big day, or make any alterations needed at no extra cost. All these services take the extra burden off your planning and ensure the gown makes it to your wedding day in perfect fit and condition.