How to Prepare for Your Wedding Dress Appointment
It is incredibly exciting to go wedding dress shopping determined to find your dream dress, but before you blast through those beautiful boutique doors, we’ve got a few pointers for you…
Always Book an Appointment
While you may get lucky just by walking in, scheduling an appointment is the only way to ensure you’ll get a full hour of undivided attention to find the dress of your dreams.
If you’re the type of person who hates being rushed when shopping, if you can, make an appointment on a weekday morning or afternoon. Saturday is the busiest day at bridal shops, so skip the crowds to get some peace and quiet whilst making your decision.
Limit Your Entourage
Bringing a big group to the salon is the biggest gown shopping error. Enlist one or two of your closest friends or family members to help you start your search, perhaps your mum and your Maid of Honour. This way you can find the gown that best suits you and your style and not feel pressured by too many opinions. At the end of the day the only opinion that matters is yours.
Shop for Your Figure
When dress hunting it’s important to focus on the shape and frame of your body. Your weight is constantly fluctuating, especially during highly stressful situations, so don’t let that be the deciding factor in choosing a dress. Concentrate on finding silhouettes that accentuate the features you love and make you feel amazing.
Undergarments Are Optional
If you have a favourite strapless style or plan on wearing a particular body shaper for your wedding day, go ahead and bring it. You’ll ultimately need your gown-specific undergarments for your first fitting but not your initial appointment. Most bridal shops have a few different types of bras in the fitting room and wearing an undergarment is completely optional and based on preference and style of the dress.
The Hidden Costs
Remember, your wedding gown budget doesn’t just include the dress. You also need to consider your veil or headpiece, accessories like jewellery and shoes, undergarments and alterations will also add to your bottom line. Factor in these costs before you give the salesperson your final shopping budget.
When it comes to wedding dress shopping the more you ask the better. To help guarantee your experience is a pleasurable one, ask as many questions that come into your head. For example, if the boutique manager able to suggest a perfect consultant based on your budget or needs, is there a plus size expert for example? If you have a certain designer or style in mind is there someone with more knowledge on these?
Don’t Get Discouraged
There are hundreds of bridal designers out there with literally thousands of designs, which makes the odds of finding a fantastic gown pretty darn good. We know that coming out empty-handed on your first trip can be a letdown, but don’t give up.