Wedding dress shopping – how to make the most of it

Buying a wedding dress is one of the most fun and exciting parts of planning a wedding. Most brides put at least a day or two aside to browse the local shops, try on gowns and get friends and family together to give their opinions. As you’ll need to find the perfect gown in just a few outings, getting the most out of each expedition is essential. Putting a little planning into your retail mission should help to ensure you find the right dress – and have fun – during your precious day at the shops.

Dress shopping

Set a budget

Just as @BridalMusings says, “Before you get carried away pinning all those diamond encrusted wedding dresses, take a look at your wedding budget and set a number you’re willing to spend on your gown.” Deciding on a budget before you hit the shops will help to ensure you don’t fall in love with any dresses you can’t afford. It will also help you narrow down which bridal boutiques to visit on your day out.

Try on your accessories

Accessories can make a big difference to the look and feel of a dress. If you want to make sure you get your look just right, you need to try on your veil, shoes, gloves and sash – as well as any other accessories you plan to wear – along with your dress. If you’ve already bought your accessories, just bring them to your chosen bridal boutique and try on your complete look. If you haven’t yet found the perfect extras, ask to try on a few different veils and accessories to see what works best with your chosen dress.

Ask for alterations

A lot of bridal boutiques offer free or cheap alterations. This means that you can have your favourite dress altered to suit your figure perfectly. Make sure you talk to the staff at the boutique to find out what sort of services they offer. It’s also a good idea to find out how long the alterations will take. This will help to ensure you don’t plan your last fitting too close to your wedding day.

Take a trusted friend along for a second opinion

However confident you are in your own fashion choices, having a second, third and even fourth opinion can be very handy when it comes to selecting a wedding dress. Enlist the help of a few friends or family members whose opinions you really trust. Have a brainstorming session before you hit the shops to ensure you’re all on the same page and then head out to find that dream gown.

Buying a wedding dress is just one part of the planning process. For help and advice on finding the perfect venue, planning decorations and organising those all important details, take a look around our site or get in touch with a member of our team.

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