Wedding 101 : 10 Tips on Picking your Wedding Dress
Posted At : November 21, 2011 4:24 PM
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Wedding Dress Shopping Fun Facts
- Once ordered, a wedding dress can take anywhere from 4-6 months to come in.
- Salon wedding dresses are not stored in a warehouse waiting to be purchased. Each one is custom made.
- Most brides will try on anywhere from 15 to 17 wedding gowns before they decide on the "one".
Top-10 Tips to Wedding Dress Shopping
- Do your homework! Browse through magazines and online galleries to determine what style you like. Make sure the style you settle on also matches your wedding. Outdoor, garden, evening, beach....all these variations on wedding themes equal a particular style dress. Don't wear a ball gown to a destination wedding on the beach!
- If you are having your dress made, find a good designer or seamstress to work with.
- Don't do the shopping alone. It is always advisable to have someone with you whose opinion you trust for some extra guidance but having a whole "entourage" with you can get confusing. Limit your advisors to one or two of your most trusted gals, like Mom.
- Know your budget and stick to it! Look only at dresses that you know you can afford.
- Arrive prepared! When trying gowns on, make sure you have some shoes with you with the same size heel you plan on wearing to your wedding. Plus, having the right undergarments on will make dress fittings that much easier.
- Always check the dress racks at the bridal salon and plan to attend trunk shows if possible. A great deal could be there for the taking!
- Even if you have a look in mind, always try on a variety of styles. Perhaps your dream dress is the opposite of what you had planned on.
- Before you order your wedding dress, make sure you and the bridal salon are clear on what alterations are needed, how much they will cost and if your gown can be altered properly to suit your size. If you're between sizes, always order up. It is easier to take in a large dress than to let out a small one.
- Be prepared to pay a sizeable deposit for the dress when you order. Usually 50% is required up front. Since most bridal salons have a no return policy, make sure you are positive that this is your dress before finalizing anything and paying a deposit.
- Ask for a fabric swatch to take home with you so that you can match your veil, shoes and accessories to your bridal gown.
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