Wedding dress shopping tips

You’ve got the ring, now it’s time to find the dress! Wedding dress shopping can be very exciting, and is no doubt a moment that you will want to cherish and make the most of. Just remember, it’s never too early to shop for a dress, especially if it’s for an event that happens once in a lifetime!

If you’re not sure where to start, or maybe you’re a little nervous, here are some essential reminders to help you when shopping for your wedding dress…

 

Know your look

You’ve worn many dresses and perhaps it’s about time to figure out which showcases your character and form. This is the best foundation in purchasing your best dress style: are you going for a mermaid, an A-line or a ball gown? What shapes fit your body shape best, and what design elements enhance your features? These are all things to consider when you begin shopping for your wedding dress.

 

Do it early

Start looking for your wedding dress at least six months before your wedding day, (some eager brides even start 12 months before!), this allows time for finding the gown and then any alterations or changes you may want to make. ‘Do it early’ also applies to your appointment time, if you’re planning to go to a few boutiques during the day you may want to book your first appointment as early as you can.

 

Set a budget

Setting a budget means you can go in with a game plan, and will help give the salon assistants an idea of what gowns to suggest. The last thing you want is to fall in love with a gown that is ridiculously over budget. Also remember that without setting a budget and using planning tools like a budget calculator, it is easy to let the expense of a wedding become much greater than you expected.

 

Book your appointment on a weekday

Weekdays make great salon appointments and mean you can avoid the crowds. If it’s possible for you, schedulea working day appointment and leave your desk for that all-important fitting.

 

Ask for opinions…but not too many

Ask the opinions of those closest to you. Bring your best counsel around and let them give opinions about the dress and the look you’re going for. However, sometimes letting too many people voice their opinion can become quite overwhelming so limit you shopping party to as small a number as possible.