The search for the perfect wedding dress can be quite a daunting experience. Most times, the perfect dress we’ve always envisioned walking down the aisle in doesn’t always turn out to be the most flattering choice, or turns out to be way above our dress budget.
There are a few things to consider when shopping around for a wedding dress, and I will go through all of them with you guys. Simply because I am such a lovely and caring person (insert cheeky smiley)
The Dress Budget
The first thing to consider when going dress shopping is your dress budget. Traditionally, your dress budget is supposed to be about 5 - 10 percent of the entire wedding budget. It’s really important to set a budget and stick to it, to avoid over-spending. Be sure to include the cost of accessories such as your veil, headpiece and the cost of alterations. These are all separate costs that need to be budgeted for.
Do Some Research
Once you have decided on a dress budget, the next item that should be on your to-do-list is to carry out some groundbreaking research. Go on the Internet; get your hands on a few bridal magazines to have an idea of what you’re drawn to in terms of style, shape, and attitude. It’s advisable to take pictures to your first bridal appointment; this will give the consultant an idea of your personal style and your preferred bridal look.
The next step is to find out the top bridal boutiques in your area, and book an appointment to try on some gowns. It is important to call ahead to enquire about the price range of their dresses in order to avoid any surprises. You should also be honest when discussing your price range, and be very clear about your price ceiling.
Dress Shopping Companion
This brings us to the most interesting part, the dress shopping experience. Wedding dress shopping is one of the most exciting things on the to-do list of most brides. Your shopping companion is very important as this is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make (excluding the groom of course) It is important to go dress shopping with people who have your best interest at heart. This is strictly a No frenemy Zone! I would suggest going with your mother and your sister, or your best friend. Avoid going with more than two or three people, as different opinions could overwhelm and confuse you.
When it comes to finding the perfect wedding dress, it is important to understand your body, and be completely true to yourself. Knowing your body type, whether it is pear-shaped, full-figured, petite, thin, boyish, or tall is the first step in finding the right dress. Do not pick your dress based on your plan to shed 20 pounds before your wedding day, as this will not necessarily change your body frame. There is a dress for every body type; the secret is to go for a dress that’s appropriate for you.
If At First You Don't Succeed.....
On average, brides try on about three to four dresses before they find the one, so don’t panic, if the first few dresses are not a hit.
I would advise you limit the number of dresses per appointment however, as the wedding dress shopping experience is supposed to be a fun and exciting one, and not tedious and torturous. Trying on too many dresses could really confuse you, and leave you feeling frustrated and exhausted.
Do not feel disappointed if you don’t find what you want on your first few appointments. There are thousands of wedding dresses out there, and there’s bound to be one with your name on it, wrapped in a big pink bow.
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