The perfect dress. You may have spent your whole life dreaming about it or maybe now that you’ve said, “YES” you’ve only now thought about what it might look like. For you, this will be one of the most exciting parts of the planning process. So you start to look and quickly see the array of different styles, colours, materials, finishes and what style would suit my body type. It can all be overwhelming. But don’t worry these 10 tips you’ll be able to find the dress of your dream and not break the bank!
1. Venue First, Dress Second
Once you have picked the venue it is imported to take some time to take in the décor and design of each room. Take a moment to walk through and imagine yourself in your dress and what it might look like. Also, consider the time of year you are getting married, what will the weather be like? Take pictures of the venue as a reference for later. For example, you wouldn’t want a ballgown on a beach or a mini in an old castle in winter. Click here to see Types of Dresses.
2. Know Your Budget
Make a budget from the minimum you expect to spend to the maximum. This is most important as you now have a realistic view of what you want to get and what will make you happy. You now know which boutiques to view and you have a clear guide to get the consultants upon arrival. Your dream dress is waiting for you and it is at the right price and it will feel just right so take your time and enjoy the search. Don’t look at dresses outside your budget. Every bride has a budget and there is always a dress that we cannot afford.
Remember you are what makes the dress look beautiful, have patients and wait until you find the one.
3. Budget For Accessories
Accessories can add up so you need to include them in your budget. Be conscious as what you want as shoes, a veil, a sash, jewellery and a headpiece could cost as much as your gown. You have 2 options; you can leave money aside in your budget or you could rent them to save money if the dress means that much to you.
4. Figure Out Your Overall Look
When you imagine your wedding day how do you see it, how do you feel. Is it elegant, sophisticated, modern, vintage or romantic…etc? By thinking about this and finding the right feel, you are getting closer to what you want and what makes you happy. This is also valuable information for the consultants at the bridal boutique as it gives them a vision of how you imagine your dress to look.
Before you step foot in a bridal boutique do some research to make sure that you have an idea of what you want. Don’t get caught up on prices or where the dress is made just the style and shape. Start a Pinterest page for your favourite dresses so you can show the bridal consultants at your appointment.
6. Plan Ahead
Eight months before the big day is the recommended time frame to start the search. A boutique dress can take between 12 to 27 weeks to get in and then another 3 to 4 weeks for alterations. If you decide to have bridal photos taken that could take another month to have the dress cleaned.
7. Embrace Your Shape
Before you try any dresses on you should research what looks best for your figure. This will educate you on what dresses are right for you. You should also try some other silhouettes to be 100% certain you have made the right choice.
Number one rule, Buy The Right Size. Many brides get caught up on trying to fit into a certain size and they are left with a very uncomfortable day. This is one day you want to look and feel gorgeous from morning to night so it is key you purchase a gown that feels just right and you feel confident in because… Confidence Is Beautiful.
8. Trust The Consultants
Work with the consultants, let them show you a variety of gowns. They dress brides every single day. They have an eye for what works on different body types. Keep an open mind you may be surprised by what you end up falling in love with!
9. Bring Your Undergarments
Make sure you wear or bring the appropriate undergarments: strapless or long-line bra, your usual evening shapewear, modest underwear since Gowns are hard to get in and out of. And remember to bring high heels. Dresses look and feel different when you’re in bare feet. Also, remember someone will be helping you and seeing you in your underwear.
10. Limit Your Entourage
Have a select few family and friends went you go dress shopping. People that understand your vision. These people should be familiar with your daily personal style and will support you in your search and not push you out of your comfort zone or try to push their style or style wishes on you.