How to Shop for the Perfect Wedding Dress
When you plan to buy your wedding gown, there are several things you should know before you even set foot in a bridal salon. Do not let the thrilling experience overpower you from shopping smart. A bride-to-be must be an educated consumer in order to prevent the fun from turning into an ordeal.
• Know your set time, theme, and location of your planned wedding before you shop. It is important to know the season, level of formality, and time of wedding when choosing an appropriate wedding style.
• Find a reputable and established shop that operates to fully serve your needs and have a strong rapport with bridal manufacturers. This way, your merchandise and bridal money will have the least chances of getting jeopardized.
• Mark the photos of your selected gowns in bridal magazines or catalogues—do not remove the pages to keep your magazine from falling apart. This will help your consultant or sales person to quickly locate your choices.
• Be honest with your bridal consultant about the price range. It would not be too difficult to find a gown at a price range that’s right for you with today’s vast selection of bridal gowns. Don’t look at dresses that are priced outside of your budget. Aside from being unrealistic, it hinders the selections process.
• Keep an open mind. What looks good on the photo may not necessarily meet your expectations when you try it on.
• Ask about the delivery time. Most made-to-order wedding gowns may take four to six months.
• Call ahead to know if your chosen bridal store has the gowns you saw in the magazine. Ask if an appointment is required.
• Wear minimal makeup and appropriate undergarments when you go to your bridal appointments. The bridal salon should be able to provide or suggest any special bras, slips, or shoes that certain styles may require.
• Shop with just one trusted person, not the whole entourage. Have someone whose opinion you value. The final choice should be what you love.
• Be wary of any establishment that requires more than a fifty percent deposit or the entire amount up front. Also be aware that on special orders, money is absolutely non refundable once the order has gone through.
• Undergarments and shoes you wish to wear on your wedding day should be purchased right before the first alteration appointment.
• Check if your bridal shop offers professional alterations on the premises (usually with an additional fee) or provide an excellent referral system.
• Don’t shop with your true dress size in mind. Each manufacturer has its own size-grading system. You must go by the measurements taken at the salon and trust your consultant to order the correct size dress according to the manufacturer you choose.
• Beware of buying from a shop that does not carry the line of the manufacturer that you’re interested in. They’ll no doubt try to get the dress by some other means—they’ll have your money and you may not have a dress.
• Try on the headpiece and other accessories you wish to wear with your chosen gown. You will then know if it matches both the gown and your face to bring out the total look you will be satisfied with.
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