There are a few things you need to do once you’re engaged, but when all that’s out of the way it’s time to start dress shopping. This things you have to know before you head wedding dress shopping!
Before you head out with all your saved photos and the will to power through countless affordable vintage wedding dresses, we’ve got a few pointers for you. Like, should you bring a bra to your appointment? Or are there any secret costs to know about up front? Brush up on these tips before slipping into your first dress.
1. Limit Your Entourage
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again—bringing a big group to the salon is a gown shopping don’t. Enlist one or two of your closest friends or family members to help you start your search. This way you can find the gown that best suits you and your style and not feel pressured by too many opinions.
2. Hidden Costs Add Up
Remember, your wedding gown budget doesn’t just include the dress. Your veil or headpiece, accessories (think jewelry and shoes), undergarments and alterations will also add to your bottom line. Factor in these costs before you give the salesperson your final shopping budget.
3. Know Your Budget
And stick to it. Yes, that super expensive designer’s dresses are so pretty and will make anyone look like a fabulous princess but there’s no point even considering them if it’s outside of your price range. Repeat your budget in your head like a mantra and don’t let anyone show you anything above that.
4. Shop for the Weight You Are Now
A lot of brides up their health regime in the run up to the big day, but when you’re shopping for your dress go with the shape and weight you are now. It’s easier to alter a dress and make it smaller if you’re planning on losing weight.
5. It’s Wise to Call Ahead
Wedding dress shopping is a lengthy experience and it’s pretty special too – you can’t just drop in to most places with your friends and try on several gowns. Look for stockists of designers you like and call ahead to book an appointment.
Once you’ve found the one, get ready to pop the champagne and wait. There’s nothing quite like unveiling your dress at your first alterations appointment. You’re sure to fall in love with your pick all over again.