5 Things You Should Do Before Going Wedding Dress Shopping
Finding the perfect dress might seem like a daunting task, from trying on dress after dress to finding a wedding dress that works with your budget. You should start shopping for your dress at least a year before the big day because some gowns take time to order. You will also want to allow time for attend appointments before you actually find your wedding dress.
Whether you are a princess bride or a more edgy bride you will have to shop for a dress at some point, but there are things you can do before you leave home to make the process a whole lot easier. Don't hit the bridal salon without doing these five wedding dress shopping basics.
Set your budget
Before you do anything you need to decide how much you are willing to spend on your wedding dress. This number should include the cost of the dress, any alteration costs as well as the cost of a veil, belt or any other accessories. Once you have a figure in mind you should stick to it, and always factor in those hidden costs for wedding gown extras.
Invite a friend
Despite why you might have seen on TV, you shouldn't bring a large entourage of people with you when you go wedding dress shopping. Invite no more than three people to go with you when you trey on dresses, usually your mother, maid of honour and (if you're close) your mother-in-law. If you have too many people you will have too many opinions and that will just make choosing a dream dress harder.
Make a booking
You could be lucky and walk into a bridal store and find someone who is free to see you, but in the real world that's not usually the case. Make sure you schedule an appointment with stores or personal shoppers because it's the only way to ensure that you'll get at least a full hour of undivided attention.
Do some research
It's a good idea to have a sense of what you might be looking for in a dress and what trends are in stores, you should also keep an open mind when shopping. It's more than likely that you've rarely worn a dress or outfit like this in the past, so you might have little idea about what might suit you. Once you start trying on dresses you'll soon see what does and doesn't suit you.
Get good underwear
This is the perfect opportunity to get fitted for a proper bra. You may have had a fitting some time ago, so it's worth getting professionally measure for a good fitting bra. A badly fitting bra can mean the difference between an OK and an amazing dress. You might have to change your underwear to suit your dress, but having the right size is a good start!