The first thing I did when I got engaged - after calling my mom of coarse - was to go onto google to look at wedding dresses....just about started making appointments too.
But before you jump all in have a look at these 5 tips on where to start:
1. When is the best time to start dress shopping
If you are looking at importing a designer dress or having one made from scratch a good time to start would be 9 to 12 months before the wedding. Importing can take up to 9 months to get here and you want some extra time in case alterations are needed.
If you want to buy a dress of the shel you will need at least 6 months to allow time for any alterations.
The final fitting for alterations should be done about 6 weeks before and and the last fitting should be no more than a week or two before the wedding.
2. Be Sensible
Take the wedding venue, season and time into account; a full ball-gown dress may look absolutely beautiful on you but will not work for the beach wedding you are planning or if you love to dance choose a material that does not crease easily.
You also need to consider how practical the dress is, remember that you will be wearing it for about 8 hours - so it is important to make sure the dress fits comfortably and does not limit your movements. Check that the dress does not affect your ability to sit, dance and use the restroom.
3. Be careful not to ‘over-shop’
Believe it or not, but you can become ‘fed-up’ when shopping for a wedding dress. This often happens when you spend an inordinate amount of time in Boutiques dress-fitting. You simply see to many dresses it becomes overwhelming and you can end up just choosing a dress for the sake of choosing instead of a dress you want.
We recommend you start by browsing on Pinterest and in bridal magazines to get an idea of the type of dress you want, focus on the different styles, colours and materials available. You can then look at making an appointment at a boutique to try some dresses on.
4. Choosing the Boutique
It is important to choose a boutique that will work best for you.
Do your research - look at their website as well as any reviews about them (on other sources that their site). Make sure that they will be able to give you what you need....for example if you want a unique dress, a boutique that does not do designing will be pointless - or if you require a plus size dress and they only have up to medium it will be a waste of your time. You also need to make sure that their price range is within your budget.
Keep in mind that most boutiques work by appointment only, this can be a schlep but is actually ideal because it ensures that for the hour or two of your appointment you will have the full attention of the consultant or designer to help you pick out the perfect dress.
5. Enjoy the Process
This is one of the most exciting moments of any bride’s life!!
Shopping for your wedding dress is one of those moments that you will want to cherish and make the most of - so don’t rush into it....Slow Down...Take a Breath and Enjoy the Process!!