10 Tips To Finding Your Dream Wedding Gown
Time is a Factor: Don’t wait until last minute! Most brides don’t know this, but bridal gowns take 4 to 6 months to come in. That doesn’t even include the time for alterations. In total it takes around 8 months for most wedding gowns to arrive, but that’s without having any custom work done. Also keep in mind most bridal salons don’t take walk-ins, so call ahead a couple days in advance to make an appointment.
Take your venue into account: Where will you ceremony and reception be? What will the weather be like? Do you have a theme to your wedding? Take all these questions into account, because your venue sets the tone and your dress completes it. If you’re getting married on beach, you want to go for more of a flowy look. Whether it’s soft ruffles or a chiffon gown, you want the cool sea breeze and sand to compliment you, not make you look out of place.
Know your budget: When looking for a house, you wouldn’t go look at a mansion if you couldn’t afford it. So why do the same with your wedding gown? Before you even think of going shopping, plan out your budget. The last thing you want to do is fall in love with a wedding gown you can’t afford.
Do your research: It’s always good to be prepared, especially when you make a bridal gown appointment. Look for dresses online, and bring in pictures. This always helps your consultant narrow down your interests and style. If you’re into social media, try Pinterest and Instagram. They always have great wedding inspirations.
Keep an open mind: So you like ball gowns? Great, but have you ever tried on a trumpet silhouette? Keep an open mind when trying dresses. You never know what you will end up falling in love with. Bridal consultants are professionals and know what works best for certain body types and figures. Bride after bride fall in love with wedding dresses that at first they were reluctant to try on, just remember the golden rule: don’t judge a dress by the hanger.
This is your day, choose a dress that is 100% you: This isn’t your sister’s day, your cousin’s day, or your life long best friend’s day. This is your day, and the most important opinion is yours. Just because your friend doesn’t like your mermaid silhouette, doesn’t mean you should throw your dream away for her ideal wedding dress. Of course you all want approval from your family and friends, but realistically when you walk down that aisle, there won’t be a dry eye in the room.
Listen to your heart: There are thousands of dresses out there, but you don’t have to look at all of them to be sure the dress you love is the one. Trust yourself, and don’t be scared if you don’t get “that” feeling. Many brides will tell you they started crying and just knew it was their dress, however many other brides will tell you they didn’t cry, in fact they had no reaction even close to that. They just felt beautiful in the dress, and that’s all you really need. You don’t need to try on wedding gown after wedding gown, because then you’ll just get yourself confused. Save yourself the trips to and from store after store. Visit only a couple bridal salons and try on their wedding gowns, but don’t be surprised if it’s one of the first ones you try on. Listen to yourself, and choose the one you feel the most beautiful in.
Love the dress, but somethings missing? Accessorize!: Using your imagination can be hard, especially when it’s used to make such a huge decision. When you find the wedding gown that makes you feel absolutely amazing, but you’re still unsure ask to see veils, hair accessories, or jewelry; anything you believe you’ll be wearing on your special day. It really helps with the whole vision. Don’t worry if you can’t see yourself walking down the aisle in the gown yet. Take a deep breath, put on your accessories, close your eyes, and then look in the mirror. You’ll see the beautiful bride you are.
Beware of counterfeit gowns online: So many brides come in telling heartbreaking stories of how they purchased their dream wedding dresses online, and they came completely in pieces. It was as if they had bought fabric and were expected to put the gown together themselves. So beware! If you find a designer gown at a very VERY inexpensive price, check the designers website to see if the site you are purchasing from is an authorized retailer. If they are not, do not risk it. The price may be tempting, but the wedding dress will not be the dress you are dreaming of.