Getting married to your soul mate is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. Choosing a bridal gown is part of the perfect preparation for such an important event and signifies the bride’s new identity. The dress also sets the tone of your wedding day while reflecting your personality, style, and overall image!
One should start looking for dresses early on so that you can set aside enough time and properly budget by visiting several bridal shops to find the dress that suits you best and reflects who you are as an individual!
To help you with the process, we’ve outlined four tips on how to properly select a wedding dress.
- Prepare a budget
You may run the risk of falling in love with a gown that is out of your current budget. By having the price on hand you can shop around without getting taken for a ride by the salespeople who often overcharge for alterations and tailoring. Alterations can be costly so you must try on the dress before purchasing. After receiving the dress you may need to have professional pressing or steaming done for an additional hundred dollars or more.
- Find and pick your favorite styles
Start bobby-pinning your favorite wedding gowns. While you’re at it, save it or photograph it so you don’t lose or forget the material details later on. When the time comes to make notes on what you liked and didn’t like when you saw a dress, write down where each photo is so that you can flip through them on your smartphone and compare styles quickly.
- Make numerous appointments
You should try on gowns at different boutiques. It’s important to do your homework when selecting which boutiques are good ones to visit, meaning making sure you select those that not only have a great selection but also reputable customer service to help you find the perfect one! Moreover, don’t forget to ask them questions about exactly what types of dresses they carry, who makes the design, and what price range they fall into.
- Make a list of other accessories
If you want to guarantee your dream dress fits you perfectly, make sure to bring a friend with you when purchasing it. Bring a list of any accessories you’ll need for the big day, like shoes and jewelry. Resist the urge to fall in love with something that isn’t quite right; keep looking until you find the ideal piece! Once you’ve found and bought your dress, preserve its beauty by keeping it from moisture, dirt, stains, and wrinkles by storing it in a dry place like inside of a box or wardrobe bag. Bridal shops usually offer these bags for free if you haven’t already brought one yourself – take advantage of it!