Congratulations! Your significant other popped the question and you’ve set a wedding date. Before you start worrying about all the details of planning your big day, one of the first things to check off your list should be finding the perfect wedding gown.
Not sure where to start? Let us help with some tips for finding the dress of your wedding day dreams!
The first step is to review your overall wedding budget and decide what you’re comfortable spending on your wedding gown. A good rule of thumb is to plan on spending 10 percent of your budget on your dress. It really all depends on your priorities. If photography or a band is more important, you may need to scale back on your dress budget. If your dress is the most important thing, plan to spend more on it and less on other things.
Next, you should start looking for your wedding dress as soon as possible. It can take anywhere from six to 12 months from when you order your dress for it to be ready for the big day, due to shipping times and alterations. Sometimes it is possible to pay extra to rush your order, but not all gowns can be rushed and expedited orders can be very expensive depending on the designer.
It’s smart to do your research before you make an appointment to try on dresses. If you have an idea of what you like or are looking for, it’s often easier to narrow down the gowns you should try on. Collect photos of gowns you are drawn to, as well as swatches of fabric, lace, colors and anything else that will give your stylist an idea of what you have in mind.
That said, however, be open-minded and ready to step outside of your comfort zone! Sometimes what a bride has in mind just doesn’t fit her body type well, so be ready to try on all silhouettes to find what looks best on you. Some dresses may look like a sack on the hanger, but fit beautifully on the right bride. Trust your stylist to know what might look fabulous on you!
Forget about size! No two designer size charts are the same and sizes can vary significantly. Keep in mind that many times a gown that fits perfectly will be several sizes larger than what the bride wears in ready-to-wear clothing. Resist the urge to order a dress that’s too small…it’s much easier for a seamstress to take in a dress than to let it out.
Give yourself the best idea of what your gown will look like on the big day by primping before your appointment. Apply makeup and fix your hair similarly to how you will do it for your wedding. Bring any special accessories you plan to wear down the aisle such as Grandma’s pearls or a family veil. Also, bring a strapless bra and seamless underwear, as you will be changing in and out of dresses in front of your stylist. (And remember, please do NOT get a spray tan before coming in, as it could ruin our dresses!)Featured
To ensure the best service and our undivided attention, make an appointment! We do accept walk-in customers if we have openings, but Saturdays are almost always completely booked. If you want a Saturday appointment, they usually fill up two weeks in advance, so keep that in mind. If a quiet, laid back shopping experience is more your style, consider coming in for a weekday appointment.
While television shows like “Say Yes to the Dress” feature brides trying on dresses for an entire entourage, we encourage brides to bring a small group of people whose input means the absolute most. More people means more opinions and potentially more drama. When you keep your group small, you can spend your time trying on what you want and then save the big reveal for your bridesmaid appointment.
We love children, but we ask that you do not bring them to your bridal appointment. In our experience, children can be a big distraction to you and other brides, as it’s difficult for little ones to sit still during a lengthy appointment. In order to keep the focus on you, allow us to provide the best experience possible and make the most of everyone’s time, please leave your children home with a family member or babysitter! We are more than happy to make separate appointments for flower girls and ring bearers.
Let us know if you have more questions…we want to ensure your wedding dress shopping experience is the absolute best it can be!