Unquestionably the most important element to a brides wedding day is the wedding dress.
Finding the combination of comfort and style is a tough challenge for any bride, with such a huge range of bridal gowns available in a number of shapes, colours and styles. The hunt for the perfect wedding dress is one often shared with close friends and family, with the moment "the one" is discovered being a poignant one for all.
Many bridal shops require an appointment which means you can relax and take your time!
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Start looking early! Amazing wedding outfits don't magic themselves out of thin air! Give yourself 6-9 months if you can! With the infinite number of options, it can take a while to figure out what you really like, and the last thing you want to do is panic and spend all that money on a dress you're not quite sure about because time is running out! Remember it takes an average of 8 weeks to tailor a dress and 6 months to tailor a custom wedding gown - make sure you give yourself plenty of time!
Book your appointment in the morning! That way you start and look fresh, the shop staff are attentive, and everything becomes so much more enjoyable and energetic. When you get there early, you are much more likely to have an assistant who will be bouncing around with cool and creative ideas rather than counting down the minutes till the end of their shift!
Go on a weekday Ok so you lose half a day holiday but its so worth it! You get the undivided attention of your consultant and avoid the weekend rush!
Only bring 2-3 reliable people with you Yes... we know it's the most important dress you'll buy and all your friends and family want to tag along but its no fun having lots of people offer up their different opinions while you're stood in the middle of a shop wearing a long, flowing wedding gown .. you'll never make a decision! Ideally you want a small number of companions who have your best interests at heart and can be honest about what works and what doesn't. From our experience a combination of your mum, sister and best friend works well!
Try on a few dresses but not too many Most brides try four to eight gowns before making their final decision. Some dresses look stunning on hangers, but try to avoid making hasty judgements as things can look and feel very different on individual bodies! Whilst this means you need to try a a few dresses on, things will get very confusing if you go overboard and start flinging on everything that catches your fancy! Brides can get overwhelmed by the shopping experience and its all to common for 'that special one' to get overlooked in what can become an endless pursuit for more! Trust your instincts ... you will know when you're onto a winner - you will just feel good about yourself .. don't ignore signs like your heart beating faster or your mum staring at you with that proud teary-eyed look conveying how gorgeous you look!
Buy a dress that fits you today! We hear it all the time! I'm going to lose a couple of dress sizes, so can you make Despite your best intentions to 'downsize' for your big day,