Wedding Dress Shopping Q&A

By on December 19, 2013
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When should I start shopping for my wedding gown? A bride should start dress shopping at least 8-10 months prior to the wedding.  It can take up to two months to find the right gown and then four to six months for the dress to be custom ordered. Give yourself plenty of time and keep in mind that the sooner you start shopping, the less likely you’ll feel rushed and make a quick decision that you may regret later.

 How should I prepare for wedding dress shopping?  The bride should always go shopping with an open mind. Often a bride has a specific silhouette or style in mind but many times while trying on different styles of dresses she may fall in love with a gown that is completely different than she had originally been seeking. Brides should know their budget before shopping.

If a salon carries a designer will they have every dress in the collection? The salon may or may not have a the style you are looking for.  If you call the salon in advance and request a specific style, chances are that they may be able to call for a sample of that gown especially for you. So look through online gown galleries and magazines before you shop so you can give your salesperson an idea of what you want.

Does I need an appointment? While you may get lucky and snag a salesperson just by walking in, scheduling an appointment is the only way to ensure that you’ll get undivided attention. And many salons will only see you if you book an appointment.

How many people should I bring dress shopping with me? A bride should bring brings two or three people at the most. Too many opinions while trying on gowns can be confusing. The most important opinion for a bride is her own and others may talk a bride in or out of what she really likes and desires.

 What should I bring to my dress shopping appointment? A bride should bring undergarments and heels that are similar to what she would wear on her wedding day. This way if the bride decides to purchase her gown that day she can have proper measurements taken. If the bride has any accessories that she plans to wear on the big day, like her grandmother’s veil or mother’s necklace, she should bring those as well so she can see the final look and match her dress with those accessories.

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