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Shopping for a Wedding Dress

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Every bride wants to make a statement on their wedding day, regardless of their budget. The important thing to keep in mind is that even if you feel you have the perfect wedding dress in mind (many women have dreamed about their wedding dress for years), there are a lot of additional bridal gown aspects to consider. We’ve put together a list of tips that will help your wedding dress shopping experience a successful one.

Shop Early

First and foremost, shop early, especially if you plan on having the dress made or want to get married during the popular wedding months (June and September). If possible, start shopping for your wedding dress 8 to 12 months prior to your wedding day, giving yourself plenty of time to order your dress and get any necessary fittings. If you wait until the last minute to shop, you won’t have the time to be flexible with your choices and definitely won’t be able to have your dress custom made.

Ask for Recommendation

There’s nothing like a good recommendation, no matter what you’re considering buying but this is particularly helpful when it comes to shopping for a wedding dress. Whether you’re looking for a great bridal salon, an online retail store or even a bridal consignment store, word of mouth referrals are always helpful. If you can’t get a referral, do some research online, reading third party reviews, both positive and negative.

Brides on a Budget

For brides to be on a budget, trunk shows and bridal outlets are great options for shopping for a wedding dress. Consider checking out bridal outlets as well because they stock a wide variety of bridal gowns that are out of season but still fashionable. You should also look at wedding dresses created by designers that are lesser known but still extremely talented. Another consideration is checking out the consignment wedding gown shops. You can save a lot of money by purchasing a pre-owned wedding dress and they’re basically like new – after all they’re usually only worn once unless they were passed down. This is a great way to find a vintage dress if that’s what appeals to you.

Before You Start Shopping

Before you start shopping, take the time to educate yourself about bridal gown terminology. Find out all you can about the different parts of bridal dresses, including necklines, sleeve designs, train styles and have a good idea about the available overall shapes like sheath, A-line dresses, trumpet or mermaid, just to name a few.. You’ll also want to have an idea of the style dress you want, options like formal “princess” style dresses, something more casual for a beachside wedding or perhaps something “vintage”. To help decide, pick up some bridal magazines or browse through online wedding or social media sites like Pinterest to get some ideas before you hit the stores. Come prepared with style numbers, designer names, magazine tear outs or have your smartphone ready with pictures and your favorite websites at easy access. The farther you are along the decision making process the easier it will be to make the right choice.