Selecting the perfect dress for your wedding day can seem frustrating and overwhelming at times, but this part of your wedding planning should be fun and exciting. Here are some tips to help you through the process.
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Most brides don’t realize that it takes 4-5 months for most designers to make the dress and then you also need 2 months for alterations. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to find your dream dress, so this fun part of planning a wedding doesn’t become stressful. Depending on the designer, delivery, and accessories, the whole process can take up to 10 months.
Do Some Research
Pin dresses you like on your Pinterest board, so your bridal consultant will have an idea of what types of dresses you like. Bridal magazines and designer websites are also great places to find dresses that you might be interested in trying on. Also, think about what price range you want to stay in. At Casa di Bella, we like to know the price range, so we don’t pull dresses that are out of your range. It leaves the brides feeling disappointed and frustrated if they fall in love with a dress that does not fall in their price range. The more guidance you can provide for the consultant, the better.
Keep an Open Mind
This is the most important tip! We love for our brides to give us ideas of what they like, but you really need to trust your bridal consultant. She may choose a dress that looks like a paper bag on the hanger, but turns out to be drop-dead gorgeous on you!! If it is your first time trying on dresses, the consultant will usually try on several different types of silhouettes – ball gown, fit and flare, a-line, etc… We just want to help you narrow down which type of fit you like the best.
Less is More
If you have too many people and everyone has an opinion, it’s difficult for the bride to zero in on what SHE really wants. Bring people whose opinion you really value to the appointment. We usually suggest bringing 3-4 people with you to try on dresses. You can always bring everyone to the first fitting, after you have chosen the dress, and have a big reveal.
Trust Your Instincts
Not every bride will have that emotional moment when they find the dress of their dreams, but be 100% sure it is the one. Don’t let anyone pressure you into purchasing a dress, just because they think it is the right dress for you. You will know when you have found the perfect dress!
*Article from by Dina Engler, a former owner of a local bridal boutique.