It’s finally time to start your search for the perfect wedding dress! There is something quite magical when you see yourself for the first time in your wedding gown. But before you can say yes to the dress, you should think about a few things. Finding the perfect gown can feel overwhelming, but we’re here to pave the way for a less stressful journey to the gown.
With so many different dresses and styles…. where should a bride start?
One option is to immediately run to the nearest bridal salon and go wild. But that endeavor will likely leave you, your friends, and family tired, frustrated and without a dress to come home to. The easier option is to think about it in advance. What month is the wedding, what style will the ceremony be, are you a traditional or a boho bride, do you want a veil or other hair accessories? If you have considered these basics, the following tips should help you to find your dream dress.
Find your inspiration – Check magazines or browse online to collect photos of wedding dresses and accessories that you like. This way you will get the first impression of your favorite style. The first question you will hear in the bridal salon will be “What idea do you have?” Providing them with your images will help your consultant to narrow down options and set you up for a great experience!
Set a budget – Set a budget for how much you want to spend on the dress, under garments, and accessories. Don’t forget to consider costs for alterations. So always ask for the final price so that there are no unpleasant surprises later.
The right bridal salon – Think about which bridal salon you might find your dress in. What brands do they sell, do they offer accessories, do they offer a selection within your budget? Pick out one or two reputable bridal fashion specialists and schedule a consultation. An appointment is a must in good bridal salons because you are guaranteed enough time and excellent advice! Trust us, you are going to want this time to be special and all about you!
Time – Plan enough time for the selection and fitting. If you are relaxed it will be stress-free. Enjoy slipping into different wedding dresses and looking at yourself in the mirror! Arrange a maximum of 2 appointments on the same day, because this way you have enough time in each salon and can better remember the tried on dresses afterward.
Entourage – Think carefully about who you want to take with you on your search for the perfect wedding gown. Make sure to only invite people who are supportive and who you feel the most comfortable. Do you want input and opinions? Consider who will be honest with their advice. When it comes to buying a wedding dress, all good things come in threes! Again and again, brides forget this important tip and would like to take all their friends and family members with them to the wedding dress shopping. Keep your group small and intimate.
Preparation – Wear simple makeup to the appointment, as well as simple, nude underwear. Many brides can’t believe it, but the right bra can work wonders! These two things are always forgotten in the excitement, but they are very important! Bring anything you want to wear on your wedding day such as a special necklace, veil, or shoes if you already have them. Pack a hairband or barrette to test the dress with your desired hairstyle. Of course, you usually can get special bridal lingerie, shoes, and accessories at the bridal salons.
Courage & openness – Accept the suggestions of the specialists in the bridal salon and be open to test other dress styles. It may be that a dress does not correspond to your desired style or looks unspectacular on the hanger but simply looks stunning on you and is perfect for you! Trust the specialists!
No doubts – many brides have doubts about finding the right dress bec
ause of their figure. Some may be mothers and are still struggling with the post-pregnancy weight, some have concerns about finding a really long dress because of their body size, or are not quite satisfied with their feminine curves. (Embrace them! You are gorgeous!) Trust the expertise of your wedding dress consultant! He or she knows how to emphasize your assets and which sophisticated cuts will cleverly hide your problem areas. Besides, brides are allowed to cheat a little with push-up or spanks, aren’t they :-)?
Ordering your gown – Before you make the down payment, which is quite common, clarify any final points with your wedding dress consultant. When will the dress be delivered, when is the first fitting, how do alterations work? Finally, check together again the name of the designer, the model number, size, color, and the final price.
Perfect fit – The first fitting takes place two to four months
before the wedding. Here, at the latest, the appropriate underwear and shoes must be brought so that the seamstress can determine the length of the dress and mark it out correctly. Many consultants recommend that their brides schedule the final fitting no earlier than two to three weeks before the wedding date. If necessary, minor adjustments can still be made. Remember to bring the person who will be assisting you with dressing on your wedding day!
Fun – Throughout the time, whether researching, wedding dress shopping, or fittings – enjoy it and have fun!… And remember – your gut tells you for sure when you look at yourself in YOUR wedding dress in the mirror! Have fun searching, trying on, finding, and wearing your perfect wedding dress on your wedding day