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Tips for Shopping for your Bridal Gown

With the holidays coming to an end, we are in the full swing of engagement season.  If you got engaged over the 2015 holiday season CONGRATULATIONS!  You are about to start one of the most amazing experiences of your life.  And one of the best parts of the wedding planning experience is shopping for your wedding gown.  Bridal shopping is a completely different experience than anything else.  Expect to be pampered and catered to and just have fun.  Below we have compiled some tips to follow throughout the process.   


How many people should I bring to my appointments? 

This is a question we get a lot, and we always recommend only bringing a few people.  Having too many people means there will be too many opinions, which could potentially overshadow the most important opinion: YOURS!  The best advice we could give is bringing the people who you are closest to and whose opinions matter most to you.  If the only person whose opinion you care about is your own, we have many brides who choose to shop by themselves and bring their families after the decision has been made.   


Do your research before your appointments. 

Bridal magazines. Pinterest.  There are so many options out there to find inspiration for your dream gown.  Bring these pictures to your appointment and show them to your stylist.  She is a professional and knows her inventory.  Even if she doesn’t have the exact dress she will know other gowns that are similar that you might like even more.  Trust her and she will help to steer you in the right direction of what you are looking for.   How long before my wedding should I start shopping? It is never too early to start shopping for your wedding gown and since it can take anywhere from 4 to 6 months to get a bridal gown in and then we recommend about 2 months for alterations, it is best to order around the 8 month mark at the latest to avoid any unnecessary stress.  Though we recommend about 10 to 12 months in advance to start shopping to give yourself some time to enjoy the process.  Don’t be afraid to purchase though once you know you have found the dress.  There is such a thing as over-shopping.   


How many bridal appointments should I have in one day? 

Don’t schedule more than 2 or 3 appointments.  This is supposed to be a fun day but it can be overwhelming.  Having too many appointments in one day can be both tiring and stressful.  It also helps to limit the number of appointments since trying on too many dresses can also be confusing.   


Trust your stylist. 

Your stylist is a professional and knows how the gowns are supposed to fit and what styles will look good on your body type.  This is what she does everyday.  Having styles that your interested is great since you know your personal style best but let your stylist throw in a wild card or two.  Try on styles you might not have considered before.  The worst that will happen is you don’t like it.   Have fun. The most important piece of advice we have is to have fun.  Enjoy the time with your friends and family, and enjoy being pampered.  Remember shopping for your wedding gown should be almost as fun as your wedding day.

Posted by Karen Kaforey at 3:18 PM
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