One of the best parts of wedding planning is finding your wedding dress. Get your bridal party together, pop a bottle of champagne and play dress up for the day. This is the dress you will look at for years later
when reminiscing about your wedding day. You will show your album to your kids and grandkids with
the hopes of still having that same feeling as you had when you first tried it on.
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Here are a couple tips to note when you are going shopping for the first time!
1. Always book an appointment. Most places do not allow walk-ins and if they do, it will most likely be a rushed appointment and they will not focus all their attention on you.
2. The ordering time for a wedding dress is usually 6 to 9 months in advance prior to your wedding (keep that in mind when scheduling your appointment). If it is less than 6 months, they may charge a rush fee or either you will have to buy something off the rack. In addition, if you don't want to feel rushed I would suggest to not book an appointment on a weekend. Weekend slots fill up very quickly and they schedule back to back appointments. If you go over your hour time slot, usually they tell you and you will have to book another to try on more. Weekday appointments are more flexible and I find they devote more of their attention to you.
3. In my personal and professional opinion, these appointments are filled with emotions. I would suggest inviting no more than 5 people to your appointment. Invite people that share you vision and that you trust to give constructive criticism, NOT insults. If you invite more, there may be too many opinions which can result in persuasion, manipulation, becoming overwhelmed and flustered. At the end of the day, you are the one wearing the dress and not them. You want to feel the most beautiful you have ever felt and comfortable and you know yourself better than anyone else.
4. Have a budget. There is always a limit. Be realistic and set expectations. Keep in mind alteration costs, additional accessories (veil, belt, jewelry etc.) and taxes. The number on the tag is only the beginning.
5. If you have a lower budget, do not book an appointment at a high end bridal boutique because most likely you will not find anything within your budget (stay within your means). This way you will avoid the issue of potentially falling in love with a dress that is way over your budget but fits you like a glove, which results in you having to walk away extremely disappointed, or making a huge dent in your credit card.