Yay, it’s time to talk wedding dresses….. What bride doesn’t look forward to the all-important wedding dress shopping one of the most exciting aspects of planning your big day.
However, there are some things that are well worth knowing about before you hit the shops with your ‘bride tribe’. Some pointers below may well prove useful:
1. Check if an appointment is needed.
Most bridal stores work on an appointment basis, this allows them to allocate a member of their knowledgeable staff to assist and guide you during your time with them. You may well be lucky and ‘bob in’ and they have a free appointment, however with your ‘bridal tribe’ in toe, best to book ahead. It may be wise to also add at this point that there can be a saturation point when trying wedding dresses on, too may appointments in one day can be counterproductive. Always factor in a lunch break to gather your thoughts and refuel.
Most bridal shops book up weeks in advance, so if there’s a particular shop that you have in mind; make an appointment to avoid disappointment
2. Keep your bridal tribe to a minimum.
We do appreciate that you want honest opinions, something that we would totally agree with, however this does not equate to taking half a dozen people with you, may I quote a very trusted saying ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ too many opinions will only result in you being more confused and no nearer to finding ‘your perfect gown’.
Your bridal tribe should consist of one or two individuals that are closest to you, have your best interest at heart, and will assist you in finding ‘your perfect gown’ not their ‘I hope to wear one day gown’. Mum, sister, bestie or maid of honour normally step up to this role superbly.
3. Wear the correct Underwear
So many brides quote ‘excuse my underwear’ you knew you were coming to try wedding dresses on, could you possibly be a little better prepared!? A light colour (nude or white/ivory) under most gowns works far better than your favourite florescent spotted boxer shorts! A strapless bra is ideal but not necessary, we can always hide your bra straps within the gown, occasionally dresses look far nicer and fit much better when no bra is worn at all. In addition, bra cups can also be added to some dresses by the seamstress to give the look and feel of a bra.
Very few brides fall in love with what they thought was going to be ‘the one’ Wedding dress shopping can be full of surprises and you may very well fall in love with a dress that you’d never, in a million years, thought you’d look twice at. Always come prepared; wear the right/appropriate underwear.
4. What size will I need?
Most bridal retailers will be happy to discuss the gown size that they will be ordering for you according to their own individual manufactures size chart. After all they are your measurements, however please, please do remember wedding dress sizes are nothing like high street sizes. Bridal sizes can be very cruel.
For those of you who have every intention of losing weight for your big day, it’s best to purchase a wedding dress in your current size. Buying a dress that’s a size too small will only result in you feeling pressurised to drop a dress size. Remember, your husband-to-be loves you just the way you are.
However, if you do want to lose weight and tone up, have your dream dress ordered in your current size. This way, if you do achieve your goal, you can have it taken in. It’s much better to have your dress altered, than struggle to get into it because you haven’t reached your ‘ideal weight’ . No bride needs this added pressure on the built up to her ‘big day’.
5. Give Yourself Plenty of Time
Some brides (just like in the films) do fall in love with the first gown they try on, however that said more often than not this is not the case. Give yourself plenty of time. Research the styles you think you are going to like and make a note of the gown designer, source the retailer that support and stock this label and start here….. Don’t head off and try wedding dresses on with an image in your head from the likes of Pinterest. This gown may not even be available in the UK! Doing your research before you make your bridal appointments will certainly make the most of your valuable time.
That said, many retailers have dresses that can be purchased same day, furthermore most have sale stock where very often a true gem can be found at a fraction of the designer price tag.
All this said most of all ENJOY the whole wonderful experience, you are heading off in search of your ‘perfect wedding dress’ for the biggest day of your life.