There's no doubt about it, for most brides one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning is shopping for their wedding dress! There’s a pretty good chance you have spent weeks, months, maybe even years looking at amazing dresses and you probably have a rough idea of what style of dress you want, and have a set budget in mind. With that being said, even if you have a specific style in mind, it's still a really good idea to try on a range of dresses as it will give you a great chance of working out your own unique style and preferences.
To make sure you get the most out of your wedding dress shopping spree, we’ve listed some useful top tips to help you find your perfect dress…
1. Always begin with lots of research
You’ve spent hours researching for your perfect wedding dress, but where should you visit? Try researching local suppliers and start from there. Check out each suppliers website to get an idea of what brands they stock, especially if you have a particular bridal designer in mind.
2. Enquire about service charges with the boutiques you have chosen to visit
Some, but not all, bridal boutiques charge for their bridal appointments so make sure to check ahead and be prepared to pay a small fee.
3. Don’t take a huge entourage
Whilst the idea of having lots of people offering their advice might seem like a good idea, it’s not and can be extremely overwhelming! Take one or two of your closest friends or family members with you.
4. Do wear well fitting underwear
It’s so important to feel confident when trying on potential wedding dresses so good underwear is a must. Nude in colour is always a good idea, whilst a multi-way bra will give you the options to try on different neckline styles.
5. Don’t wear tan
Whilst you might feel you need tan to look your best, save it for your wedding day! Leaving behind tan streaked sample dresses isn’t fair and can easily be avoided.
6. Do take any accessories with you
If you’ve chosen your shoes or jewelry, bring these along!
7. Do bring an open mind with you
Listen to the advice and guidance from your consultant, let them offer you some alternative ideas and give them a go. With wedding dresses you really don’t know until you are wearing it.
8. Do share your budget with your consultant
Falling in love with a gown that is twice your budget is not the consultants priority! They are on hand to help you find a dress within a budget you are comfortable with. They won’t know how much you are happy to spend until you tell them.
9. *Bonus* tip – Do enjoy and try not to feel overwhelmed – your dream dress is out there!