You want to find THE wedding dress but you don’t know how to go about it, where to start, how to find your happiness… In this article, we give you the 8 steps to help you finding the dress of your dreams for the big day.
1. Anticipate your search
We advise you to anticipate your search about 9 months to 1 year before your wedding date. Indeed, you have to take into account the fittings, the alterations, the time for the delivery. Also, if you want to customize your dress by adding beads or lace or changing the neckline or train, it can take even longer.
2. Set a realistic budget
It’s important to set a budget, but don’t just consider the dress alone; take into account taxes, shipping (if you’re not buying direct) and alterations. Some boutiques cap alterations at a certain amount while others charge a flat fee. By planning ahead, you won’t have any surprises!
3. Familiarize yourself with wedding dress silhouettes before shopping
Your dream dress is on your mind but you don’t know if it will fit your body type? Indeed, there’s a wide range of wedding dresses. There are different kind of wedding dresses such as ball gown, empire, mermaid… Try on different ones at your first fitting and you’ll have a better idea of the style that looks best on you! Then you can move on to secondary criteria, such as neckline, sleeves, embellishments, etc.
4.Find inspiration on Pinterest
Browse through the social network Pinterest to find that special gem! You will find hundreds of wedding dresses that will allow you to refine your search and why not, find the model you love. Do you want to look sexy, sober, modern, chic or even traditional? You can pin your favorites in a private board.
Then, take a step back and look for similarities between dresses, naturally you will start to notice commonalities that catch your eye whether it is the designer, the silhouette or the fabric.
5) Make an appointment during the week
If possible, we advise you to make an appointment at wedding dress shops on a weekday. Naturally, it will be less crowded than during the weekend. This way, you can get the best possible service and attention from the sales staff. Schedule appointments at bridal salons that are within your budget.
6) Limit the number of people you invite to your fittings
It’s tempting to ask for advice from friends and family… It is a good thing to have an outside point of view, but the more people you’ll invite, the more likely you are to be overwhelmed or confused. We advise you to select 2 or 3 dear people to accompany you to these meetings.
7. Stay open minded when trying on dresses
It’s complicated when you have a dress in mind to break away from it. However, a dress that looks mediocre on the hanger may end up looking spectacular once you try it. Conversely, the crush dress you saw on Pinterest may not look good on you and be a total flop. So keep in mind that you need to have an open mind. Who knows you might stumble upon THE dress.
8) Test the comfort of your future dress
The crucial moment! Am I comfortable in my dress? Because yes, you will wear it all day, so if you can’t sit down because you fear of cracking it or if you can’t hardly breathe it will quickly ruin your day.
To do this, feel free to test it out, sit, dance and walk the aisles of the store. Choose a dress that is flattering to your body, and in which you will feel comfortable.