You want to find THE wedding dress but you do not know how to go about it, where to start, how to find your happiness… We give you 8 steps to refine your search 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, so plan accordingly. If you feel you are too short on timing, your dress can be sent “express” for an additional fee.
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 salons 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.
Do you have your dream dress in mind but don’t know if it will fit your body type? Indeed, there is a wide range of wedding dresses. There are six main categories: ball gown, empire, A-line, sheath, flared and mermaid. Try on one of each the first time you store for your dress, you’ll know what 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, 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 on a weekday. Naturally, it will be less crowded than on 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 and if possible close to your home.
6) Limit the number of people you invite to your fittings
It is 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 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. Keep an open mind 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 on your body. 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 because 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 probably wear it all day, so if you can’t sit down for fear of cracking it or if you breathe every other time 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.
Remember, it’s YOUR day and YOUR dress, no one has the right to judge your day and what you wear. Choose your dress, the dress that you would feel good in and beautiful for you, no one else.