Shopping for a Wedding Gown

  • By offthechartentertainemnt
  • 30 Aug, 2017
Shopping for a wedding gown
One of the most special parts of your planning will be choosing a wedding gown. Here are some tips on shopping for a wedding gown to keep in mind.
Love is in the air! If you were proposed to over the winter holidays, you might be getting your ducks in a row for a summer or fall wedding. Chances are that you’ve been leafing through bridal magazines, and maybe you’ve even been browsing in bridal shops and boutiques, interviewing wedding DJs and visiting florists. All of these activities are important as you plan your wedding. One of the most special parts of your planning will be choosing a wedding gown. With so many options, though, the task can seem overwhelming; how can you possibly choose? Here are some tips on shopping for a wedding gown to keep in mind:

Decide on a wedding dress budget and stick to it

Gowns can be found for a few hundred dollars, or a few thousand, or more! Take a hard look at your finances ahead of time and choose a firm upper number that you won’t go over when buying your gown. Keep this in mind as you look at dresses; don’t even look at the ones over your budget! Also, remember that you’ll need to factor in the cost of alterations; as you shop, you can ask about what the estimated cost for hemming, taking in, and other alterations will be.

Choose your shopping partners wisely

Many brides-to-be see this as a wonderful time to bond with their mothers. Others choose to bring not only their moms, but also their soon-to-be mothers-in-law. And some make it a girls’ day out with their bridal party. Remember that the more people you involve, the more opinions you’re bound to receive. It might be best to limit yourself to one or two other people, preferably only those who will encourage you to stick to your budget and who will be honest about how you look in different styles.

Keep an open mind

While it’s good to walk in with some idea of what you want (Ornate or simple? Strapless or not? White or ivory?), be willing to try on dresses that you might not love at first glance. Remember that the gown will look different on you than it does on a hanger or on a mannequin. The bridal consultant at the shop will be able to look at your body type and make suggestions as to which styles you might want to consider. With that said, if you have your heart set on a beaded strapless gown and you’ve tried on (and nixed) other options, then go for it! Remember that this is going to be your special day, and your time to shine!

Don’t be afraid to shop out of the box

Have you considered searching through a vintage shop for a unique gown? Do you want to wear red or purple to your wedding? Or perhaps you’ve found an off-white bridesmaid’s gown that you would actually love to wear as a wedding gown. If you see something that you love, then it doesn’t matter if it’s a traditional wedding dress.

Wedding gown shopping should be as fun and stress-free as possible! Keep these tips in mind as you shop, and enjoy the process. Remember, this will be one of the most special days of your life, so be sure to dress the part!
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