So you’re engaged, and of course you’re beyond excited! One of the most important elements of your wedding is going to be your wedding dress. People remember three things from a wedding – the band, the food and the dress.
The thoughts of wedding dress shopping are exciting and it can be a really fun experience. However it can also be very daunting. It took me a long time and lots of trying on in different boutiques before I found my dream dress. I felt like a princess in it and I adore it. It’s safely tucked up in a beautiful preservative box now and sometimes I have a peek at it and it never fails to put a smile on my face.
Hers’s my top tips to make your dress shopping experience as painless as possible.
1. Do a little research. Not all bridal boutiques are equal, some of them carry better stock and offer better customer service than others. Visit their websites, have a look at their Facebook pages and if you’ve got friends who are already married ask them what boutiques they would recommend.
2. If you’re going to be shopping on a Saturday you will need to make your appointment a few weeks in advance, the boutiques can be very busy on Saturdays.
3. When you are making your appointment ask if the new season collections are in. And if not when will they be in. It may be worth waiting a couple of weeks so you get to see a whole collection of dresses.
4. Ask if the boutique has a one bride at a time policy or if not do they have separate rooms for each bride. Most do but I had one horrendous experience where there were three other brides and their guests in a store at the same time as me.
5. Don’t bring too many people with you when shopping, too many opinions can get stressful and confusing.
6. Don’t be afraid to go on your own. You know your own mind and you will know the best dress for you. The day I found my dress I was on my own. I felt like I could concentrate better that day and it worked out very well for me.
7. Don’t visit too many boutiques in one day. I would recommend keeping it to a maximum of three. While it is fun it can also be tiring and stressful. And trying on too many dresses in one day can just leave you feeling confused.
8. Make a day of it. Incorporating afternoon tea or a nice lunch with your mom and bridesmaids can make the day more special.
9. Don’t settle. I tried out many beautiful dresses but it took me months to find the one. It got to the stage where I was worried that I wouldn’t find the perfect dress at all. But don’t give up – the day I stepped into my dress it was all worth it.
10. Don’t get disheartened – countless times I walked out of a dressing room and looked in a mirror and felt disappointed. But I was determined and as I’ve said it is all worth it when you find the perfect one.
11. Keep an open mind – try on different styles you may be surprised at what suits you. And you can’t tell what a dress is really like until you’ve tried it on. And remember that dresses can be changed, elements can be added or taken away and a good dress maker can make your dress dreams a reality.
12. Wear well fitted and comfortable underwear when trying on dresses.
13. Shop around. Once you’ve found your dress see what other boutiques stock the designer and who is offering the best price. Don’t be afraid to ask for a discount! Some boutiques might not reduce the price but might offer you extras such as your veil for free.
14. And most importantly enjoy it! Planning your wedding is once in a lifetime and should be special and enjoyable! So try not to get too stressed!
I hope you find my tips helpful. If you have any questions or if you would like to know what boutiques or designers I would recommend, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.
Happy Shopping girls,
Love Lis xx
All of the dresses featured are from Pronovias