Updated: Jul 8
Hi! Our first blog post, can you believe it? it's only taken a year.....oops! So to celebrate, i have decided to write regular (hopefully) blogs to help you ladies on your wedding dress shopping journey.
Wedding dress shopping is so daunting isn't it? Especially if it's your first visit to a bridal shop or you're like me and are a bit body conscious!
Hopefully my top tips will ease your worries a little bit and get you started!
Tip 1 - A Doable Budget
This is super important, you need to have an affordable budget in mind before trying on your first dress. It can all end in tears if you fall in love with a dress you can't have.
Your dress budget also needs to include alterations. It's very rare to find a dress that needs no alterations at all so bear this in mind when deciding on the amount you're going to spend. Depending on the alterations needed and the dress, the cost varies. If you find your dress be sure to ask your consultant the cost of altering it first.
Tip 2 - Buy Your Dress Early
Your dress plays a huge part in your big day and can help you decide on your theme, venue and colour scheme. If you leave the dress until last and you've booked a church ceremony with an outdoor reception, a vintage theme with lots of pinks and greens, you'll be limited to the dresses that will match.
Also; if you buy your dress from a designer stockist who then orders for you, you will need a minimum of 6 months or more for your dress to be made, then your alterations will begin after. If you buy from a boutique like ours, that sells straight from the rail, all you need to wait is a week or 2 for your dress to be steamed and ready to collect.
Tip 3- Research Local Boutiques
Have a little Google of what's in your area and how far you are willing to travel, check out their prices (if no prices are listed give them a call) as this may be a deciding factor on the shops you visit. Also have a look at the range of dresses they stock and the sizes, if there's anything you like save it and take to your appointment.
Be strategic about where you shop - although it sounds like fun visiting lots of shops trying on hundreds of dresses, it isn't and can cause so much confusion for you which will make finding your dress all that harder. Narrow it down to 1or 2 local shops that have something that's caught your eye or that offer something you'd like to experience(private appointments with champagne or afternoon tea etc) if after visiting them you have yet to find 'the one' repeat the process again.
Tip 4 - A Smaller Entourage Is Key
We know trying on dresses is such a wonderful experience and you want to share that with the people you love the most but taking too many people to your appointment can cause chaos. The more people you have the more people you have to please. A difference of opinion can be all it takes to upset the bride. All that matters is that YOU feel incredible and confident. You are the bride after all :)
Tip 5 - Relax
It is nerve-wracking having all eyes on you but it's good practise for the big day! There's be even more eyes on you then. Try to relax as much as you can so you can make the most of your appointment. This is why we offer complimentary bubbly, it helps tremendously with the nerves!
Tip 6 - Wear The Right Underwear
A strapless bra is always a good thing to wear to an appointment (although a dress that fits you perfectly you shouldn't need to wear one) if you're happy to go without, that's fine with me! Try to wear underwear you're likely to wear on the day, this could be control wear or something neutral in colour. Now is not the time for black pants that are falling apart or to go commando....
Tip 7 - Trust Your Consultant
We know what we are doing so don't worry. If we don't show you a dress there's a reason behind it. If a dress says 12 but you're a 16 and your consultant wants you to try it on don't worry! We know it will be fine (I personally size my dresses myself, sometimes the sizes are way off!)
Tip 8 - Try on Different Styles
It's very easy to disregard a dress right away before trying it on because of how it looks on the hanger or it's a style you don't think will suit you, but this is a very common mistake to make if you have never tried on that style before! Your body shape and personality plays a huge part in how you'll feel in a dress. The majority of brides that come through my door end up leaving with a dress they were originally reluctant to try on. As above ^^ 'Trust your consultant' - you'll be surprised, I promise!
Tip 9 - Accessorise
Accessories are just as important as the dress! This includes on your dress, in your hair or on your feet. They can change your whole look, especially a belt to break up a plain dress. Your accessories should all match so it all ties in beautifully. Your dress is essentially the start of your canvas to which you can build your perfect look.
Tip 10 - Trust Your Instincts
Don't worry about anyone else, no one knows you better than you! If you believe you have found the one then you probably have :)