For most brides, choosing a wedding gown is an event of a lifetime. Your gown sets the tone of your wedding day and is a reflection of your personality and bridal style. When shopping for your wedding dress, start early and set a budget.
1. Browse through bridal magazines and the internet (Pinterest, included!). Save, cut out and pin dresses that appeal to you.
2. Look over the images you have saved and see if you have any similar styles or patterns. Are all of the dresses you like lace ball gowns? Start there. Make a list of the features you’d like.
3. Make appointments to try on gowns at two or more stores. Ask your friends + family for recommendations. Be sure to bring a few images to the salon and tell them the style of dress you are interested in. Don’t forget to tell them what your budget is. Bring your MOH, mother or/and a close friend.
4. Wear a strapless bra to try on gowns + bring a camera (if you’re allowed). You’ll want to have a memory of the dresses you liked. If you can’t take photos, get the style number and designer of the gown so you can look the dress up online to jog your memory. After trying on a few dresses, you may forget some of the special details + features. It also never hurts to bring a bottle of water ~ you’ll want to stay hydrated!
5. Don’t say “no” to trying on several different styles of dresses. You may be surprised and choose a gown you least expect. When you find the one, get confirmation in writing of your fittings, pick-up, and delivery date. Make a list of everything you still need (accessories, make up and lingerie) and keep everything in one place. When you bring your dress home, keep it safe from moisture, dirt, stains and wrinkles.
Don’t be discouraged if you do not find you dream wedding gown in the first store. It’s not normal to not find the perfect wedding gown on your first trip to a salon. After all, you’d rather find a dress you fall in love with than make a rash decision you’ll regret later. Have fun + happy wedding!