Choosing a Wedding Dress
Have you dreamt about your wedding since you were a little girl? Did you picture yourself in a princess ball gown that makes you look marvelous with a long lacey train or in a simple tea length style? Do you still have a strong opinion about the perfect wedding dress for you, or are your overwhelmed by the options? Whatever you have in mind, it’s a good idea to do a little preparation before you start your search. Here are some things to consider:
- What is your style?
Wedding dresses can range from A-line to ball gown to mermaid to trumpet. Pinterest can be very helpful as you determine your wedding dress style preferences. Spend some time pinning your favorite dresses and you will quickly determine which style appeals to you most. And it’s always a good idea to keep an open mind when you are trying on dresses. If a bridal dress consultant brings you a dress to try that you normally wouldn’t consider, try it anyway. You might be pleasantly surprised!
- What is your budget?
Wedding dresses range in price from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars. It is good to have a limit in mind ahead of time so that you are not disappointed if you find a dress you love but cannot buy. Whatever your budget might be, you should be able to find a dress you love.
- Where can you buy wedding dresses in your area?
There are often many options for dress shopping. There are large bridal retailers such as David’s bridal, department stores and small quaint bridal salons. You can also find shops that sell off-the-rack designer dresses at a fraction of the cost. Many brides have found their wedding dresses online as well. Once you have determined where you would like to go, contact the shops to scheduled appointments to try on dresses.
- What is your timeline?
You will need to make sure you order your wedding dress early enough so that there is time for it to be shipped to you or the bridal salon. You will also need to consider the time needed for alterations. Some brides need up to three fittings to get the dress to fit just right.
You will know when you have found the right wedding dress. It might be the first one you try on, or it might be the fiftieth. Either way, you will just know.