There are a few tips rules to follow when shopping for your wedding gown. Once you have these tips in your mind, your dress shopping experience will be much easier.
Stay within your budget!
The very first thing you should do before even starting your wedding gown search is to set a budget. Take some time to sit down and nail down the maximum amount you can spend on a dress. Then, even more importantly, STICK TO IT! Don’t be tempted to try on wedding gowns that are out of your reach. You are just asking to be let down. If you are shopping at a bridal shop, tell them your budget right away and let them know you cannot go over it. They will accommodate you and find something beautiful, no matter the price. Some designers, such as Maggie Sottero, Mori Lee and Allure Bridals are perfect choices for gals that want top-notch style without breaking the bank.
Choose the right size!
Choosing the right size dress can save lots of time, money and many a headache. The perfect fitting wedding gown is a very rare thing, so always be prepared for alterations (and consider that in your budget). The key to getting a great fitting wedding gown does start with the best fit you can get off the rack, or ordered carefully. If you order online, always get measured by a professional seamstress and make sure you choose the correct size. Remember that many on-line vendors do not accept returns. The most important thing to consider is that it is easier to take something in than it is to let out. So, if you are between two sizes, go for the larger size. Adding fabric to a gown that is too small can become a hassle and be very pricey. Also, keep in mind that it’s best for the structural integrity of the dress and to have the least amount of alternations as possible.
No crash diets!
Crash diets before a wedding are so very common. Brides tend to feel they don’t look good enough, when that is simply not true. Staying healthy and exercising is fine, but dropping lots of weight in a short period of time is NOT healthy, and you may end up with a wedding dress that is too large for the big day. Hence, more alterations and more money.