Your Most Popular Wedding Dress Shopping Questions Answered

When it comes to wedding gown shopping brides tend to have lots of questions… and rightfully so since this is a huge and personal purchase for you. Below are some frequently asked questions that tend to be the most popular. Keep these in mind when you are looking for your dream dress!

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Before heading out to find your gown, take a moment to read over these easy to follow tips.
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Do I an appointment to try on wedding gowns?

Most bridal boutiques require and appointment. Some have days where walk ins are welcome, but give them a call to check. Remember that an appointment will provide you with personal one-on-one service to show you the best the shop has to offer, and you are bound to get the attention you deserve. Also, keep in mind that weekend and evening appointments fill up the fast, so try and call in advance.

What items should I bring to my appointment, and who should I bring with me?

It is a good idea to bring some photos of gowns/or styles that have caught your eye in magazines or online. This will give the consultant something to go by and give he or she a feel for your personal style. Also, if you know what type of shoe you will be wearing, it is not a bad idea to bring something with the same size heel to see how the gowns fall. It is recommended that you keep your entourage to a limit of two or three people, as it can get very overwhelming with too much feedback. Bring people you trust and that will tell you the truth. Most brides choose their mother or another family member and their maid of honor or best friend.

How far in advance should I order my wedding gown?

As a rule of thumb, bridal gowns take four to six months to arrive once they are ordered—maybe longer if it is a custom order. It is a good idea to order your gown at least eight months in advance, or even a year. This allows plenty of time for alterations so that you are not rushing to get things done before the big day.

What are the most flattering styles for plus-sized brides?

Empire waist wedding gowns are typically the most flattering shape for a plus size bride, as it the waist hits right under the bust and the rest of the material flows away from the body. A gown with rouching is especially flattering, especially around the mid section and tummy area. Ball gowns are also a huge trend and literally look great on any body type.