Congratulations on getting engaged! The next question on your mind now is looking for your dream wedding gown. I am sure since being engaged, you’ve been asked a dizzying array of wedding dress questions – what you like, when are you going shopping, who’s going, are you wearing sleeves, sleeveless or off-shouldered, who’s your favorite designer, who’s buying, what’s your budget, where to buy, yada yada yada! Bet you never knew that shopping for a wedding gown could be this stressful!
Are you finding a wedding dress that doesn’t feel a cookie-cutter-wedding-dress? It can be a challenge, especially if you’re at the age where you’re attending nuptials every other weekend. To give your Big Day getup a fighting chance at standing out from the masses, it’s imperative to find a style that feels fresh or, at least, that your guests have never seen before.
There are tons of online bridal shops for you to browse for something that is love at first sight for. But it could take days and weeks if not months if you are the indecisive type.
Here are some tips for you on finding your dream wedding dress:
Location – knowing the place and time of your wedding will help focus your search. Will you be having a daytime ceremony on the beach? You can rule out ball gowns with long trains and dramatic embellishments. Exchanging vows in a candlelit cathedral? Avoid short slip dresses or anything that looks like it could be worn to a cocktail party. Most fabrics are suitable year-round, but some, like linen and organdy, are more appropriate for warm weather, while velvet and brocade are best left for winter.
Set a Budget – figure out how much you want to spend, and tell the salesperson before she starts bringing out gowns. That way you won’t lose your heart to a dress you can’t afford. Typically, a wedding ensemble, including veil, undergarments, and any other accessories, accounts for 10 percent to 15 percent of the total wedding cost. Factor in extras, such as alterations—which can add a few hundred or a few thousand dollars depending on how involved they are—and shipping fees. Once the dress arrives, it may require professional pressing or steaming, which can tack on a hundred dollars or more.
Start Early – begin shopping six to nine months before your wedding. It takes about four months for a manufacturer to make a dress and another two months to complete the alterations. Very elaborate gowns will take longer. Short on time? Many shops do rush orders for an additional fee, but your choices will likely be limited.
You can consider ordering your wedding dress from online bridal shops like Babyonline to get a ready-made gown, shipped to you. Whether you are looking for an ausgefallene ballkleider or an ausgefallene brautkleider, Babyonline has them all.
Do Your Research– it’s not every day you see terms such as basque waist or Watteau train or try to differentiate between an ausgefallene brautkleider and an Ausgefallene cocktailkleider. Pore over bridal magazines, books, and websites to learn about fabrics, silhouettes, and the lexicon so you can better convey what you’re looking for. Start a folder with pictures of dresses or details that appeal to you, and take it with you when you shop
Make a Game Plan – decide where you want to go and call stores in advance to find out which designers they carry, the price range of their dresses, and if they sell accessories and provide alterations.
Focus on Fit, Not Size – bridal shops often run smaller than ready-to-wear; if you normally buy an 8, you may need a 12. So forget the numbers and don’t insist on a smaller size because you intend to lose weight before the wedding—order the one that fits now. A gown is easy to take in, but difficult and costly to let out.
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