1. Have an idea of what you want before going to your appointment
Look for dresses and styles you love on magazines and Pinterest before you head to the store. Come prepared with your wedding binder, magazine tears or pictures on your phone. Your consultant will want to get a sense of your style and what you love.
2. Be up front about your budget
Make sure the bridal shop associates, your crew, and yourself are on the same page about your boundaries. And remember to account for alterations in your budget as it can sometimes add up to an extra $200 to $800.
3. Bring a pair of shoes
If you already picked out your shoes for your big day, perfect! If not, find a pair of shoes with roughly the same height as the ones you’ll wear so you can see where the hemline will actually hits. This is also good to know for alteration purposes!
4. Wear or bring your own undergarments
Before going to your appointment sans underwear, remember this: most bridal shops have limited types of bras for fitting, and many salons do require you to bring them. Plus, it will help you get a much better idea of how the dress will look and feel with the right undergarments.
5. Tone-down your hair and makeup
You wouldn’t want to try on your dress for your big day with a rolled-out-of-bed messy bun now would you? Do yourself up a little, but not too much to risk staining the dresses. Also, bring an extra elastic band to help get a clear view of the necklines.
6. Don’t forget about the headpiece, veils and accessories
It’s the little details that will compliment your entire look. So if you already have accessories you know you want to wear, whether that be something old, new, borrowed or even blue, bring it along!
7. Consider the venue when choosing your perfect dress
Is your wedding at a church, by the beach or at a farm? Is it during the summer or in the fall? Take the environment into consideration when choosing the style, length and fabric.
8. Bring your trusted counsel
Enlist the people whose opinion you trust. But limit your crew so you don’t feel pressured by too many opinions. And make sure they know who has the final say, which is always you, the bride!
9. Most importantly, Have fun!
Have an open mind and remember that dress shopping should be fun and exciting. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t find anything you like! Anything less than 100% is a no!
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We have hundreds of gowns from $99 to $1299, we will find you your dream dress. Walk-ins welcome.