Shopping for THE Wedding Dress

No doubt your wedding day will be perfect. However, in order to have the perfect big day you must start out with smaller yet very important days. One of them is the day of wedding dress shopping.

Buying your wedding dress is one of the rights of passage that is a celebrated and exciting event in your life. Chances are high that you have been dreaming about your wedding gown for quite some time.

When the wedding day arrives, all eyes will be on you as  you make your entrance. You want all of your guests to be overcome by your beauty and grace.

But before you make your beautiful debut down the aisle, you have to first find that dress, the one that will knock their socks off.

We aren’t to say though, that it should be limited to just one day of shopping though. This is your wedding dress by all means make several, big days.

Before venturing out for dress shopping, there are a few things that you must keep in mind:

Take People Who are Honest

We aren’t saying brutally honest or mean, but an honest friend is always the best buddy to have when it comes to shopping for clothing anyhow. You want to choose people whom are always considerate of your feelings but will, when needed offer up the honest voice your excited/stressed brain needs to hear. (Your girlfriend that you take swimsuit shopping each spring? Grab her!)
You do not want to be 3 months down the road crying to your bridesmaids that your chest is clearly falling out of your top or that the empire waist makes your belly look much larger than it actually is. (The price of alterations particularly last minute ones can add up quickly)
Take people who will recognize the pieces in the gown that flatter you and the pieces that do not. Having someone tell you that this part looks bad but the other half looks fabulous will boost your confidence to find the gown that has all around fabulousness.

Have a Clear Budget

By clear we mean crystal! Prior to the day of shopping, discuss with your fiancé or parents (whomever is helping foot the bill) an idea of how much you would like to spend. If you don’t have a clue how much you would be spending, when you are busy scouring the internet for gowns that you like, take a look at their price tag. This should help clue you in as to what different types of gowns, and different designers prices will run.

Once, you have made your clear budget, stick to it. Be sure to tell those super honest pals what that budget is. That way you’ll have someone there to remind you that you shouldn’t even try on the gown that is $2,000 more than you set your budget at.

Because the last thing you want to do is to fall in love with a gown that you cannot afford.
A good bridal consultant should ask you for your budget right away. If not, tell them how much you are looking to spend. If you notice they start pulling in gowns that go over budget remind them of your limit price.

Don’t Be Stubborn Over Style

It’s likely that you have a pretty clear idea of the style of gown that you would like.  
It is your day and everyone wants you to be happy, that’s true however, it will not hurt you to try on a dress or two that isn’t quite what you had imagined. We aren’t suggesting that you play dress up for your mother for 2 hours, but keep in mind the fact that those you took with you probably have seen you all glammed out before. They likely have a pretty good sense of your style and know you well enough to have an idea on what styles would make you look and feel good as well.
Many brides have gone into a shop having a clear idea in their head of what they think they want in a gown. Only to try it on and be mortified by what that style does to their body shape. Have an open mind and try a few things that you wouldn’t normally try. When are you going to get to play dress up with wedding gowns again anyway?
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