Tips to Shopping for Your Wedding Gown – Part 1

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The purchase of your wedding gown will probably be one of the most important investments of your wedding. That is, with the exception of your wedding rings. So it would only make sense to take efficient time in search for your perfect gown. This gown is something you will remember for the rest of your life. Here we have some great advice on the steps to finding that perfect wedding dress for you.

Do Your Research

Before you step out of your door and physically hunt down your gown, take the time to do some research. Surf the Internet by going on bridal websites and using social media sites such as Pinterest and Tumblr to get better ideas of what you want. A great idea would be to sign up for regular issues of bridal and wedding magazines. These will all surely broaden your scope of ideas. One suggestion would be to start a scrapbook filled with magazine cutouts or Internet postings of styles that you are interested in. Start off with as many different styles as you can just so that you can have more options when actually trying on the dresses. Take this scrapbook with you when you actually go wedding dress shopping in stores and boutiques. It will give you a thorough reference and help keep you organized throughout the entire process.

Do you have any Restrictions?

Depending on the venue of the wedding and some cultural traditions, there might be certain restrictions on what you can wear for your wedding dress. For example, some cultures might require you to wear a gown that is on the conservative side, such as one that doesn’t have a low neckline or won’t show your shoulders. Or perhaps you might be required to wear a gown of a certain height. Consider all guests attending the wedding. Even though your wedding day should be exactly what you want, it would be wise to show respect to your culture or elders.

Flatter Your Figure

Remember that even though you saw a gorgeous gown on someone in a magazine or off the Internet, that dress might not look the same on you. Instead of trying to force your body to fit that style, find a style that will fit on your body. Consider your body shape and go with a gown that is comfortable, flatters your curves, and makes you feel great. Also think about what season your wedding will be held. For example, if you are hosting a summer wedding, opt for a style that has short or no sleeves and light breathable material. Winter weddings can have longer sleeves.

Start Early

After you have settled on the wedding date, it is best to start shopping for your gown right after. You want plenty of time to go through all of your options and also make time for any needed alterations. These can take longer depending on the material of the gown and what you want done. Also, if you are purchasing designer gowns, many bridal boutiques require you to purchase their gowns at least 6 months in advance.

Never Shop Alone

It is absolutely crucial that you always shop with a family member or your MOH. It will be much easier to make a decision with the opinions of those closest to you. They will be able to see how the dress moves on you and how you look from the back. And of course, you will have all the pictures they took as a great reference!

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