You may be thinking about buying your dream wedding dress if you’ve recently gotten engaged. Buying the dress is one of the most important parts of a bride’s wedding planning.
There is so much tradition around wedding dresses, but in today’s climate, a wedding dress shop is virtually on every corner. How do you know what dress to buy? Especially if you’re the first of your friends to get engaged.
So, if you’re going dress shopping soon, keep reading. Here are five things you should know when shopping for your dream dress.
- Work Out Your Budget – And Stick to It!
One of the most important things to do when wedding dress shopping is to determine your budget. Then you need to stick to it. It’s easy to skip this step and jump straight to your first dress-shopping appointment.
However, you risk being caught up in the moment and spending much more than you can comfortably afford. If you’re paying for your bridesmaids’ dresses, you must incorporate this into your budget.
- Pro Tip: Create a wedding budget for all areas of your wedding before starting any planning – no one likes to go into marriage in debt
- Define Your Style
When you make a wedding dress appointment, you generally are limited in the amount of time you have. Appointments are typically an hour and a half, and if you arrive late, you won’t be able to extend your time. This is because bridal shops will make back-to-back appointments with other brides.
So it’s essential to define what type of dress you’re looking for, so you can find a bridal boutique that offers dresses in that style. If you need help finding your style, look through magazines or websites for wedding dress inspiration.
You can even take references for dresses you like to the appointment, which will help the sales assistants find your perfect dress. Only some shops sell designer gowns, so do your research before setting out.
- Take Someone With You
Finally, when you’re going wedding dress shopping, it’s helpful to have a second opinion that you trust with you. So don’t go it alone and ask some close friends or loved ones to attend your dress appointment with you. You and your bridesmaids can have fun choosing styles, like these dresses, for you to try on.
If you’re having a bridal party, you can bring them along and have a memorable bonding experience. Some boutiques offer champagne with your dress appointment, making the experience even more fun with friends.
Find Your Dream Wedding Dress Today
Wedding dress shopping is a special part of the wedding planning process, so spend time thinking about what style of dress you want and which boutiques you want to visit. Take your bridal party and maybe include your mother and mother-in-law. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so have fun with it.
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