The Wedding Affair Perfect Planning Guide: A Guide To Wedding Dress Shopping…
Hello, What are you all getting up to on this fine Wednesday morning? Today, for this weeks edition of ‘The Wedding Affair Perfect Planning Guide’ we are thinking and talking all things to do with wedding dress shopping, the experience and Brides expectations of finding ‘The One‘.
In #WeddingHour tonight we are opening up the conversation to you all to share anything wedding related. And, since the topic today is ‘Wedding Dress Shopping‘ we would also love you to get involved by sharing any advice, tips and idea’s to help Brides find ‘the one’. We would also like you to be honest with your very own experiences of wedding dress shopping; what were your struggles, how did you manage your expectations and how did you know when you found your dream dress? Oh, and of course, we would love you to share your favourite designers, current dress crushes and any up-coming trends in the world of bridal fashion.
To join in tonight – simply head over to Twitter, type in #weddinghour and the live stream will appear in-front of you. Also, do make sure that you type #weddinghour into each and every one of your tweets to stay connected and make lovely new connections. A glass of your favourite wine is an essential, too.
In the mean time, we have a handy little blog as to how Brides can prepare themselves before starting the search for their dream dress.
It’s a beautiful, fun-filled and very exciting time – this is usually the part of planning that Brides enjoy the most. The part you may have dreamed about since you were 11 (sound familiar?). Shopping for your wedding day outfit is something that should be enjoyed with your most loved ones. After all it is a once in a life time experience.
However, the side that isn’t talked about in the industry is just how daunting it can be. It can be nerve-racking to say the least, and well, it;s a rather big decisions to make. So, how do you go about beating those wedding shopping nerves and what can you do to make it a fun-filled experience?
For most of us this is the first and only time we’ll be looking for a wedding dress, and it’s not the same as picking out an everyday outfit for work. Finding the perfect wedding dress can be quite a long process and admittedly, isn’t always easy. So, to help you avoid any bridal boutique faux pas, tears or disappointment, and to make the wedding dress shopping as fun and, as easy as possible, we put together this quick guide to bridal shopping with our top wedding dress shopping tips. It’s a few simple pointers, gleaned from the experience of many brides, and what we hear from many luxurious bridal boutiques that we are so proud to work with.
If you are not one of those that already has their dress envisioned (don’t worry that’s more than normal!), then think about what sort of wedding you are seeking. There are so, so many beautiful gowns out there… so do try and think about what theme or style your day is going to be. If you have booked your venue, then think about what would suit.
Most importantly, consider your body shape and personal style – think of all your choices, the style and shape of the wedding dress, necklines, length, waistlines, trains, sleeves and so on…
Setting your budget is also SO important! Never, ever, ever try on a gown that is going to be more expensive than your budget. This can lead to much disappointment and heartache – if you fall in love with a gown that you ultimately can’t afford. Save the tear and set your budget with your partner, and stick to it. Remember, include room for accessories, shoes, veil and alternations etc. It’s easy to forget about this when you are in a boutique getting exited with your girls
Where to go, and who?
Most bridal shops are by appointment only – book in advance to avoid disappointment. If you haven’t yet considered where to try on your dress, do take a quick peak at our Approved Bridal Boutiques!
Organise to go to the appointments on your own, with your Mum or with one or two friends whose opinions you know you can trust, and too who will honour that this is your day. Don’t bring an entourage – you need to be able to hear yourself thin, and follow your own instincts about which dress makes you look and feel great, not what your whole bridal party’s opinions. Remember, this will be your dress.
What to bring with you?
Make sure that you wear appropriate underwear as you will be assisted when getting in, and out of dresses. Make sure that you pick underwear that isn’t going to show through a dress so preferably nude and not the bright pink OTT frilly kind. Take a good quality strapless bra, that is well fitted.
Try to wear little or no make-up to protect the dresses and to give you the chance to see which shades are more flattering to your skin tone, steer away from the fake tan also! No one wants to be trying on a dress with orange streaks in it, let alone possibly purchasing one…
If you have already got some accessories, bring them along with you. Are you borrowing your mothers old veil, or has your gran given you her beautiful statement diamond earrings? This is all essential to see if it matches perfectly with the dress. The same goes for shoes, if you have them, perfect. If you haven’t then don’t worry, the boutique you are visiting should be able to give you some to try!
Trying On Dresses…
Again, please do not try anything that is out of your budget, make this clear to the boutique staff. Also, don’t be afraid to try something that you haven’t pictured yourself, you never know, you may be pleasantly surprised! Fancying a straight column dress? Try on an A line gown… if you try on other styles of dress then at least you will have peace of mind that it either does, or doesn’t suit you!
Try not to go over board, if you try on too many dresses then you may get confused, or over whelm yourself. Try to stick to 5 dresses in a single appointment, or as many as you feel comfortable in.
At the end of your appointment, if you haven’t felt like you have found “The One” try not to be disheartened, it may take you 100’s of dresses, a dozen, or it could be the first dress you try. Every bride is different, just remember to enjoy yourself, and, if you don’t feel like ‘The One’ is out there, consider a bespoke dress.
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