Congratulations on your engagement! Now that you have found the perfect person time to select the perfect gown! Many brides-to-be have dreamt of their gown from the time they were little and they know exactly what they want while others are not sure where to begin. So make to your selection easier (and fun) I have listed below a 1-2-3 step process to find your prefect dress.
The first step is to research wedding dress styles and designers. Bridal magazines are a great place to start. In addition, many designers have their dresses online which can help you become more familiar with their collection. It’s always helpful to print or tear out pictures to keep track of the styles that you like the most. Pictures are always better than words. Don’t worry if you are having trouble finding what you want… that’s why we have bridal consultants. They are more than happy to make suggestions as they know the different styles of gowns that will best suit your body type.
Set up an appointment to try on the different gowns. You will probably want to bring help to decide on a gown, but limit the number of people you bring. Stick to a few good friends and family. Too many people can be overwhelming and confusing with contradicting opinions. You may also want to bring a strapless bra and heels. One of the most important things is to establish a budget and make sure you are shopping at the right stores. You don’t want to fall in love with a $10,000 dress when you have a $2,000 budget. Let your bridal consultant know your budget as that will help in the selection process.
This is the part where dreams meet reality. You get to try on the gowns! This is when all that research will come in handy because you can show the bridal consultant exactly what you want. Keep in mind selecting too many dresses at once might make them all start to blend together. Keep your list short and sweet start with 6 to 8 gowns. As you try on the gowns try to imagine how they will work for the setting of your wedding and the time of year.
Sometimes you just know that the gown is the right one and when you do then you really don’t want to take it off. Or you might have more than one favorite and that’s fine too. Not everyone has that “aha” moment. Just keep in mind that eventually you will find the perfect one. Don’t worry you will know. Always remember it’s supposed to be fun. So relax, have fun and enjoy the moment.
As you build your pre-wedding timeline please keep in mind that you should be looking for your gown 9 to 12 months before your wedding. This will allow time for your gown to be produced and make alterations.
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