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Wedding Dress Shopping 101

posted: 03/03/18
by: TLCme

Shopping for wedding dresses can be stressful. Maybe you've been picturing your dream gown for years and have high expectations, or maybe you've never thought about what you want to wear on your big day. Either way, it's a lot of pressure - but we're here to help! Below is an easy guide to follow to make wedding dress shopping as stress-free as possible.

Start Shopping Early
Most wedding experts suggest shopping as early as nine to 12 months before your wedding date. Unless you are buying off the rack or are sample size, most dresses need to be custom made, and alterations can take up to six months to be completed.

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Most wedding experts suggest shopping as early as nine to 12 months before your wedding date. Unless you are buying off the rack or are sample size, most dresses need to be custom made, and alterations can take up to six months to be completed.



Know Your Budget
This may seem like a no-brainer but understanding your budget - and its limitations - is a vital part of wedding dress shopping. It's important to have realistic expectations before going to your first appointment to ensure that you don't come out of it being disappointed or allow bridal consultants to talk you into something that doesn't fit your budget.

Know Where to Shop
Finding the right place to shop will help ensure a positive shopping experience. Do extensive research on which bridal salons are in your area. Read reviews or ask friends for experiences to make sure you're going to get the kind of service you're seeking. It's also important to check what kind of dresses each store carries. If they're only carrying dresses that are on the high end of your budget, try finding a place that carries a wider range.



Choose an Entourage
Think about who you want to take shopping with you. Odds are a lot of family and friends will want to come, but it's important to keep your eye on the prize and make sure you have a productive shopping day. Surround yourself with people who will give you supportive and honest feedback and whose opinions truly matter to you. That could be a large group, or it could just be one person! Don't be afraid that you'll offend someone by not inviting them shopping. You need to do what's right for you!

Have Fun
When it comes down to it, wedding dress shopping should be FUN! Plan a post-shopping brunch, pop some champagne, and make it a celebration!

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