Bride’s Magazine suggests that you start looking for your dress about a year in advance, and we couldn’t agree more. If you have the time to start looking a year ahead, do yourself this favor!
The last thing you want is to feel extra stress in your wedding planning because you waited until the last minute to look for your wedding gown. When you order your wedding dress it can typically take up to 6 months to come in.
This is because each dress is custom ordered just for you! You also want to allow plenty of time for alterations! Most seamstresses will like to have about three fittings with you in your dress and this part takes time.
They need to be able to get your dress to fit you as best as possible, and this involves a lot of intricate work. So, if you have the time, start shopping early so you don’t have to order your dress on a rush cut and pay extra for rushed alteration. Or if you're lucky you'll be able to scoop up a fabulous dress off the rack and get to take it home the same day.
Plus, knowing what your dress looks like will help you have a better idea of what to choose for your bridal party!
Just because we carry your favorite designer doesn't mean we'll have the exact dress you've been dying to try on. It may have been sold to another bride. If you call beforehand and request a specific style, chances are our store will be able to call in a sample of that gown especially for you or find the next best thing in store.
Bring some photos of styles you love and show your stylist. We work with these dresses everyday so we'd be happy to recommend alternative styles if we've sold dress
These are super important! So establish a wedding dress budget. Many brides go into the bridal boutiques without a firm budget for their wedding dress. It’s extremely important to set a budget, especially if you are on a tight overall wedding budget.
When setting the budget for your dress, take into consideration the cost of alterations, veils, shoes and accessories. Many brides-to-be forget to add the cost of these accessories into their budgets and end up going over their limit.