So you’ve spent hours on Pinterest searching for the perfect dress and now’s the time to actually hit the shops in search of your dream dress. But before you start here are 7 mistakes to avoid when dress shopping.
1. Shopping too late
Planning a wedding is an exciting process but in order to make sure you get the perfect dress it needs to be ordered no later than 6 – 8 months before your wedding. It often comes as a big surprise to brides just how long it takes to have a dress made so make sure you give yourself plenty of time. We generally advise brides to start looking for the dress 12 to 9 months before their wedding to give plenty of time for any alterations that may be needed.
2. Bringing too many people
It may be tempting to invite all your bridesmaids, close friends and family but having too many people around when looking for a dress will just be overwhelming. Having just your mum and best friend whose opinion you trust and who can honestly say when a dress just isn’t right is far better than having too many people involved.
3. Fixating on a particular size
Wedding dress sizing tends to be smaller than high street sizing and each designer works to slightly different measurements. Instead of worrying about what size of dress you are you should focus on what would work best for your wedding venue and makes you feel the most comfortable and happy on the day. Making sure you pick a dress that fits your body shape is also important. The dresses can normally be taken in several sizes quite easily, while they can only normally be let out up to one size.
4. Sticking with one style
You’ve got a Pinterest board full of inspiring ideas for your wedding and you absolutely adore that simple yet elegant dress but until you start trying on dresses it is hard to know which dress is right for you. Approach dress shopping with an open mind and don’t be afraid to try on a range of different styles. Chances are you’ll end up picking a dress that is completely different to what you originally had in mind.
5. Not setting a realistic budget
When you first start shopping for wedding dresses one of the best things to do is set yourself a realistic budget for your wedding dress. To get an idea of the budget it’s best to take a look at a few different dresses that you like and see what price range they fall into. By doing this you will be able to get a realistic idea of budget based on dresses you like.
6. Not asking for advice
Make the most of the expert advice offered by bridal staff after all they will have helped hundreds of brides to find their dream dress. Don’t forget they can help you with everything from picking the right wedding dress style for your body shape to how your dream dress can be customised to make it extra special.
7. Forgetting additional costs
Don’t forget about the extras so: wedding shoes, lingerie, a veil, hair accessories, petticoat and of course alterations. With a normal lead time of 12 - 16 weeks for a wedding dress it is normal for alterations to be necessary. From small changes such as hems to big changes like taking in or letting out, make sure you budget for alterations.
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