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Tips for Dress Shopping :: What Research To Do

There are quite a few things you need to do to be prepared to go into your appointment ready to find the perfect dress. When it comes to research, style, budget sizing and ordering make a lot to consider.

 

First, you need to decide on the style. Do your research beforehand and decide on which silhouettes you like the most. This starts with deciding if you want to have a classic elegance on your big day or embrace your inner trendy, fashionista.  There are many different ideas you can make your own look book on with Pinterest. Having a Pinterest board will help you narrow down your options and let your consultant know what you want. If you want special lace or beading or some unique accessories or color added to your dress, you can collect all your ideas beforehand. This will give everyone a head to toe vision to pursue, making the day easier.

Photo by KT Merry
Photo by KT Merry

Second, know your budget beforehand. To stay within budget, you can pick bridal boutiques which have many options within your range by calling beforehand and asking. This is the second step to setting yourself up for success day of. The third is to tell your consultant your firm budget from the beginning. Most consultants will give you dresses from less expensive to most expensive. Do not try on dresses out of your range. I repeat, do not try on dresses outside of your range. If you can’t afford it, there’s no point in trying it on. No use in torturing yourself and having a standard no dress you can afford can live up to.

Photo by Duby Photo
Photo by Duby Photo

The third thing you need to do before going into your appointment is call ahead if you are plus-size. Bridal salons all have different policies for the sizes they keep. Few things worse than showing up to your appointment and discovering they only stock to size 10. Although many places sell up to size 26, it is common for them to not stock up to that size. If they do not have your size, you will not be able to try anything on, talk about a waste of a day and a major stresser! If they do not have any, ask for them to order some styles and designers you may be interested in beforehand.

Photo by Fotos by Fola
Photo by Fotos by Fola