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Tips for Dress Shopping :: How to Order Your Dress

Once you’ve made the decision of which dress is your perfect dress, there are some action steps you need to take to ensure the dress is ready and beautiful come your big day.

First, before you commit to a dress, you need to be 100 percent positive it is the one you want before you “say yes”. It is a hard decision, do not let people in your group pressure you, but also be reasonable. Be cognizant of the fact your entourage gave up part of their day to do this with you, and your bridal consultant does have other brides. If the decision seems to difficult to make, sleep on it. Sometimes dresses are like a fine wine and need a little to breath before their full beauty is known.

The second aspect to this is reminding yourself what season and climate you are getting married in. If you are still having trouble with the final decision, think about the fabric and fit. A wedding on the beach in Hawaii warrants lightweight fabrics in breezy, loose styles. A wedding in the snow in the mountains of Colorado need heavier, lush fabrics – look for satin or taffeta. This can also help you understand more of what you will need for alterations or accessory choices necessary for getting your final fairytale dress.

First Photo by Orlando Oliveira || Second Photo by Jadie Jo Italasano
First Photo by Orlando Oliveira || Second Photo by Jadie Jo Italasano

Once you have you dress picked out, get your measurements taken by a professional who knows the industry standards. I do not know the first thing about how to measure myself appropriately for a gown, and I know my mom doesn’t either. Ensure you have someone who knows exactly where to measure everything, because a half an inch off and you could have a dress that completely does not fit. You can find a seamstress at your boutique or another professional if you are ordering online.

Then keep in mind when ordering, after you’ve been professionally measured, if yo call between sizes, order the larger size. It is easier for gowns to be altered smaller and tighter with extra fabric than it is to make them bigger. If you are needing your dress to be larger, you are victim to whatever seam allowance the manufacturer gives you. The last thing you want is zipper that won’t close or parts of your squeezed together.

Photo by Elegant Design
Photo by Elegant Design

After you have your all the details for you dress picked out, you need to get to the logistics. This starts with ordering your dress at least six to nine months, if you can, before your wedding to avoid rush fees. Gowns take awhile to be produced and shipped, being on top of your ordering can save you as much as 30 percent on the price of your dress. These fees add up quickly and take away money from the rest of your outfit or other aspects of your wedding.

Photo by Your history
Photo by Your history