Shopping for your dress is an exciting adventure and a little overwhelming all at the same time. Being familiar with the styles, keeping a budget in mind, and having details that are essential to you (i.e. I want a halter-top style with a full skirt, or you want your arms covered) will put you in control of the maze of dresses.
A good rule of thumb to go by is that most designers require six months to produce a gown. So shop at least nine months before your wedding to give yourself ample time to avoid rush charges. You'll often get the widest range of prices and styles to choose from at a local independent bridal salon.
To ensure the attention and assistance you want, you may need to make an appointment before arriving. If you need to cancel, be courteous and let the store know in plenty of time.
Bring one or two trusted friends or family at most. You need to be able to listen to your own instincts about what dress style makes you feel great. It's easier to listen to what your heart is saying if you don't have a crowd with you.
If the dress is not for you, surely it's another bride's dream dress. So shop freshly bathed, avoid perfume, and don't apply hand or body lotion unless it will have at least an hour to be absorbed. It's even more important to avoid tanning solutions. Wear little or no makeup to see which colors complement your true skin tones the most. Leave food and drink outside the store.
You will usually be standing on a platform or stool as you shop for a dress. Wedding gowns are cut long, so wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off. You won't need your wedding day shoes until the seamstress is ready to hem your dress.
Staff will assist you more closely than you're used to when shopping at the mall. They know the inventory and it's their job to help you find the dress you described. So don't be surprised if a staff member asks if you'd like them to come into the dressing room to assist you. After all you'll have help getting into your dress on your wedding day.
Wedding dresses are sized by measurements and are made to standard sizes, so expect the fit of your dress to be close but not exact when it arrives. It's normal that your dress will need to be altered to achieve the perfect fit. Allow for alterations in both your budgeting and your time planning. Altering a bridal gown is skilled and delicate work, and the seamstress is one of your most important partners.
Bring the people who will be helping you get ready on your wedding day to your final fitting appointment. You will want them to know how to help you get into your dress and lace the corset if you have one. As well, so the seamstress can show them how to bustle the dress.
Understand the special order policy of the salon. In most cases, when you order your wedding dress it's a final sale. Take your dress purchase seriously. You've committed to your man, you can commit to a dress!
You've found The Dress, so stop looking. Don't second-guess yourself! Have faith in your judgment, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from having one of your most special decisions decided upon.
Enjoy the adventure. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Wyoming Bride Staff