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Shopping for Your Wedding Dress

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Before you decide on where you are going to buy your wedding dress just know that the dress is almost the most important part of your wedding day. Also think of all of those photo shoots you will be doing so you want the perfect dress. The dress can make the difference in having fun or just an awful time. So when choosing a bridal shop make sure that they are a full service shop which means they can do alterations and help you in any possible way concerning your wedding dress. Since most likely you have never shopped for a wedding dress before I have put together a list of questions you should ask the bridal shop.

1. How long have they been in the wedding business?

2. Are they buying directly from the manufacturer?

3. Do they have any special discounts if they do the alterations?

4. Can you get the alterations done at the shop and how much is the alterations?

5. Who will be doing the alteration of the dress and how long have they been doing this?

6. How long will the alterations take?

7. Do they charge bustling and pressing charges?

8. How long in advance do you have to order your dress?

9. What days and hours are the shop open?

10. Ask about discounts if you order your bridesmaid dresses from this shop?

11. Do they carry any other merchandise besides dresses?

12. Will you receive any discounts if you purchase any of there other merchandise?

13. How will you have to pay for the dress and how much in advance?

14. Can you call them any time and ask any questions?

15. How many employees do they have and how long have they worked at the shop?

Although the price of the wedding dress can be a big factor you should also take into account the customer service aspect of the business. If you order from a shop that has the lowest prices but lack in customer service ultimately you will not be satisfied at all.

Wedding Dress Dilemmas

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

According to a recent survey, the top wedding dress dilemmas include dresses not being sexy enough, brides feeling faint at the price tag, pushy and unhelpful mothers and too-short hemlines! We believe that there is a wedding dress for every bride – and there are ways to make your search a lot less stressful! Sometimes wedding dress shopping can be difficult and at times, overwhelming, but if you plan carefully, have a good idea of what you’re looking for, and most of all have an open mind, you should be able to avoid these common dilemmas.

In our experience, the top wedding dress dilemmas are:

Indecision: Brides who start wedding dress shopping without a clear idea of a) what dress style suit their body shape, or b) what they are looking for, often struggle at first. There’s also a problem when a bride ends up falling in love with more than one dress – which one to choose?! Be open to the suggestions of others, and learn when to let go if a beloved style just doesn’t suit your body shape. Usually our brides just know when they’ve found THE dress, but other times it can be more of a difficult decision – this is when the opinions of trusted friends and family can come in handy… but beware, as this leads us onto our next dilemma…

Too Many Opinions: Interestingly, many brides-to-be have the most problems with their mothers and mothers-in-law rather than the actual dress! Be aware of how much your taste may vary compared to your mum’s, or your bridesmaids’, and try to stay cool if no one can agree with each other! One way of avoiding this situation is to spend some time before you go shopping doing some research into dress styles with whoever you plan on taking with you – that way you’ll know if your opinions are going to differ wildly. Try to bring someone whose opinion you really trust, and listen to the bridal store staff; they have many years of experience and will give you an impartial view. Another approach is to visit bridalwear stores alone at first, and bring in your friends and family to help you choose when you’ve narrowed your choices down to just one or two. That way they have less leeway to make your life difficult!

Adrenaline/Feeling Overwhelmed: Treat your wedding dress expedition like an endurance event! Make sure you’re well rested, well fed, have drunk enough water and if you start to feel faint or woozy, sit down immediately. Sometimes the tightness of the dresses, the adrenaline of trying on something so special and general feeling of being overwhelmed by the situation can lead to low blood sugar and faintness. Look after yourself – unless you’re getting married tomorrow there’s no rush! Take your time to find the right dress and spread your shopping expeditions over several visits so you are able to fit in trying on as many dresses as possible.

Too Rigid Ideas: Unless you’re prepared (and can afford) to have your wedding dress made completely bespoke to your specific visions, you must be prepared to compromise slightly on your choice of dress. You may have a particular style in mind, but you have to allow for the possibility that certain dresses just won’t suit your body shape. Sometimes you have to let those ones go…. and find an even more fabulous wedding dress instead! It’s good to have clear ideas of what you’re looking for, but don’t prevent yourself from being pleasantly surprised by something that you never normally would have chosen.

Avoid Wedding Dress Stress

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

So much pressure is put onto you when planning a wedding – not just the logistics and organisation but the assumption that everything must be perfect. This includes how the bride looks on her wedding day, and your wedding dress plays a big part in that. Choosing a wedding dress can be a very stressful aspect of organising a wedding, trying to incorporate your own style and personality into your look, while fulfilling dreams you may have had since you were a little girl – not to mention the fact that all eyes will be on you! These 5 easy tips will help you to de-stress and approach your wedding dress shopping with absolute zen…

1. Do your research and have a good idea of what you want before you even set foot inside a bridalwear store. Be honest about your body shape, what cuts of dress flatter you the most and what designs you adore. Of course you can browse, but it’s better to go into a store saying: “I’m after an A-line dress with a full train and sweetheart neckline” than “I’m looking for something flowy and long but fitted and white, but maybe ivory and I don’t know about a train…..”

2. Find your style. Look through your wardrobe – what is it you come back to again and again when choosing clothes? Perhaps it’s a colour, a cut, an accessory. Apply that to your choice of wedding dress and find a style that suits you perfectly. Think practicality as well as beauty – the more comfortable you are, the less stressed and awkward you will feel.

3. Take a few shopping trips alone. Sometimes it’s good to find your own opinions before you add in the confusion and pressure of other perspectives. Even if your bridesmaids, best friend and mum have your interests at heart, all those different thoughts and choices can make wedding dress shopping really hard. Visit a bridal store by yourself to get an idea of what you’re looking for, and then bring in your most trusted friends and family for the final decision making.

4. Save money! You really don’t need to spend thousands on a designer wedding dress. Factory outlets stock designer wedding gowns at discounted prices, meaning you CAN afford that gorgeous style without worrying about the price tag!Take a few shopping trips alone. Sometimes it’s good to find your own opinions before you add in the confusion and pressure of other perspectives. Even if your bridesmaids, best friend and mum have your interests at heart, all those different thoughts and choices can make wedding dress shopping really hard. Visit a bridal store by yourself to get an idea of what you’re looking for, and then bring in your most trusted friends and family for the final decision making.

5. Take some time out from your wedding plans. Enjoy some time without thinking about anything to do with your upcoming nuptials. Remember what life was like before all this manic planning?! Be kind to yourself. Go for a meal with friends, go for a swim, or sit and read a book in a quiet cafe. Yes your wedding is important but so is your state of mind! Give yourself a break now and then and you’ll feel far more capable when you return to the tasks you have left to do.