Shop Wedding Dresses

Top 10 Wedding Dress Shopping Mistakes

May 17th, 2017

There are many common mistakes brides make when they come wedding dress shopping – often because they are underprepared or unwilling to think beyond the ideal vision that they have in their head. But wedding dress shopping needn’t be stressful, or fruitless, or time-consuming. Here are our top 10 mistakes that brides make when shopping for a wedding dress – try to avoid these and you should be fine!

1. Not knowing their budget

Unless you really do have an unlimited amount to spend, you should have an idea of what you can afford. Obviously your budget will go a lot further if you choose to shop for discount wedding dresses, from a factory outlet or discount designer store, but you still need to know what your limit is.

2. Not considering extra costs

When you budget for your outfit, you need to remember that you will be wearing more than just a dress! You need to consider your shoes, underwear, a veil if you will be wearing one, any jewellery you don’t already own (I’m guessing most of us didn’t have a tiara before we got married!), and even your hair and make up should be included.

3. Bringing too many people

You should definitely bring someone. Many people bring their mum and a sister or a close friend. Whoever you choose, they should be people you trust to give an honest opinion but also not try to influence you to choose a dress they like rather than the one you like! Any more than two people and you’re going to end up with too many different viewpoints, which can get confusing for you. Besides, you want your wedding dress to be a surprise for as many people as possible on the big day!

4. Getting all made up to come wedding dress shopping

Okay, so wedding dress shopping feels more special than normal shopping, but there really is no need to get all dressed up for us! You should make sure that you are wearing a well-fitting bra if you are likely to need extra support under your wedding dress, but apart from that, casual is fine. In fact, we would prefer you didn’t wear any make up that could get smudged off on to the dresses.

5. Shopping too early (or too late!)

Shopping too late is less of a concern for shopping at wedding dress factory outlets, for example, as these dresses don’t need to be made from scratch for you, but you should still aim to leave enough time for any alterations. As for shopping too early, you really need to at least have the wedding date booked, and preferably the venue, as both of these decisions will influence what style of dress you choose. Also, if you aren’t ready to make the purchase, you could fall in love with a dress that isn’t available when you have the money ready.

6. Not having done a bit of research before

It’s all very well having an open mind as to what style of dress you want, but you should have some idea about what you like. Knowing your venue will help (beach weddings have a very different dress code to church weddings!), but take the time to look at some pictures and see what appeals to you. Perhaps you prefer plainer dresses to the more detailed ones, or a detachable train to a built in one. If you have no idea where to start, it can be a bit bewildering to look at all the wedding dresses on the rails!

7. Only trying one style on

Conversely, being adamant you will only try on white strapless ballgowns, may mean you miss out on a dress that would suit you more, as well as restricting your choice somewhat.

8. Trying to buy a smaller size saying “I’ll lose weight before the wedding”

It’s so easy to say, but not as easy to achieve, and while we’re not saying that you won’t lose weight before your big day, it is worth remembering that most dresses can be taken in by as many as four sizes without affecting the style. Letting a dress out is much more difficult, and if it is possible, you will only be able to let it out by one size. So choose a dress that fits now, and have it taken in when you lose that weight!

9. Forgetting they have to spend a whole day in the dress

This sounds obvious, but many people will try a dress on and decide to buy it without even trying to sit down in it. The wedding dress is for more than just the ceremony, so think about how comfortable it will be to wear while sitting down, eating and even dancing in. This is particularly important with corset style bodices that can be restricting, and fishtail dresses, which if too closely fitted can stop you being able to sit down at all!

10. Buying a dress you don’t love

This is YOUR dress. It should be the dress that you keep comparing all other dresses to (I still do this 4 years after my wedding, and so far, I still love my wedding dress more than any other!). Choosing a dress because it made your mother well up, or just because it has a coloured trim that will match the bridesmaid’s dresses is really not advisable. You aren’t planning to do this more than once, so make sure to buy the wedding dress of your dreams.

How Early Should I Buy My Wedding Dress?

May 10th, 2017

Now that you’re engaged, what’s the next step? One of the first wishes of a future bride is to find the perfect wedding dress that will make them feel beautiful and special on their big day. A common question is: When should I buy the dress? The answer is that it is important to find a dress early, but not too early! Here are some tips on how early you should buy your wedding dress.

Even though you may be excited and want to get your dress right away, it may not be a good idea to get a dress 2 years before the date because you may change your mind about the dress and different styles and trends may be popular closer to the date. Bridal trends tend to change each year and with the changing seasons. That being said, bridal boutiques usually have dresses ahead of time, so new dresses for the year will be available in November and December and dresses for the Spring and Summer will be available in December and January. This is done because dresses are usually bought at least 7-9 months before a wedding, to allow time to get everything perfect before the actual day. Once you are engaged or start planning your big day, look at pictures of dresses and get ideas for what you want in a wedding dress. Have fun with it! Once you have an idea of what you are looking for, or if you want to try on different styles to decide, make an appointment at a bridal boutique to try dresses on.

It is important to take into consideration the time needed to order a dress and have alterations made. Dress shops usually order dresses because the ones in their stores are only used as samples to try on. Common wear and tear occurs because they are used as samples, so shops will order a new dress for the bride when she makes a decision on the one that is right for her. The typical time it takes from when a dress is ordered to when it is received in the store is 4 months, so it is important to get a dress more than 4 months in advance.

Alterations almost always need to be made because everyone is a different size and shape, and each dress needs to be customized for each individual. Depending on where you get your dress, the dress shop may do alterations, or you can take it to a seamstress. These alterations and fittings need to be taken into consideration as well, as brides generally have an average of 3 fittings for their dress, and they are generally scheduled at least a week apart to allow for the changes to be made.

Allowing extra time takes the pressure of finding the perfect dress off the bride because there is time to try on different styles and designs. You can take your time to figure out what works best for your budget, wedding theme, and the style you want. The most important thing to remember is to choose something you love and will be happy in because this is your day!

Weddings on a Budget – Wedding Dress Rental and Other Cheap Tips

May 2nd, 2017

Among the things that you should consider to find out what exactly is the size of the dress you need to purchase. Although, it’s not enough that you find out your “regular dress” size. You also have to consider the type of material that your wedding dress has. Sometimes, medium sized dresses would fit too tightly on a bride who usually wears medium sized regular clothing. One way of getting through this is to try on several wedding dresses in commercial bridal stores. This will give you a better perspective of what size and material would look good on you, and since you will not be obliged to buy these dresses, you won’t have to worry about spending anything at all. Once you have decided on your size, then you are ready to shop for your wedding dress.

Among the great places that you can check out are local thrift shops. Wedding dresses may be hard to find but sometimes, they do appear – and in many times, under a hundred dollars. This is a great place to find vintage pieces and if you have to resize it a bit, it wouldn’t cost that much. Perhaps you can find a great temple dress or another vintage styled dress. Another great place to try searching in is any dry cleaning shop in town. It might be unusual but sometimes there are wedding dresses that have not been claimed for a long time and the cleaners have the right to sell them once the claiming date is past its due.

If you still can’t find a dress suitable for you, then you might find your luck in wedding dress rentals. These rental shops have a vast selection of wedding dresses and you could pay only have the price of their worth. The only catch is you have to return them.

Wedding dresses usually hike up the wedding budget. With these options available, you can spend your extra money in other wedding specifics like your honeymoon – or better yet, to save for the future.