bridal gown shopping sue jacobs cakes lias photographyBridal Gown Shopping?  Where to begin?  How to be ready to hit the Bridal Shops?  There are some things you should keep in mind when shopping for your wedding dress. Read our top tips before making your first dress shopping appointment.

Have a Price in Mind:  Don’t waste time trying on a bunch of gowns out of your price range. You’re better off zeroing in on your price point so you can spend more time editing down the amazing options you can actually afford.

Shop Early:  You’ll need at least six to eight months to get your gown. Also Custom gowns can take six to eight months to create.  Once you’ve found your gown, it can take at least eight weeks to make the necessary alterations.

Determine the Dress Code:  You may need to consider religious restrictions when shopping for your gown. If your ceremony is in a church.  You may need to find out whether there are any clothing guidelines.

Figure Out What You Like:  Get ideas from your venue, the season and the time of day you’re getting married.  This will help narrow down your dress style.

Call in Advance:  While you may get lucky and snag a salesperson just by walking in, scheduling an appointment guarantees you’ll get undivided attention. Plus, many salons require you to book an appointment in order to try on gowns, so you’ll want to call ahead, and see what they suggest.

Let the Salon Make Recommendations:  Don’t eliminate anything at first glance. If the salesperson brings you something they say you should try, try it—even if you don’t initially love it or think it’s totally “you.” They are trained to notice body types, and know what would flatter yours.

Shop at the Right Time:  Saturday afternoons are the most popular times to shop for a wedding dress, so you may want to select a weekday, when you would most likely have a calmer, and more personalized shopping experience. We do not recommend too many people!  It may be tempting to include all your friends in this experience, but too many people causes confusion for the bride.

Buy a Dress That Fits Now:  Even if you’re planning on focusing on your health and fitness in a big way before your wedding, your body type isn’t going to completely change. Besides, it’s a lot easier (not to mention less expensive) to take a gown in than to try and make a too-small dress work.

Read the Fine Print: When you order your gown from a salon, be very diligent on reviewing everything. Read it carefully, so you don’t end up with any surprises.

Bring Your Accessories:  While most salons will have shoes and a slip on hand for you to try on with your gown, you should still come prepared with a nude bra and underwear for the fittings.

Trust Your Instincts:  If you have to be reassured the dress looks great on you, it’s probably not the dress for you.  When you find the right dress, you’ll know!

Image by Lia’s Photography.