Shopping for your bridal gown is one of the most important
essentials of your wedding preparation. It should be a lot of
fun, and it's going to be if you do your homework. Although it
might be difficult to resist at first, you should never shop for
a bridal gown based on instinct.
You should research before you walk in to the first bridal gown
salon. Chances are this is going to be the first time you shop
for a bridal gown, so you need to prepare.
It is essential that you give yourself plenty of time to buy
your bridal gown. Choosing your bridal gown up to one year prior
to your wedding day is not unusual at all. If your dress needs
to be ordered and altered you'll need that much time. Buying
your bridal gown early is also a great stress reducer.
Before you visit the bridal gown retailer, you have to do your
homework. To get a general idea of what's out there, you should
start with magazines. Then, move on to the Internet for more
detailed searches. There are thousands of Web sites dedicated to
wedding shopping where you can learn about bridal gowns.
After you get a general idea of what you like, be sure to take
detailed notes. Even if you have an excellent memory, it is best
to make detailed notes for reference. You shouldn't just write
down what you like about a bridal gown, but the reason why you
like a particular feature. If you are well prepared, your sales
person at the salon will be able to help you better.
Once you have a detailed list of designs and designers you'd
like to try, you should make an appointment with a salon. Don't
go by yourself. Take your mother, your sister, your girlfriends,
your bridesmaids, your honor attendant, and your relatives. In
other words, bring everyone that matters! Instead of bringing
all of them to each salon at the same time limit the shopping
team to no more than five members per shopping trip. It is OK to
shop around for your dress by yourself if you need the privacy,
but you shouldn't make your decision without some outside
You should bring the following with you on your wedding gown
· Shoes with the same height as your wedding shoes are going to
be on your wedding day. · A bustier, a control-top panty hose
and be sure slip a slip into your purse.