You’re getting married! Now it’s time to make the most important purchase: your wedding gown. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
1. Do Research
Check out the reviews for the bridal salons before you set up the appointment. Ask friends and family for recommendations.
2. When to start
If you’re looking for a gown that would need to be ordered you will need to start about 6-7 months in advance. If you are looking for an off the rack gown you should look between 2-3 months in advance. You must allow time for any alterations if they are needed.
3. Appointment length
You should allow at least an hour for each appointment. Ask the store what their recommendation is, this aspect varies with each shop.
4. How many appointments should you schedule
A good recommendation is no more than 3 for 1 day and if possible, no more than 6 in total. You will want to shop till you find just the right one but keep in mind the longer you shop the more frustrated you will get as well as wearing out your bridal party.
5. Who should you bring
Keep your entourage to a 1-3 people. Any more than that there are too many opinions and, in most cases, you will leave overwhelmed, frustrated and without a gown.
6. Price Range
Ask what the price range of their gowns are to be sure they fit into your budget.
7. Designer & Styles
If looking for a certain designer or style, ask the bridal salon if they carry it.
8. Sales & Discounts
Ask the bridal shop if they are planning any sales or offer any discounts. Tip: don’t go to a sample sale the first day. Wait to avoid the crowd.
9. Best day to shop
For more a more personalized experience, shop during the week and try to avoid the busiest day of the week (which is Saturday). This ensures the best assistance is directed toward you.
10. Confirm or cancel the appointment
It is best to confirm your appointment at least 2 days in advance. Also, it is just as important to cancel the appointment as early as possible.