Venezuelan fashion designer Carolina Herrera once said, “A wedding dress is both an intimate and personal item for a woman—it must reflect the personality and style of the bride.”
She is correct! For many brides, finding the right dress is the most exciting part of her wedding planning journey. Some have it figured it out even before they find the groom. Her wedding day is one of the most important days in a woman’s life, and she hopes to look her best for that day. Every bride chooses her wedding dress that reflects her personality, beauty, and style.
Shopping for your wedding dress is a unique process and requires meticulous planning. Here’s how you should go about it:
1. Do your research and have a vision in your mind as to how your dress is going to look. Don’t blindly follow the trends, make sure your dress flatters you and matches your personality.
2. Don’t start too early or too late. Don’t start looking for your dress very early as new designs are released every month. If you choose your design very early, by the time of your wedding, it may be outdated.
Also, don’t start looking at the very last moments as you might incur rush fees and not have enough time on your hand for last-minute modifications. Start looking for your dress at least ten months before your wedding date and try to order your gown at least 6-7 months before the big day.
3. As a bride-to-be, you’re probably thinking, “visiting various wedding dress stores near me with my friends and trying on wedding dresses sounds like a lot of fun.” While trying on dresses should be fun, it can also be a tad vexing. Try to keep a clear head and explain your vision for your dress to your bridal stylist. Keep your budget in mind as well. Also, make sure you don’t take too many people along with you as there might be differences in opinions, leading to unnecessary confusion. Bring only the people whose judgment you trust and are who are not afraid to tell you the truth.
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4. After numerous visits to wedding dress stores and boutiques, if you finally find the right dress, you need to get ready for bridal fitting. Don’t try to settle for a dress because you are overwhelmed, and tired-you might regret it later. Have patience and seek that perfect dress, it’s out there! Make sure you describe your preferences and also share any accessories you want to be incorporated in the dress.
5. Put down the deposit for the dress and wait for the dress to be ready.
6. In the meantime, you can look for good bridal salons and start looking for your footwear. You need to have your footwear finalized before your final dress alternations as the height of the footwear has to be factored in during the alteration process. Make sure you have done your research regarding the footwear-an uncomfortable pair of heels can ruin your entire day. Remember the slippery shoes that kept Chandler from dancing properly during his first dance with Monica after they got married, in an episode of the beloved sitcom Friends?
7. Once your dress is ready to be picked up from your bridal shop, it’s time for the alterations. If you have a trusted tailor in mind, good for you, otherwise you can use the recommendation of the bridal shop folks. Make sure you don’t procrastinate and schedule the appointment with the tailor as soon as possible, as alterations and fittings can be a time-taking process.
8. After multiple fitting sessions, your dress will most probably be fitted and perfect. It must be glorious! It’s time to get it steam-ironed, wrap it up, and safely keep it for the big day.
9. The final step in this long, yet fulfilling process is to wear the dress, look your best and get married!
Don’t Settle, Follow the Process
According to a report, the global market value of wedding dresses was estimated to be worth $32.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2017 and was forecast to reach about $43.5 billion U.S. dollars by 2022. The industry is massive, and there are numerous players out there coming up with thousands of designs every other day. Finding the right wedding dress and making it perfect for you can seem like a tedious affair, but it will be completely worth it. Make sure you plan your process and stick to your timeline.