The majority of brides view their wedding dress purchase as the most important clothing purchase of their life. While it is true that they will wear it only once, there will hardly be a dress more talked about and anticipated. While this is a very important clothing purchase and decision, you most likely don’t have any previous experience when it comes to buying a wedding dress. Therefore, you will probably need some guidance.
Wedding dress buying guide
Determine your budget
It is no secret that wedding dresses come in a very broad range of prices. Some can cost just a few hundred, whereas some others can reach prices of a few thousand dollars. Therefore, a very good idea would be to set a budget before you start looking for a dress. Once you visit a few bridal boutiques, make sure to quote them a figure at least 15% less than what you intend to spend. While this might sound strange, keep in mind that many salesmen with try to tempt you with dresses that are more expensive and priced higher that the figure you have in mind.
Know your shape and dimensions
When you look at wedding dress catalogs, you always see images of ultra slim, glamorous models who look fabulous in pretty much anything. However, keep in mind that we can’t all look that way in every kind of wedding dress. Before you make the purchase, make sure to spend some time researching various dress styles, as well as your body shape.
Try to shop during the weekdays
If possible, try to free up a weekday in order to go shopping. Don’t forget that weekends are always too busy. As a result, you will have a very hard time getting an appointment when you want it. When buying something as important as a wedding dress, having the full attention of a sales assistant is crucial. In addition, try to find bridal stores that stay open until the night hours, so as to make evening appointments.
Ask for recommendations
Word of mouth is crucial to any business and people will usually talk openly about both good and bad experiences they have had with various vendors. If you know someone who has recently bought a wedding dress, make sure to ask them about the boutiques they visited and the services they were offered. A second option would be to do some online research. There are a plethora of websites that offer their visitors a chance to rate the boutiques they have visited, as well as the services they have gotten there.
Bring someone along
Remember that taking a family member of a friend along is always a sound idea. They can provide their own unbiased opinion on what dresses might suit you best, and prevent you from spending your entire budget on a less-than-fitting designer dress. Sometimes, it is very easy to be coerced by the salesman or get carried away. In such a case, you can easily spend much more than you have to or buy a dress that looks atrocious on you. To avoid that, make sure to bring along someone who has a cool head and a rational mind.
Don’t forget a vinyl tape
Last, but not least, don’t forget that you will have to be measured at the bridal store, as well. However, to get the most accurate dimensions, make sure they use a vinyl tape instead of a cloth one. Cloth tapes are known to stretch, which often results in less-than-accurate measurements.