What woman has not thought about her wedding dress? From early childhood, girls dress dolls up in white dresses and have pretend weddings for Barbie and Ken (or whoever else might be suitor of the month) and although fairy tales and magic usually slip away as we shed our youth and become adults, the stories of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White come flooding back, full of beautiful princesses and handsome princes, as soon as we start thinking about our wedding.
“The wedding gown is perhaps the aspect of a wedding that most captures the imagination of the child inside and we want only the most magical of dresses for our big day, but choosing a dress is far from child’s play and can even be a stressful experience.”
Here are some pointers to help you pick the perfect wedding dress for you.
Before you ever set foot in a bridal wear shop, you need to decide on a budget. You could spend thousands upon thousands on a wedding dress or buy a dress in the double digits (if you look in the right places!), so you need to know how much you’re willing to spend on your dress before you start the search.
Who do you trust?
Don’t bring just anyone to help you choose a wedding gown. Only bring people whose judgement you trust and, more importantly, whom you can trust to give you their honest opinion. This is one of those situations where too many chefs spoil the cloth, so be selective and limit yourself to two or three helpers, maximum.
When to Shop wedding dress
It’s best to go wedding dress shopping on week days as there will be fewer people and the staff will be able to pay you more attention. Don’t overdo it by spending a whole day trying on dresses as they’ll all blur into one another and you won’t be able to remember which ones you liked. It’s best to go to perhaps two bridal wear shops at most in one day as this will allow you to really give each dress the time it deserves for you to make your judgement on it.
Getting All the Info
When you’re shopping, you should ask about fittings, price and timelines to avoid disappointment in the long run. If you write everything down in a notebook, you’ll be able to easily recall the details of each shop and dress that you liked.
When shopping for your wedding gown, be sure to give yourself enough time. A wedding should be a joyous occasion rather than a stressful one, so enjoy every minute of the preparations and if you find yourself getting anxious or stressed out, step back, breathe and remember what all the organisation is leading up to…