The bridal gown is the most important piece of clothing most women will ever purchase. For some, the task becomes all consuming and can go on for weeks. Other bride-to-be go to one store whose reputation they know, try on a few different looks and settle on THE DRESS in one visit. Whatever your shopping style, here are some guidelines to keep in mind.
- Have a strong sense of the degree of formality you want your wedding to have. That will drive your gown selection.
- Plan to start shopping for your wedding gown around 6-8 months in advance of your date. This should also sufficient time for making your selection, getting it ordered, and arranging for any alterations that may ultimately be required.
- Order it no later than 6 months before the wedding. Since it sets the tone of the ceremony, it will be good to have that decision made. You can then proceed with bridesmaid and mothers gowns. You’ll have swatches for the florist too.
- When you go gown shopping wear proper undergarments, shoes in the height you plan to wear and any family heirloom jewelry that is a “must wear” for you.
- Do not be tempted to invite every woman you know to go gown shopping with you. Descending on a bridal shop with a dozen of your “near and dear” is a huge mistake. Take your mom and maybe one good friend whose opinion you value. This is a personal decision – not a gang vote. Besides, what bride wants the world to know about her dress before she walks down the aisle in it?
- Be open to the use of color in wedding gowns. Ivory tones are spectacular on certain complexions and pale blush or pastel trims can make your gown choice truly unique.
- Why might I need alterations? Virtually every gown will require some adjustment to insure a perfect fit. You may need hem length adjustments or neckline tucks. Some modest changes can make your gown uniquely yours. Plan ahead.
- Work with your consultant. She knows her merchandise very well and can be a helpful advisor as she shows you various styles and silhouettes. She knows her business and her business is helping you have the gown you want for your wedding day.