Going shopping for a wedding dress is not like shopping for anything else like picking out an outfit for a date or work. It can be a very long process and not an easy one. However, that being said it can be a very fun and exciting experience which you should make most out of. To make the whole experience worthwhile, we have come up with some pointers to help you out which are inspired by real-life experiences.
Prior to wedding dress shopping, you should
- Do a little research on what type of dress you want and that will go according to the main event. For example, is it a beach wedding, or a ballroom reception, is indoors or outdoors, etc. The type of wedding it is should be taken into consideration.
- Think about what styles of dresses look best on you, and draw inspiration from those experiences and dresses. This can involve the style of the dress, necklines, the length, etc.
- Create a mood board by doing some research. Look at pictures of more wedding dresses at jjhouse.com. Inspiration can strike anywhere and anytime!
- Set a budget! This is the most important step of all if you want to stick to a certain budget and not overspend. We understand that weddings can be extremely expensive, and it is not just the dress you are spending money on; there are a million more things!
During wedding dress shopping, you should:
- Start looking at least 6 months before the day of the actual event. This may seem too early but you have to keep in mind things like alterations etc. which will require a bit of time as well.
- Keep track of when the collections are being released, for which you sign up for the newsletters.
- Look at all the bridal boutiques that are in your city, as each one will have different collections and you want to know which one you prefer the most.
- Book your appointment! It is important that you start booking appointments as soon as you get to the date of the wedding as there is usually a waiting period required.
Upon making bridal appointments, you should
- Before fixing an appointment date with a certain designer boutique, you should get the kind of dresses they have and if they stock the style of dress that you are looking for. Remember each boutique will have a different assortment of dresses. Some may have more vintage-inspired dresses while some can be more high fashion.
- If you have any special requirements, make sure to let the staff know beforehand so that they can make the necessary adjustments or preparations. Don’t be hesitant to do so because the boutique staff tends to be super friendly and helpful.
- Check if the boutique has a service fee or whether it is included in the dress if you make a purchase.