Finding the right wedding dress can be hard work. In this day and age there are many choices – maybe too many choices. It may be overwhelming trying to decide where to start in your search for that perfect gown.
To try to ease your stress listed below are the eight steps to finding the right wedding dress.
Step 1 – Get Started Right Now
Don’t procrastinate with finding your wedding dress. This is one area of your wedding planning that you can not put off. It may not seem like a big deal at first, but many brides have a lot of difficulty finding the right one.
You also want to make sure you leave enough time to have any alterations completed.
Step 2 – Research
The next step in your quest is to do extensive research. There are literally hundreds (if not thousands) of choices, so this could take some time.
Get online and start searching websites. Create a spreadsheet or other list of the styles and designers that you like. Also, make a list of bridal shops in your area. You will need these lists later on.
Step 3 – Set Your Budget
Wedding dress prices range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. Be realistic while doing your research, and only add the gowns to your list that are in your price range.
If your budget is tight, you may want to consider renting a dress. This is becoming very popular, and you will be able to potentially save hundreds of dollars. Used wedding dresses are another option. Look online and in second hand clothing stores for dresses at a deep discount.
Step 4 – Narrow Down Your Choices
Come up with a short list of your top choices, meaning your top three to five picks. Find out all you can online about the designer and what websites and bridal shops carry each dress.
Step 5 – Get Your Measurements
Visit a local bridal shop and have them take your measurements. Write them down and keep them with you as you continue your search.
While you are there try on several different styles of dresses to find out what looks best and feels best on. Also, write down or make a mental note of the prices for the gowns on your short list. When you get home add all of your findings to your spreadsheet or list.
Step 6 – Make A Decision
This is easier said than done sometimes, however, at some point you need to make a decision. If you have to, go out to a bridal shop again and try on your dress.
Step 7 – Find The Best Price
Now that you have made your decision (wasn’t that easy?), you can now shop for the best price. Over the last few years bridal shops have caught on and are now matching or beating online prices. However, you should definitely look online to see if you can get a better deal.
One thing to consider is alterations. You will most likely need them in some form, so if you buy your wedding dress online make sure you have a seamstress lined up to do your alterations.
Step 8 – Purchase Your Dress
You have done your research and found the perfect dress at the perfect price, so go ahead and buy it!