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The straightforward guide to planning your wedding
Shopping for your perfect wedding dress should be a dreamy process filled with trying on spectacular gowns that make you feel utterly gorgeous.
Read on for guidance about when to start shopping, what to know before you go, where to shop for dresses and what to expect at bridal dress appointments.
It is recommended to order your dress between eight to ten months in advance.
While this may seem very in advance, a wedding dress can take up to six months to be made and delivered. A summary of timescales are outlined below:
Bridal shop appointments get booked up quickly. Therefore, do plan wedding dress appointments a few weeks in advance, which will enable you to visit two-three shops in one day.
Keep an open mind before visiting a shop: Looking online will give an idea of designers they have, but the actual dresses in the store can massively vary from what is online.
To optimise the time you spend trying on dresses, it is crucial to know what colour white and fabric will flatter your complexion and what style of wedding dress will make enhance your figure.
When starting out, it is recommended to visit a larger bridal store where the choice and range of dresses are more extensive. Nationwide stores such as David's bridal, Wed2be and Debenhams will enable you to get an idea of your style.
Follow this by some visits to smaller specialist boutiques where the service will make you feel like a bride. Locate these by a google search in your local area.
While it may seem that you can visit a few stores in one day, wedding dress ‘white out' can set in quickly, so it is recommended to only fit two-three shops in one day.
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Bridal dress appointments usually last 60-90 minutes and will tend to follow a pre-defined structure.
Brides-to-be will be greeted by a consultant who will ask initial questions about the day and dress style preferences. Usually, there is the time to browse the shop and select a few dresses to try initially.
While trying on these dresses, the consultant will carefully listen to your preferences and feedback and bring out other dresses to fulfil your wants.
Once an ideal dress or preference is shown, the consultant will get accessories such as a veil so the look can be completed. At the end of the appointment, the consultant will give full details on preferences.
Standing on a block will give you a distorted view of how the dress would look on you (unless you are suddenly going to grow 6 inches).
Ask for the bodice to be clipped and avoid foam blocks stuffed down your back. Clips will give you an idea of how the dress could look from behind.
On your wedding day, you will constantly be moving, and it is vital that you can move with ease and feel comfortable.
If pictures are strictly not allowed, make a note of the dresses you liked and any specific detailing. Always return to your favourite dress before leaving, so it is fresh in your mind.
Irrespective of the dress, do ask to try on an underskirt to see the effect this has on the skirt's shape. These can dramatically alter the skirt shape and feel.
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