Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping

By Andrea K. Clark

Many brides-to-be get overwhelmed soon after they have gotten engaged and started the wedding planning process. One of the biggest stressors can be finding the wedding dress. After all, the wedding dress is probably the most important item at the wedding, except for the bride and groom of course. Therefore, if you are in the beginning stages of planning your wedding, below are a few tips to remember as you start shopping for your wedding dress.

1. Start Early. You can never start your “hunt” for the perfect wedding dress too early. In fact, many experts recommend that brides-to-be begin making appointments with bridal shops 9 months before the actual wedding. This will give you plenty of time to find the “right” dress and to schedule in the alternation appointments that will follow too.

2. Bring a Few Pictures. More than likely you have already browsed several wedding magazines and have seen pictures of wedding dresses that you like. Don’t be afraid to bring a few of these pictures along with you so you can show the salesperson the styles of dresses you do like.

3. Bring Your Accessories. If you have already found the perfect pair of shoes and are just looking for the dress to wear with them, then make sure you bring the shoes along so you can wear them while trying on various dresses. You can also bring along the jewelry you intend to wear on your wedding day if you have it picked out as well.

4. Have a Budget. Finally, before you begin shopping for wedding dresses, make sure you have a definite budget in place for the dress. When determining your budget keep in mind that the dress isn’t the only cost for your wedding day ensemble. You should also budget for the veil, “filler” skirts, alterations and any other “extras” you can think of that will be necessary to complete the dress.

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