Wedding Attire Tips

By Andrea K. Clark

Are you in the beginning stages of planning a wedding? It all seems overwhelming doesn’t it? The good news is that once you get started, you’ll pick up speed and get through it. However, there are some important things you need to keep in mind when shopping for your wedding dress, flower girl dresses and other formal wear to be worn in your wedding.

1.    Hold Out for “The One” – You hear a lot of women talk about how they just can’t justify spending a lot of money on a wedding dress and how “it’s only going to be worn for a few hours.” Well, let me tell you something…if you settle for an “okay” dress that doesn’t make you fall in love with it because it’s cheaper, you’re most likely going to regret it for years to come.

There are a lot of areas within a wedding that can be “skimped” on, but your wedding dress should not be one of them. This is the one day of your life that is all about you. You deserve to feel beautiful. Therefore, hold out for “the one” and get the dress that takes your breath away. With that being said, you need to order your wedding dress no later than 16 weeks before your wedding, note that 24 weeks ahead is preferred.

2.    Flower Girl Dresses Don’t Have to be Expensive – Yes, it is important that the flower girl dresses look cute and fit in with the rest of your wedding party attire, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a small fortune on the dresses. In fact, in most cases, the flower girl’s family pays for the dress, so you might want to keep the price reasonable. Finally, you have a little more time for order flower girl dresses as they can be ordered up to 8 weeks before the wedding.

3.    Bridesmaids Dresses – After the bride’s gown, the bridesmaids’ dresses are the next most important thing on the list. Bridesmaids need to have their dresses ordered no later than 12 weeks prior to the wedding date.  This will ensure they have plenty of time to get alterations done, if necessary. And, if something is wrong with the gown, it gives the bridal shop time to send it back and get a replacement dress in before the wedding date arrives.

If you’ve started planning your wedding, you know there is a lot involved. While you need to lock in your location, photographer, cake decorator, etc. getting the formalwear (wedding dress, bridesmaids’ dresses, flower girl dresses, etc.) chosen is one of the first things that needs to be done. If you order these items within the time frames listed above you won’t have to worry about stressful last-minute wardrobe issues.

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