Many brides will agree: the most fun part of planning a wedding is getting to choose your wedding dress. However, how do you start and, with so many options available, how do you choose the one that you will wear on the big day? Before you hit a wedding dress shop in Provo, read the helpful gown shopping tips below:
Know Your Budget
A huge chunk of your wedding day budget will go to your wedding dress. The first thing you need to do is to sit down with your partner and decide how much the two of you can spend on clothing. Although trying on dresses regardless of price tag will be fun, it might bring you disappointment later on. You might fell in love with a dress that is way out of how much you can pay for.
Moreover, your money will not go on the dress alone. You should also anticipate spending a bit more on alterations, taxes, shipping fees, and other unexpected expenditures that may arise. Plus, you also have to get shoes, jewelry, lingerie — the costs can add up quickly. It is best to decide on a wedding dress budget early into the planning stage.
There are many options out there that it is easy to be overwhelmed. While you should be open to trying on different kinds of dresses, you should make the process easier and less stressful by first figuring out what you want.
The style of your wedding dress should be based around the theme of your wedding (if you have one), the venue you have chosen, your body shape, and your personal preferences. Pinterest will be able to help you imagine the type of dress you envision yourself wearing on the big day. Create a board and pin all the dresses that catch your eye. Eventually, you will see a pattern which will inform which types of dresses you should try on.
Start the Hunt Early
When you have chosen a dress, you do not get it the day after. Often, you have to wait several months for your dress to be sewn and altered to fit you better. That is why you should try on wedding dresses as soon as you can. You do not want to be left with a dress that does not fit you properly because you waited until the last minute to make a decision.
But Not Too Early
However, you do not want to get your dress way too early, either. Aside from the budget, you want to have certain details of your wedding day in place before you start hunting for the dress such as the theme and the venue. Experts recommend that you do not visit a bridal store more than 12 months in advance because, chances are, you will fall in love with a dress and then it will difficult for you to leave it when you are not yet ready to make the purchase.
Bring Your Friends
Make the process of choosing a wedding dress extra special by asking your best friends to tag along to your fittings. They can give you their honest opinions about each dress and help you make a decision.
The dress you wear at your wedding is obviously important, but do not let the hunt stress you out. Relax and have fun. The planning process should also a memorable part of the experience.