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Before you Start to Shop

Where do you go shopping for your dream dress?

                Are you coordinating a shopping trip with your Bride Tribe?! Before you start your engine, do some research! That way you all can have the best experience and make awesome memories.

  1. Consider shopping close to your home, near family or your venue. All have their merits. So, let’s break it down! Close to your home makes alteration trips easy. Close to your parents will give you family time, and usually there will be a party or two planned leading up to the wedding. If you are a destination bride, you might want to get your dress near the venue. You can do fittings when you are in town planning and possibly have them deliver the dress the day of the wedding.
  2. Google the stores in the chosen area. Review their websites, The Knot and/or WeddingWire pages. Do they have the vibe you are looking for? Do they carry dresses within your budgeted range? Are you looking for plus size dresses? (*not all stores stock plus sizes, so call ahead to find out)
  3. Read the reviews and see how many the store has. Ask your friends, coworkers, etc for recommendations. Make an appointment, find out how many guests can join you, and if they permit outside beverages (remember you are going into a store with ALL white dresses.) The stores want you to have an enjoyable experience, but keep the “party” for lunch or local happy hour!

Finding a store that matches your needs is just as important as finding your dream dress! Do your homework and then have some fun!

3 Tips on Shopping for your Wedding Dress!

                Congratulations, you’re engaged! You have been waiting for the question to be popped, or you were just surprised! You said “YES!” So, pop a bottle of champagne and get ready for the ride!

  1. Pick a season and a few dates with your partner (+ family if they are planning with you). Remember to be a little flexible since depending on your venue there might be only limited dates available, or you may pick an off day.
  2. Find your venue and reserve your date!  Your venue lends as the back drop to your special day. It’s going to tell you inside/outside, formal/casual, ballroom/canopy of trees, local/destination. This will help direct you to your fashion style, BUT should not limit you!
  3. It’s all in timing. If you are 5 to 20 months from your wedding date, now is a good time to get your dress. If the time is less than 5 months, no sweat. Many stores sell their gowns off the rack, and a few even have designers with very short delivery time. Your choices may be a bit limited, but you will still find the perfect gown! If more than 20 months out, WAIT! Styles will change, and your taste may change. Once you have purchased your gown. It is yours– no going back.

It’s time to get started. Sooooo, let’s go!

Dress Budgeting Tips

The dreaded B word…

                Budgets can be daunting. Just like thinking about the amount you may possibly spend on a garment you will wear for one day in your life! Wow, that’s a lot to ponder. So why spend a lot of money on this one day dress you ask? Well, unless you are a member of the royal family or an actress, this will be the most photographed dress that you will probably wear in your lifetime. It’s going to be in your favorite photos, probably on your holiday card and all over your social media; so it better be special! This is the time to splurge on yourself.

  1. Everyone’s priorities are different. If it helps, there is a mathematical number that you can follow for all your wedding day expenses on TheKnot.com. The dress is usually 7% of your total budget. The average gown cost in 2018 was $1,600. So crunch some numbers and budget what is comfortable for you. A brand new dress can run from $600 to $10,000, or even more if you watch “Say Yes to the Dress!”
  2. A fortunate bride may even have a family member, ie grandmother or aunt, that may want to gift the wedding dress. If that is the case, you will need to find out what your budget will be. If it is not in the range you were hoping for, ask if you can subsidize the amount if you find something that costs a bit more. Some parents will pay for the wedding day, but may have the bride cover the expenses for her dress. This is an important conversation that must be had before entering into the store.
  3. Most stores will request ½ of the dress cost at the time of purchase. The balance will be due when the dress arrives. Some stores will do a payment program. This is a great question to ask when you make your appointment.

Finding your budget comfort “zone” is important to your shopping experience. You need to go into the store with “real figures” so you don’t tempt yourself with a style outside your budget and leave disappointed. Rely on your consultant to stay in your budget and have a great time finding your dresses.