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Tips for Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress, Colorado Wedding Planning
For many brides, finding the right dress is one of the most exciting part of wedding planning. Many women have dreamt about their wedding and bridal gown since they were little girls. But just because you are enthusiastic to start the process and have envisioned your perfect outfit since you were a little girl, doesn’t mean that you’re ready to jump in without any preparation! If you don’t want your search for a wedding dress to feel like a crazed reality show heed my advice. I’m giving you my best tips (along with some advice from Martha Stewart Weddings) to make the whole shopping extravaganza smooth and enjoyable. Image above photo credit: Erin Lassahn
1. Set a Budget | Wedding Dress Shopping
It is important to set a budget for your wedding dress albeit sometimes difficult to do so (see tip 12). Budgets help you stay on track and give the bridal dress attendant a starting place, as dresses can range from several hundred to many thousands of dollars. If you are in love with a particular designer, that’s outside of your budget, consider also looking at pre-loved dresses or dresses from earlier seasons if still available. If you aren’t planning on preserving your dress for generations to come, you can consider selling your gown post wedding but just know that it may not sell and you have to be ok with the initial cost spent. Other things to consider are the accessories, undergarments, shoes and alterations as they can add a fair amount to the bottom line. Image below photo credit: Emilyanne Photography
My Word of Wisdom: Get the dress you really love, if you can swing the price tag, as your wedding day only happens once.
2. Start Early | Plan Ahead
It takes about six to 12 months from the moment you place the order to when you can bring the gown home, so once you have that ring on your finger, it’s game on. Gown designers needs four or five months to make it, then you’ll need to schedule fittings. Good tailors are typically booked out in advance so make sure your bridal boutique has an onsite seamstress or you get a tailor booked early on. Giving yourself ample time also guarantees that you’ll be able to fit in a variety of shopping experiences, from appointments at bridal boutiques to designer trunk shows. If you’re short on time, don’t worry, most designers can do rushes and you can also buy off the rack. Image below photo credit: Tamara Murray Photography
Pro Tip: The tailor or seamstress you book needs to be wedding specific. Wedding dresses are very different then hemming a pair of slacks.
3. Do Your Research | Glossy Magazines Baby!
Before you hit the shops, think about what kind of dress you want. Pull pages from magazines, browse designer’s websites, or peruse Pinterest boards for ideas. Keep a folder where you can stash tear-outs, fabric samples, and anything else you love, and use your smartphone or tablet to snap photos of favorites. At most bridal salons, the gowns can be packed into racks and difficult to see. In order to pull the right styles for you, your consultant needs to get a feel for what you’re looking for. The more guidance you can provide, the better! Image below photo credit: Daylene Wilson Photographic
My Word of Wisdom: Be open to different styles and shapes. Sometimes a dress doesn’t look like much on the hanger but wows you once on.
4. Make an Appointment | Schedule Today
Once you have an idea of what you want, it’s time to schedule appointments at local bridal shops. If you have specific designers in mind, find out which stores carry them. Most places don’t operate on a walk-in basis, so call for appointments at least two weeks in advance. While a Saturday slot may seem wonderful, the store is almost always at capacity on weekends. If you’re looking for a laid-back experience try to go mid-week. Image below photo credit: L Elizabeth Events