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5 Tips to Make Sure the Wedding Dress You’ve Been Daydreaming about Is Brought to Life

By Daniel Lewis:

The process of looking for a perfect wedding dress usually begins after an engagement. Finding an ideal gown isn’t as easy as many believe. Many brides typically desire to have a gown designed specifically for them with a unique style. After figuring out a vision of your dream gown, looking for a designer or store becomes the next challenge.

Here are tips to guide you in bringing to life that wedding dress in your mind.


Engage a professional stylist

Someone with experience will be an asset in bringing your dress to life. An experienced stylist plays a significant role in whether the dress is expensive or not. With social media around, you need an expert to help you sieve information that is all over. Many women usually want to explore every available option while some want a streamlined experience. If you chose either of the two, you still need an expert.

You bridal stylist may have relationships with designers who will offer a broader range of options. Additionally, a stylist may have access to designers that are unavailable in your area but can deliver what you want. You will end up saving time and resources that could have been used in exploring ideas.

An experienced stylist will also help you in choosing the right accessories to accompany your wedding dress.


Start early shopping

Your designer needs ample time to work on the wedding gown. Many bridal boutiques and designers usually require a minimum of six months to work on an ideal dress. Starting early eliminates unnecessary stress since you have comfortable timelines. You should give yourself enough time for fittings and alterations. Designers can rush a dress order, but it does add extra costs to the dress.


Have an ideal budget in place

Before engaging any designer, it is advisable to have a budget in mind. Having a budget helps the designer or stylist to guide you in getting something unique but affordable. It will be unfortunate to have a dream wedding dress but out of one’s budget. Also, consider additional costs that come with the dress.  Many brides usually don't think about the cost of alterations, accessories, and undergarments. To avoid disappointments, it is recommended to set your budget in advance. Early research can help you in estimating the cost of your ideal dress. If you are that passionate about a pricey wedding dress and can sacrifice something to suit your overall budget, it's really up to you.


Take time and research thoroughly

When you have the ideal gown in your mind, it is important to do further research on your choice. To convey what you are looking for, take a look at bridal magazines, books, and websites. Learn more about different fabrics, silhouettes, and the lexicon. While researching, you can come up with a folder with pictures of details that appeal to you. After doing thorough research, common elements on your needs start arising. Share these elements with your stylist.

Once you have researched and planned your appointments, it’s time to shop! Sometimes you might not find what you are looking for immediately, that is fine. Always remember to keep an open mind.


Be extra careful if you go for online designers/stores

With technological advancement, many things are done online. Online shops are sprouting up every day. If you chose to go online, you are advised to be extra careful. Shopping online might cut costs, but sometimes what you see is not what you get.

There are plenty of legitimate and great designers with online stores who charge ‘wedding dress prices’ so you have to trust your judgment and be prepared for a more prolonged process when it comes to the ideal end product.

Be on the lookout for the return and privacy policy. Genuine websites should have this policy clearly spelled out. If you ideal online designer or store does not have the policies, then that is a red flag.

Additionally, check the website URL. Some counterfeiters will use URL addresses that are confusingly like those of genuine brands. Counterfeit sites might use URLs with subtle spelling mistakes or typo errors.





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