Wedding Dress Shoppingbookmark

You want the perfect wedding dress, so you have made it a major focus of your pre wedding planning.

Bridal Gown
There are some inquiries you need to make about the bridal salon, before you even look at your first wedding gown.
  • Do you need to make an appointment to visit the salon?
  • Does the store carry dresses you can afford?
  • Can you browse the whole collection, or do you only get to see the dresses the sales person chooses for you?
  • If this shop doesn't carry the dress you love, can it be ordered?

Once these questions have been answered and you find a dress or two that you like, there are still more questions you need to ask.

  • Can a particular dress be ordered with different sleeves, or neckline? What alterations can be done and what will that cost?
  • Can you get a written estimate on the alterations?
  • If we order the bridesmaids dresses here, can we get a discount or free alterations?
  • Do you have headpieces and or veils that will go with my dress?
  • How much is the deposit and when is the balance due? What are the cancellation and refund policies?
  • Can we get a rush on this dress if necessary? These are the most important questions to ask, but you will probably have some of your own.

Beware of any shop that won't give you straight answers or written estimates. When you think you have found just the right dress, ask if they can hold it for a day or two, then go home wait at least a couple of days and go back for another look. If you still love it, then go right ahead and buy it.

Even if your mother, maid of honor, sales clerk or friend thinks a dress is perfect and you are not sure, use the same strategy. Wait a day; go back for a second look before you reject it. If a dress just doesn't feel right or you just don't like it do not yield to pressure from the store staff, friends or even Mom. It is your wedding dress and your day, you decide.

After you have chosen your wedding dress, the clerk or the shop's seamstress will take measurements of your bust, waist and hips, and determine if the dress needs to be taken up. Just about every wedding dress needs some alterations. You will also need to go in for fittings, usually at least three times. Make sure, if your alterations are not free, that you get a written estimate. Find out if you will be able to "borrow" your wedding dress for a portrait sitting, and return it for pressing afterwards.

Pay with a credit card so that if anything goes wrong, you can dispute the payment.

You have another big decision to make. What about your headpiece and veil? The sales staff should be able to assist you in choosing a headpiece that goes with your wedding dress. If you don't see something you like, be sure to shop around.

Veils come in several lengths and styles, and again the staff can help you decide which is best for your wedding gown. The veil you choose for your wedding depends on the dress you have chosen. If you are wearing a street length casual wedding dress choose a flyaway veil, which barely brushes the shoulders. For a more formal wedding gown choose a cathedral or chapel veil and train , both of which trail to the floor.

Don't forget you need to get the proper lingerie, shoes and bridal jewelry to go with your wedding dress.

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