This week, I made a few appointments for some of our clients to go bridal gown shopping. The experience of shopping for wedding dress has to be one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding, so I was happy to set up the chance for these brides to do it!
Having never set up my own appointment, I was caught off guard by a few questions the consultants had when booking. I thought I would just need to give the bride’s name, wedding date and contact information, but there were so many other things the shops asked. Having learned from this experience, I am going to walk you through things you should keep in mind from booking your bridal appointment to the appointment itself!
- Wedding dresses can take anywhere from 8-12 months to make and ship, so you’ll want to be sure you book your shopping trip far enough out to allow for this. Buying a wedding dress with 6 months or less until your wedding can limit your options.
- Be prepared to give your name and contact info (obviously), but also your wedding date and location.
- The shop will ask if you have an idea of the silhouette you want; if you don’t have an idea yet, that’s ok!
- Also have an idea of how many people will be coming with you. Just your mom? Bridesmaids? Other Family? Bridal salons will ask for a general head count so that they can best accommodate your party.
- Find out how long appointments last. If you’re wanting to visit more than one store or are booking around other things in life, you’ll want to plan accordingly.
- Wear the proper undergarments for you and what you want out of a dress. Also have a pair of shoes similar in height to your wedding shoes (or your wedding shoes themselves!)
- Have a few ideas about the type of dress (style, silhouette, details) you want. Consultants would rather you have an idea than be open to whatever. Having ideas gives them a starting point, which they can use to gauge how to proceed.
- Have a budget in mind and do your best to stick to it. It’s best to just stick to dresses in your price range. You don’t want to break your own heart by falling in love with a dress you can’t afford.
- Ask if alterations are factored into the price of the gown. This could affect the price range of dresses you are able to look at.
- Once you’ve found a dress that makes you feel better than any dress has or could, Stop Shopping!
- Bridal salons will take a few measurements, and suggest you order a size hat best matches your largest measurement.
- After you’ve picked the dress, start thinking about the veil and other accessories you want for your big day.
- Make sure your receipt includes every bit of relevant information: the designer and style number, your measurements, delivery date, number of alterations and cost, total cost (deposit and balance).
Hopefully some of these tips will help you get through your bridal shopping experience as smoothly as possible! But I think the most important piece of advice is to just enjoy it, have fun and listen to your instincts.