Last Minute Wedding Dress Shopping

Finding a wedding dress at short notice can be an overwhelming thought! Many modern couples are deciding to get married very shortly after they get engaged, so sometimes a time-frame of just a few months or even weeks is becoming more common. There might be a particular reason for this, such as an illness in the family, booking the only available dates at a favourite venue, other plans that mean you need to get married right away and so on. Or perhaps you just can’t see a reason to wait! Whatever your reason for a swept-off-your-feet wedding, one of the first things you’ll be wanting to do is find a wedding dress. This might seem like a herculean task, and many traditional bridal shops will tell you it’s impossible, but don’t despair – it is absolutely possible if you know what to do! 

Traditional bridalwear stores tend to suggest that you give yourself between 6 months and a year to find your perfect wedding gown – this is so adjustments and fittings can be booked, or the right size shipped in etc. While browsing these stores can give you a firm idea of what kind of dress you’re after, many simply won’t be able to provide you with a gown at short notice, so looking elsewhere is your first step to finding a late-notice wedding dress.

Your options include non-wedding clothing stores, vintage wedding dresses and wedding dress factory outlets:

The high street is sometimes a great place to start, and larger department stores often stock wedding gowns at affordable prices. But these tend to be rather limited, generic and might not cater for smaller or larger dress-sizes.

If you can find a vintage dress that fits, then fantastic! Many vintage dresses are often in very slim sizes, however, so may narrow down your options. Perhaps you have a family heirloom of a gown that could be adjusted to fit you?

Finally, wedding dress factory outlets are great places to find affordable designer wedding dresses in a huge range of styles. These outlets buy end-of-line, one-off and ex-display/catwalk bridalwear and are able to sell on to the customer at greatly reduced prices. Sometimes you can save up to £1500 on a top designer dress! They may also work with new or specialised designers who offer their gowns at reduced cost. This option gives you the greatest choice, with larger outlets stocking up to 700 dresses in a variety of styles and sizes.

Wherever you find your dress, you will most likely need to have it altered in some way. Even ‘off-the-peg’ dresses may not fit perfectly. But hiring a bridalwear seamstress is fairly cheap and easy to do, and you can get the work done with a quick turnaround if you start looking for your wedding gown as soon as you being planning your wedding.

Other top tips for anyone looking for a wedding dress at short notice include:

– Set aside a whole day for shopping and plan to visit just a few bridalwear stores rather than panicking and rushing round as many shops as possible.

– Don’t rush! Take your time to research what type of gown you are after and be open to trying on lots of different styles.

– Take the advice of the staff and whoever you’ve brought along with you.

– If possible, do some research on the gowns available before you come into the store.

– Don’t stress! Even if you don’t find what you’re looking for first time round, bridalwear stock changes frequently, and new wedding dresses will come in regularly. Chances are, in a week or two, there will be a whole new range for you to choose from.

Wedding Dresses Shouldn’t Go to Pot

After the angst of going through several wedding dresses and finally making a selection, the bride has her dream wedding dress to last her memories for a lifetime. It’s a sad fact though that the bridal gown is placed back in its box never to resurface to make a show in another wedding unless the next bride is willing to don a wedding dress that has morphed into a disaster.

Preserve Your Wedding Dress

From the rack of fashionable wedding dresses, how many do you think survives through the years after use? One would be lucky to escape crumpling and soiling if the bride knew where to send her dress for preservation. Yes, dear brides, there is apparel preservation available for those who want to keep their wedding gowns and wedding flowers to look as good new on the wedding day.

But if you are not the sentimental sort, preserving your dress, is not in your books. You can alter it later for more practical uses but pray tell how many brides would dare mutilate their dream wedding dress? Another thing, if your wedding gown was lovingly stitched with pearls and feathers and imported from the best couture house in Paris, you cannot just let your dress go to rot.

Before you go through the stack of dresses in the bridal shop, ask where you can have your wedding dress preserved. If the bridal shop does not offer this service, they can recommend a reliable apparel preservation establishment because bridal shops have set up extensive networking in the bridal business.

How Apparel Preservation Works

During weddings, wedding dresses are subjected to hugs, stains, and suffer other ‘indignities’ but that’s part of the game. Instead of rushing your thousand dollar dress to the cleaners, rush your dress to the shop that offers cleaning off wine or perspiration stains, and removal of fine confetti. Other services include fabric analysis and testing, assessment of fabric weave, dyes, and measurement, and checking out the ornaments used before the wedding dresses go through the works.

If you accidentally sloshed champagne on your beautiful gown, there’s no need to go hysterical over it – the problem can be solved easily by fine apparel preservationists. Whatever the stain, the apparel preservationist ‘detectives’ will be able to pin it down and clean it up the right way. So enjoy your wedding and don’t waste every precious minute watching over your gown and dodging hugs and toasts.

The careful study of the dresses gives the apparel preservationists the idea how to clean and preserve your dress in its original shape, perhaps for the next bride in the family or plainly for your own satisfaction of viewing and showing off your wedding dress to your children, family and friends.

You can also sign up your dress for exhibitions of wedding dresses in the future – you never know. If this happens then it would be a grand experience for you and your family. Now you know how the pricey gowns of royalty and celebrities are kept in their best shape for years and these are later auctioned off after ten or even twenty-five years. With this length of time added to the lifespan of your wedding dress, the money you spent for your dream wedding dress is worth all the trouble.

Think Wedding Dress Preservation

Preparing for the wedding takes up the bride’s time and choosing the best wedding gown is the ultimate wedding preparation. Now hear, brides should also think about preserving their wedding dresses. Plan where to have your dress treated for preservation and learn how to store your wedding dress correctly – ask the preservationist experts who did the treatment on your wedding gown. To repeat, your wedding dress shouldn’t go to pot.

Helpful Tips For Finding the Absolute Perfect Wedding Dress

Your wedding dress is one of the most important aspects of the entire day as all eyes will be focused on you, the bride, and it will sure to be a keepsake you’ll treasure for years to come. Most of us have dreamed of their wedding dress for years, the one that will allow us to feel our most beautiful on this most special of days. As you probably know, there are countless choices available today when it comes to wedding dresses, so how do harried brides-to-be know where to begin? Read on for some helpful tips for finding the absolute perfect wedding dress for you and your big day.

Unique Wedding Dresses
Are you a person who loves looking unique? If so, then you want to make sure to look for what you like in a wedding dress. Before you even go out shopping, consider looking through magazines and on the web to see what styles you really love. This way you know what you are looking for when you start shopping for your dress.

There are many unique wedding dresses out there, and you have a couple of different options. If you want to have a unique dress that is all your own, you can go with a one of a kind designer gown, which will end up costing big time. When on a very strict budget, consider having a relative sew the wedding gown for you. This way you can have it exactly how you want it, the dress will be totally unique, and you’ll save a lot of money too.

Beach Wedding Dresses
If you are planning to have a beach wedding, there are special considerations when you are choosing beach wedding dresses. First of all, you want to think of the heat out there on the beach. You don’t want to be sweating the entire time in your wedding gown, so go with a dress that will be fairly cool. Choose a lightweight fabric that will help to keep you as cool as possible and consider styles such as strapless or sleeveless dresses.

It’s a good idea to go with dresses that are a bit less formal if you are getting married on the beach. The last thing you really want to do is have a long train that ends up dragging through the sand. Instead a ankle length gown, or even a shorter gown, will be a perfect option for your beach wedding. You’ll still look breath taking, without having to worry about ruining your wedding gown on the beach.

Cheap Wedding Dresses
On a tight budget for your wedding? Many people are these days, especially with the economic recession going on. However, just because you have a limited budget doesn’t mean you can’t still have the dress of your dreams. You just need to know how to shop to get a great wedding dress for a great deal.

Finding a cheap wedding dress will require diligent searching and the key is beginning to shop as early as possible. It can take some time to find the dress that you want, especially if you want to find a great deal. By shopping as early as possible, you’ll have plenty of time to find that one dress you really love, rather than feeling pressured as time ticks away closer to the wedding date.

Shop the sales if you want cheap wedding dresses. There are many wedding boutiques that have special sales, and you may want to attend them to save money. Some stores have special sales on model dresses that they have used, and you can get a great dress for a discounted price.

Another way that you can save and still have a great wedding dress is to wear the dress that someone in your family wore. Perhaps your mom has a great dress and you’d like to honor her by wearing it. With a few adjustments and expert tailoring, you can have a cheap dress that looks incredible, and it will look all your own as well.

Your wedding day is a big day, and you want everything to be perfect. This includes you wearing a fantastic dress. With these helpful tips, you can find the perfect dress, so the entire day will go just the way it should.