Tips on Choosing the Perfect Wedding Dress

Every bride deep down has a romantic vision of what her special day should be like. Predominately in this vision she is wearing the perfect wedding dress. In order to increase the likelihood the bridal gown will match up to the expectation it is advisable to seek the services of a dedicated wedding dress shop consultant.

First Find Out Information on Wedding Dresses

Generally this will be the most important clothing purchase you will ever make, so it is wise to do some research on the subject area of wedding dresses and the different types of dress and associated terminology. Purchase some bridal magazines and make notes about the gowns that interest you the most. Go onto the internet and research the jargon and look at the images of wedding dresses and the current designers.

Start Shopping Early

It is advisable to purchase your wedding gown at least six months before the wedding day. There could be a long delivery time for your particular dress, and when it does arrive there will be numerous fitting and alteration sessions to make sure the gown fits comfortably. You should locate a wedding dress shop with a dedicated bridal gown consultant on hand to give personal one to one advice on the best dress to suit your requirements. A good bridal gown shop should stock a number of the most popular makes of dress. Ring up and make inquiries on the designer labels catered for and possible delivery dates. Some shops also have in stock a range of dresses for immediate delivery.

Your Wedding Dress Shop Experience

First of all call and make an appointment with the wedding dress consultant. Sometimes an appointment is essential for fitting certain types of dress. This will ensure you have plenty of time to try on a variety of bridal gowns. Try on a selection of gowns to verify the dress that suits you the most and ask any questions you have concerning the dress or the wedding day requirements. Do not rush this experience. It should be an enjoyable part of the usually stressful wedding day preparation. It is important not to feel rushed or pressured into making a hasty decision, possibly take a bridesmaid along to the consultation for extra advice and support and to look at complimentary bridesmaid dresses.

The main points of choosing the best wedding dress should be to first research your subject matter, take into consideration the setting of the wedding when browsing for a style. As soon as possible make an appointment with a wedding dress consultant to go over your findings and use their help to pick the perfect wedding dress of your dreams.

Top 18 Ways That Help You Save Money on Your Wedding Dress

Finding wedding dresses on a budget is not a hard process…you just have to know where to look.  Although they may be the most logical place for you to look first, you probably won’t be able to find the best prices in town at your local bridal dress shops.  The question is where do I start looking?

Here are the Top 18 Ways to Help You Save Money on Your Wedding Dress:

1. Shop on Ebay – eBay is a terrific place for the bargain hunter looking for wedding dresses but remember to always read the descriptions carefully and pay attention to how much the seller is charging for shipping and handling fees.

2. Order From the Internet – There are a number of fine online bridal merchants that offer unbeatable prices.

3. Dicker Over the Price – Sometimes local bridal shops will match prices that you find online, BUT you have to ask.

4. Buy “Off the Rack” – You can find some stores such as David’s and BridesMart in the U.S. that offer a good selection of moderately priced dresses with in stock sizes of 2 to 24.

5. Check the Classifieds – Be sure to check your local newspaper classifieds or online ad service such as Kijiji.

6. Shop in the Department Stores – Another great place to look for wedding dresses on a budget. Don’t discount places such as Sear’s and JCPenney. They often times carry a few budget wedding dresses for unbeatable prices.

7. Get It Made – If you have fallen in love with a dress that costs over $1000, you could perhaps consider having a custom copy made for you by a talented local seamstress.

8. Sew It Yourself – If you are a good sewer (or know a friend or relative who is) you can consider making the gown yourself.

9. Buy a “Sample Gown” – Another great source for wedding dresses on a budget is buying a sample gown. You just might occasionally go into your local bridal shop and find a rack of gowns on sale.

10. Wear Your Mom’s Dress or Borrow a Dress – Even if it is a little out of style or date, you would be surprised at how well a talented seamstress could jazz up a vintage gown.

11. Order a Bridesmaid dress or Less Formal Gown – Many bridesmaids’ gowns can be ordered in white. You can easily find a beautiful, less-formal wedding dress this way.

12. Vintage Clothing Shops – Wedding dresses can also be found at vintage clothing shops.

13. Outlet Stores – Yes, there are bridal outlet stores for bridal designers and retailers that can offer you substantial savings on wedding dresses.

14. Fabric Swap – If your perfect gown is made of silk, ask if it comes in other more affordable fabric.

15. Travel to Another City/State/Province/Country – Combine a smaller town with other savings such as lower sales tax or favorable exchange rates.

16. Hire a Student – If you have a fashion school or college nearby, you might just be able to hire a student to make your wedding dress for you.

17. Charity Sales – You can also find wedding dresses on a budget by checking out charity sites such as Brides Against Breast Cancer.

18. Rent a Wedding Dress – Rental prices can range from $100 to $600 with deposit required and the gowns are professionally cleaned after each rental and can be altered to fit (check with each rental shop).

So you see, there’s 18 Ways to Finding Wedding Dresses on a Budget…although you want to look your best on your wedding, you certainly don’t want to pay more than you have to on a dress that you are going to wear for just a few hours!

Happy Bargain Hunting!