Wedding Dress Shop – Making Weddings Extra Special For Brides

A wedding dress shop is still the bride’s haven. As bridegrooms, we hardly know anything about the workings that go on in such a shop. We are at wit’s end knowing what fabric is which and what designs are favorable to our bride. Better if we don’t even go with them to a dress shop. If you stay in Wales, may I suggest that you go to a wedding dress shop? With the development of Bridgend as the shopping hub of Wales, many specialty shops have located there and there are many shops to choose from, some of which are specialized in their craftsmanship based on centuries of plying their trade. There may be a store that specializes on wool gloves or tailors that specializes in wool fabrics as wool was a known trading product in the area of Bridgend.

Most brides going to a wedding dress shop arrive with a specific dress pattern in mind but are open to suggestions by the dress makers. The brides will from time to time fit on a wedding dress to see if it suits her. If there is a budget, she will have her dress customized, planning on the color, texture, cloth, and special work needed for the dress. She will also choose the theme for the bride’s maid and usherettes. A bride will take her time in the shop and often times, most especially when mother’s and aunts are involved, they will spend hours talking and chatting and end up not having fully decided on the color, make, style and cloth of the dress. The owners of Bridgend wedding dress shops are all aware of this and are patient and hospitable enough to wait on them. These owners, moreover, become friends with the bride and her entourage and a meeting would normally last the whole afternoon. There are instances when meetings extend to dinner time and a hearty meal is shared by the lot. It is during such times that the final choice and decision of how the dress shall look is done. For these are the times when people are less tense and more at ease with each other, and they somehow come to a clear decision on how the dress should look.

The expertise of wedding dress shop owners is the knowledge of the nature of the client. Many owners get more businesses from referrals by previous clients. Often times, these shops are so personalized that there are many notes seen in the shop of well pleased customers or should I say, friends. By knowing when to be patient, these Bridgend wedding dress shops show the ultimate consideration to these sometimes harassed brides. The owners are there to make that special day of the bride even more special by insuring that the wedding dress is done just right, perhaps exceeding expectations.

Saving Money On A Designer Wedding Dress

Planning a wedding is an expensive affair. The expenses can easily skyrocket if you don’t have a set budget to follow. With all the money you’ll be shelling out, does this mean you should settle for a subpar wedding dress? Our answer: a big, resounding no!

Picking out the perfect wedding dress is one of the most important wedding-related decisions you have to make. Your wedding is a momentous time in your life and your dress should be equally memorable. Since you’re already spending so much, you may feel disheartened and rather inclined to scrimp on your gown to save money.

You may already have your heart set on a gorgeous designer wedding dress, but alas, your budget won’t permit it. Well, there’s a way for you to get a designer wedding dress that fits your budget, and it doesn’t involve robbing a boutique!

Find a Fabulous Designer Wedding Dress for Less

If your heart is set on going designer, then you can get a great designer wedding dress even with modest finances. The following are some tips and ideas to help you find a fabulous designer wedding dress for less.

Tip 1: The number one rule when picking a reasonably priced designer wedding dress is to pick one with a simple design.

Instead of going for a frivolous and unnecessarily extravagant designer wedding dress, opt for a simple and basic wedding dress instead. Remember, the more frills and fabric, the more expensive the gown. A sheath wedding gown or a mermaid wedding dress is more financially advisable than a beaded and ribboned ball gown.

Tip 2: Pick a wedding dress that fits you well and flatters your body shape.

You’re bound to look a thousand times better in a simple designer sheath wedding dress that fits well and flatters your figure, than in a frilly ball gown with a heavily beaded royal train. Remember to choose a dress with an excellent fit and that works well with your body shape to avoid spending hundreds of dollars on alterations.

Tip 3: Keep in mind that less is more.

Instead of picking a designer wedding dress with an incredible amount of embellishments, choose a gown with few embellishments and decorations. The more intricate the gown, the greater your expenses. A minimalist approach to designer wedding dresses ensures that you get a wonderful designer dress with an excellent price tag.

If your heart is set on having a designer wedding dress with embellishments, then pick a dress with embellishments where people can see them. What’s the use of having expensive beading on your dress if it’s hidden on the hemline instead of showcased on the bodice?

Tip 4: Know when to shop.

Once your man pops that question and you have the engagement ring to prove it, you can start looking for the right designer wedding dress. When designer wedding dress hunting, timing can be everything. The best time to shop for your designer garb is when there’s a sample sale.

If you shop during this time, you’ll find that most bridal boutiques cut the prices of their lovely designer dresses to get rid of excess inventory. Take advantage of this situation, and stop worrying about fashion trends. Believe us when we tell you that your guests won’t know or mind if your wedding dress was from last season.

Tip 5: Know where to shop.

While bridal boutiques allow you to try on their designer wear, you’ll save more money staying at home and buying your designer wedding dress online. There are numerous online dress shops that offer designer wedding dresses at discounted prices. Another advantage of shopping for your designer garment online is that you get to compare prices from different providers.

If you’re making your purchase online, just make sure you get the right dress size. You may want to get your measurements taken in a bridal boutique or by your seamstress to help you figure out your actual size before you place any online orders.

Follow these tips to help you locate the perfect designer wedding dress that won’t drain your bank account. Looking gorgeous has never been so affordable!

Save Money On Your Wedding Dress Or Wedding Gown And Other Bridal Attire – Tips And Ideas For Brides

Both bride and groom should be involved in most wedding planning activities. However, the wedding dress or gown and bridal attire purchases are strictly the bride’s domain.

So, here you are, a bride to be with a wedding date and a lot of wedding planning activities to take care of so your dream wedding becomes a reality and your first thought is – your bridal attire.

Shopping for a wedding dress or gown and bridal attire is a lot of fun but can be extremely expensive and rather frustrating.
Guess what! You can reduce both expense and frustration and enjoy the process without sacrificing quality.
To find out how, keep reading.

This is how:

DO SOME HOMEWORK

As soon as your wedding date is confirmed start researching in magazines, on the Internet and by visiting bridal shops and trying on dresses and gowns so that you have at least a general idea of the style of dress or gown you want.

Look for seamstresses who specialize in wedding gowns and dresses and ask for a price range. From $ but no more than $.

As you choose your style, consider the following:

Choose a classic dress or gown. If you opt for a ball gown style be ready to spend more money because the more fabric it takes to make a gown, the more it costs.

Remember that sometimes less is more and opt for no embellishments or with embellishments only on the bodice. Having embellishment on the sleeves, waistline, hemline,and or train, will raise the price of the gown and may actually make the gown over embellished and less elegant.

RETAIL STORES AND SALONS SAMPLE, CLOSEOUT, DISCONTINUED ITEMS AND INVENTORY REDUCTION SALES

Time your gown and wedding attire shopping with samples, closeout, discontinued items and inventory reduction sales.

Bridal stores and salons pay a hefty price for their floor space. They need to make room for the latest new styles.

Take advantage of it and you win! How?

Simply call up the shops and salons in your area and find out if and when they’re having their next sample and inventory reduction sale.

Ask if they will allow you to preview the dresses that will be offered.

Some, especially privately owned stores, will be glad to comply and may even encourage an early purchase. After all, they want to sell the items and reduce their costs and inventories.

Note that samples are usually available in size 6, 8 or 10.

Closeout items come in all sizes.

While you are there, check out about other wedding attire for you and your wedding party.

If you must wait for the sale itself, arrive early and bring a companion.

Wear clothes that’s are easy to slip in and out of. Do not stop to consider every dress you see.

Pick up anything that you think you might like and let your companion hold it.

Once you are done, try the dresses on as quickly as you can as time is short and competition may be great and have your companion look at other brides for more possibilities for you.

She may pick up dresses other brides tried on but did not choose, yet have the exact features you want.

Once you have narrowed your choice to one two or three dresses, unless they fit you perfectly, lucky you!, check out if the store offers alterations the costs and the time frame. If the cost seems too high, contact the seamstresses you have already interviewed.

DEPARTMENT STORES CLEARANCE

Do not stop there. You do not need to wait for a special sale, check all of the clearance racks at the bridal sections in department stores frequently. You’ll be favorably surprised at what you can find.

The only drawback is that what you see is what you get. You purchase any sale item as-is.

Though you can have a gown altered to a smaller size at an additional cost and risk, it cannot be made larger.

You cannot add sleeves to a strapless gown.

The color and designs are set so you may have to compromise.

Also, take into consideration that you may need to dry clean a dress or gown that has been sold as sample, discontinued or inventory reduction sale.

CHECK OUR THE INTERNET

Do not disregard the power of the Internet.

Go to Google and search for wedding gown or wedding dress.

Visit as many web sites as time and patience allows.

You’ll come across bridal shops that have web sites and see many designers names their styles, colors and price ranges.

You’ll also come across online only shops.

The online only shops are not saddled with the huge overhead that brick and mortar shops pay and often pass their saving on to their customers by offering lower prices.

It is important that you are aware that for some reason, most wedding gown sizes run small (A small 6, a small 8 etc…) So, unless you are sure of your size and have an alteration seamstress available, you may be better off ordering the next larger size.

If you plan to shop on the internet, be sure to provide the vendor with the following measurements:

  • Size
  • Bust
  • Waist
  • Hip
  • Hollow to Waist
  • and Hollow to Hem. Hollow to Hem is the measurement from the hollow of your neck to the floor, taken while you are wearing the shoes and slip you plan on wear at the wedding.
  • Caveat Emptor – Buyer Beware

    There are many online wedding dresses – gowns retailers on the Internet.

    Some offer actual designer products and others offer replicas or gowns designed to look like, but with moderations, while others have their own designs.

    So before you order a dress or gown, check the web site thoroughly.

    Look for an address, and a phone number and by all means CALL the owner personally and interview him or her.

    Be sure that ALL your questions are answered and that you are COMPLETELY satisfied and comfortable buying from that PERSON. Base your decision on the person not on the web site.

    IMPORTANT! Never store your wedding dress or gown in plastic. Depending on the material used, it may yellow or become gray and never lay it flat as it may crease. Store it in a cloth bag and hang it in a closet free of heat, dust and other impurities.

    SHOES

    You need shoes to go with your wedding dress or gown. But do you really need wedding shoes?

    Think about it. The difference in price between purchasing shoes at a shoe store or at a bridal salon may surprise you.

    Yes, adding the simple term wedding to the description of a pair of shoes may double even triple its price.

    GLOVES, VEILS AND TIARAS

    These items are much less expensive than a dress or gown. Therefore your risk of purchasing them on the Internet is small.

    Yet, you can save a lot of money.

    Look for a pair of gloves you saw offered on the Internet for less than $20.00 in a bridal salon and figure out your savings.

    The same holds true for veils and tiaras.

    Do the math and cash in on the savings.

    Article Copyright © Nily Glaser, All Rights Reserved 2007

    Copyrights © 2007 All Rights Reserved Nily Glaser of A-wedding Day and Gan Publishing