All About Your Perfect Wedding Dress

When it comes to a wedding, nothing is more important than the bride and how she feels about herself on her special day. Most brides’ struggle for months in advanced planning out every single detail of their wedding, and they are not wrong in doing so. Everything from the decorations, to the personal styling, all the way to the food is to be planned down to the very last possible proportion. This is obviously no difference when it comes to what the bride should wear on her big day. A bride’s wedding dress is the most important aspect of the entire wedding for most brides, probably because it ultimately controls how she feels about herself on her special day. What a bride wears is completely up to her, and shopping for a wedding dress can be incredibly hectic. This is perhaps the biggest reason many brides are opting to search for their perfect wedding dress online.

Simply by doing the measurements themselves, brides everywhere can look through thousands of dresses with a few simple clicks, and many brides love online wedding dress shopping, because it is not only enjoyable, but it takes away less time from their busy wedding planning schedule. So how do you know which dress is your dress, what wedding dress is going to make your big day all yours and yours alone? It is as simple as mapping out what you want your dress to say. When it comes to your wedding dress online shops like House of Brides are usually the best options, with these you can look through various styles and colors really quickly rather than only seeing ten dresses hanging in some shop. Since in today’s society, a white dress is not always the most preferred option the online views help when it comes to choosing a color.

Most importantly, you should choose a dress that compliments your figure and sense of style. If you look best in red, find a red wedding dress. Maybe you do not feel bold enough to wear a red wedding dress, or you do not want to stray so far away from tradition, well at websites like House of Brides you can look for a white wedding dress or beige wedding dress with red details. By making these simple compromises you are sure to have your dream gown in no time. By choosing to buy your dress online, you are saving yourself a lot of time, and you can even look through the various styles, and find a dress that suits your body type. When finding a dress that is perfect for you, it is very important you take everything into consideration. What is most important to you? After you have prioritized, make a list of possible dresses based on that priority list, or better yet ask your wedding planner (if you have one) to help you take a look at your various possibilities and help you to make a decision. To find the best online wedding shop or local bridal shop, you can search online for various reviews and different tips to finding the perfect bridal shops and from there make a list of top prospective online bridal shops. Once you have found the perfect online wedding shop, your wedding dress dreams should come true in no time as you browse through endless wedding dresses filling your ideas with more creative things you want to have in your wedding dress design.

What Every Bride Should Know Before Shopping For A Wedding Dress

Shopping for the dress that you will be getting married in is an exciting experience for any bride. However, it can also be a daunting one. The majority of brides have no experience in this field, and even those who have been married before may be looking for something completely different this time around. While you have probably done some of your homework already, flicked through a seemingly endless pile of wedding magazines, and received some advice from your mother, there are a few things you may want to consider before embarking on your odyssey in search of the perfect gown.

Your Budget

Before you start shopping have your budget worked out. Figure out the maximum amount you are willing to spend on your dress and try to stick to it. Slight deviations from your budget may be acceptable, but this really depends on your own personal circumstances. It may be that if your dream dress costs a little more than you can afford but you absolutely must have it, you will need to make cut backs on another aspect of your wedding. Alternatively you may have to opt for another dress that fits within your budget or perhaps rent your wedding dress. While renting your wedding dress may seem like a sensible option (after all you will only be wearing the dress for one day), you may wish to think again. Some brides who decide to rent their wedding dress develop an attachment to it, and often regret their decision when it comes to giving it back.

Your Equipment

Having little or no experience at shopping for a wedding dress, knowing what to take along with you can certainly be tricky. While many salons supply accessories to their customers, there are a few items that you should definitely make sure you have with you when shopping for your wedding dress. A strapless bra is an essential, your choice of dresses are not limited to those with straps, and you are more than likely to wear something strapless on your wedding day anyway. Even if you have not decided on your bridal lingerie yet, and you probably haven’t, take along some underwear that is similar to what you think you might to wear on the day. The same goes for your shoes. Wedding shoes are frequently chosen after your dress, but why not take along a pair (or a few pairs) similar to the style you envisage yourself wearing on your wedding day. Any accessories you already have decided upon should also be taken along.

Your Wedding

Wedding dresses come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with styles to suit different styles of wedding. A dress that may be perfect for a large ultra-formal wedding may look out of place at a more informal event and vice-versa. You will need to have your wedding style sussed before you can seriously start thinking about the type of wedding dress you want to wear. With this firmly in your mind, make sure you communicate your expectations for your wedding style and atmosphere to the consultant at the bridal salons you visit. Using this information they should be able to guide you towards a selection of dresses in stock.

Your Entourage

So you think you are ready to start shopping? Now who should you take with you when shopping for your wedding dress? You may think that the more different opinions you can get the better. While for some people, several different points of view can be helpful but for most people it can all get a little too confusing. Generally the fewer people you take along with you when shopping for your wedding dress the better. Take one or two of your most trusted friends or family members along with you, listen to their advice, but do not let it stop you from making your own decisions. After all it is your wedding, and you will want to look and feel great in a dress you like. After the first round of consultations at bridal salons, you will hopefully have narrowed down your choices to a few dresses. You may even be in the privileged position of having fallen in love with just one dress. Now is the time to bring other people in. Get advice from your mother, your bridesmaids, and other gal pals to help you make your final decision and choose and alterations and accessories.

While this may seem like a lot of information to take in, shopping for a wedding dress is definitely a lot of fun. Keep an open mind and a positive attitude, and you should find the one special dress sooner than you think.

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

    How to Shop For Your Once in a Lifetime Wedding Dress

    He proposed, you said yes. The wedding planning is in full gear and its time to shop for your wedding dress. Your wedding dress is the most memorable and expensive dress you will ever purchase. Here is some practical advice to make your shopping trip fun and let you know what to expect.

    Make an appointment to try on wedding dresses. Some bridal salons don’t require them, but an appointment will guarantee you the individual attention of a bridal consultant and space in the dressing room.

    Time your shopping trip to your best advantage. If you shop on a weekday afternoon, you will get the most attention and you will not be competing with a lot of other brides like you would on weekends. You also get more time to shop.

    You will get the best deals if you shop in November and December when the bridal salons are slow and new merchandise is arriving. There will be more sales and more incentives to buy because they need to clear out stock to make room for new stock that is arriving. Wedding dresses arrive in cycles, with the late fall and early winter being the time the manufactures ship out new merchandise.

    Don’t shop too early, if your wedding is two years away and you are not prepared to buy, stay home and surf the net for ideas. The styles will change and your idea of your dream dress may change, along with your weight and wedding plan. The style may also be discontinued by the manufacturer.

    Don’t shop too late. Wedding dresses should be ordered 9 months to a year in advance. The manufacturers take 16 to 20 weeks to fashion your dress because of all the hand work that is done on the dress. You also need to allow transportation time and time to have alterations done. If you shop at the last minute, you will risk major disappointment. You will either have to buy off the rack or pay the manufacturer extra for rushing your dress.

    Shop prepared. This should not even have to be mentioned., Wear underwear on your shopping trip. Wear clean underwear and be freshly showered or risk major embarrassment. Some salons will send you home to shower or come back with underwear and who can blame them? You are trying on expensive white dresses! And if you don’t wear underwear, you’ll be standing in the dressing room buck naked. If you are uncomfortable, you consultant will be doubly uncomfortable.

    Bring along a strapless bra if you have one and a pair of heels to get a feel for how the gown will look on you.

    Don’t shop with a posse. Shop with someone you trust, your mom, your sister, your best friend. Don’t shop with your entire wedding party. Too many people means a lot of confusion for you and your consultant. Too many opinions will make you crazy. Are they giving you their true opinion, or picking out a dress they would wear to their own wedding? Invite your friends to see your choice after you’ve made your choice. They’ll be more interested after you’ve chosen your dress. Sure, a huge shopping trip sounds like fun, but you’ll totally regret it when you leave exhausted, confused and aggravated.

    Don’t try to cram too many shopping appointments in one day. Trying on wedding dresses is exhausting. You’ll be standing up in heels for a long time. Some of the dresses are very heavy. Pretty soon you’ll be suffering from white blur, a wedding term that means that all the dresses are starting to look alike. Limit your appointments to no more than two a day and take time in between to grab something to eat and drink. The only way you can be on top of your dress shopping game is to be fueled up, hydrated and relaxed. Its going to be a long day!

    Shop with an open mind and a good attitude. You have a dress etched into your mind. You are closing yourself to dresses that may be more flattering on your figure, cost less money and be THE dress. Be open and receptive to different necklines, body styles and fabrics. You may leave with the dress still etched in your mind, but you may just find THE dress if you stop telling yourself that you are picky. By constantly reinforcing your pickiness, you’ll make yourself and your shopping companion crazy. Bridal consultants are trained and experienced in finding dresses that make the most of your figure and hide the parts that need to be hidden. Stop whining and listen, you’ll be amazed at how fabulous you can look if you just open your mind and adjust your attitude.

    What to expect when shopping for your wedding dress. Expect to be warmly welcomed into the bridal salon and meet your consultant. Your dress consultant will ask you some questions about your wedding. They’ll ask you about the type of wedding, the formality of the wedding and your wedding dress budget. They aren’t being nosy. They need to help you choose a dress from a mind boggling selection of dress styles. You can’t try everything on in the store, its physically impossible. They also need an idea of your dress budget, so you don’t fall in love with a dress that is out of your price range. If you want to see dresses under a thousand dollars or under five hundred dollars, tell them honestly to avoid a lot of disappointment on your part.

    You will be shown styles, feel free to say no to anything you don’t like. Be honest, you will not like everything and it will help your consultant pull more dresses that are in line with what looks best on you and you like.

    You will be helped try on the dresses. Dressing yourself in a bridal salon is difficult, so expect to be helped on and off with the dress, in addition to zipping the dress.

    You will be asked more questions, for example, do you feel comfortable in this style?

    Your consultant will categorize your dresses by the dresses you like, the maybes and the definite no way. You might want to retry the dresses you like to cut down on your selections. Your consultant will keep the dress style on file so when you return, the can find the style.

    If you are uncomfortable in the style, its a no. If you feel overwhelmed in a style, its a no. If you feel fat in a style, its a no.

    And above all, do NOT be pressured into buying a dress by anyone. If you feel pressured, gracefully say you’ll be back to try it on once your mind is cleared. Don’t buy anything from pressure. Buy the dress because you love it and its THE dress!