Tips for Finding an Affordable Wedding Dress Online

If you have gotten engaged recently then I am sure you have given thought on your wedding dress. Bridal gowns come in so many styles, price ranges, and even colors to adorn the perfect bride. The excitement of your upcoming nuptials can be overwhelming. I was overwhelmed with everything, even what to wear on that day.

For some brides, purchasing a wedding gown can be overwhelming as well. The average cost of a wedding dress in the United States is between $900 and $1,100. Depending your budget, you will either buy a dress in the lower or higher price range. I didn’t have a lot of money when I was planning my wedding. In fact, I had no money. My parents didn’t help with any wedding costs. It was up to my future husband and I to plan a beautiful wedding on a budget.

As I shopped, I was overwhelmed with the prices. My first shopping experience was wonderful, yet intimidating. It was nothing like the wedding shows I watched every Sunday. I shopped by myself, picked out a few dresses, and then practically ran out of the bridal shop. I couldn’t spare $3,000 for the dresses I picked out. Empty handed, I set out on a larger bridal retail chain. The prices were better, but the sales people were like used car salesmen. I was pressured to buy on the spot. Thank goodness I didn’t.

After those shopping experiences, I began searching online. I knew that eBay sold wedding dresses. I decided to give eBay a try. To my surprise I found a brand new, designer wedding dress for $150. The dress was originally worth $900. The designer sold the dress to a bridal boutique willing to accept flawed dresses. That bridal boutique sold the dress on eBay.The only problem with the dress was the barely noticeable misaligned beading.

I was lucky to find such an elegant dress for that price, but any bride to be can find great deals online as well. It is important to find out your correct size before purchasing online. Wedding dress sizes are drastically different from your regular size. I am a size 14 misses, but my wedding dress size is 14 women’s. To find out your correct size, measure your busts, waist, and hips. You can find charts online to find out your wedding dress size from your measurements. Once you know your size, start shopping on eBay and Amazon.com. There, you will find wedding dresses in all price ranges. I actually found them to be more inexpensive than visiting a wedding shop in person.

Shopping for Your Wedding Dress

Before you decide on where you are going to buy your wedding dress just know that the dress is almost the most important part of your wedding day. Also think of all of those photo shoots you will be doing so you want the perfect dress. The dress can make the difference in having fun or just an awful time. So when choosing a bridal shop make sure that they are a full service shop which means they can do alterations and help you in any possible way concerning your wedding dress. Since most likely you have never shopped for a wedding dress before I have put together a list of questions you should ask the bridal shop.

1. How long have they been in the wedding business?

2. Are they buying directly from the manufacturer?

3. Do they have any special discounts if they do the alterations?

4. Can you get the alterations done at the shop and how much is the alterations?

5. Who will be doing the alteration of the dress and how long have they been doing this?

6. How long will the alterations take?

7. Do they charge bustling and pressing charges?

8. How long in advance do you have to order your dress?

9. What days and hours are the shop open?

10. Ask about discounts if you order your bridesmaid dresses from this shop?

11. Do they carry any other merchandise besides dresses?

12. Will you receive any discounts if you purchase any of there other merchandise?

13. How will you have to pay for the dress and how much in advance?

14. Can you call them any time and ask any questions?

15. How many employees do they have and how long have they worked at the shop?

Although the price of the wedding dress can be a big factor you should also take into account the customer service aspect of the business. If you order from a shop that has the lowest prices but lack in customer service ultimately you will not be satisfied at all.

Wedding Dress Shopping – Think About Your Body Type

Choosing your wedding dress is most likely going to be one of your key moments as a bride to be. It has to be perfect in every way, yet the search to track down ‘the one’ can occasionally prove more difficult than you envisaged. The bridal gown you fell in love with when leafing through the wedding magazines which you were so certain was going to give you butterflies in your tummy and tears when you tried it on, may not work for you, no matter how amazing it looked on the model.

A good starting point is to work out what body shape you are. Most models you see wearing wedding dresses in the magazines are a ‘triangle’ shape, however the vast majority of us ladies are shaped like a pear. Once you have sussed out the shape you are it will make the whole experience of dress shopping more fulfilling. You will look more beautiful and feel at ease in a bridal gown that flatters your figure and suits your body shape. So find your shape, find your style and let us help you find that dress!

Pear Shaped is the most common body shape. If your hips are wider than your shoulders and your waist is shapely, then we suggest you opt for a fairly full A line shape skirt to hide your hips with a strapless fitted bodice to show off your upper half. Diagonal ruching and draping on the bodice accentuates your waist. Empire lines are also a great option. Bias, mermaid and straight cut dresses will draw too much attention on your hips as will gathered and pleated skirts.

Hourglass figures have a very well defined waist with an ample bust and curvy hips. If you are a slim hourglass a fishtail shape could look amazing. Don’t go for an empire line style which will not show off your best features, instead opt for a gown that shows off your tiny waist. Like a two piece or corseted gown. An A line skirt, or dropped waist would work beautifully. Sweetheart necklines would emphasise your bust line.

Apple shapes are curvy and voluptuous, with full breasts and a round bottom and hips usually with a bit of a tummy. To hide your waist and give you a lean look we would suggest an empire line gown. A princess gown will hide your bottom half and an A line dress with a dropped waist in another fabulous option. Don’t go for a basque style gown which will draw too much attention to your middle area.

If you’re a Rectangle shape your shoulders and hips are around the same sort of width and you barely have a waist. The types of styles that would flatter you include structured and corseted bodices with a fuller skirt to give an illusion of a tinier waist. If you are tall then go for bias cuts and empire lines. Do keep detail either above the waist or below.

Triangle or cone shapes are what most models tend to be, with shoulders that are wider than the hips. From very full ball gowns to straighter style dresses, this shape can take most dress styles, hence why all the dresses look so good on the models. Pah! A smaller chest can look more flattering in high cut necks and halter necks, whilst accentuating the hips and shoulders. To give a curvier silhouette look out for bows or bustles around the hip area on the gown.

Slim brides are able to pull off sheath style wedding dresses and fitted high neck designs, whilst beading or embroidery in key areas, or a fitted bodice with a large skirt can create the illusion of curves.

If you are of a petite stature then simple clean contours will make you appear taller. A large dress can be too overpowering and ball gown and mermaid styles could swamp your delicate features. A-line narrow styles suit your frame.

Brides with some height on the other hand are fortunate enough to carry off virtually all dress styles from mermaid to princess style, although empire line gowns can have a tendency to make you look ‘tent like’.

Top heavy brides should invest in a bridal corset, they can work wonders and you will be amazed at the difference it creates! Strap that are widely set apart help to diminish fuller busts, yet try not to rule out strapless gowns, instead try them and see.

Brides with broader shoulders should steer clear of halter neck and off the shoulder designs which will only emphasise them more. If you’re conscious of your upper arms a sheer bolero or wrap can hide these.

Looking at wedding dresses that suit your body type may seem limiting, but you can rest assured that you will look fabulous on your big day.

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.