David’s Bridal (www.davidsbridal.com) came out with this list to help you choose your gown. I know this will be beneficial to some brides – I have an April bride who still hasn’t found her dress! Come on Jen – You better start looking! 🙂
I am not associated with David’s in any way – I just thought this would come in handy!
Find a reputable shop – ask family and friends and co-workers for stores that they recommend. It should be a place that’s been in business for quite some time and has a history of satisfied customers.
Have your total bridal image in mind when trying on gowns. Browse bridal publications for styles and silhouettes that catch your eye. However, don’t be afraid to try on something completely different. You never know…it could be the one!
Look for a store that is staffed with personable, experienced bridal consultants, who will guide you through the selection process. A knowledgeable consultant is invaluable in assisting you in choosing the ideal style for your figure.
Bring along a friend or relative who will be supportive during your shopping experience, and give you an honest opinion about your selection.
For convenience sake, look for a store with a wide size and in-stock style range where you can purchase and take home your gown all in the same day. This eliminates trying on a samples size gown, having measurements taken, ordering the dress and waiting an average of 4 – 6 months for delivery.
Your time is important. Find a store where you can make an appointment and where all your needs can be accommodated from headpieces to foundations, jewelry, shoes, heirlooming as well as dresses for your entire bridal party.
Plan your budget. A store with understanding consultants will help you stay to your budget. Payment options, such as credit cards, checks or financing may be essential.
For a perfect fit, a store with an on-the-site alteration expert is vital. Many even primp your gown by steaming and packing it perfectly on a form to hold its shape for the big day.
A store you make you feel at ease, with friendly service and a comfortable atmosphere, good lighting and plenty of full-length mirrors. You should be treated like a princess!
Most importantly, you will know the dress is “the one” when you feel comfortable, confident and never want to take it off. You may even shed a tear when you catch a first glimpse in the mirror!