Buying your own wedding dress can feel stressful enough, so imagine how overwhelming it can feel to find the perfect dress for your entire bridal party. From dealing with various personalities to different taste preferences, brides often find the process more difficult than they anticipate. Here are some suggestions you should know, read on and hope these would help you.
Set a budget: Plan to spend about 10 percent of your overall budget on your dress. But consider this number a starting point. If fashion is more important to you than, say, flowers or music, increase your dress spending and scale back in other places, go easy on the gown and shell out for a great photographer or band if those are your top priorities.
Start shopping early: It takes about six to 12 months from the moment you place the order to when you can bring the gown home, so once you have that ring on your finger, it’s game on. The designer needs four or five months to make it, and then you’ll want to schedule three fittings, about one month apart. Giving yourself ample time also guarantees that you’ll be able to fit in a variety of shopping experiences, from appointments at bridal boutiques to designer trunk shows.
Do your search: Before you hit the shops, think about what kind of dress you want. Keep a folder where you can stash tear-outs, fabric samples, and anything else you love, and use your smartphone or tablet to swipe through Pinterest boards. In order to pull the right styles from the back, your consultant needs to get a feel for what you’re looking for. The more guidance you can provide, the better!
Don’t bring too many people with you: Less is more when it comes to companions. Bring one or two people whose input means the most to you. Otherwise, you’ll spend too much time trying on gowns they picked out and steering the conversation back to what you want. If you can’t imagine not including all of your friends, invite them to your final fitting and make a dramatic entrance for the big reveal.
Take the right size: No two designer size charts are created equal. If you’re a size 6 in the ready-to-wear world, for example, you could be anything from a 2 to a 12 on planet bridal. It can be jarring to see a larger number on the order form than you’re used to, but resist the urge to get a smaller size. Taking in a gown is easy; letting it out is difficult.