14 Proven Tips Every Bride Needs To Follow While Shopping For Wedding Dresses
The Wedding dress – it is that one garment that a girl holds in high regard, which has so many emotions and expectations attached to it. So, no matter how you identify yourself, what ambitions you have, what cultural background you belong to the one thing that undoubtedly every woman would have fantasized about would be how your ideal wedding dress would look like. Some girls would have already envisioned and designed their wedding dresses. Some would be eager to check out all the bridal shops this instant. While some might be utterly clueless.
When the time is finally here all you feel is the overwhelming pressure and nervousness about the wedding arrangements, the bridal shopping and, whatnot. Also, the new dilemma these days, if you should be shopping your wedding dresses the conventional way or try the wedding shopping online?
Now before you become a corpse bride here’s all you need to know before you shop your wedding dresses the conventional way and the online way.
The conventional or traditional way of shopping is often regarded as time- consuming and tiring. Nonetheless, we cannot neglect the fact that the conventional way provides a greater comfort factor. We buy the exact outfit we see. The things you need to consider before you start:
Stay In Budget
The first step and the most significant step of finding the perfect wedding dress is defining the budget. Once you have decided how much you are willing to spend on your wedding dresses – stick to it! This will help you to resolve the range of Wedding dresses you will be trying out. Your wedding dress budget also includes the alteration charges and other accessories that make your wedding dress complete. Make sure you spend it wisely.
Kick-Off The Shopping Early
I cannot stress this one enough! I am not kidding when I say you need to start your bridal shopping as early as possible, at least like minimum 5-8 months early. Usually, you are supposed to place an order for the bridal lehengas or gowns (whichever you prefer) with advance payment. This means the assembling of materials and fabrication starts only after your measurements are taken. Also based on your demand for how the wedding dress should look like. Then it takes time to be delivered. Upon that you could still have alterations or any other changes to be made. Ergo, you really need to start early.
Be Clear About What You Want
One of the perks of being an Indian Bride, we have a hell lot of options when it comes to selecting wedding dresses with so many different traditional dresses based on different states, cultures or religions. Let’s not forget all the rituals and functions we have to go through such as Roka, Tilak, Haldi, Mehendi, Sangeet phew! However, you need to be clear if you will be following traditions or you will be going western style gowns. Then you need to clearly describe how you like the wedding dress or dresses (for different functions) to be designed.
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You must be transparent with your designer or stylist and apprise them clearly about each and every detail you are expecting in your Wedding dress. From the material to stitching to design and the model – if it has to be inspired by some celebrity’s wedding dress or you want it to be custom made. Leave nothing. If you don’t like their suggestions you let them know, because it is you who will be wearing it and you need to be comfortable with what you’re wearing. Again do NOT be afraid to say Yes or No because it is your Wedding Dress and girl YOU are the boss here. Capiche?
Try Out Different Dresses
If you wish to place an order on the wedding dress designs available in the bridal shop, try out all the different designs they have. It would be overwhelming, trying and time-consuming – yes, but so much we can do for the perfect wedding dress. You won’t know which design or model or colour suits you and makes you comfortable unless you try it out. And if you do like a design in which you wish to make a few changes here and there you can let the designer know. Also, don’t forget to wear heels while trying out the dresses so that you will have an idea of how to manage the heavy dress with your heels on your wedding day.
Observe All The Details
Once your wedding dress is prepared, be sure to check everything, all the minute details. The material, the design, the measurements. Try to move around in the dress to check if you feel comfortable in it. Make sure to take photos from different angles to see how you look in your wedding dress and to ensure if it is how you envisioned it to be.
Consider The Theme
Matching your Wedding dress with your Wedding theme seems a little cliche but it is also super cute. Either select the wedding dress and then decide the wedding theme, jewellery and makeup around it or decide the theme first then select the dress accordingly. Nevertheless, remember your wedding theme while you shop for your wedding dresses.
I know what you are thinking. I sound like one of those know it all – matchmaking type Aunties. But you have to believe me when I say there is no other time period better than the festive season when it comes to wedding shopping. I swear! Festive season not only means Offers and Discounts; it also means you will have a great collection of Wedding Dresses fresh on the stock. So I would suggest you not to miss the chance.
I often see a lot of people being uncertain and sceptical about doing their wedding shopping online. Despite the fact that through online wedding shopping we get to check out many different bridal dresses in much less time, there is always a fear if we are purchasing from the right website and if it will be delivered as we see it on the website and all that stuff. Here are the things you need to do while wedding shopping online:
Do Your Homework First
Once you decide your budget, start looking for bridal shopping websites online. Take your time and browse through different websites, look for offers and discounts. If you see a bridal shopping website you like, feel free to let your inner FBI skills out and find out everything about that particular website, make sure they’re reliable and legit. Don’t forget to read their policies beforehand.
Reviews On the Website And Contact
Make sure you ask around about the online shopping website, get other’s opinions on it. If the website has reviews option make sure you read the reviews. Contact the online bridal shop with the phone number on their website, ask them whatever doubts you have and clarify all your queries. If you are satisfied, only then proceed with ordering your wedding dress through the online bridal shop.
Material And Design
Whether you are shopping a Bridal Gown, Bridal Saree or Bridal Lehenga online you need to be well aware of the material or the fabric you want your wedding dress to be designed in. Explain everything to your designer in detail about how you envision your dress to be. Make some calls now and then, keep tabs on the progress being made. Also, here are some tips on draping your saree in different ways.
Be Sure Of Your Measurements
Again, since your designer most certainly can’t take your measurements personally and you can’t trust the size charts on the websites, as they usually differ based on the country (For example, India’s size 32 is UK’s size 6, US’s size 10 is UK’s size 12 while in Japan its size 13-15). Ask someone’s help to take all your required measurements such as waist, hip, bust, shoulder, sleeve length, etc, compare it and enter the appropriate size in the size requirement column. If you have any other doubts, you could contact them.
Order Well In Advance
If you’re order wedding dresses online make sure you place your order at least 8-9 months before your wedding because you don’t exactly know how the dress will be. If something goes wrong you could return it and get it altered from them or have time for back up shopping. However, if you are ordering from a major bridal retailer where you cannot return the dress then you can still get your dress fixed from a good wedding dress alteration shop in your city.
Be cautious while paying online. Before you type your card details into a website, ensure that the site is secure. Look out for a small padlock symbol in the address bar (or elsewhere in your browser window) and a web address beginning with https:// (the s stands for ‘secure’). You will usually be asked for a password before you make an online payment. This is to help keep your Personal details private. Make sure you use a strong password – one that is a combination of letters (upper and lower case), numbers and symbols.
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