Well, now that he has put a ring on it, it is time to start the quest for your dream wedding dress. And oh, piece of cake too, right? Well, that depends on how you slice it. Since your wedding gown is going to be the true centerpiece of the occasion, it is only fitting that you take time to choose the ideal dress for your wedding… after all, this is probably the only wedding you are ever going to have. That said, here are a few wedding dress shopping tips for the bride looking to find the “real deal.”
- Ladies, dress shopping is a marathon, not a sprint
It takes anything between 6 to 12 months from the moment you place your order to when you can carry your gown home. Why so? Well, unless you plan on buying a sample or ready to wear gown, nearly every wedding dress is tailor-made. Once you have carried your dress home, you are going to need to customize it to perfection and like any masterpiece, this too will take time. Bottom line? Patience is a virtue, sweetheart.
- Forget about size, work on making it fit
The truth is no two pieces of designer charts are created equal. If you are a size 6 in the ready-to-wear world, you probably are from a 2 to a 10 in the bridal world. A good stylist will tell you that even if you are planning on shedding off 10 pounds before your wedding day, it is always wise to buy a dress that fits your body the way it is now before trying to alter your body to fit into the dress later. Remember, it is a lot easier (and cheaper) to have a dress taken before having your seamstress add fabric to it along the way. Besides, the only number you should be minding when choosing your wedding dress is the one on the price tag.
- Do your homework
Before making an appointment with the bridal boutique, take time to have an idea of what you are really looking for in a wedding dress. Pretty much like you did with your groom, now is the time to “date” around till you get the perfect wedding dress for you. Consider talking to your stylist, pull a couple of pages from magazines and create your Pinterest board for ideas (or check out ours for inspiration). Try out various gown styles till you find the right silhouette for your body type. While you may assume you are sure of what you want, the truth is some dresses look pretty much like paper bags on the hanger and drop dead gorgeous when worn. Thus, it pays to try it before you pay for it.
- Respect the code
The dress code that is. After all, you are its architect. Whether you are planning a formal wedding, a beach wedding or a civil wedding, there is an appropriate wedding dress out there for your wedding type. As such, you need to plan to limit your selection to gowns that are appropriate both for the event’s theme and season. Fabrics like organza, silk tulle and tea length skirts are perfect if you are planning a spring wedding. However, winter wonderland wedding calls for a little heavier fabric and longer lengths.
- Learn to plan ahead
While most boutiques will have heels and a limited selection of undergarments on hand for you to try out with your gown, it is safe to come prepared with strapless bras and underwear for the fittings. Be sure to do your hair and bring shoes with similar height to what you plan on wearing at your wedding, so you can see how the dress falls with your heels on. Finally, if you have already identified your wedding day jewels and accessories, then consider bringing them along for your gown shopping trip in order to have an idea of how your whole look will come together… sometimes, a girl’s gotta see to believe, right?
Good luck and here’s to hoping you find “the one!” and remember you can start your wedding dress search on Weddings Kenya.
Article adopted from The Huffington Post