Tips on Buying Wedding Dresses

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As the wedding day approaches, the bride must choose her wedding dress. This may be a lengthy process, and she should begin thinking of styles long before even entering a bridal store. Once the bride has some styles and designers in mind, she should visit several bridal salons and try on a variety of dresses before deciding on her gown. When deciding, she should consider not only fit, but the budget and the overall style of the wedding.

  1. Selecting Styles

    • Consider your overall budget for the wedding and how much was set aside for the dress and accessories. While David's Bridal has affordable dresses, several designers now make affordable wedding dresses, including Maggie Sottero, Alfred Angelo and Moonlight Bridal. You can comb through pages of bridal magazines looking at styles of dresses or attend a bridal show to decide which ones you prefer.

      Mark the styles and designers you prefer, noting that if you are marrying in the heat of summer, you may prefer a strapless gown or a cap-sleeve dress versus one with sleeves. Research which bridal store in your area carries the dresses you are interested in, and schedule some dress appointments.

    Trying on Dresses

    • If it is possible, schedule some appointments during the week, when the bridal store will be less busy. Scatter the appointments over a series of days so that you do not become overly stressed out. Bring one or two people with you--your mother or maid of honor--but not the entire crowd of bridesmaids or it will become stressful with everyone's differing opinions.

      If you have purchased them, wear your wedding undergarments or something nude colored and in a similar style. The Boston Bridal Fashion Examiner recommends wearing some makeup and fixing your hair so that you have a better idea of how the dress truly looks. The Knot suggests trying on a variety of styles to see what you may like, even if you have a set idea. You may be surprised at what flatters you. Halter styles often flatter bigger bustlines, while empire waistlines hide larger hips. According to the Knot, wedding dresses often run small, so pay attention to fit and do not be worried if you have to order a dress up to two sizes larger than normal.

      While some brides just know when they have found their dress, the Knot recommends thinking about the choice carefully because most bridal stores will not refund your money. Once you find the perfect dress, the store's seamstress will measure your bust, waist, hips and height to determine which size to order.

    Ordering the Dress

    • You now have a choice. With those measurements, you technically can order your gown online at a discount store, but then you would have to find someone to make alternations. It is often more affordable to order the gown from the bridal store, especially if it includes free alterations, and many stores offer this now to entice customers. Pay for the dress by credit card, so that if there are any problems, you will have a record of your payment. Make sure you order the dress at least eight months before the wedding, because some gowns take four to six months to come in, and you will still need alterations.

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