These 5 Tips Will Make Your First Bridal Appointment a Success (and Stress-Free)
We know that choosing your wedding dress will be one of the most important Bridal Appointment and memorable shopping trips you’ll ever make. Here are five tips to make your first appointment stress-free and successful.
Only one appointment is necessary for your first day of shopping for bridal gowns. It can be stressful shopping for your wedding dress. Keeping it simple will help you relax and enjoy your experience. The average appointment takes between one and three hours so make sure you are well-hydrated and rested before you start your shopping. To ensure that the salon has a consultant and a room available for you, it is a good idea to call them to make an appointment. Weekends can be very busy, but fun if you like to be with other brides and feel the excitement. You can have a more peaceful experience by going on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning.
Consider the style of gown you would like to wear for your visit. Take a moment to close your eyes and picture yourself walking down the aisle with your love. What is it? A beautiful princess ball gown, a sophisticated and elegant satin number, or a flowing chiffon number with vintage-inspired lace? Is it difficult to imagine what you want? Take a look at Pinterest and bridal magazines for inspiration. Then bring your favourite looks to the boutique. Your consultant will be able to pull the right styles for you if you show her what you are looking for. Think about the type of wedding you are planning. Your consultant will be able to help you find the right dress by gathering information about your wedding venue. Decide on the price of your wedding gown and accessories. This will allow you and your stylist to find the perfect look while staying within your budget.
Keep an open mind. You can try on a variety of silhouettes including the A-line, Trumpet and Sheath. It’s a good idea to test out different styles and gowns, especially if you’re just beginning your search. You may be surprised at what you find! You might be surprised at the wealth of knowledge and experience that your wedding consultants can offer you.
Do not be alarmed by the sizes! Many bridal designers offer sizes 2-3 times smaller than regular clothing. Is this what the manufacturers are thinking? It is absurd to think that anyone would want to order three sizes more when shopping for a wedding dress. They run small so don’t be concerned about the size on the tags. Size is a four-letter word.
Have fun. Your search for the perfect dress can set the mood for the whole wedding and give you a happy memory to cherish for the rest your life. The perfect environment for happy shopping is small bridal shops that offer personalized service, great bridal gown selections, and caring consultants.
Other helpful tips:
- Wear nude undergarments
- Do not bring too many people. It can make things complicated and chaotic.
- However, make sure to bring the person paying.
- We promise you that your dress will be found!
- Do not be afraid to buy if you find the perfect dress. Even if the dress isn’t the first you tried at the first appointment. Sometimes, one appointment is enough!
A Quick Guide to Wedding Dress Shopping
It’s both exciting and scary to search for a wedding dress. This is often the first time that we shop for a wedding gown or an outfit. It’s also the most daunting. It can be difficult to find the right wedding dress. We’ve created this guide to help you make your wedding shopping experience as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. These are just a few tips, drawn from real brides’ experiences and tips from our favorite bridal boutiques. We hope you find them helpful!
Before you start shopping for wedding dresses:
Consider your wedding day and decide what type of dress or outfit you prefer. For example, a beach wedding might be more appropriate than a formal ballroom reception. Different wedding styles require different types of dresses.
Consider your body type and personal style. All your options, including the style and shape, necklines, lengths, waistlines and trains, as well as sleeves, for your wedding dress or outfit.
Do some couch surfing – Spend a few days to look at wedding websites before you go to the shops. You can also look at real weddings by looking at the bridal collections. You can save the styles you love, and create a moodboard (Pinterest or Instagram are great for this! Once you have a clear picture, you will be able to see the trends. If you have saved many off-shoulder styles for example, this is definitely something you want to try.
You may need to drop a size or two before you get married You won’t lose six inches or change your D-cup to an AA chest. Think about what suits your body now, and what you enjoy wearing. Not what someone else might wear.
Budget – The average wedding dress in a bridal boutique will cost between EUR1,500 and EUR3,000. However, there are many more affordable options. You can spend more than the average if you wish! Stick to a budget that is comfortable for you. You should budget for alterations and shoes, accessories, lingerie, and other expenses.
Take the time to find the right dress for you.
- It’s better to start looking earlier than later. You don’t have to wait until the last minute to try on dresses. This will help you get a feel for what you like and what fits you.
- A bridal boutique can take up six months to make a gown. If you wait too long, you might have to pay more for a rush order.
- Time for alterations is important. Read our guide on wedding dress alterations.
Although it is fine to try on dresses whenever you want, you shouldn’t purchase a gown before you have made major decisions about your wedding. You will need to know the date, venue and key suppliers. It’s important that your outfit fits seamlessly with the theme of your wedding.
Many brides are on a tight budget and plan to buy a wedding dress online or off-the-rack. These dresses don’t always come in the year and often sell out quickly. Sign up for the mailing list of your favorite brands to be ready to grab the latest collection when it is released.
You have many options: online, high-street shops and bridal boutiques.
Some bridal boutiques are very popular so you might have to wait several days for an appointment.
Making a Bridal Boutique Appointment:
Before you book an appointment, make sure you check out the dresses that a bridal boutique has and if they match your style. While most boutiques carry a variety of styles, not all boutiques will have only classic styles. Some will also have vintage styles and others will have more modern styles.
If you are looking for a particular dress and have found a stockist, contact them to see if they have samples. Many boutiques only have the most popular styles, but may be able order it in.
You can call ahead to discuss any special requests or concerns about whether the boutique has enough samples. The staff at bridal boutiques are wonderful and will try their best to accommodate your needs.
You should check in advance whether the shop charges a fee to try on dresses. This is very common and will often be deducted from the final price of the dress if you decide to purchase it.
You can arrange to go alone, with your Mum, or with a few friends who you trust. Do not bring a group. It is important to listen to your body and to follow your instincts when it comes to the right dress for you.
If you have children, it is best to leave them at home with a babysitter. A bridal shop is not the place for children.
You are heading to the Bridal Shops
You will need to be able to change between dresses and underwear. You should bring a few good quality bras including a strapless bra and nude pants.
To protect your dresses and give you the opportunity to discover which shades flatter your skin tone, wear very little to no makeup. Fake tanning is forbidden!
To ensure that the accessories you already have in your closet, such as a veil, or piece of jewelry, it is easy to match them with the dress, bring along any other items. Even if accessories are not something you plan to purchase elsewhere, you can try on accessories, such as belts, veils and other accessories while you are wearing your dress. You should bring heels that are the same height as those you’ll wear on the big day.
You should check with the boutique before you bring your camera. Most bridal shops won’t allow it. You can take photos if you are unable to. Also, make sure you keep track of the name and number of the dress, along with the designer, so that you can find them online later.
The Bridal Boutique
Do not get caught up in designer labels. You should choose the dress and not the label. Stick to a price range that is realistic for you and within your budget.
Choose a size that you are comfortable with. Don’t forget that a too-small dress will limit your options.
Open-mindedness is key. Try on different styles and even some that you don’t like. Listen to the boutique assistants for their recommendations. They are experts in their field!
Do not be discouraged. You may have to visit multiple stores before you find The One. Be patient.
When you shop, bring photos of the dresses you love. The boutique might have something similar, and if they don’t, they can help you get an idea of your style.
Once you’ve found The One, you should shop around to find the best price. Remember that your final sale is when you order your wedding gown.
Stop looking after you find your dream wedding gown! This is something we cannot emphasize enough!
Your credit card can be used to pay for your wedding gown. This protects your money in the event of a problem with the store. This tip was given by a bride who lost her wedding dress to the closure of her boutique.
Place your dress in a safe place. It is best not to look at it. This will eliminate temptation and doubt.
Wedding Dresses Alterations
- You can find a complete post about wedding dress alterations in our blog, but here are the basics.
- You should allow for adjustments in your budget and timeframe.
- Before you hire a seamstress, do your research. This list is a good starting point, but word of mouth and personal recommendations are also great.
- Some boutiques offer alterations at an additional cost. Ask when you purchase.
It is possible to pay more for alterations services at a bridal boutique that are not included in the cost of the package. It may still be worthwhile to use the in-house alterations service as the boutique will take care of any problems.
Make sure to bring your underwear, shoes, and accessories with you to your final fitting.