Guide to wedding dress shopping
- Set a budget: Before you get carried away with
all those diamond-encrusted wedding dresses, take a look at your wedding budget
and set a number you are willing to spend on your wedding dress. Do not try on dresses
outside of your budget.
- Start shopping 9-12 months ahead if you can,
wedding gowns can take anything from four months to ten months to be made or
buy. Some brides can have a shorter period for shopping and most bridal shops
will take care of your requirements and ensure your preferred gown will be
available for your wedding date.
- Do some research before you go shopping and use
social media to find and save gowns. Pinterest and Instagram are brilliant for
discovering the endless gowns on the market at present.
- Make a bridal appointment with your bridal shop
in advance. There may be a two-week wait to get an appointment. They take
appointments during the week and at weekends. Some make take a credit card to
secure weekend appointments as this would be their busiest time and if you
cannot make the appointment scheduled, do call the shop in advance so they can
allocate your time to another bride waiting. Plan a lunch afterwards.
- Choose wisely who you bring along to your dress
shopping, the bridal shops do recommend that you take a max of three persons with
you. Take a good hard look at who needs to be with you on that day: is anyone
helping pay for the gown like your mum, bring a sister if you have one, chief
bridesmaid or mother in law, just make sure you have a good relationship with
them and they have good judgement.
- Bring the proper undergarments and shoes with
you, chances are you have not bought your wedding shoes as yet and most bridal
shops tend to have shoes at hand. I would suggest nude coloured undergarments
and go braless, unless you have an issue with support or want to be
- I would also suggest not to wear any tanning
products or makeup when going wedding dress shopping as this may damage
- Be open-minded about what dresses to try on and
forget about sizing. The dresses you will try on may not fit and can be
altered. What you have in your mind as your perfect wedding gown may not suit
you at all, so be open-minded and try on different styles.
- Plan your wedding dress around the time of year
and your destination. If you are having a summer wedding and it’s on a beach,
make sure you choose the dress appropriate to the season. If you are planning
an autumnal or winter wedding you could choose a dress with sleeves and full
skirts with loads of fabric.
to your bridal stylist as no one knows the gowns at the shop like her and quite
frankly she/he is likely to have a more objective opinion than your family or
friends. They are thinking of what you like not what your friends or family
like. Really it is your gut feeling at the end of the day, make sure you
absolutely love your wedding dress, you are the one wearing the gown and who
will make the ultimate choice.
Tip of the week
I know every bride would love to take photographs of her
gown on in the bridal shop but normally this is not permitted when bridal
shopping, just so you are aware of this. Try to buy the veil and any
accessories when buying your wedding gown and keeping it within the same bridal
shop. Keep a copy of your receipts, delivery dates and schedule any alterations
at least six weeks before your wedding date. Enjoy the experience.
Trend of the week
Lennox by Enzoani: Simply sweet and divine, this full A-line gown is sure to captivate with embroidered floral lace that beautifully flows throughout the deep, unlined illusion v-neckline bodice and soft organza skirt. The unlined, low v-back compliments the front as it continues with a sweet v-back, embellished with delicate crystal buttons. Available at Belladonna Bridal, Galway.