There are few things that are more exciting than becoming engaged and finding the perfect wedding dress to say your “I Do’s”. It will take a few days (or weeks) for you to stop staring at that beautiful sparkly ring but once you do your mind will quickly fill with excitement to begin the pursuit for the perfect wedding dress. But unless this engagement is the 2nd time around, you probably don’t know where to start. Before any bridal store casts a spell on you with rows and rows of dreamy gowns, enchanting silhouettes and bridal accessories there are a few things you need to know to ensure a flawless wedding dress shopping experience.
Follow These Tips For A Successful Wedding Dress Shopping
- Set A Budget
This is one important tip that you simply cannot ignore! The last thing you want is to fall in love with a wedding dress that is over your budget because once you do, nothing else will compare and your heart will be broken. Knowing how much you are comfortable paying for your dress will help make your wedding dress shopping in the New Orleans area much easier and enjoyable. Make sure to set a realistic budget before you begin scheduling appointments at bridal boutiques.
- Start Shopping 9 – 12 Months Ahead
Believe it or not, wedding dresses are not just hanging in stock at the boutiques for you to take her home. Once you find the perfect dress it will have to be made which can take anywhere from 4 – 10 months. Add in time for delivery (most are not made in the U.S.A), multiple fittings and pressing it could take up to 12 months to be ready. Make sure to schedule your appointments and begin the pursuit for your wedding dress a year ahead.
- Do Some Research
Research is key when it comes to shopping for your bridal gown. Some general things that you should research are; wedding dress styles & designers and bridal boutiques in your area, including their reviews and social media accounts. The best bridal boutiques will be the ones that have great rapport with their brides, offer an amazing selection of wedding gowns and truly make you feel special (and Yes! you can see this in their social content).
4. Make Appointments
Once you have done your research the next thing you want to do is schedule appointments. Many times you can do this online but it doesn’t hurt to call the boutique as well. Speaking with them on the phone will give you a great sense of who they are. Don’t just walk into the boutique without an appointment because they may be fully booked and not be able to let you try gowns on. The last thing you want to do is to ruin your wedding dress shopping experience by being turned away. Schedule your appointment now, you will be glad you did!
- Be Prepared To Find Your Dress On The First Day
Sounds crazy that you would find your wedding dress on the first day, but it happens A LOT! You have done your research and chosen a great bridal boutique so the chances are very high that you will fall in love. Be ready for that by having the funds available to make your purchase on day one. Don’t leave your credit card or person that is paying at home. Wedding gowns can get discontinued at any time so if you leave without buying her you may come back and realize that she is no longer available. Wedding dress shopping is not window shopping. You are shopping for a purpose and choosing your gown is one of the biggest items on your to-do list. She will help set the tone for your wedding so you need to check it off your list early.
Your proposal is just the beginning and although it will be the only thing you think about for a while, there is a huge list of things to tackle to plan the wedding. Start your wedding gown shopping early. For more information on wedding dresses in the New Orleans area click here.