Here are 5 simple tips to making sure you have a great experience as you begin shopping for your wedding gown; possibly one of the biggest and hardest decisions you will make in the wedding planning process.
Make an appointment in advance. In the case of the Brides House you can reserve one of two private bridal suites. This insures that the shop knows you are coming and will have a consultant and space ready for you when you arrive. Even if you call the same day you are coming it can help. There is nothing worse than walking into a salon with your family ready to shop and being told they are all booked up.
Think long and hard about who you are going to bring with you for your first shopping experience. The process can be overwhelming. Make sure that you don’t have conflicting opinions or other personality conflicts in the room that could make an already potentially difficult decision even more stressful. You can always set up a second appointment with your 2 or 3 favorite wedding gowns and bring the whole crew with you to help narrow it down from there.
Some things you can bring to make your appointment better. If you know that you might be wearing any special undergarments wear them to the appointment. That way you can see what the gown will look like with the proper base on. It can make all the difference in the fit and appearance of the gown. Hair ties are also a good idea to get your hair out of the way or give you some different style options for viewing the gowns. Also, wearing minimum make up would be a good idea as some styles may need to go over your head to get into them.
Do your research, scan magazines, Pinterest and websites for wedding gown ideas, but be open to feedback from your consultant. She knows the gowns in the store and what might work well with your frame. You might be pleasantly surprised about options you might not have considered on your own.
Before you purchase, ask lots of questions. Make sure you know about other costs you might incur and what payment options are available to you. Sometimes what seems like the best deal in the moment doesn’t end up that way in the end. If you are being pushed to order undergarments or being told about high cost alterations you might want to take another look. Not all salons are the same and the little things can add up fast. Storage bags, layaway, dress storage, streaming and pressing, the ability to bring the gown in and out of the store for portraits are all free at the Brides House. At other places these services may not be available or may be an extra charge. Know about the services that come with your purchase before you buy.
Following these 5 simple tips will help make sure you have the best experience during your visit and the months to come after that.
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