For most brides, one of the most demanding aspects to arranging their wedding is to find a suitable gown which means having to spend hours looking at various designer wedding dresses.
However, the search doesn’t have to be all that difficult with some preparation beforehand.
Firstly, it’s more important to decide on the venue for the wedding and reception because this will have a big input for the type of wedding dress that will be suitable, regardless of what the bride thinks will be ‘the one’.
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Knowing the time and place of the wedding will be crucial since, for example, if the bride is wanting a ceremony on a distant beach, then it’s pointless looking at ballgowns with lots of embellishments and long trains.
If the bride is wanting to be married in a cathedral though some modern designs, particularly short wedding dresses, would be deemed to be unsuitable.
Also, when it comes to looking for designer wedding dresses there are some types of material that are more suited to the weather, for instance linen for the summer and heavy materials are best left for the winter months.
The next most important step is also a crucial one and the bride should set a budget before even setting out to look for wedding dresses and when visiting a bridal boutique ensure that the owner or assistant knows what the budget is so the bride does not then set her heart on a dress she cannot afford.
In addition, there’s no doubt that designer wedding dresses are pricey for a reason and the bride will undoubtedly look stylish on her wedding day but the budget will also need to incorporate items such as the veil and accessories including underwear.
Indeed, for some brides these extras could account for up to 15% of their budget and they should also factor in the possibility of having to carry out alterations to the dress which could, depending on the wedding dress designer or boutique, cost hundreds of pounds to carry out.
Another important tip when looking for wedding dresses is not to begin the search too early, though this is a tempting process to begin soon as the wedding date has been fixed, or even when the engagement has been announced.
Most wedding organisers and bridal boutique owners would recommend the bride begins the search between six and nine months before the wedding takes place which should allow for plenty of time in finding the dream wedding dress and for any potential alterations to be made within the time scale.
Depending on when the search starts, it might be possible to find hefty discounts on a designer wedding dress at the end of the season which means the bride will be able to obtain the dream wedding dress at a much lower price. What’s not to like?
Essentially, those are the tips that most brides will need when they begin their search looking for designer wedding dresses though the most important tip is to have some idea of the kind of dress that will suit their body style but being prepared to try on other styles too – just in case.