Dress shopping tips
Weddings are a joyous and momentous occasion for engaged
couples as well as their families, relatives, and friends.
They require a lot of preparation and involve paying
attention to a number of small but intricate details.
From the bride’s point of view, the most important
decision that she needs to make is probably selecting
the most appropriate bridal dress or bridal gown that
suits her style, figure and looks. Shopping for the
bridal wedding dress may be stressful at times, but
with the help of a few time tested shopping tips, you
can easily transform the seemingly tough task into a
wonderful experience and save some money as well.
If you do not want to compromise on the style and looks
of your wedding dress, make sure that you start searching
well before the actual date of the wedding as selecting
the most appropriate dress often takes a lot of time.
Start with a trial-shopping trip to local shops with
family members or friends, just for getting an idea
of what is available and what type of dress will be
best for you. Avoid making any purchase decisions at
this point of time, even if you like some of the dresses
on display, as there may always be a better one. Get
a list of all the local shops in your area and plan
accordingly in order to cover two to five shops in a
day depending on your work schedule or other commitments.
Make note of all the dresses you liked and shortlist
at least ten dresses from which you will eventually
select the one that is the most appropriate. Although
prices may be compared, they need not be the main criterion
for selecting a dress, as weddings are once in a lifetime
occurrence for most people. However, in a situation
wherein you like more than one dress, all of which are
priced differently, it makes sense to purchase the cheapest
one. While making the final decision, make sure that
you are accompanied by your mom or a trusted friend
and not a whole bunch of people as different opinions
often create confusions rather than solving problems.
You can avoid making any hasty decisions by shopping
on weekdays when most of the shops are relatively less
Use your discretion while listening to advice given
by salespeople as most of them work on commissions and
may not give the right advice or suggestion. It may
not matter to them whether a dress really suits you
or not and are most likely to approve every dress that
you try. Select a size that fits you best and as far
as possible try to avoid going in for alterations. Some
shops may try to make money by offering larger sized
dresses and then asking the customer to go in for alterations.
If you are looking for cheap deals on the wedding attire,
then the Internet is probably the best option for you.
You can log on to clearance websites that offer wedding
dresses at incredibly low prices. Search for websites
that specialize in second-hand dresses or out-of-business
sales. While buying wedding dresses from the Internet,
make sure to include the cost of alterations if any
as well as the shipping charges to get an idea about
the total cost of the dress. Compare payment plans of
different providers and select the one that requires
the lowest upfront money and offers the lowest installments.