How to find your wedding dress
So you’ve got engaged and booked your venue. Now the next big thing is to find your wedding dress!! It may feel daunting going to bridal stores with an overwhelming amount of choices, but we recently heard from Miao over at Aneberry Bridal, a London-based boutique bridal brand, who let us know how to find your wedding dress.
1. Research the styles
Get an understanding of the different wedding dresses styles. You can follow different designers on Instagram, they often post about their newest designs and show brides wearing their dresses, so you can get an idea of how the dresses look in a real wedding environment. You can also create a Pinterest board to collect the styles you like, so you have all your favourite dresses in one place.
The Aneberry wedding blog has some great articles which are super useful when it comes to body shape, neckline, and silhouettes.
2. Find out the prices
You’ll need to get an idea of the prices for the dresses you like. Wedding dresses can range from a few hundred pounds to tens of thousands of pounds. You should be realistic and focus on the dresses within your price bracket to avoid disappointment. It’s not always easy to find out the dress prices, some designers have their prices on their website, some don’t, so you may have to phone their local stocklists to get more information.
3. Going for an appointment
Now you know what kind of styles you want and have figured out where you can shop for your wedding dress. Then you are ready to book an appointment to try the dresses. Some boutiques charge a consultancy fee for an appointment, some are free, you can find out by checking their website or speaking with them directly. Bring a friend or two with you for your appointment as well, so they can give you some feedback from other people’s perspective. Try to wear minimal makeup and avoid fake tan, this is to prevent staining the gowns. A bridal appointment usually lasts for an hour, plan your route and be on time so you can maximise the time you have trying on the dresses.
4. Finding the one
Wedding dresses can look different when you put them on, so be open and try dresses that you may not have thought of before, especially for the first bridal appointment. Sometimes you’ll discover something new and exciting, you can also filter out the styles you don’t like. Ask the stylist to help as well, they often know which are the most popular dresses. After trying a range of dresses, hopefully you’ll find the one you feel most special in.
5. Ordering the dress
It often takes 4-8 months to produce your dress, and it’s common that you’ll need alterations when you receive the dress. Ask your stylist, whether you will need alterations and how much it costs, so you won’t be surprised by the alteration charges. Alterations generally take 1-2 months. As wedding dresses take such a long time to make, it’s wise to place your order early and leave plenty of time for the alterations. Some designers also offer rush orders for an additional fee, which could be helpful for brides who struggling for time.
6. Final fitting
After a few months, when your wedding dress is ready to collect, you will need to go back to the store again to try your dress. If it needs alterations, a seamstress will pin the dress to fit you and alter the dress to make sure that it fits you. Congratulations, you have now purchased your wedding dress! Take it home, leave it in a breathable garment bag and hang it in your wardrobe.
7. Prepare the dress for the wedding
Before your wedding, you should get your dress out and you may consider arranging for it to be steamed to refresh the fabric. Put the dress on and you are ready for your wedding day!