Here are some expert tips to keep in mind when shopping for a bridal gown

Here are some expert tips to keep in mind when shopping for a bridal gown

Tessa Brand, a planner, explains what brides should know before they make dress appointments. The most exciting part of wedding planning is the dress shopping process. It can be easy for women to go on a bridal gown shopping trip if they haven’t done it before. Then you start booking appointments. Staying organized is a key skill for brides-to-be when organizing your nuptials. These tips and tricks are from professional wedding planners to ensure you make the most out of your bridal appointments.

Schedule your time.

You can make several appointments within a day but ensure you have enough time to visit each salon. It is a good idea to assume that you will only be there for an hour.

Keep hydrated.

To prevent bloating, drink plenty of water both the day before and on the morning of your shopping trip. You shouldn’t party the night before your shopping trip; you don’t want to look puffy on your special day.

Gussy up.

Makeup and a blow-dry are important. This is not the time to do your hair in a messy bun. Don’t be afraid of styling your hair in whatever way you feel confident. This will make you look better and enhance the wedding gown you choose. You will probably have your hair and makeup done professionally for the wedding. Make sure you match this look as closely as you can.

Your purse should be packed.

So your attendant can see photos of the dresses you like, and get an idea of what you are looking for. Also, make sure to bring heels of the same height as what you plan to wear on your wedding, a bra with straps, and any shapewear you may want to wear during your ceremony.

Keep track of your observations.

You should take pictures or videos of the brides you try on at the store or salon you are visiting. It’s smart to have one of your friends take photos of each silhouette. You will need them later for your decision.

Do not be deceived.

You can try on accessories and veils to get a better idea of the dress. However, don’t feel pressured into buying the additional elements immediately. You might be able find similar pieces or the same item on other sites, like Etsy, or another accessory-focused website.

Be aware of your true budget

Your stylist should know that the budget you give is the total amount you are willing to spend after taxes and for wedding-dress alterations. Additional tip: You can get discounts if you schedule appointments during trunk shows. To receive updates on trunk shows every Tuesday, sign up for the Inside Weddings Newsletter!

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