Tips For Finding The Perfect Wedding Dress

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bridegroom kissingGetting engaged is an exciting and overwhelming time.  Because there is so much to planning to do, from picking a venue to finding a photographer and florist, it can feel like you will never get it all done in time.

Purchasing a wedding gown is one of the biggest decisions a bride-to-be will make.    Although it can be stressful, it doesn’t need to be!  Follow these helpful tips and you will have a smooth and happy experience buying your wedding gown.

Do your research.  Grab a cup of coffee, your comfiest outfit, a stack of wedding magazines and spend an afternoon tearing out photos of your favorite dresses.  You do not need to consider prices or availability, just focus on the styles that catch your eye.

Do this by yourself so you know that your favorite dresses are truly yours and not influenced by other people.  After you compile a large stack of images, sort through your photos and get rid of any dresses that you are no longer excited about.

Organize the remaining photos by style to figure out a common theme and narrow it down to your five favorites.  Keep the other photos but be sure you note your top five favorites.

Rally the troops.  After you have your final stack of photos, call your local bridal boutique and make an appointment to come try on dresses.   Give yourself plenty of time to spend at the store, so you have the opportunity to see the store’s inventory.

Grab a few of your closest friends or relatives, but no more than three or four, to come with you to give opinions.  Choose people who will be honest but also respectful of your feelings.  If you bring too many people, it will be difficult to get the most of your appointment.

Come prepared.  Wear clothes that are very easy to change in and out of.  Bring your photos, the underwear you want to wear under your dress, such as a strapless bra or Spanx and the shoes you plan to wear.

If you don’t have your shoes yet, the salon will likely have a pair you can use.  Spend time talking to your salesperson before trying on dresses.  The salespeople have the best idea of inventory so their recommendations are often very helpful.

Be honest and stick to your guns.  When the salesperson asks for your budget, be honest with yourself and her.  The last thing you want to happen is to fall in love with a dress that is out of your price range.  Only try on dresses you know you could buy on the spot.  If the salesperson tries to up sell you, go to another salon or firmly tell her it is not in your budget.

Be patient.  Rome wasn’t built in a day.  It is highly unlikely you will find the right dress the first time that you try.   You should plan to visit a number of salons so you get a good idea of all of your options.

Have fun!   This is a very happy time and you should not stress about your dress.  Enjoy the day with your friends and family and feel confident you will find the dress of your dreams.  Congratulations!

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Wendy Harkin is a professional blogger that uses her knowledge and experiences to help provide guidance on wedding planning. She writes for Allure Bridals, where you can find beautiful bridesmaid dresses and wedding dresses that fit your style

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