For most brides, the selection of their wedding gown is the most important decision they have to make during the wedding preparations. Although there is a ton of other essential things that need to be taken care of such as wedding jewelry, bridesmaids' dresses, as well as the bachelorette party, the majority of brides are extremely focused on their wedding dress, for all the right reasons.
Generally, brides opt for a dress that is classic and timeless, but also elegant and beautiful with a touch of their own unique style. Here is where a great problem arises as not many brides pay attention to on huge factor in their hunt for the perfect wedding dress, which is finding the right bridal boutique first.
Needless to say, the first step in finding your dream gown is to choose the right bridal salon for you. Once you do come across a shop you absolutely adore, deciding on the perfect bridal jewelry and dress for you, will follow.
Here are some tips that will help you not make a mistake when picking the right bridal gowns shop.
Do Your Own Proper Research
The first thing in your wedding-dress hunt is to do your own research. This means that you should take the time to browse through various trends regarding wedding dresses and figure out which designers you do and do not like. Once you have your heart set on a specific designer, surf the internet to see if you can find reviews about their dresses and the quality of the apparel they make. Then, begin your search of stores that carry those designers but are also in your area.
The majority of bridal boutiques' website showcases the list of designers they carry, so it should not be too hard to check that information beforehand. In case you are not able to find relevant information, call or email the shop asking about whether or not they carry that specific designer or model of dress. Even if the salon does not carry the certain brand you are looking for but is well-reviewed and trusted, it is still worth giving it a chance and paying that salon a visit.
Be Mindful of Your Budget
Before choosing the bridal gowns shop to visit, you have to make sure the price range of the dresses in that shop fit your own budget. Some of the stores you are considering will have gowns within your price range, but some of them will not so be sure to call the shop in advance or check their website for their dresses' prices. Another thing you should absolutely do before trying any of the dresses is to let your stylist know how much you are ready to spend. Honesty is the best policy because the last thing you want is to end up falling in love with a wedding dress that you cannot afford.
Consult the People You Trust
One of the best decisions you can make while on the hunt for a credible and authentic bridal gown shop is to consult the married people you trust. This includes your family- your mom, sister, aunt or cousins as well as close friends that have already had a wedding and you have a loving relationship with.
Ask them for a piece of advice as to what to be cautious about when it comes to bridal salons and which shops they went to choose their dream wedding dress from. Such a conversation will be fruitful if you are left knowing exactly what to do, which particular things to be careful about, what to look for, and what to avoid. By the time you are done talking to these trustworthy people, you will be full of ideas regarding stylists you should contact, types of dresses that will best fit your body type, and shops that are ethical and worth giving them a chance.
Do Not Stick to One Bridal Boutique Only
No matter how much you liked that one dress you saw in the first bridal shop you visited, do not limit yourself to having to do the shopping in that particular store.
Typically, the brides visit anywhere from 2-5 bridal boutiques before they make a decision about the wedding dress they are going to wear. So, even if you absolutely loved the dress you found on your first appointment, visit at least two more salons. You never really know what different bridal shops are offering nor you know which styles you may end up loving. From the bridal stylist's advice to the selection of wedding gowns, it is important to experience a few bridal boutiques that are completely different before making the final decision.
Needless to say, the wedding theme is completely dependent (at least it should be) on your dress, so your gown does has a major role on your special day.
Select the Right Location
Undoubtedly, the location of the bridal gowns shop, especially if the shop is far away from your address, can be the ultimate deal-breaker.
Selecting a location that is accessible to you is an absolute must because you will probably request many alterations and will have numerous try-ons, therefore you will visit that place more times than you can count. Choosing a close-by bridal boutique will make things extremely easy and convenient for you, so every time you are called for a fitting you will not spend much time and money to do so.
Opposite from this, picking a salon that is across the country will make your wedding dress fittings a time-consuming, expensive, and extremely tiring process.
Pay Attention to the Service
Last but not least, you have to be attentive to the service you are getting.
As a buyer, most importantly a bride, the workers of the bridal boutique should do their best to meet your needs one way or another. While we do not want to say that the price of wedding dresses should play a role, the truth is that it does. For the money you are paying, regardless of how much the dress costs, you should get top-notch service and respect from the stylists no matter the number of changes and fittings that you request.
The skills of the stylists in doing their job can be seen by their understanding of the materials, the accessories that go along with those materials and the other colors that potentially match the overall look. With the bridal boutique's stylists, if they are qualified, you should be able to talk about the color of shoes you should wear, bridal hair accessories, as well as the wedding necklace and earring sets. The service providers should be experts in the industry and should be able to help you achieve the wedding look you are aiming for. So, if you feel like the workers are not helpful, stick to your gut and look for another bridal salon. It is your wedding look that is at stake, so never ever settle for less of a service than you deserve!