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TIPS FOR WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING - PART 1

DO A BIT OF RESEARCH FIRST

There are hundreds of options out there when choosing where to go, so you need to narrow down the right ones for you.

Ask yourself a few questions about what you most value and find the shops that match it most closely. Do you want a private consultation where you are the only bride? Do they carry enough dresses in the size you want to try? Would you value experienced staff who’ve been helping brides choose for years? Do they have dresses that match your budget?

It will save you a lot of time and effort in the long run.


DECIDE ON YOUR BUDGET AND STICK TO IT

Yes, you want a dress that makes you look amazing, but nowadays there are so many options that you don’t have to pay the earth – a very expensive dress is not necessarily a better dress, and you certainly won’t get back most of what you paid for it if you try to sell it afterwards.


Once you’ve decided, don’t try on dresses that are over what you want to spend, no matter how hard to sales consultant tries to pursued you!


CHOOSE YOUR GUESTS CAREFULLY AND DON’T BRING EVERYONE AND THE DOG

First of all, you need to check how many guests you are allowed to bring. Even pre-Covid, some shops limited the number of guests you could bring.

And even if you can bring you entire “Bride Tribe” with you, it’s not necessarily a good idea . having one or two honest opinions can be helpful, but too many can be seriously stressful for a bride and can leave her unable to hear herself think. My advice would be to pick one or two trusted, positive guests who you trust to be able to leave their own personal opinions behind and focus just on what suits you and what doesn’t, not whether they like it or not. Ultimately, yours in the opinion that only really counts.


LEAVE THE LITTLE KIDS AT HOME

Many of my customers nowadays have children, and it’s not always easy to arrange childcare for your appointment – but if you can, it’s better not to have small children with you.


You need to be able to focus when you are trying on a dress, and that’s not easy if you are trying to stop small children from running around the shop. Appointments often last a couple of hours, and that’s a long time to stop children from getting bored, especially when you often can’t give them anything to eat or drink.


So try and come without them – it will be a much more relaxing experience for you, and you deserve it!

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