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Congratulations! You’re engaged! Now the real fun can begin – finding your perfect dress.
No matter what your budget or style, we’re going to share with you our top 4 tips to make finding the perfect dress as stress free as possible.
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1. Give yourself time—as much as you can
Finding the perfect dress can take time. You need to find the right dress for you and you might want time to make a follow-up appointment so you can try your favourite gowns on again.
Once you find the dress, you’ll need to allow time for it to be ordered in and possibly altered or customised so it fits you perfectly and is exactly what you want.
Some bridal stores in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra recommend making your first appointment 18 months to 2 years prior to your wedding. As a small boutique on the NSW Far South Coast we have the luxury of suggesting 8 to 12 months if you can.
If you've left it a little late, don't panic! We can still help you, but, if you do have the luxury of time, use it and make your dress appointment asap.
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2. Go to a store made of bricks & mortar
The best way to find the perfect wedding gown for you is to try it on. You may have an idea of the style you’d like, but trying on a few dresses can make all the difference. You might find you like a slightly different style than you thought, or that ivory suits your skin tone better than white.
By visiting a bricks and mortar store, you have the benefit of an experienced bridal assistant to help you find a dress that suits you and your budget. If the store has an in-house dressmaker, they can provide advice on how to customise the dress to make it uniquely yours. Importantly, they can also advise you on alterations before you make a decision, so you know the real cost of each dress.
Buying online may seem easier, but there’s often no after-sales support and, if the dress isn’t exactly what you thought it would be, it’s hard to get help. Buying from a bricks and mortar store, especially a locally owned store, means you know who to contact if something isn’t exactly as you thought.
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3. Stay true to YOU
You've booked your appointments, and you're armed with ideas and pictures of dresses you want to try on. You have your mum with you, your bridetribe and bridal assistants to help, and everyone will have ideas. But the most important thing is to stay true to YOU.
Be clear in your own mind about what you want before you start, and be honest with everyone at your appointment. Whether it’s style, practicality or budget, or a bit of all three, make sure you know what’s important to you.
Having said that, be open to ideas too. We've seen countless brides come in with a specific dress in mind, but after trying on a few gowns they fall in love with something very different to what they expected!
Remember: this is your dress. The truer you stay to yourself, the happier you will be with your decision.
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4. Now say YES!
With so many wedding gowns to choose from, how do you know which is ‘the one’?
From our experience it’s different for every bride, but it comes back to your priorities. It may be the dress that makes you feel like a princess. It may be the dress that is practical and on budget. It may be the dress that you would never have tried on if the bridal assistant hadn’t suggested it.
Whichever dress it is, trust yourself and choose the dress that makes YOU feel like the bride YOU want to be. Say YES to that dress, and then stop looking. Don’t let FOMO leave you with too little time to find your dress.
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Yes, it’s an important decision.
But if you give yourself plenty of time, visit a bricks and mortar store, stay true to yourself and don’t be afraid to say yes, you will find the journey to your perfect dress a much happier one!
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