Shopping Tips for the Perfect Fit!

December 20, 2017

The elegant Audrey Hepburn once said, “happy girls are the prettiest.” While I do agree with Ms. Hepburn, I also believe that sometimes the perfect outfit can help give the extra boost
of confidence and happiness that makes a woman feel the most beautiful. One of those times should be on your wedding day. If you’re anything like me, finding the perfect wedding dress is
almost as important as finding the perfect man. Okay, maybe they aren’t quite on the same level, but dress shopping is one of the most fun parts of wedding planning. Finding the perfect wedding gown can be overwhelming but I’m here with some tips that will help you along the way.
Before the shopping starts, there is some necessary preparation. First, you should have an idea of what you are looking for in a gown. If you have a few key elements in mind when starting your search, this will help narrow the options without overwhelming you too much. However, don’t get set on too many ideas as this may make it difficult to find the perfect dress. Part of deciding on these elements is getting to know the wedding dress lingo, most importantly
the different silhouettes. The top styles are ball gown, a-line, drop waist, mermaid, and sheath.
● A ballgown is the Cinderella style with a fitted bodice and large, poofy skirt that begins at
the natural waistline.
● An A-line dress is similar to a ballgown in the bodice and waist, but the skirt has less
flare, like an “A”.
● A drop waist gown is fitted to the hips with a flared skirt.
● Mermaid gowns are shaped to the body all the way down to the knee, where the skirt
flares out.
● Sheath dresses flow straight down along the body with no flare.
A good way to learn the different styles is to look at magazines, browse designers online and watch wedding shows such as, my personal favorite, Say Yes to the Dress . This will help show
off all the different types of gowns you can find and what styles are out there.
The next thing that needs to be determined is your budget. It is very important to have a number in mind before you start shopping. It would be heartbreaking to fall in love with a gown and find out later that it is out of your price range. Always check the price before trying a dress on and never try something on that is way over budget. Luckily most bridal boutiques are great about discussing a price point with you ahead of time. When you are budgeting for your gown, do not forget to factor in sales tax and alterations. These costs can be sneaky and you may not realize how much they can put the perfect dress over budget.
Once you start to plan your shopping trip, do some research of the different bridal boutiques in your area. If there is a specific designer you like, make sure the boutiques you are considering carry that designer in store. Call and confirm ahead of time that your budget falls within their price ranges. It is also very important to make appointments at least a week or two  before you plan to shop. Some stores allow walk ins but plan ahead to ensure you have enough
time to get the help you will need. When setting appointments one question they will ask is how many people are in your party which leads to my next piece of advice. Think very carefully about
who will attend your shopping appointments with you. It can be very tempting to invite a lot of people. After all, gown shopping is very exciting! However this can lead to too many opinions
along with stress and disappointment for you if no one agrees or gives constructive advice. I would recommend asking 2 to 4 of your closest friends or relatives whose opinions you trust.
You want people with you who will be honest and give good advice but who will value your decisions and your opinions over their own. It can be tough to turn someone away who wants to
help but ultimately, you are the one who needs to be happy with your purchase. Plus, you can always tell them the surprise is more exciting than an exhausting day of shopping.
When it comes to the day of shopping, there are a few key things to remember. It is very important to eat a balanced breakfast. I know I sound like your mom when I say that but it’s true.
Wedding dress shopping can be exhausting, changing in and out of all those heavy gowns is a workout! Keep your energy level up with foods such as eggs, spinach, almonds or bananas.
Stay away from foods with wheat or dairy which will make you bloat. Don’t forget to bring water to drink throughout the day with you as well. While getting ready, dress in an outfit that is comfortable and easy to take off and on to try on gowns. If you already have shoes, a veil or any other accessories that you plan to wear on the wedding day, bring those with you so you can see the full look before making a large gown purchase.
My last few pieces of advice are probably the most important. When you are shopping, keep an open mind. It’s easy to say you don’t like something but you never know until you try. When I went wedding shopping, I said I wasn’t too fond of lace, ivory or anything too fitted. What did I buy? An ivory, fit and flare gown with a lace bodice, and it was the perfect dress for me. But, I would have never known if I hadn’t tried it on. Another note on this, if you try a gown that
is almost perfect but there’s just one detail you would like different, just ask! Most bridal consultants know what can and can’t be altered on a dress and they can lead you in the right direction. Even if you can’t see the end result right away, keep an open mind and trust that your vision can be achieved. While you are shopping don’t feel pressured to buy right away. If you don’t absolutely love a gown, do not purchase it. It’s okay to leave a store empty handed and it
may take a couple of tries or just a couple days to think it over to find the right wedding dress for you. And,the most important thing to remember is to have fun and know that you will be the
most beautiful woman in the room on your wedding day because you will also be the happiest!