Finding the wedding dress of your dreams just got a little easier! We have compiled a list of the best online resources for finding your perfect wedding day attire plus some helpful tips.
10 TIPS TO REMEMBER WHEN BUYING YOUR WEDDING DRESS
Brides typically try on about 15 gowns before finding their "perfect dress". Take a few trusted family members or friends with you for honest opinions.
Most experts would advise you to start looking around eight months before your wedding to give yourself enough time for alterations and avoid rush fees.
Set a budget and don’t forget to factor in alteration costs which can be hundreds of dollars!
Wear proper undergarments and shoes for try-ons and fittings.
Consider your planned venue choice and time of year when choosing what kind of dress style will suit your style.
Two words: Return Policy. Know it. Also, be sure you get everything in writing concerning your purchase and alterations/fitting schedule.
Your dress is just one part of your wedding look. As your buying your dress, think about the other pieces that will come into play like jewelry, veil, hair pieces, shoes, etc.
Don't buy the dress on the same day you try it on. Give yourself a chance to think about it in an unpressured way.
Your wedding day is not a day to be uncomfortable! Choose a dress that fits you well. If you have to keep tugging at it to keep it in the right place, that is a sign that you should try a different style.
Trust your gut. The dress you can't stop thinking about is probably the one for you.
POPULAR WEDDING DRESS DESIGNERS
- Monique Lhuillier
- Paloma Blanca
- Reem Acra
- Romona Keveza
- Vera Wang
- Charlotte Balbier
- Watters and Watters
- Alvina Valenta
- Amy Michelson
- Augusta Jones Bridal
- Jasmine Bridal
- Mon Cheri Bridals
- Eve of Milady
- Jim Hjelm
- Carolina Herrera
- Oscar De la Renta
- Christina Wu
- Naeem Khan
- Lela Rose
- Nicole Milano (site plays music)
- Yumi Katsura
- Anna Campbell
- Stephen Yearick
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SIGNS OF A FINE QUALITY WEDDING DRESS
Your wedding gown will probably be the most special garment that you will ever own and wear. Your bridal gown should make you feel your most beautiful and be comfortable as well. A fine-quality gown will go a long way towards helping you achieve both of those things. Here are a few things that you should look for to ensure that you are getting a well made bridal gown that fits within your budget.
The best bridal gowns are created from natural materials, primarily silk. Beware of dresses that use the word silk in their description, but do not clearly state that they are made of silk. Designers will often use terms like "Italian silk" to make a silk blend or even a synthetic fabric sound more luxurious than it really is. When in doubt, look for the tag inside the gown that lists the contents. The more silk, the better.
On a well made gown, all of the outside seams will be nicely finished. You should not see any puckering along the bust or side seams. There should be no loose threads hanging out from seams and below the hem. If there is embroidery or bead work, it should be well aligned over the side seams with no loose beads and threads.
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