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Shopping Tips for the Modern Bride

Tips for shopping for your wedding dress


 

 

USE CAUTION IF BUYING ONLINE

More and more brides are buying two dresses for their wedding, but unfortunately some of these brides aren't buying a second dress for the reception. They're buying an emergency replacement gown for the designer knock-offs they purchased online from unauthorized Chinese manufacturers.  While the low price may be tempting, you could wind up spending more on a second dress to replace the original. Check out this video from Good Morning America's investigation of Chinese knock-off dresses. Always check the designer's website for authorized retailers if you are concerned about purchasing online.



 

DRESS CODE

Many places of worship consider baring your shoulders disrespectful. Make sure to check with your officiant before you shop for your dress. Already fallen in love with a strapless gown? Just add a shawl or a bolero for the ceremony and shed it afterwards for an effortless second look going into the reception.



 

KEEP AN OPEN MIND

Many brides make the mistake of deciding on a certain neckline or silhouette they see on a model before trying any dresses on themselves. It's true that certain body types look better in certain silhouettes, but don't be afraid to try on a variety of dresses to see which fit you are most comfortable in.




 

PICK A DAY WHEN YOU WON'T BE RUSHED

If you have the luxury of being able to take a day off from work, schedule some time during the week when you can avoid the mayhem of a Saturday afternoon. This is a great time to begin your search with some one-on-one time with the salesperson. Take advantage of this opportunity to figure out which silhouettes you are most comfortable in. Then, come back with friends or family whose opinions you trust and value to fine-tune your selection.


FOCUS ON FIT

Chances are the dress you try on in-store is not going to fit like a glove. Have your salesperson clip or pin the dress to see how it will feel once the alterations are made.



 

 

SET A DRESS BUDGET

Shopping for your wedding dress is often one of the first major steps a bride takes towards planning her wedding. Putting on that dress for the first time can be so emotional that the budget can easily be forgotten! Be sure to set a realistic budget before you start shopping, and make sure your sales associate knows what your budget is. Don't forget to factor in the cost of a veil, headpiece, shoes, and jewelry.




 

 

 

SHOP EARLY

While we caution brides against shopping from Chinese knock-off companies, it's important to understand that most designer wedding dresses are produced in China from authorized factories with proper quality control.  With that in mind, brides should be educated about the Chinese New Year, which this year falls early on January 23, 2012. For the 15 days preceding this holiday, employees are given time off to travel home to very far distances to spend time with family and loved ones. In anticipation of this centuries-old tradition, we want brides to be informed that manufacturing time during this holiday will be longer across the entire industry, regardless of the dress designer. We urge our brides to shop carefully, and to shop early!

Posted by Brittany Massey at 5:08 PM
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