How to Start Looking for a Wedding Dress?
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1. Know your personal style. Your wedding should be a reflection of you, and your wedding dress should say just that. If you have a free-spirited personality, would you pick a glamorous ball gown dress with 20 layers of tulle or would you go for an elegant, effortless dress with airy chiffon layers? Your wedding dress should highlight your unique personality and not based on how pretty it looks on the model or on another bride.
2. Set a dress budget. Once you know your style, you should consult with your fiancé and/or family (if they will help pay for your dress ) what the realistic dress budget is including taxes, shipping, and alteration costs. Ideally, it should be a range (EX: $2,500 – 3,000) so it gives you the flexibility while you dress shop. Be honest with the bridal salon what you can afford so they show you the best options within your budget. At Ju.Lee Collection, we are very transparent with our pricing – all the prices are displayed online. Because we also offer customizations and upgrades, your price range will help cover the extras so you can get a dress that better suits you.
3. Find pictures of dress styles that most appeal to you and narrow down the styles that best fit your personality and wedding theme. This is the fun part and go social with your research! Create a Pinterest board and pin dress styles that you like with your personality and wedding theme in mind. Head over to Instagram and search hashtags like #weddingdress, #beachwedding, etc. to explore more options. Once you’ve gathered enough pictures, narrow down the selections to no more than 3 different styles, save them on your phone, and show the bridal salon what you have in mind as pictures speak a thousand words.
4. Go shopping and try on the same or similar dress styles. Dress shopping can get quite stressful so the steps above will help lessen the difficulty level. Find out where the dress styles that you like are sold and make dress appointments with bridal salons. If the local bridal salons don’t have the exact same styles that you like, you can ask if they have similar styles to try on. Remember that the dress silhouette (A-line, sweetheart, fit & flare, trumpet, etc.) are more important than the exact details like embellishments because wearing the right silhouette will flatter your body. The details are just icing on the cake.
5. Find out the production and alteration lead times. Make sure that you ask the store how long it takes to order the dress during your dress appointment because different brands have different production lead times. Also ask the store if they offer in house alterations and if so, how long it will take to complete. Because at Ju.Lee Collection we design and make all of the styles, we also offer a custom fit service like specific lengths, remove sleeves, expand bra cup size, etc. (additional fee may apply) so we make the dress close to your measurements during production and reduce the possibility of alterations when the dress is done. This service can actually save you hundreds of dollars even though you may need to pay extra in the beginning. Some custom requests are even complimentary.
6. Ask one or two friends and/or family members that you trust the most for final opinions. It’s always a great idea to ask your most trusted friend or family member for their opinions because they can possibility stop you from making a wrong expensive purchase as almost all wedding dresses are final sale once you’ve placed the order unless the dress shop offers a return or exchange policy. This is a scary thought. Show them what you plan to purchase and ask if the dress says “you”. They should be able to give you their unbiased opinions before you finalize your decision. However, remember that this is YOUR wedding and YOUR memories so trust your instinct and pick the dress that you love.
7. Place the order and stop looking once it’s done! The internet is full of ideas – it is both a plus and a minus. If you have settled on the perfect dress , this is the time where you should refrain from looking online and at stores. Although it is easy and fun to keep pinning dresses to your board, it will only create doubts and stress that you don’t need because there is always something better out there. Trust yourself and your friends’s opinions and move on to plan the rest of your wedding !
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