You’ll want to have time to make that dress looks as perfect as you had always envisioned it. Therefore, Martha Stewart Weddings suggested shopping for the gown about six to nine months ahead of time. It takes four months to make the dress and another two months to complete all the necessary alterations. The time frame will vary depending on the gown.
Have a set price range
Although you may have your eye on that Vera Wang gown you saw on the runway, the price tag may unfortunately not be within your budget. Before you go trying on dresses that you fall in love with but then come to realize you can’t afford, set a budget. This way you’ll only try on dresses that you can actually take home. As you may have learned from watching “Say Yes to the Dress,” many brides can fall prey to beautiful gowns by ignoring their price point.
Consider your venue
If you’re getting married on the beaches of Hawaii, you may want to cross ball gowns and long trains off of your list. You’ll want to stick with a more lightweight fabric that will move beautifully in the breeze (and keep you cool in the Hawaiian heat!). On the other hand, if you’re going for a more formal occasion, consider staying away from short and casual dresses. Whatever your wedding style, make sure your gown encompasses that feel.
Choose the right color
You really can’t go wrong whether you opt for classically white or a daring shade of red. However, your skin tone can be a factor when choosing the shade of your gown. If you have fair skin, a stark white gown may make you blend in to your dress. Try choosing a softer shade of white or going with a spray tan for the big day.
Consider bringing along your maid of honor, mother or other members of your bridal party to help you make your decision. They can help give advice and help you decide on a dress if you can’t make up your mind. However, don’t bring too large of an entourage, this can make things confusing and frustrating. Not everyone is going to have the same opinion.
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