If you’re like me, you were the little girl that had a different wedding planned for every version of Prince Charming you could imagine, and with that comes a different dress for every fantasy wedding. Now, you’re all grown up, you’ve met your real Prince Charming, and you finally get to plan the wedding of your dreams. Wedding dress shopping is one of the most exciting aspects of the planning process. Here at New Tradition, we know this is the day you’ve been waiting for, and your happiness is important to us. That’s why we’ve created a helpful guide featuring the five best tips to ensure your shopping trip is fun, stress free, and successful! Here’s what you need to know:
1. Don’t wait until the last minute!
Unless you’re buying off the racks, which is a definite possibility in our shop, it’ll take an average of 4-5 months for your dress to arrive. It’s a common misconception that the dress will fit perfectly when it comes in, so you can expect to have 3-4 rounds of alterations to ensure you look your best on the big day. All of this being said, we recommend you start shopping 9-12 months before your wedding.
2. Find photos of styles you like on social media.
You’ll be meeting your bridal stylist for the first time the day of your appointment. She won’t know your style the way you do. Find photos of dresses you love on Pinterest or Instagram, and save them to show your stylist. This will help her pick out dresses in the shop for you to try on.
3. Know your budget, and stick to it!
It’s easy to get carried away when there are so many beautiful dresses calling your name. We recommend you don’t try on dresses over your budget. That way, there’s no chance you’ll fall in love with something you can’t afford. If you’re shopping at New Tradition Bridal, there’s a good chance most of our collection will be in your price range!
4. You and your party should stick to these rules during your appointment:
- Have fun! It’s dress up time 🙂
- NEVER use the word FAT (or huge, chunky, or enormous)!
- Focus on what you like about yourself and not your faults!
- Keep calm & carry on!
- Be a supportive friend/loved one!
5. When you know, you know.
Trust your gut. You knew your fiancé was “the One,” so why should your wedding dress be any different? Everyone is different and your reaction to your perfect dress is uniquely your own. You may not cry but you will have a magical moment when you just know that you have found your dress.
I think it’s safe to say wedding dress shopping has never been easier or more fun! If you’re ready for the best girls’ day ever, CONTACT us to make an appointment. You can also shop our current collection HERE. But hurry, our new collection is on its way!