Time and time again brides ask us how they can make the most out of their visit to a wedding dress boutique. Considering this ahead of time is already a sign that you've got this bride thing down. We wanted to give you the very best advice possible, so we put the question to our experts - the handpicked boutiques on our wedding supplier directory, The List
. Well, they couldn't have been a more helpful bunch, and so today we're bringing you ten fabulous tips for how to get the most from that very exciting (sometimes daunting and that's totally normal, don't worry) first visit.
1. RESEARCH WHICH WEDDING DRESS BOUTIQUE
Browse the glossy pages of Rock My Wedding to get some inspiration, and save dress pictures you love as references. Then seek out a wedding dress boutique (or a few) who sell similar styles, or designers you like. Don’t limit yourself too much though, you’ll often be surprised at the gowns you’ll fall in love with once you've tried them on. You will be able to find out which designers a boutique stocks from their listing on our supplier directory, The List, or their website.
“You may not be able to find the exact dress, but you can show pictures to your stylist at the appointment and see if they can recommend similar styles.” Aneberry
Consider your dress budget, and stick to it! We know that shopping for your wedding dress is incredibly exciting and it’s tempting to go crazy and try on every dress in every boutique, not even looking at the price tag. However, if you have a budget of £1500, it’s asking for trouble to try on that collection which starts at £3000. You will inevitably fall in love… don’t even go there! It’s a much more sensible idea to try styles that are within your budget and your stylist will be happy to guide you.
3. WHO FIRST?
Get your dress sorted before you even think about bridesmaids' gowns. This is your one day to shine, and the outfit you choose is a vital part of how you feel on the day. Compromising on your gown isn’t on the agenda. The bridesmaids are there to complement you, not vice versa.
“So often brides come to me and fall in love with a dress but are totally thrown because it won't match the bridesmaid's dresses they have already bought.” Ghost Orchid Bride
4. MAKE A DAY OF IT
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t make a day of dress shopping. A couple of wedding dress boutique visits with a light lunch in between, or a second visit followed by afternoon bubbles to celebrate. Any excuse!!
5. YOUR BRIDAL GANG
You will often see lots of conflicting advice about this one. You will, of course, want your entire bridal gang to see the dress you choose, but for your first appointment we recommend taking along a couple of carefully chosen people whose company you enjoy, and opinions you trust. Too many opinions, sometimes conflicting, runs the risk of turning your first wedding dress boutique visit into a confusing one. Once you’ve found your dream dress then a second appointment is the perfect excuse to bring along a few more folk, crack open the bubbles and celebrate finding the one.
“Bring the people who make you feel amazing but also know how to give constructive opinions. You need the balance to get the right dress.” Fern & Foxglove Bridal