Steps in buying a wedding dress
Trying on some wedding dresses
Trying on the wedding dresses you have found through research is such an important step as it helps confirm you are on the right track in terms of styles which suit you. The bride and rest of the bridal party may well feel they are making good progress (because they are!) and this helps keep the sense of fun and excitement through the process.
By already thinking about which styles best suit your body shape and doing research to find dresses that you like in those styles before trying on some dresses, you should also have avoided some of the most common causes of upset and problems for brides at this stage, which include:
- when a bride hasn’t thought about body shape but has a very fixed idea of the dress they want, only to discover when they try it on that it really doesn’t suit their body shape. This can be upsetting for brides and may mean they have to start from the beginning again, which makes the whole process of finding a dress feel much longer and more frustrating.
- when a bride has not done any research at all and so has no idea of what styles suit her or what type of dresses she likes. This means the visit to the wedding dress shop becomes the initial research step as the sales assistants will need to explain about body shape and styles and may not have dresses in stock in the styles which the bride likes. This again makes the process of finding a dress feel much longer and more frustrating.
So when you first visit a bridal wear retailer, keep an open mind. Try on the dresses you have already found through your research but also be prepared to try on other styles which may suit your body shape as you may find a style you really love.
It may also be worth asking one of the bridesmaids or mother of the bride to pick a wildcard dress to try on – something that is totally different to all the others you have tried on so far. If you really don’t like the wildcard dress, it helps confirm you are on the right track with the others you have already tried on. If you do like the wildcard dress, it can provide an interesting contrast to the other dresses you are trying on.
Brides may try on dresses in one or more bridal wear retailers depending on the designers stocked by each store. Visiting more than one store also gives brides the ability to compare the atmosphere and level of customer service in different stores. It is not uncommon for brides to end up buying their dress from a particular store because the high level of customer service made the whole experience so much more enjoyable for the bride and bridal party.
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