Whether you’ve been dreaming of your wedding dress since you were young and know the exact style you want down to the last sparkling bead, or you’ve never thought about it until you’d booked the venue and realised you still have nothing to wear — we’ve got some helpful tips to make finding your wedding dress super simple.
Finding your dream gown can be stressful. After all, you’ve likely never even tried one on before, and it’s the most expensive garment many women will ever own, so it can feel like the pressure is definitely on. Plus, your dress will help to set the tone for the wedding as a whole, whether it’s a black tie affair or a romantic garden party. It may also feel like there’s a whole new language to decode — tulle, A-line, fit and flare, organza, sheath.
With all eyes on you, not to mention photos you’ll have forever, of course you want to look perfect on your big day. But what does perfect mean to you? For some brides, a dream dress is a regal ballgown fit for a princess. For others, a dream look is a sexy, va-va-voom sheath gown that shows off the figure; to other brides, the best dress is one that allows a good time, a.k.a food and dancing!
For some dress shopping can become overwhelming for sure, but we are here to help North Brisbane brides. No matter your budget, your personal style, or your timeline, check out our wedding dress shopping tips for finding the bridal gown of your dreams — the one you’ll love in the fitting room, on the big day, and in 30 years from now when you look back at your wedding photos.
1. Do Some Research To Find Your Style
Rip pages out of magazines, click through bridal boutiques online, explore on Pinterest or Instagram, and check out what celebrity brides are wearing to compile a visual file of your favourite dresses. Then look for a connecting theme — are they all very embellished? Lacy? Voluminous? Have open backs? Find a couple commonalities of styles you like and bring your ideas to your first appointment.
2. Be Open To Ideas
We constantly see women come in with a set idea of what they want for a gown, then try it on and don’t actually love it — and instead, fall for something completely different that they’d never considered. Keep an open mind when searching for your bridal gown and embrace the exciting possibility that you could fall in love with something you had never even imagined.
4. Shop True to Your Size
Even if you plan on losing weight before the big day, shop for dresses in your current size rather than going smaller. It’s much easier to take a dress in than trying to work with one that’s way too snug.
5. Shop Early
Our gowns can take 4 to 6 months to have made and once your dress arrives, you still have to factor in more time for alterations and accessorising.
6. But Not Too Early
If you’re having a long engagement and immediately start shopping for gowns, the one you end up buying might be out of style by the time your wedding comes around, or you might find one you like even better closer to the date. Furthermore, if you begin looking just to get an idea of styles you will take the fun out of the dress shopping experience when you really go to buy.
8. Figure Out Your Budget
Yes, it’s uncomfortable to talk numbers, but it will save you from heartache later on. Before your first appointment, figure out who is paying for the gown (your family, the groom, you?). If someone else is paying, get the hard numbers on your limit, so you can choose to stay within that budget or pay the difference yourself to get the dress you want. Your bridal stylist will also then be able to work within your budget so that you don’t accidentally fall in love with a bridal gown far above your price range.
9. Plan Non-Obvious Costs Into The Budget
Say you plan to cap your dress spending at $3,000 — you actually shouldn’t buy a $3,000 wedding gown. That’s because you need to factor in dress alterations and accessories, such as a veil, hoop and jewellery.
10. Make An Appointment
Call or email beforehand and make an appointment to try on wedding gowns. This will ensure you receive the personal attention every bride deserves. Due to the delicate nature and price point of bridal gowns a stylist will usually have to assist in trying on dresses. This means if you enter a store without an appointment and the store person is busy you may not get to try on any wedding dresses. So book ahead to save disappointment.
Our team at Casar Elegance would love nothing more than to help you find your dream wedding dress! We sell a large variety of designer made-to-order bridal gowns in Brisbane, Queensland. We are located on Level 2, 141 Queens Street Mall, Brisbane opposite Jimmy’s On The Mall restaurant and bar.