The beautiful blushing bride, as she saunters down the aisle in her equally stunning wedding gown is the most beholden and awaited sight in a wedding ceremony. Such picture-perfect moment is the quintessential symbol of every girl's ultimate dream altar date. With such a beautiful picture in mind, all brides-to-be spend so much time, planning and details in preparing for the perfect wedding gown.
Choosing your wedding gown involves more than just picking out the best design that you have ever laid eyes on. Before you set out for consultation with your favorite fashion designer, or go window shopping in wedding dress shops or boutiques, take the time to ask within yourself and determine your particular needs and requirements.
While it only constitutes a small portion of your total budget, it is always a good practice to make every purchase a wise spending. A specially designed gown is definitely more expensive than one that is bought right off the rack. Depending on its style, design, and fabric, gowns range from the affordable ones to those that would cost as much as the budget for the entire wedding. It is always a sound and practical move to have an estimated budget before you approve a design or make a purchase.
Style and comfort go together.
How you would look good in your wedding gown is the first thing that comes to mind. With so many designs to choose from, carefully weigh your needs as against your wants for a gown. Narrow down your options by starting with the theme of your wedding - beach, disney, victorian, fall. But if you still cannot make up your mind, go classic. You can never go wrong with a classic design.
Comfort is just as important considering that you will have to wear it for at least 3 hours, from the wedding ceremony to the reception. With the expected long-drawn out activities for the day, make sure that your wedding gown would not only make you look good, but more importantly, make you feel good.
Find the right gown at the right shop.
Owing to the unpredictability of events in the days leading to your wedding, and the possibility of changing tastes and judgement, it would be a great if the wedding shop you are buying from will allow alterations at less or no cost, or if it has client-friendly discount or refund policies.
When you shop for your wedding dress, consider taking a member of your family like your mother or sister, and some friends. Better yet, have a married sister or friend accompany you because it would be great to hear from someone who has gone through the same experience and would be more than willing to help you. Aside from having an extra head to help you make a good choice, it is also one way of letting them become part of the most important event of your life.
Don't buy ahead.
Finally, you've found the gown that caught your fancy. If you're planning to buy your gown off the rack, do not do so right on the spot, unless there is a very compelling reason to do so. If the store allows reservations, hold off making a purchase unless and until you are absolutely convinced that it is the perfect gown for you, after having gone through others. Try to go back and do another fitting after a week or so.
Don't lose focus.
Planning and shopping for your wedding gown takes away too much of your time and focus. Do not forget that there are other equally, if not, more important matters to attend to such as the reception food, venue, and lest you forget, your future husband.