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Wedding dress shopping can be both exciting, yet daunting. It’s a new way of shopping for most of us after all; it’s extremely personalised and there’s lots to choose from. The key is to do your research before hand to be fully prepared, and so to help we have created our top ten questions to ask which will have you wedding dress shopping like a pro in no time.   

 

Wedding Dress Shopping 10 Questions To Ask Your Bridal Boutique

 

WHICH Designers Do You Stock? 

If you're looking for a very particular designer, make sure that the boutique you are going to stocks them first. It’s always worth asking this question beforehand, as then, you can do a little bit of your own research online and see the styles and types of dresses and designers that your chosen boutique holds. We often share our dresses on our Instagram page so keep your eyes peeled there.

 

What’s Your Price Range? 

No matter what your preferred spend is, choose it and stick to it- check that the boutique you are visiting has dresses priced within your range. Do not try on dresses out of your budget- this will only lead to disappointment and direct comparisons to the ‘said dress’ that is out of your desired spend. Be open and honest about this, the boutique can then help you pick a dress that is perfect for you!  

 

How Many People Can I Bring With Me? 

Although it’s tempting to bring your whole bridal party, we would suggest bringing 1-2 people only to your appointment. Too many opinions can really confuse things, even if you try hard not to let it. If you really can’t decide then take different people to different appointments and fittings, that way you’ll leave nobody out and everyone can be involved in the process. 

 

Are Photographs Allowed? 

This is always a tricky one and it varies from boutique to boutique, so always ask before snapping away.  

 

What’s the Time-Frame For My Dress? 

Generally, we would advise to order your wedding dress 12-9 months ahead of your wedding date. Most gowns take 4-6 months to arrive. This means there is plenty of time left to make alterations and amendments to your dress if needed, and of course means you are less stressed on the lead up to the big day. If you don’t have the luxury of time when wedding dress shopping, some designers will take rush orders at an extra cost, or a sample dress can be purchased, and alterations can be done to get the perfect fit. 

 

How Many Fittings Will I need?  

Generally, 2-3 fittings are required (including any alterations) to get the perfect fit and look of your dress. Some brides it takes more, but most bridal boutiques will have the number of appointments and fittings needed to get it right!  

 

Do You Offer In-House Alterations? 

This is always a good question to ask. Not all boutiques offer this service, so bear this in mind when it comes to timeframes. Most boutiques will have somebody they will recommend if they don’t offer this themselves. Make sure if you're looking for a seamstress yourself that they come highly recommended and with great reviews, as altering bridal gowns is a very skilled job, which requires expertise and experience.   

 

What Dresses Will Suit My Body Type the Best? 

Your bridal assistant should be able to help you here! Take their advice and listen to their suggestions. Keep an open mind when wedding dress shopping, sometimes what we want is not always what will suit us, or what we will end up with. 

 

What’s The Best Underwear For A Bride? 

We always recommend wearing white or nude underwear and a strapless bra to your appointment; this is a good combination for trying on, once you have picked your dress, we can then recommend alternative combinations of underwear if needs be. 

 

 

Can Your Dresses Be Customised? 

Some designers will offer customisation or amendments when ordering your dress, others can be made when you have alterations made to your dress. Always ask as it depends on the designer and boutique. Most alterations and customisations can be done including, adding sleeves, lowering necklines etc; also look at the boutique accessories range to complete and customise your look. For customisation ideas, we have a blog here with 8 wedding dress alteration ideas. 

 

 

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Wedding dress shopping is far from your average shopping trip, and it’s not something all of us have done before, so doing your research before starting to find the perfect one for you is definitely sound advice. Visiting a bridal boutique is a far cry from high street shopping, expect to be in good hands as bridal boutique assistants know everything there is to know about their wedding dresses and how the process works. No question is a silly question and don’t be afraid to ask at any point.

 

We’ve put together our top 17 questions to ask, just so you’re in the know- you may not have thought about some of them!

 

Wedding Dress Shopping Advice

 

Booking Your Appointment

Wedding dress shopping appointments generally last between 1-1.5 hours, and you may be limited to the amount of guests you can bring. Make sure they stock the types of dresses and designers you’ve been looking at and that they are within your price range, to really make sure  that this is the right boutique for you.

 

Ask the following…

  • How long will my appointment be?
  • How many people can I bring with me?
  • Do you stock (designer)? Or (ballgown/fishtail/boho) styles of dresses?
  • What is your price range of gowns?

 

At Your Appointment

When you come to trying on the dresses, it’s an exciting process with lots of mixed emotions, so relax and enjoy the process. Take recommendations and advice from your bridal assistant and think about your vision for your wedding day. If allowed, it’s always good to take pictures while wedding dress shopping so you can look back at your favourite dresses and compare. Think about amendments, alterations and accessories to make it perfect for you as it might just be the deciding factor on whether it’s the one, or not!

 

Ask the following…

  • What style will suit my body shape? (Check out our blog on How to choose the right dress for your body shape
  • Can I take pictures?
  • What’s the timeframe for me to decide and order my dress, and how long will it take for my dress to arrive?
  • What amendments could be made to this dress? For example, if you love the dress but really wanted sleeves ask whether these can be added?
  • What accessories would you add/do you have available?

 

 

Wedding Dress Shopping Advice

 

Once You’ve Found The One

Once you have found your perfect dress you’ll be filled with excitement! Enjoy the moment and think about the next process of making your dress perfect for you. You’ll need to know about alterations, payment plans, any other services that you may need from the boutique and any other costs that you need to be aware of, and plan for.

 

Ask the following…

  • Do you have an in-house or recommended seamstress?
  • What would be the estimated costs of alterations?
  • What is the deposit/payment plan?
  • How much time do I need for alterations?
  • Can a bustle be added to the dress?
  • Do you have a post-wedding cleaning service for my dress to preserve it? 
  • Can the boutique store the dress for you once it’s delivered and before alterations?
  • Are there any extra costs?

 

Wedding dress shopping is the ultimate dress up so enjoy the process and take advice where needed along the way! Have your vision at the forefront of your mind and work out what you're willing to compromise on! And finally, make sure you not only love the dress, but you feel amazing in it!

 

Wedding Dress Shopping Advice

 

 

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