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How to prepare for your wedding dress appointment

Posted on 23 February 2016

We know that there are a few of you out there that have just got engaged over the Christmas Holidays or maybe even on Valentine’s Day so we wanted to, first of all, say “Congratulations”, but we also thought you might like some handy advice on how you can plan for your appointment.
Most people will have given some thought to what happens when they get engaged but the reality of it can sometimes be a little bit daunting. Especially if you are the first in your group of friends to take the plunge or if you come from a small family where you haven’t been involved in the wedding process before.
We recommend that the first thing you do is go and buy yourself a couple of good wedding magazines. There are lots of titles to choose from but I often think a good way of deciding whether it’s the right magazine for you is to have a quick look at the real weddings section and see what sort of weddings are featured. Next we suggest having a good look at some wedding blogs and websites. These are a great place to start when you are looking for ideas:
http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/
http://www.bridesmagazine.co.uk/
http://www.lovemydress.net/
http://weddingsparrow.co.uk/
http://www.blovedblog.com/
The next step is to decide on the type of wedding that you want, what sort of venue would you like and how would you describe your overall style. Once you have decided on these key areas you will hopefully be in a position to choose the location for your wedding and book your venue.
We wouldn’t recommend starting your wedding dress search until this decision has been made because it will have such a huge impact on what you decide to wear at your wedding. If you are getting married somewhere hot then you will have to think carefully about the type of gown that you choose to avoid being uncomfortable on the day. Similarly, if it’s going to be cold, then you might want to consider a dress with sleeves or something that works well with some sort of cover up or shrug. You will need to consider whether it’s going to be a very glamorous formal affair or whether you are having a simple style party. Another point to consider is what activities you may be planning so that you are able to fully participate on the day!!
Next comes the exciting bit, which is starting to look at images of dresses! At this stage, we wouldn’t recommend discounting too many different options because although you think you might suit a certain style you will only truly know if that is the case once you start actually trying on dresses. We suggest drawing up a list of your top 10 styles of dresses in order of preference and then finding out where you can try them on. Alternatively, you can build up a list of local dress shops and have a look at their websites to see if they have anything similar.
Here is a list of different styles chosen from our selection of dresses:
Hopefully, you will be starting this process with plenty of time so that you can enjoy visiting a few different boutiques. We don’t really suggest visiting more than two in a day because you will be amazed at how tiring it can be and you will need to allow some time for traveling and refreshments.
You should be aware that lots of boutiques also charge for appointments so it’s a good idea to be quite selective with the ones that you visit first. Maybe start with a shop that’s has a wide variety of styles so that you can really get a feel for what you like early on.
Eight months is usually the recommended time that we suggest you start seriously looking at dresses. You will need to place your order 6 months before your wedding if you are having a made to order dress, so that will give you a good 2 to 3 months to try dresses on.
When it comes to preparing for the appointment itself, we recommend choosing one or two friends or family members that make you feel comfortable when making key decisions. If you know that there is someone in particular that needs to be involved but could be quite opinionated then we recommend that you do some preliminary looking either by yourself or with a different group of people first, so that you can be confident about your choices before you invite them along.
Make sure you wear a good strapless bra and some nude underwear and don’t worry about shoes because most boutiques will have a selection for you to try.
You will also need to make sure that you arrive on time so that you can really make the most of your appointment. Most appointments will last between an hour and an hour and a half but bridal shops are usually very busy especially at weekends so there may not be any time for your appointment to overrun.
Most importantly remember to relax in your appointment. Choosing your dress should be one of the most exciting moments of your life and it is very easy to get caught up in the stress of planning your wedding. There is definitely a dress out there for everyone and we would love to help you find yours at Luella’s.
Photo Credits:
Kate Nielen Photography // Segerius Bruce Photography

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