Purchase – It seems there are now as many WAYS to purchase a bridal gown as there are bridal gowns! Full-service salons, internet discounters, warehouses and more are all competing for your business. Regardless of where and how you order a gown, some things are the same. A sales contract will be required, you will need to select your size and more. There are many horror stories from brides who were taken advantage of when they were not aware of how to protect themselves (and their money) through this process.
If you’re feeling pressure to find the wedding dress of your dreams then read this ultimate guide to wedding dresses and take your time. Don’t worry and don’t rush. We chatted with experts and brides who know exactly how you’re feeling, and we asked them to spill their tips for finding the perfect wedding dress. Read on, stress less and spend more time on the rest of your wedding planning to-do list.
Buying a secondhand gown will often save you big bucks. Try Once Wed or a consignment boutique that operates like a traditional salon. Our Story Bridal in New York, for example, sells once-worn dresses by top designers at up to 60 percent off retail. It even has a tailor who can help with basic alterations or special additions, like an illusion sleeve, says cofounder Ana Perez.
A reputable business should not try to conceal any information from you. Ask for the name of the manufacturer or designer and write the name on your receipt. If you don’t receive the appropriate responses that should raise a warning flag. Under the law, sample wedding gowns must be properly labeled to include fiber content, country of origin, care instructions, and one of the following business distribution channels must be identified: Manufacturer’s name or RN (Registered Number) or the retailer’s name.
Years ago, bows used to be popular, whether you were wearing them on your head or on your clothing. They were one of the biggest trends of 2011. Seven years later, bows are back in style. They either compliment the back of the gown as an accessory or the front of the dress as an accent bow. Bows are more commonly seen on the back of the wedding dress to bring attention to a long dress tail as the bride is walks down the aisle. With bows, you can use them with a simple look, such as small delicate bows, or you can really get noticed with large decadent bows. A statement bow will get noticed and may spark many fashion-related conversations at your wedding.