If you’re browsing these stylish pages because you’re at the beginning of your bridalwear journey, then you’ll be glad to know that we’ve got plenty of advice to help you out along the way. For starters, you’ll probably want to know when you need to start shopping for your wedding dress (and also what the appropriate amount of time is to wait before booking a bridal boutique appointment once you’ve got that shiny new engagement ring on!).
The answer varies on who you are, how long you’ve got until you say ‘I do’ and the type of wedding dress you’re after. If you’re a bride-to-be with a long lead time, there is no rush. The urge to shop will definitely be overwhelming, but here’s why you might want to wait a while:
- Trends change from season to season, so your dream dress might not even have been designed yet. You don’t want to choose a gown and then find something you love even more closer to your wedding date, knowing that you could have waited and still had plenty of time to buy it.
- Likewise, don’t give yourself added stress by having too much time to question your decision. Almost every bride in the known universe has dress wobbles at some point, but you don’t have to be one of them!
- Not all shops will store your dress, so if you order too early you will have to make sure you’ve got somewhere safe to store it.
- Most importantly, your body shape may change during the course of your engagement and you’ll need alterations on a dress that you bought over a year ago, for example.
Of course, if you’re getting wed in a rush then you probably don’t have much time to lose! Make sure you’re savvy about designer lead times before you set your heart on a couture gown that takes 18 weeks to make. Opt instead for a dress off the rack or a sample gown that you know you can more or less take home with you. Make sure your bridal boutique have time to accommodate your alterations too, or that you can find a seamstress to do any necessary work.
In the vast majority of cases, we’d advise you to take your time. Use the anticipation to do your research: find out what style of dresses you like, the designers you like and the local bridal boutiques who stock them. Don’t rush into your dress appointments, but do have a good think about budget and expectation before you arrive.
The process of finding your wedding dress should be one that you can savour, so don’t be in a rush to get it over with too soon. As with all the best things in life, half the thrill is in the anticipation of what’s to come!