You can't be too organised when it comes to your gown. Your wedding dress should be one of the first things you arrange, it's a good idea to have it chosen eight to ten months prior to the Wedding day. "¨When you arrive at the dress shop for your appointment, make sure you are wearing a strapless bra and some nude colour underpants. You will also need to bring an open mind and try as many different styles on as you can... yes even those that make you shudder - most wedding dresses look different when on a three-dimensional figure.
- Couturiers are dress specialists who have a collection of original gowns.
- They are the pricey option, but in return you receive a handmade unique wedding gown that fits like a glove.
- Generally they need at least eight months.
- They dress designer will set up about five fittings so you can see the gown at every stage.
- You will try on a range of sample wedding dresses to give you an idea of your style.
- Usually they are reasonably priced.
- They can work off shorter time schedules - as a rule you need to order six months prior to your wedding day.
- Once your dress arrives it will need altering, which is an additional cost to the dress price - so before you set your heart on one, ask about the cost of alterations.
- You will need about three fittings once the gown arrives.
- Department stores are great if you have limited time or budget. They may not have 'wedding dresses' as such, but you may find yourself a stunning white dress... who would know?
- The Internet - Online auctions and stores provide another way to purchase a gown. It is usually cheaper but comes with some risks. Remember you are buying from an image that doesn't clearly show details such as colour, embellishments and fabric. Try on styles that are similar so you will know if it is likely to suit you. If you buy online, your wedding dress will almost always need alterations so find a good dress maker.