Shopping for your wedding dress should be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Filled with emotion, fun and even a little stress, it can seem overwhelming trying to find “the one.” Today, we’re getting real about wedding dress shopping with one of our favourite brands, Essense of Australia, and are doing our best to make sure all you brides-to-be are prepared and excited for the big day.
Tip #1: Always Make an Appointment
One of the most important things to remember is that wedding dress shopping takes planning — just like every other aspect of wedding planning. Make sure to call ahead to the stores you want to visit and set up an appointment so that a stylist can give you her full attention and help you find the dress of your dreams. You want to start shopping six to eight months before your wedding date to allow time for shipping from the designer and alterations appointments.
Tip #2: Come Inspired
Essense of Australia suggests coming prepared with inspiration,must-have details and pictures so you and your consultant are on the same page about what you want in a dress. Keep in mind the time of year you’re getting married, what the weather will be like and whether you are looking for a formal or casual wedding dress. Then, think about your personal style. Most brides will be asked what silhouette, fabric and embellishments they like. Remember to have an open mind because you never know what you might love!
Tip #3: Set a Budget and Stick to it
Another important piece of information to know ahead of time is your dress budget. There’s nothing worse than falling in love with a gown only to discover that it’s out of your price range. It’s ok to tell your stylist right away what you want to pay. Request that she only show you gowns in that price range.
Tip #4: Look at the Dress from Every Angle
On your wedding day, you will be photographed at so many different moments, and seen by your guests from all angles. It’s always a good idea to make sure you are viewing your wedding dress from multiple angles before you decide it’s the one. Essense of Australia recommends having someone snap photos of you from different angles so you can see how the dress photographs. Their dresses are designed with gorgeous details on the front, sides and back so they look gorgeous from any perspective
Tip #5: Focus on the Fit
You’ve probably heard it before, but there’s truth to the saying that “it’s all about the fit.” It doesn’t matter whether you love a dress that has lace, beading or tulle; if the fit isn’t right, it just won’t work. On your wedding day, you will want to feel your best without fidgeting or adjusting your dress. This brings us to Essense’s fifth tip, which is focused on the fit. When you’re trying on dresses during your shopping day, make sure you’re narrowing in on dresses that flatter your figure and make you feel good! Essense of Australia has such a wide range of dresses, which makes it easy to find one that fits your figure perfectly. From modern A-lines with soft skirts to sexy fit-and-flare gowns that cinch at the waist, there are so many options, all of which combine of-the-moment trends and flattering silhouettes
Once you’ve said yes to the dress, make sure you celebrate! Finding a dress you love is a big accomplishment and once you cross it off your list, the rest of your wedding planning will fall into place. For more inspiration, follow Essense of Australia on Instagram and to find a retailer near you, click the link!