Let’s be honest, the toughest decision a bride will have to make about her wedding is buying a wedding dress. Some brides will opt to take the traditional route and go shopping in boutiques. Others will venture to the online shops in search of their perfect dress. This can be the most overwhelming process, but don’t worry! Metro Bridal Expo has compiled an extensive list of every do and don’t to be aware of when buying a wedding dress, either in store or online.
There are definite dos and don’ts of buying a wedding dress at a bridal boutique. You want to be careful about when you schedule your appointment. Do ask for the first appointment of the day, since there will be less of a crowd early on and it will give you time to get settled in. You may even get the place to yourself for an hour or so! Never go on a Saturday or Sunday. Weekends are the days that will be most crowded. It is good to have an idea of what you are looking for, but don’t rule anything out completely. You never know what might look great on you! Trust the professionals. After all they have a lot of experience with many different body types. Do bring people you trust and make sure they will always tell you the truth. Don’t be afraid to say no! If you really don’t like a dress, scrap it. Don’t get your heart set on a dress that needs a lot of alterations or is too expensive for your budget. Do adorn a dress with accessories and a veil when trying it on. It will change the way the entire dress looks.
Some brides may be very hesitant about buying a wedding dress online, but as long as you’re smart about it, there should be no problems with saving a little money by buying online. Do know what you are looking for. If possible, go to a bridal boutique and try on a few dresses to get an idea of how each style fits on your body. Don’t rush into a purchase. Take your time to browse several websites, since some dresses you buy online might be final sale. Also, don’t believe everything you see. Some things are too good to be true and those websites are untrustworthy. Do read reviews when possible and look for signs of a phony site like spelling mistakes, typos, crazy guarantees, and unrealistic delivery times. It is also a good idea to use a secure payment option, such as PayPal to make your purchase. When possible speak to a live person to handle your questions or concerns.
Whether shopping in store or online, when you find “the one” you’ll know. Remember, you could win a FREE wedding dress at one our shows. There is always at least one FREE wedding dress given to a very lucky bride provided by one of Long Island’s Leading Wedding Stores, The Wedding Center.