This is the moment you have been waiting for from your childhood to shop for your own wedding dress. This can be exciting as well as a daunting experience as you might have no clue from where to start. Do not worry we have gathered some tips for you

Do your research

As you begin your wedding dress shopping, you will notice that they are endless styles out that match your preference. Try to find the style that you think will match you better try looking at Bridal Fashion Week. Start early at least 8-6 weeks. Take your time looking for what you want. If you do not like something in the dress, you can customise it according to your preference.

Where to buy your dress

Bridal saloon

 
A traditional salon has a selection of dresses from different labels. A Bridal salon will have a dedicated stylish for every bride with an hour long appointment and no more than two brides at a time. Try sharing your vision and budget with your sales consultant as she can pull out the right dress for your unique preferences.

Trunk shows

Special events are an ideal way to approach the designer and see the entire collection and also promotions like 10% discount on gowns and accessories.

Consignment

A second-hand gown will save you big bucks. Try a consignment boutique as they operate just like a traditional salon but will show you dresses which are worn once but with a 40-60% off retail.

Sample sales

Sample sales normally occur twice a year. You can get up to 90% off on retail, but only on sample size, they do not provide you with other facilities such as dressing rooms or sales staff, etc. Try bringing a few friends with you to help you grab the right dress from the rack also arrive first thing in the morning or the last hours when the merchandise is being restocked.

Online

Buying your bridal gowns online is also a good idea as you can surf through all your dresses and also find a dress in your budget. Although you may miss out on the tailoring, you might still have to a little alteration.

Make your salon visit count

Book your visit in advance and come prepared

Try keeping an open mind while shopping for your dress

Look around and try to find a dress which is comfortable wearing

Try taking pics of your favourite dresses, and this will help you narrow down your options

Buy the one

Bridal gowns are made to order. After you have picked your dress give, the sales consultant your measurements. You will have to put down at least 50% as the deposit, and then rest after the dress is shipped to your home.