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Wedding dress shopping is as tedious as it is thrilling! But don’t be discouraged. You can improve your chances at finding “The Dress” quickly, when you plan well for your shopping trip.  The bridal experts suggest the following tips for brides who will soon begin their wedding dress search.

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Start your Wedding Dress shopping preparations early

Wedding dress shopping is one of the most time-consuming wedding tasks, as bridal dresses are special orders. Bridal salons place your order with the designer only after you purchase the dress. The designer can take up to six months to make your dress and send it to the boutique. You will then need three to four alteration sessions for the dress to fit perfectly. So, even if you fall in love with the first dress you try, it will take several months for the dress to actually be yours. We recommend that you allow at least six to nine months to get everything done on time and avoid rush charges.

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Plan your Wedding dress shopping budget first

You should have a clear idea of the maximum amount you can spend on your gown. Inform your bridal consultant of your budget and she will direct you to dresses in this price range. This will help you steer clear of gowns that are over-budget. Remember that accessories and alteration charges are additional expenses. So, plan your dress budget correctly and you can also avoid spending more than you intend to.

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Research well before you go wedding dress shopping

Before shopping, you should shortlist different dress styles and wedding dress features that appeal to you. For this, first identify your body shape and the dress silhouettes that flatter it. This guide on the Huffington Post will help you. ( Next, collect pictures of dresses you like from magazines and the internet and create an inspiration board. Shortlist your favorite styles and features based on this. This will give your consultant a good idea of what you want in your dress

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Shop with just one or two people

Shopping with a huge entourage will cause a lot of confusion. You may end up being overwhelmed by differing opinions and make a wrong decision. Avoid this by shopping only with those who can positively contribute to your shopping experience. Invite just one or two people whose opinions matter most to you. Save the big reveal to the rest for later. Or you can take them for one of your fitting sessions, after you have already made your dress decision.

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Don’t overlook the possibility of finding a great dress for less

Most bridal shops have clearance and discount sales at different times of the year. Sample sales and trunk shows are good options to save on your wedding dress shopping. Since these sales are usually used quickly sell off existing stock and make way for new collections, prices will be significantly slashed. So, keep your eyes open and you may be able to find a beautiful wedding gown for a reasonable price

Don’t plan your appointment when you are in a rush

Avoid shopping on a day when you are stressed or have other appointments. Unless you are relaxed, you won’t be able to enjoy the experience. Choose a good salon with dresses that fall within your budget and book an appointment in advance. Have it on a day when you can dedicate time to the task, and also when the salon isn’t too crowded.

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Trust your consultant

Wedding dress consultants are trained and experienced professionals in the field of bridal fashion. They are the right people to direct you towards the ideal wedding dress. Share your budget and ideas at the beginning of the appointment. Let your consultant use this information to pick dresses for you to try. Don’t be hesitant to try it on even if she shows you a dress you wouldn’t pick yourself. Bridal consultants know how a dress will drape on a body type. So, even if the dress lacks hanger appeal, chances are you will love it when it is worn.

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Make sure you feel comfortable in the dress you like

Not only will you be spending several hours in your wedding dress, you will also be dancing and walking around in it a lot. Choose a dress in the right size and with features that are comfortable. Also move around, sit and stand in it to see if it is comfortable in every way

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Stop looking when you find a dress that ticks most boxes

Don’t expect to feel emotional or out of breath when you find your dream wedding dress. Not all brides feel that way. The right gown will fit your budget and make you feel beautiful and confident. If you can envision yourself wearing it on the most special day in your life, look no further. Place your order for the dress and get on with the rest of your wedding plans.

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