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What to ask when wedding dress shopping

Have you always dreamed of owning a custom-made wedding dress? Perhaps you wish to purchase your wedding dress off the rack? Or you’re considering buying a pre-loved gown? Every single one of these options is a completely different shopping experience. Regardless of which you choose, there are several issues and some questions the bride-to-be should always ask before purchasing her bridal dress.

When is the right time to start shopping for my wedding gown?

A lot of brides wonder when they can start looking for their dream bridal gown. More times than not, a couple will be engaged for anywhere between 18 months to two years before they tie the knot. So, there is plenty of time to track down your favourite wedding dress designer, order a custom-made gown or try on lots of different styles to find the exact fit for your body type and budget. But the real trick is, don’t start too early! Chances are you may lose or gain weight, find a bridal dress more suitable down the track, or end up with wedding dress shopping fatigue. On the other hand, if you start shopping too late, you may not have enough time to find your ideal wedding dress. So, start looking at least nine to 12 months before your wedding day. This will ensure you have enough time for alterations or a custom-made wedding gown.

How do I know which style of wedding gown best suits my body type?

The only way to find out if a design suits your figure is to try it on. You’re best-off walking into a bridal shop with no preconceived ideas. That way you can take the advice from an expert. Trust me, they fit hundreds of brides-to-be every single year. Quite often they know what will work and what won’t before you even try the first wedding dress on. The final choice is yours though and you don’t have to go with their suggestion, but they’re generally spot-on with their advice, so at least give it a go.

Do I need to save for wedding gown alterations?

You’re always best to tuck a little extra money aside just in case. There’s nothing worse than finding your dream wedding dress, only to store it for 12 months, then to find it no longer fits. Alterations aren’t generally included in the price of your wedding gown. Depending on what level of alternations you need, expect to pay up to several hundred additional dollars. However, if you opt for a custom-made wedding dress, there won’t be any alterations, therefore, everything should be included in the final price.

Do you wish to make a bridal booking with Brides and Bloom?

Has your bridal gown shopping day finally arrived? Phone Brides and Bloom at (08) 82 60 3266 to have us arrange your bridal consultation today. We’re conveniently located at shop 2/42-48 Garden Terrace, Mawson Lakes. Or feel free to email your inquiry to . You can also find our impressive range of wedding gowns online.

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