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When it comes to finding your perfect wedding dress, there are countless styles and designs to choose from in a bridal salon. With so many options available, how do you go about narrowing it down and finding the dress that’s just right for you?

One of a bride’s first decisions is what type of wedding she wants to have. Will it be a formal wedding or a more casual wedding? Your dress will set the tone for the entire day and can be quite an undertaking, especially if you are unsure of what you want. Not only do you need to find a style that flatters your figure, but you also need to consider the venue, time of year, and other factors. So here are a few tips to get started.

Pin Before Booking

If you’re like most brides, you’ve probably already started pinning gowns to your Pinterest Board. And if you’re looking for a unique, offbeat wedding dress, Pinterest can be your best friend. You’ll find everything from gorgeous ballgowns to sleek sheaths to sexy slinky numbers. So take a look at the hottest pins before booking your appointment to get inspired!

Order Your Wedding Dress Early

If you are a bride-to-be, you’re probably wondering when you should order your wedding gown. Of course, the answer is sooner rather than later. That way, you’ll have plenty of time to pick out the perfect dress and make any necessary alterations. Plus, if you order your gown early, it will let you have the opportunity to have your portraits done earlier rather than being rushed.

expert seamstress performing alterations at the white room birmingham

Expect Wedding Dress Alterations

Speaking of alterations, having an expert do your alterations can make all the difference in how your gown looks on your big day. Here are just a few reasons why in-house alterations are so significant:

  • You will get to know the seamstress working on your gown.
  • You and the seamstress will develop a relationship, and you will trust them to handle any last-minute changes or fixes that need to happen.
  • They know your dress inside and out.
  • Leave the alterations to the experts and relax and enjoy your big day!

Limit Your Dress Design Opinions…at Least at First

Whatever you do, do not bring too many opinions to your wedding dress shopping appointment! As soon as you walk into the salon, a whirlwind of dresses will be coming at you. Your consultant will have expert advice on what looks great on you, but in the end, it’s up to you to find the dress that makes you feel like a bride. So don’t stress out if everyone else is pushing for something different – trust your instincts, and let yourself fall in love with the gown that speaks to your heart. Of course, there might be some family or friends who are opinionated (or just plain nosy) but try not to let them get under your skin.

It’s your day, so trust yourself and make decisions based on what you are feeling inside. We find it’s best to bring Mom and sisters – just the people who know you best. Leave the reveal with your bridesmaids until the wedding day.

bride to be after ordering her wedding dress

If you feel overwhelmed by all of the gown choices out there, don’t worry! We can help. Follow our Pinterest Board for inspiration, or go to our designer page and then come in for your appointment with an idea of what you want. And remember, don’t wait too long to order – alterations take time.

Finally, try to keep your entourage small; too many opinions can be confusing. But, trust us, our goal is to make sure you look and feel your best on your big day. Have any other questions? Let us know in the comments below, or give us a call – we love to chat about all things bridal!