One of the most exciting steps of wedding planning is wedding dress shopping! Who wouldn't love playing dress up for one of most important days of their life? As thrilling as the process can be, it can also be overwhelming. We have three tips to keep in mind to keep the process as smooth as it should be whether you are looking for one dress, two, or even three!
Have A Budget in Mind
Make sure you have a budget in mind plus 30% extra for alterations. Whether you are prioritizing your budget or prioritizing your dress, a budget is a great first factor in narrowing down a selection. Wedding gown retailers have hundreds, if not thousands of choices - a clear budget will start you in the right direction!
Some dresses take months just to get in stock! Some brides end up creating a custom gown with different elements, some gowns require lengthy production times or need a surplus of time for a variety of alterations. If you're purchasing multiple gowns, the time should only be increased to make sure all of your pieces come together. The last thing you want is to be stressed that your dress won't be ready on time, so fight the procrastination and knock this out early! You'll be so happy and relieved that you did.
Decide if the dress will be floor length without bustling, visualize whether you want a train that will need bustling, or consider whether you want to purchase or rent a second dress for dancing all together! Be sure to have a designated person from the wedding attend your alternation appointments to learn how to bustle your dress if needed. Take videos of the process and make sure they're comfortable with the steps prior to the wedding day. On wedding day itself, have a crochet hook handy as these are incredibly helpful for those tiny buttons and loops!
Our team is full of great advice and tips and we'd love to share with you how we can be a part of your special day :)
Photography & Videography: Nicole Sepulveda Photography
Planning, Coordination, Design, Piano & Gift Bags: Tan Weddings & Events
Venue & Catering: CIA Greystone Calistoga Ranch
Florals: Scarlett & Grace
HMUA: Jenn V Beauty
Dress: Vera Wang
Tux: Tom Ford
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