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How to Shop for a Wedding Dress

Are you on the hunt for an amazing wedding gown? Or do you know a budding Bridezilla in need of advice? Follow these expert tips from the Frockers to help on your quest for the perfect dress! 

  • Wear appropriate undergarments – would shapewear help when you try a strapless gowns? 
  • Don't wear makeup / fake tan– these can stains the dress
  • Bring the shoes – so you can check the length
  • Bring any photos/ideas of what you are looking for – the designers may have something similar in stock
  • Bring that favourite brooch or necklace that you would like to build dress around
  • Who do you bring?  Anyone who makes you feel good, supportive, people whose opinion you value.  Not too many people – too many opinions can confuse the situation. Two or three people is about right.
  • Bring an open mind – Try on everything the consultant suggests – you may be surprised what suits you and looks great
  • Share your wedding ideas with your consultant – They may be able to help suggest styles that will suit your location, budget and enhance the atmosphere you’re trying to create
  • Remember your body changes shape throughout the day – You’re a bit more swollen at the end of a day, after a meal, or if you have your period
  • Have a budget in mind – The costs of a dress can vary depending on the type of fabric used.. and the quality of lace, beading etc.  You may be able to find a dress you love – but have it made in an alternate fabric to suit your budget.
  • Make an appointment – The staff can allocate time to go through all your needs – this is usually 1 hour
  • If you make an appointment – Keep it! Or let the shop know you can’t make it – so another keen bride can fill the appointment
  • Bring your diary – upcoming appointments can mostly be scheduled in advance
  • Stores are usually quieter during the week
  • Keep in mind the bridal timeline – a dress can take up to 9 months to make
  • Don’t pick up the dress too early if you are 
  • Don’t shop too early – more than a year out means it is too far out to start taking measurements..  
  • If you are planning to lose weight – have realistic expectations: if you are still losing weight close to your wedding, this will make it more difficult to fit the gown correctly… try and maintain
  • Remember – no photos allowed.  This is the designers work.. and it’s not fair to steal their ideas and ask someone else to make it
  • Dresses can be customized in many different ways – from types of fabrics, laces to the amount and style of beading – don’t be afraid to talk through options with your consultant.
  • It pays to be nice!

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