But what do you do when you just can't seem to find 'the one' for you? If you are tall and slim, you could wear just about anything, and still look wonderful. Sadly it is not so easy when you are either short, hourglass shaped, or even pear shaped, or over a size 16 (uk). Some Brides choose to have bespoke wedding dresses, but a custom made wedding gown may come at a premium price. Some brides are in the fortunate position of knowing someone who can make the dress for them and others seek to have the dress made in the Far East. Having the dress made in China or some other country has its pit falls and you should consider ensuring the dress arrives, a good two or three month, before your wedding. Although, in the past there have been negative stories of purchase from e-bay, my personal recommendation is e-bay is the safest way to buy such an item from the Far East. This is because if there is a dispute or poor workmanship when paying with PayPal on eBay the buyer has financial protection.
The Dress Comes First – Though it could go both ways, the style and theme of your Wedding Dress should follow the theme you desire for your Wedding Day, or vice versa. Some couples select the Wedding Day theme earlier than the selection of the Wedding Dress, as a result of this; they make the Wedding Gown match the theme they've chosen. However for some people, the choice of the Dress comes first, and the theme of the Wedding Day follows the Wedding Dresses theme. So if there is a Wedding Dress that catches the bride's imagination and is heavily beaded and formal, then the theme for the Wedding Day is usually formal. If the bride picks a less formal Wedding Gown, then it can be said that the Wedding Day may be less formal.
There are many common mistakes brides make when they come wedding dress shopping – often because they are underprepared or unwilling to think beyond the ideal vision that they have in their head. But wedding dress shopping needn't be stressful, or fruitless, or time-consuming. Here are our top 10 mistakes that brides make when shopping for a wedding dress – try to avoid these and you should be fine!
Definitely enjoy browsing wedding magazines, but keep in mind your own budget, taste and figure. Too many of those dresses in magazines can actually only be worn by the anorexic thirteen-year-olds modeling them. Also beware of knock-offs or imitations of expensive wedding dresses in a magazine. They are often poorly fitted, badly sewn, and made of cheap, synthetic material. They might look alright on the mannequin in the shop, but they won't look good on you in natural light.
Shopping too early (or too late!). Shopping too late is less of a concern for shopping at wedding dress factory outlets, for example, as these dresses don't need to be made from scratch for you, but you should still aim to leave enough time for any alterations. As for shopping too early, you really need to at least have the wedding date booked, and preferably the venue, as both of these decisions will influence what style of dress you choose. Also, if you aren't ready to make the purchase, you could fall in love with a dress that isn't available when you have the money ready.
Online sites such as Bravo Bride and Once Wed are another great resource. They specialize in bringing brides together to buy and sell wedding dresses. These online marketplaces let brides who no longer want their dress to post on there and sell it at deep discounts to new brides looking to find one. They will often include lengthy descriptions of how the dress looks with lots of pictures so the buyer has enough information to make a purchasing decision.
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