10 TIPS | THE GOWN
Our top 10 tips you need to know before making your first appointment.
1 | YOUR BUDGET
Don’t waste time trying on gowns that are out of your budget; you will only be left disappointed. Remember your gown budget does not always include alterations or taxes and shipping, if you are purchasing overseas. You need to also factor in the cost of your veil, shoes and jewellery, which can add up quickly.
2 | START EARLY
You will need at least six to nine months for your gown to be produced. Anything under six months and you may have to pay a rush fee. Custom gowns may require more time so start looking at least twelve months before. Why does it take so long? Designers can be working on anywhere between 20-100 client gowns at a time and you are added to the production line once you have confirmed your purchase.
3 | DRESS CODE
You need to consider your dress code and any religious restrictions when shopping for your gown.
4 | RESEARCH
Look at your venue for inspiration, the season and time of day you are getting married to help narrow down your style. If you love a particular designer, find out if they are having a Trunk Show as you will have the full collection to choose from. Trunk Shows often promote a discount if you purchase on the day, so have your finances in place to take advantage of the promotion.
5 | BOOK IN ADVANCE
If a boutique carries your favourite designer, that’s not a guarantee they will have the exact gown you want to try on. If you contact the boutique in advance they can usually call in a sample of the gown direct from the designer. This is an exciting moment for you, so be sure to book an appointment and don’t just walk in. Most stores will try and accommodate if you don’t have a prior appointment, however it is best to schedule ahead of time as it guarantees you a thirty-minute to full hour appointment.
6 | BE OPEN MINDED
Not every gown has hanger appeal. If the stylist makes some recommendations you’re not sure of, don’t eliminate them at first glance. It is possible to fall for a gown you didn’t think you’d like or ever want.
7 | THE RIGHT TIME
Avoid a Saturday appointment as they are always the busiest. You should consider a mid week appointment as it is more likely the boutique will be less crowded.
8 | THE FIT
Planning on losing weight before the big day? This is often a common goal for brides wanting to arrive at the altar looking their best. It’s important to be realistic about your expectations. When having measurements taken for your gown, make sure you select the size to fit your current size. It is easier to have a gown taken in without affecting the design, while it is a lot more difficult to take out, sometimes impossible, depending on the gown. You can request to have re measurements taken closer to your wedding date, however not all boutiques allow this so be sure to check with them first.
9 | BE PREPARED
Most boutiques will have heels and a slip on-hand for you to try on with the gowns; you should still come prepared with your own heels, nude bra and underwear.
10 | THE FINE PRINT
Read the contract carefully to make sure the size, colour, customisations, delivery and wedding date are correct.
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