• Carole

When to start shopping for your wedding dress!

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Happy New Year and a huge congrats to all the newly engaged brides to be. Such exciting times ahead for you with all the wedding preparations. One of the most popular questions we get asked by brides to be is 'When should you start shopping for your wedding dress'?

It's definitely one of the most fun parts of the wedding plans and such a lovely memory to make with your nearest and dearest, choosing the most important dress of your life!

So we thought we'd share some our insights and advice with you gals on when we think is the ideal time go shopping for your dream dress.

We normally recommend around one year before your wedding is the most ideal time to go shopping for your wedding dress but our ultimate advice is to go when the time feels right for you. Everyone is different and some girls like to be super organised and ensure they aren't under any time pressures when choosing their dress. It also means they can be organised about other aspects then such as their accessories and bridesmaids dresses.

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Some wedding dress brands can take up to eight months to arrive in store. Remember you will need to leave plenty of time for alterations before your wedding on top of this so shopping a year in advance allows you to have plenty of time for alterations and doesn’t limit your options from brands you can look at. Most of the wedding dress brands we stock take considerably less than this to arrive in, but shopping at the year mark ensures you have full choice.

The latest wedding dress designs for the following year will be in the boutiques at this stage too. Most of our spring/ summer for 2020 brides have already arrived in store. (Super exciting!) Although there isn’t a considerable difference between seasons for wedding dresses, its always nice to see the latest collections and emerging trends.

All brides are different and go with your gut feeling about what is right for you. Some brides are super organised and like to get their dress sorted as early as possible as they will stress about this closer to the time. The sooner you pick your wedding dress, the sooner it is in store and the more organised everything can be takes the stress out of those final weeks, reassured everything is perfect with your gown. We have brides that chose their gown 2 years in advance for this reason.

Other brides worry about committing to a dress too early and are worried they will see something else in the meantime. This is fine too, just remember though that gowns can be discontinued or the sample can be sold off so if you love a dress, be sure to keep in touch with the boutique. You will know which will be best for you- if you’d like to have it picked so you aren’t stressing about it or if you’d like more time to ensure you’ve seen everything before deciding.

Essense Wedding Dress

Finally, keep an eye out for events and designer trunk shows that might be happening that you'd like to go to also. We've lots of fun wedding dress experiences coming up over the next few weeks- keep an eye out for these on our snapchat, instagram and facebook pages. We'll be launching our exclusive new 'Say Yes Experience' and 'Frose Fridays' (which we can't wait for!) along with curvy bride events and much more!

We'll also share our Bridal Shopping Tips over the next few weeks on our blog, be sure to pop back for these!

And always remember, if you have an individual question or query, always feel free to get in touch, we are more than happy to help wherever we can! You can also make an appointment to come see us here.

Happy Planning!

Carole xx

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