BUYING YOUR DREAM DRESS
Try to shop during the week, not the weekend. It will be less busy and staff more helpful.
If you’re on a tight budget, avoid gowns with ornate beading or lace and choose a simple headpiece and veil. And consider a white bridesmaid dress, they’re usually cheaper.
Keep an open mind. Few people are used to wearing elaborate gowns, so try lots of styles, even if you don’t think they will suit you. Certain styles work best on certain body types and experienced staff will guide you. It’s worth listening to their advice.
Once you think you’ve found your dress, think it over for a day or so. Once bought, few shops would take it back.
Almost all wedding dresses need alterations. Altered correctly, you should be able to move comfortably with everything staying in place. It can be simple, like taking in the waist, or more complex, such as shortening sleeves.
Most brides have at least two fittings. Schedule them when you buy your gown. More may be necessary, so leave plenty of time. Also, ask for a written alterations estimate, as this service is not always included in the cost. If the store doesn't do alterations, ask the salesperson you’ve worked with to recommend someone.
Find out exactly when your dress will come in and pay with a credit card – in the unlikely event something does go wrong.