BUY­ING YOUR DREAM DRESS

The Herald Business - - The Gown -

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.

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