Finding the right dress for you

Finding the right dress

A common question asked by brides in a fitting, is how do I know when it is the ONE. With the choice and variety these days, finding your dress can be a difficult task. I’m sure it is more difficult to know which to fit yet alone which one to buy. Over the past 6 – 7 years the choice of dresses has more than doubled. 
Sometimes a bride will fit dress after dress and still not find the dress she is looking for. Others will fit 1-2 dresses and find the right one.

My friend is getting married shortly and fell in love with two dresses. In the end the final decision went down to a vote. The two dresses were totally different but equally beautiful. One being the type of dress she would never had even thought of trying on. She only put it on at my request- more just to humour me.

Some brides will come with a file they have had since they were 16, and saving all the ideas for their wedding. They give me a picture of a dress and that is the dress they want, they don’t care if they cant try it on. My six year old daughter saw this Ronald Joyce Dress in my shelves the other day and said mom this is the dress I’m going to wear when I get married.  So what happens often with these ladies, which I’m sure will happen to my daughter, even though I’m sure she will change her mind 100 times still, is this dream dress is no longer in manufacture, the designer discontinued the style 4 years ago.

You will find it eventually

 Don’t be afraid to fit styles that everyone tells you wont suit you. You never know one of them might be THE dress. I have dealt with so many brides that come in and said I love the big ballgowns but everyone says I’m too short for it. They might be right, it might not suit you but not because you are too short. We have had plenty of short brides that have worn the biggest of ballgowns and have looked stunning.  To see some of our past brides

So keep trying until you find the right dress, and once you find it, stop and buy it. We’ve had countless cases were brides find the dress at the first place and everyone tells them to keep trying other places. After months of shopping and the wedding date getting closer they come back and say that they want that dress they fitted 4 months ago. 95% of the times it has been sold. Sometimes they luckily and there is still time to order a new one in but a lot of the time there is not enough time. The bride ends up very unhappy.

 My best advice I can give you is to not leave your dress too late. We currently have so many brides only starting to look for their dresses within 3 months. These ladies have to take what we have in store as there is not enough time to order something in. Most brands take up to 4 month and some even a bit longer. This goes for your bridesmaids dresses as well. You don’t want to have to be paying extra rush options for something you could of just organised earlier.

In the end you will find the right dress. Whether it be a feeling you get, the look in your moms eyes, or maybe even down to the vote. When you find it, end the process of looking for it. Don’t get stresses when you feel you not coming right, the dress for you is just waiting somewhere. Let us help you in finding your dream dress

When to start shopping for your wedding dress

When to start shopping for your wedding dress. 

We are often asked when to start shopping for your wedding dress. Ideally I would recommend 7-10 months before your wedding date. However we do keep dresses in stock to purchase of the rack for the brides that don’t have as much time, as we are aware that not every bride has 7-10 months available to shop for a dress.

Why so long you might ask? Here are some reasons as to why we recommend this time frame:

  • Imported dresses take time to manufacture and arrive: Our imported designer dresses take 4-5 months to manufacture and arrive. We also have to take customs into account. Sometimes there is a hold up during the custom clearance process
  • Alterations needed to the dresses:  Most the dresses need to be altered to fit your body. It is in very rare circumstances that a dress is already 100% fitted to you. We like to start the alteration process around a month before the wedding, especially during our busier season.
  • Dresses being made locally: These generally need less time to get made. However we sometimes need extra time to source the perfect fabric. We will also need to do more fittings with you in order to get the dress perfect.
  • Other considerations: Getting your dresses sorted early will assist in one less thing to stress about.

Things to consider when dress shopping.

There are various things to keep in mind when shopping for your wedding dress, budget being an important one. Do your budget before you start shopping and be honest with yourself and your consultant. There is nothing more disappointing than falling in love with a dress only to realise you cannot afford it. Inform the people shopping with you of your budget and ask them to respect that, we often find bridesmaids insisting the bride fits dresses on, that are not in the price range, and they always say “just try it on for fun”, we get this so often, and in most cases the bride falls in love, and is disappointed when she cant afford it.

If you haven’t decided on a style, fit a few and see what works with your body. Often brides think a style will suit them ,but once they fit it, they find that something else looks better. And also some time brides think they wont suit a style but once they try it on they love it, so be open minded when shopping for your dress.

We don’t recommend taking too many people with you, as sometimes too many opinions can cause more confusion than help. Take a small group of close family or friends, people that will give you honest opinions but will respect that it is your day, and not try to run you down. Most our brides lately have come to the first fitting with 1-2 ladies (normally their mom), then once they have finalised the dress, or limited it to 1-2 dresses, then bring others for their opinions.

There are various factors to look out for when shopping for your dress:

  • Colours: Do you have a preference on colour: white, ivory, gold or are you open to adding other colours in.
  • Fabrics: Feel the different fabrics, a lot of ladies love bling, but once on that find it bothers them, or makes them red.
  • Train length: See what length you want your train, very long, no train at all.

Shopping for your dress should be a fun experience, however we do understand that is can be overwhelming at the same time. Take your time and enjoy the experience. If you unsure after your first fitting, make another appointment to come again. Do not try and fit too much in one fitting as you will find yourself confused.

There is no right or wrong, and if you fall in love with the first dress you fit, it is not uncommon, we often get this, and then the bride is confused, and feels she needs to fit more, which is also fine. Some brides find their dress after the first dress they put on; others take more time.