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I recently caught up with Veronica who married her husband, Russell, last November. They had a traditional ceremony at a chapel in York followed by an open air reception at Faversham House in York. Their memories were captured beautifully by Jimmy and Shona of Izo Photography.
I know, we all like to dream and it would be really nice to look at every designer gown imaginable but you will be helping yourself by setting a budget early on. From what I’ve read, a good guide to what is ‘normal’ to spend on a wedding dress is somewhere between 5 to 15% of your budget. For some women it can be more if they decide to spend less on other wedding items.
This will then help you to select the wedding dress shops that you’d like to visit. When you find a wedding dress shop that you are interested in visiting, check their website to see if they list a price range or ask when you enquire if they have gowns within your price range. This will save you a lot of time and disappointment. It is a much better feeling to go shopping when you know you can purchase the gowns you are looking at!
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Purchase a couple of bridal mags, browse through some bridal blogs and spend some time on Pinterest. Start to get an idea of what you like and what you think might suit your body shape and personality. It is very easy to get carried away, when brides come into my studio with lots of inspiration, I ask them to show me their 3 ‘must have’ details. We will work with these details initially and then finalise the design as we go.
The dress is one of first things you start thinking about when you start planning the big day but it is a good idea to set a date and book your venue before starting the hunt for the perfect wedding dress. The time of year that you get married and where you decide to get married can definitely have an effect on the style of wedding dress that you choose for your wedding day.
Brides order their wedding gowns anywhere between 6 to 18 months before their wedding. If you are getting married in the busier months it is a good idea to confirm your dress as soon as possible. If you’d like to have a dress made, you will need to allow 6 months for this process.
It might surprise you but it’s common practice to make an appointment with bridal stores, it is especially necessary for more exclusive boutiques or ‘made-to-measure’ designers. Making an appointment will ensure that you get the attention you deserve.
Whilst it’s lovely to have support of all your bridesmaids, sisters, sister-in-laws and mother/mother-in-law. It is a good idea to limit the number of people you take with you when you go wedding dress shopping. I suggest that you give everyone the opportunity but limit it to two or three people at a time, anymore than this and you will feel overwhelmed by everybody’s different opinions and styles. You need to feel like you on your wedding day so do what makes you feel comfortable. I encourage you to try and keep focused on your own style and personality when trying on wedding gowns.