Happy New Year from Perfect Bridal!
All of us here at Perfect Bridal hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and a safe and happy New Year celebration! Perhaps you have become engaged over this holiday season, and we would like to let you know that we are here to help you with your wedding gown, bridesmaid’s dresses, a gown for your mom, and even pretty dresses for your flower girls!
First, decide when you and your Fiancé would like to get married. After you’ve chosen a time frame, you can then let your consultant know how much time there is to work with. Bridal gowns can take up to six months to come in, and you will need to allow six to eight weeks for any alterations that you might need as well. Keep in mind that summertime and early fall are the most popular seasons for weddings, and that bridal gown designers and seamstresses alike may experience longer production and wait times due to heavy demand during this time of the year!
It may also be helpful to have a venue in mind (even if you have not completely booked one yet). Are there any special considerations to take note of when selecting your bridal gown? For example, might you be getting married in a church, on a beach, or perhaps in a garden? Will it be warm weather outdoors, a chilly winter or late fall wedding, or in a temperature controlled ballroom? Specific details about your potential venue may help in narrowing down what details of your wedding gown might be perfect for you and your wedding, such as how long the train might be, whether it is satin or chiffon, or even what silhouette might work best for you. Of course, there isn’t anything to say you cannot wear a ballgown on the beach, or a satin dress in the summertime- so feel free to choose whatever your heart desires!
When you head into your first bridal appointment, try to bring along any inspiration you might have seen in your wedding research- any clippings from magazines, photos from shop windows and Pinterest boards can be helpful in showing your consultant what you’d like to look like on your wedding day! Also, having an open mind and some imagination will help here too. Bridal shops usually only receive one sample of each style in a size between 10 and 16 to work with for all of the brides who come in- so the sample dress might not fit you perfectly. However, rest assured, your consultant should be able to work with you and the sample to give you the idea of what it might look like in your size. It’s also helpful to bring anything else you might wear on your wedding day, such as a strapless bra, any special undergarments (like Spanx body shapers), and high heels to help you get an idea of what your gown will look and feel like for you.
When you order your wedding gown from PerfectBridal, we will also include a free veil or headpiece from BelAire bridal to help you complete your look (up to $200 value!). Also our wedding gowns ship for free to Continental US addresses, and we will not charge sales tax for gowns shipped to addresses outside California, as of January 2013.
After you’ve said yes to your dress, it is time to imagine what everyone else might look like for your event. Bridesmaid’s dresses, mother’s gowns and flower girls can all take up to four months to come in, depending on the season, so make sure to plan ahead! It may also be helpful for your bridesmaids and/or mom to wear similar undergarments to what they might wear on your wedding day if going to a salon to try on the dresses before you order. We have great prices here at PerfectBridal for your wedding party and many designers ship for free to Continental US addresses. Please feel free to give us a call at 1.888.88.DRESS to ask one of our consultants if you have questions about these offers.