Wedding Dress Shopping Tips for the 2015 Bridal Season
Congratulations are in order...
Are you ready to shop for your Bridal Gown? We would like to share a few tips to make your experience "stress-free" as possible:
Always make an advance appointment by calling the Bridal Salon of your choice(s). Limit your appointments to one a day or you will become overwhelmed. Be courteous and always contact the Salon to cancel/reschedule your appointment if you cannot keep it that day.
Always ask the Consultant you are working with if "photos" are allowed. Don't assume that they are at your appointment. You may not be allowed to take pictures of every dress you try on; only of the dress you have signed your Contract to order and have purchased. This is not uncommon, and don't act surprised if this occurs.
Do research prior to your appointment ahead . Establish your budget for your wedding dress, accessories, shoes, whatever you plan to wear on the day of your wedding. Alterations are never included in the cost of the dress. Beware of a salon that does.
Look at Bridal Magazines and online that are current with the newest fashion trends. Don't overlook the classic styles either. These are not "old fashioned", and popular styles are always IN fashion. Beware of shopping ONLINE as what you see, including the price is often deceiving. Shop at "Authorized Retailers" only.
Familiarize yourself with the fabrics used in the construction of wedding dresses. There are all kinds of laces, satins, and organza fabrics, including silk fabrics being used today. The more ornate the dress the more it's going to cost!
Bring someone you can trust who can help you make your decision to "say yes" to your dress. An entourage isn't necessary and can be discouraging. Keep children with a sitter that day.
An exceptional Bridal Salon will stock or can order any accessory, including belts, sashes, jackets, veils that will co-ordinate with your Wedding Dress thru the same manufacturer. Don't let them lead you on they cannot. If you wait too long, those items may become discontinued and you will be "disappointed." Buy everything you need at the same time. This saves you time and money long-term. If you loved it then, you will love it later.
Think about scheduling your appointment weekdays instead of the weekends when Salons are the busiest. If you have a day off during the weekday this is perfect for you! Take care of your shopping and get it done and move on to the next step..like selecting your Bridesmaids dresses.
One final tip...shop for your dress when you are ready to make your purchase. You do not establish your budget for your wedding dress by booking appointments with Consultants . Have your engagement ring, venue , Celebrant, Priest, Rabbi, ect., Bridesmaids selected, including your wedding date selected, then start looking for your wedding dress. Be organized with your time and start early.
We hope these few tips make your search a lot easier and fun!
Contact us for your appointment today!
We are here to HELP!
Collezione Fortuna Fashion Boutique and Bridals
Su Vecino Courtyard, Lincoln Bet. 5th. and 6th.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
Store hours- Monday, 11AM-4PM, Tuesday, closed, Wednesday-Saturday, 11AM-6PM, Sunday, 11:30AM-4PM