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Finding the Perfect GownWedding Pointers from a Pro
by Malauney Bourne
Here are some pointers from the professionals that will help in the search for that perfect gown.
1. Look through some bridal magazines to get a general idea of what you want. The more you can tell the consultant about your likes and dislikes, the better chance you have of finding your dream gown.
2. Start early! Most gowns take between 4-6 months to order in the correct size and colour. The sooner you start shopping the better.
3. Be honest about your budget at the beginning. Don't run the risk of falling in love with something you could not possibly afford.
4. Take only 1 or 2 people with you. It is easier to shop without a crowd.
5. Avoid shopping on a Saturday if at all possible. Phone the bridal salon and ask when the least busiest time of the week is. You will receive more personal service and will not have to wait on a dressing room or consultant.
6. Don't be afraid of trying something different. Often, a Bride will fall in love with a gown she would never have picked off the rack.
7. Trust the consultant. She sees hundreds of brides and has a pretty good sense about what would look good on you the minute you walk through the door. But, don't be afraid to say no if you don't like a gown. Tell her specifically what it is you do or do not like about the gown. This will help both of you find exactly what you want.
8. Don't be afraid to try on sleeveless gowns. Less than 10 percent of gowns available today have sleeves. But, I have had many Brides come in and buy a sleeveless gown and have sleeves added from extra material ordered from the manufacturer.
9. Use an experienced seamstress. Ask how long the person has been doing bridal sewing and make sure you have explained exactly what you need before signing an agreement with the seamstress. This will prevent heartache and the extra expense of a ruined gown.
10. Ask around. Find out where your friends and family purchased their wedding gowns. Asking about the service and selection will save you a lot of time making wasted trips.
11. Remember it is YOUR wedding gown, not your mothers, not your best friends. Don't be pressured into a gown just because they like it better. You are the one who need to wear it and feel like a Bride.
12. Shopping for your wedding gown can and should be a fun and exciting experience. Take pictures so you can remember the fun times for years to come.
Malauney Bourne is a Bridal Consultant in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. You may contact the her at firstname.lastname@example.org.