When and how to shop for a wedding dress ?

When and how to shop for a wedding dress ?

When and how to shop for your wedding dress ? Where to start and when ? How to make shopping for your wedding dress enjoyable and unforgettable ?

Some brides are both excited and stressed to find their dress. “How is my fitting going to go ? Who should come with me ? How many boutiques do I need to visit and how many dresses do I need to try on to find THE RIGHT one ?”. These are all questions that can be confusing and, if you are not well prepared, it can make shopping experience for your wedding dress less enjoyable than you have imagined and dreamed of for many years.

Determined to help you experience the YES to the most magical dress there is, we reveal our INCONTRODUCTIVE tips and tricks for a happy and serene wedding dress shopping experience.

As an expert in wedding dresses, and having accompanied hundreds of brides in this important choice, we promise you that our advice will make all the difference. Well-kept secrets that will allow you to make YOUR choice and find THE dress of your dreams in all simplicity and tranquility. A great way to start planning your wedding!

You are wondering how the appointment will go and when to store for your dream wedding dress? Dont’ panic ! As always, Dream it yourself gives you its tips and advice to make your dress fitting a UNIQUE souvenir! It’s time to find out when and how to shop for your wedding dress : 

When to start fittings ?

We recommend that you shop for your wedding dress 8 to 12 months before the wedding date. This way, you will have time to choose your dress serenely while respecting the creation time frame (generally count 6 months for the creation of your dress and 2 months for your alterations). Shopping for your wedding dress at the last minute will force you to make compromises because some models will no longer be available as custom-made. It would be a shame to have to make a default choice because of the delays. 

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Who to choose to accompany me ?

We recommend that you come ideally accompanied by 3 people.  Choosing your wedding dress is a step rich in emotion. Having the impressions of those you love is important BUT having too many opinions is sometimes unsettling. Come accompanied by people who will be able to think about you, your style and your desires and who will not influence you with their personal tastes. For those who won’t be there? Keep the surprise for them! It will be even more beautiful. 

Is it necessary to make an appointment?

In most stores, and even more so at DREAM IT YOURSELF, you must make an appointment in advance for your wedding dress fitting. This step allows our team to privatize a showroom just for you and offer you a 100% personalized experience! Don’t just show up unexpectedly! Reservation is imperative in all stores that offer high quality service. 

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How will the appointment take place?

At DREAM IT YOURSELF, and once the day of the fitting, you will meet the consultant who will accompany you in the choice of your dress. You will discuss together the style of your wedding, your desires, your inspirations. Don’t hesitate to show her your Pinterest boards for example. 

From this, your consultant will select the cuts and styles that you will like and that will be the most flattering for your silhouette.  

It is important to express yourself during your fitting, don’t be shy! Dare to say things. If you don’t like a dress or on the contrary if you have a real crush, say so. You can also ask your family and friends for their opinion on that day, if you need help in your choice.

For the “YES” to the dress, we will pop the champagne with you to celebrate this step! Your consultant will take your measurements in order to order your dress in the right size. A deposit will be required in order to validate your order. A few months later, when your dress arrives at the Showroom, we will schedule a new appointment where you will meet our dressmaker. You will then be able to discuss with her about the necessary alterations (especially the hem of your skirt which is a must). It is the ideal moment to discuss the accessories and possibly the veil you plan to wear on the D-day! The balance of your dress will be asked to you at this time. 

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Which dress to choose and how to be sure it’s “THE” right one?

During your appointment with the counselor, she will ask you different questions about your wedding, style, atmosphere, location… But also about your personality and your “everyday” style, to find a dress that you like and in which you feel yourself! More than a question of aesthetics, your wedding dress should not be a disguise. You must feel beautiful, unique and comfortable.

Of course we always dare more when it comes to the dress of a day! If you want a train or a plunging neckline go ahead without hesitation. As long as you feel that this dress looks like you, you will not be disappointed of your choice!
Choose a dress that will make you feel beautiful in your wedding photos, even years later.

Who pays for the wedding dress ?

Nowadays, there are not really any rules anymore. It depends on each couple and each family. However, traditionally, the bride’s parents cover the cost of the dress and accessories. But again there is no code to follow and many brides pay for their dress themselves and count this expense in their wedding budget. 

Which accessories to choose with your dress?

First of all, prioritize the choice of your wedding dress. Accessories will follow! Maybe you have some family jewels you want to wear on the D-day? You haven’t tried on your hairstyle yet? The right option is to wait until you have your key inspirations (hairstyle, makeup, desires, color of your wedding ring…) before making your accessory choices!

When you are ready to choose your accessories, opt for jewelry that works with your dress, that looks like you and that sublimates you without stealing the spotlight !

To help you in the choice of your accessories, you can be inspired by our IGTV 1 look, 1 dress, for the D-day.  

At DREAM IT YOURSELF, we also propose specific and privatized appointments only for the choice of accessories (head jewelry, hairpins, jackets, lingerie, earrings, backless necklace, everything is POSSIBLE!). A good way to be guided by an expert and make sure to have a harmonious whole on the D-day. 

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