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Make an appointment at a store that catches your eye and heart when you’re ready to try gowns on. While there’s nothing wrong with popping into a bridal shop, you will have a better opportunity (and experience!) for trying anything on when people are available to assist you through an appointment time. Bridal shops can get extremely busy on weekends, so if you are able to visit or make an appointment for a weekday then you may well be given more time and better service.
And the drumroll for the dreaded word….da da da….BUDGET. Your budget is your budget and it’s entirely up to you on where you draw the boundary line for going over or under…but do come up with an estimated amount and make sure your consultant/assistant is aware of your range before she shows you options…and before you fall head over heels for your dream dress to later find out its’ triple than the price you plan on paying! Some bridal stores will offer the option of installment paying. So do remember to ask if they offer this service.
Also, keep alternation costs in mind. The standard size you order will be bigger than you expect…and then altered to fit you perfectly.
Adapt the perspective that this is the one single day in your life that is worth spending for, whether you choose to spend a fortune on your gown or not. Spending a considerable amount on a dress that you fall in love with is fine…don’t compromise your dreams and wishes… and do this while maintaining a healthy balance between budget ranges in mind.
MONITOR your Mood
To best do this, make sure you are healthy in your mind, body, and spirit. The quickest way to balance and/or boost your mood, is through nutrition…the foods you eat. This is so significant…and is definitely not the time to be starving your self on a way-too-strict diet.
And don’t skip meals on the days you go to fittings because you think that will make it easier for you to squeeze into that teeny tiny sample size. You need to try dresses on at the size you actually are!
This is not the time for fainting from malnutrition or dehydration, so bring some snacks and water along with you while you shop. You will be on your feet for long periods of time in sometimes hot and stuffy environments…so you will need your energy, patience, and cooperation. Dress shopping can be exhausting…and you don’t want to get grumpy from being hungry or fatigued from not being properly hydrated– this is not the best mood to be in when you’re searching for your dream dress.
See the next article “How to shop for a dress” on what, and who, to bring along with you while you shop to enrich your experience even further.