Maybe you have gone to every bridal boutique in the area and have found nothing. Maybe you found that perfect dress browsing online and nothing else can compare. Or maybe you are a budget-savvy bride and know that buying a dress online is often more affordable than going to a shop in-person. Whatever the reason, buying a wedding dress online can be a great option or a complete disaster. Reading through these tips before you attempt online wedding dress shopping will assure you do not encounter a bridal disaster.
Before you buy a gown online, go to a bridal store and have a dress expert find your size. David’s Bridal is an easy store to go to just to find your size. The salespeople aren’t too pushy and will explain everything about wedding dress sizes. They will direct you to the area of the store full of your dress size.
Make sure to pick out dresses to try on that are a similar style to what you are looking for, even if it is not the perfect dress. You might even change your mind on a style once you see it on your body. When you go to try on dresses, make sure you write down your wedding dress size and the size and type you will need for undergarments that go with that dress style.
Make sure you order your gown (and bridesmaids gowns) well before the wedding. Your wedding dress should be ordered six to nine months before the wedding date so you have time for returns, exchanges, and alterations. Bridesmaids dresses should be ordered at least six months in advance of your wedding. If you don’t have that much time until your wedding date, order your dress as soon as possible.
It is okay if you order a gown online and end up changing your mind. Most online shops will have an exchange and return policy because they understand that buying online is difficult. Understand, however, that you may be charged a restocking fee depending on the website.
If you are worried about missing out on the “say yes to the dress” moment, don’t be! When you try on gowns to find our size, you will get the traditional boutique experience. When your gown comes in, host a reveal party with your bridesmaids, mom, fiance’s mom, and any other girlfriends you want to invite. Pop the champagne and reveal your dress in style!
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