1.       Shopping for a dress too early or too late
Congratulations your engaged! Before your start to look for your gown think about where you want to get married.  A beach wedding calls for an entirely different dress than a big church wedding.  Give yourself plenty of time to find, order, and alter your dress. “The date is needed for us to ensure that proper delivery and alterations can be done in a timely manner prior to the wedding.  Also, some bridal salons require appointments and often book up far in advance, so you’ll probably need to schedule extra time just to get in to try anything on. If you leave it too late your choices will be limited to off the rack gowns or you will have to pay expensive rush fees ( if the designer allows it) The average time is 20 weeks to order a gown.

2.  Being unrealistic about your budget
 you know how much you have to spend on a dress. But have you considered the cost of alterations. Factor all of these in to the cost of your dress and let your bridal consultant know your budget and be honest about your budget. A good consultant will never try to oversell. You do not want to try a gown on that is not affordable as this only leads to disappointment.  Make sure your expectations match your budget, otherwise look at sale gowns if you have a smaller budget, sale gowns have usually only been tried on a few times, sometimes never and are quite often marked below cost price.

3. Bringing too many (or the wrong) people shopping                                               
Try not to bring an entourage when shopping for your wedding gown, yes it sounds like fun to model gowns for your bridesmaids, mum, granny, auntie, cousins and friends  but more people means more conflicting opinions. You want one or two trusted people who you can rely on to be honest and constructive. 

Sometime it best just to bring mum and or your best friend first, then bring in back-up once you’ve narrowed down your options. You do not want to be the bride on the “Say Yes to the Dress’ programs where there are many tears because you love your dress and the “friends don’t agree. It your special day, not theirs.
4.   Being narrow minded about your style
It’s quite OK to have a dress style or two in mind, however remember a wedding gown is a totally different gown to anything you may have worn before. Though as amazing as that mermaid gown looks on one bride, it might not work for you if you don’t have the same kind of figure.  Do not be afraid to try on silhouettes that are outside of your comfort zone. You may live in A-line dresses year-round, but a ball gown or empire-waist dress might just be the one that makes you feel like a princess. Trust your bridal consultant to guide you.

5.       Letting it all hang out:
“Please wear the proper undergarments! Brides seem to forget that they will be changing in front of a stranger, so (under)dress accordingly Remember, bridal gown shopping isn’t like a regular trip to the store where you head to a private fitting room. Your consultant — and your trusted companions — will probably be in there with you. So, don’t give them more of an eyeful than decency allows! Please wear your undies

And The Veil Bridal
Suite 1/ 283 Old Geelong Road Hoppers Crossing
Ph.: 8742 2115   email: andtheveil@yahoo.com.au
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