When to Start Wedding Dress Shopping & What to Bring
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When to Start Wedding Dress Shopping & What to Bring

Congratulations, brides to be! Your big day will be here before you know it, so it’s crucial to set apart enough time to find the perfect dress. Knowing when the perfect time is to start wedding dress shopping and what to bring to your fittings can be overwhelming – so here at Your Wedding Shop, we’ve made it easy.  

This blog will explore the essential aspects of wedding dress shopping, including when to start looking, and exactly what to bring to fittings to ensure you’re well-prepared for an unforgettable experience at our Birmingham wedding shop. So, grab your entourage and let's make dress shopping a memory you'll cherish forever!

When Should I Start Wedding Dress Shopping?

When it comes to finding that jaw-dropping gown, timing is the main ingredient to success. Starting early is key, and our bridal consultants recommend you begin wedding dress shopping about 9-12 months before your wedding date.  

Sounds early? With all the things to consider to ensure your dress is nothing short of perfection, including fittings, alterations and any unexpected delays, 9-12 months is the ideal timeframe. Consider scheduling your appointment during weekdays when bridal shops will be less busy, allowing enough time to browse, chat, and of course, sip on something bubbly!

What Should I Bring to My Wedding Dress Shopping Appointment?  

To make the most of your wedding dress shopping experience, it's essential to come prepared. Whether you’re looking for princess, fishtail, or tea length wedding dresses in Birmingham, here's a checklist of items to bring to your appointment:

Girl wearing your wedding dress
  • Nude undergarments:  Go for seamless, nude undergarments for a smooth foundation when trying on dresses. This eliminates any visible lines that can take away from the main focus – how the dress reveals your unique beauty.
  • Shoes with the desired heel height:  Bring along shoes with a similar heel height to what you plan to wear on your wedding day, if not the exact pair. This helps you envision exactly how the dress will look and feel.
  • Accessories:  If you have specific accessories in mind, such as a veil or jewellery, bring them along to see how they compliment your dress. Or, explore our range of in-house accessories.
  • Inspiration photos: Bring photos of dresses you love to your appointment. This gives our consultants insight into your style preferences and helps narrow down your options to finally find the One.  

How to Manage Your Expectations

Acknowledge the Reality  

Understand that finding the perfect wedding dress may not happen in a single appointment. Accept that while some brides have a "love at first sight" moment, others may need to explore various options before finding one that feels just right.

Embrace Variety  

Be open to trying on different styles and silhouettes. Explore a range of designs to discover what truly resonates with your personal style and vision for your wedding day look. At our Birmingham wedding dress shop, we’re proud to stock over 800 dresses in various styles, each with something different to offer.  

Trust the Experts  

Rely on the expertise of our bridal consultants to guide you through the dress selection process. They're here to offer valuable insights and recommendations closely aligned with your preferences, to make sure you feel nothing less than confident and beautiful in your chosen gown.

Consider Practicalities  

Take practical considerations into account, like budget constraints and the availability of specific styles. Understanding these factors can help to set realistic expectations for a smoother dress shopping experience overall.

Stay Positive!

Approach each dress shopping appointment with an open mind and a positive attitude. Remember that the journey to finding your dream dress is as important as the destination, and every dress you try on brings you one step closer to discovering the one that's perfect for you.

Ready to Find the One?

By starting early, being prepared for your appointment, and managing your expectations, you’ll not only find the dress of your dreams, but create truly cherished memories doing so. At Your Wedding Shop, our experienced bridal consultants are here for you every step of the way, and we won’t rest until you find the dress that reflects your innate natural radiance and epitomises your love story.

Book your appointment today or come and visit our boutique - we can’t wait to meet you!

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