Wedding Gowns Of Your Dreams
As soon as you are engaged is not too early to start thinking about wedding gowns and they style you want. Very few brides walk into a bridal salon and fall in love with the first dress they try on. So, prepare yourself for several weeks of shopping. Sound like a long time? It isn't when you take into consideration that this is probably the most important clothing purchase of your life! It's also important to shop early because even after you make your selection the gown may not be in stock and may need to be ordered. If that's the case, prepare yourself for a wait of up to a few months for your dream dress to arrive! Even if it is in stock, it may need to be altered. In order to achieve that perfect fit, most wedding gowns require about three dress fittings. Each dress fitting will be at least one week apart to factor in time for the seamstress to make the necessary adjustments, so plan on at least one month for dress fittings alone. Yet another reason for beginning the search for your dream dress early is the cost factor. While you may not plan to spend the cost of a mortgage on your dress; be prepared for the fact that wedding gowns can be very costly. Even an 'inexpensive' dress can easily run a few hundred dollars while others can cost as much as several thousand. In order to still have the dress of their dreams there are a few options cost savvy brides can use in order to save a little money. The first option a bride looking to save some money should consider is asking relatives. Her mother, aunt or another family member may have a lovely dress they would be more than happy to lend for the happy occasion. This option can save a great deal of money because the only costs involved are alteration fees and the expense of purchasing a thank you gift for the loaner of the dress. Another option is to watch for sales at bridal boutiques and salons. A bride who is on the lookout may be able to purchase a truly lovely wedding dress that is on clearance from the previous year. Checking into consignment shops is another cost saving idea. Because wedding gowns are typically only worn once a bride may be able to get a steal on a beautiful dress that is practically brand new. In today's Internet age, brides can also find steals on such auction sites as E-bay as well as discount bridal web sites. The drawback to this option is that you don't get the actual experience of checking out the wedding gowns for possible flaws or to actually try them on for effect. The advantage is significant savings. If you purchase your dress at a salon or boutique you should also be prepared for the fact that most stores require a 50% down payment for wedding gowns and you may be required to sign a contract.