Brides – How to buy the right Wedding Dress
Buying the right Wedding Dress is obviously incredibly important. So here’s my simple to follow guide on buying the most important dress you’ll ever buy
Aside from it fitting you, tailored to some extent with a nip & tuck here & there, it has to last a whole day and make you look good. So here’s the best way to buy your Wedding Dress in a nutshell…
- ‘Google’ Wedding Dress XYZ (where XYZ is where you live)
- ignore the replies Google shows you that are paid adverts, they are too desperate for your business
- of the other 10 or so suppliers shown, click on them each in turn to visit their websites
- find the Pricing tab for anything that’s your size
- buy the CHEAPEST that’s your size
- job done
Hang on a minute though – is cheapest Wedding Dress really the best?
Well I know you have a budget, and if you’re like most Brides you’ll want something that’s just outside of your budget, so you’ll either spend less somewhere else, tap Dad for a bit more or just blow more of your savings or credit card’s limit to get what you really want
So how important is price?
Well obviously if your budget is £1,000 and the dress you like is £5,000 you have a problem, so lets assume the price is (even if only just) within your budget, what else matters?
How about quality, but what does that mean exactly?
Does it mean the material it’s made from? The way its sewn together? How fancy the beading is? The style being appropriate to your body shape? How comfortable it’ll be on the day and can you take a pee with it on even? Can you move in it and can you sit in it, and if its low cut will your paps stay in it all day long !!!
How important is it to have a well known Brand or Designer name?
Most Brides will have heard of some of the top designers and brands, but how much are you paying for that name? The reason most well known names are known, and expensive, is that they’ve worked hard & long to get there. They are experts in their field, they fully understand the materials they work with, what ‘design’ actually means and how to best flatter the female form in a range of shapes & sizes. You are paying for their experience & knowledge, for the thousands of hours they’ve put into learning their craft and of course you’re paying for their individual style too
And what about your Wedding Dress supplier?
From your Wedding Dress supplier you’re also looking for service:
- that they truly want you to look your best and that they’ll guide you to not buying inappropriately for your shape
- that they won’t embarrass you with showing you dresses & accessories you can’t afford
- you’re paying for them being available early morning or late at night, and obviously on a Saturday & Sunday when you’re free
- you’re paying for their skill in altering the dress to make sure it fits perfectly, and those last minute alterations too if your Wedding Diet actually worked, or that unexpected pregnancy bump is showing
- you’re paying for the fact that to be good they’ve worked hard & long to get there. They are experts in their field, they fully understand the materials they work with, what ‘design’ actually means and how to best flatter the female form in a range of shapes & sizes
- you are paying for their experience & knowledge, for the thousands of hours they’ve put into learning their craft and of course you’re paying for their attention to detail and service to you
So how good an indicator of all of the above is price?
Well yes, you can justifiably expect that a top boutique Wedding Dress supplier selling a £10,000 dress will meet all of the above criteria easily, but what if your budget is just £1,000 or even half of that, how good is price alone as an indicator? In short – not very good at all
The cheapest dress & supplier could be an awesome up & coming designer & shop that’s just opened and is trying to make a name for themselves, or it could be a shop selling out of fashion, unwanted tat, with lousy service where so long as you buy something, anything, that’s fine by them. Conversely, the expensive shop could be resting on its laurels of former glories, they may be passing off tat by bluff alone, and worse still they may not value you at all unless you can afford their premium brands; snobbishness really is rife in some designer boutiques
Buying the right Wedding Dress is about much more than price, its about the whole package each shop has to offer. It demands research by you, and ideally recommendation too, and a face-to-face to see if you actually like the people in the shop. Remember you’ll be spending maybe £500, £1,000 or even much more with them, they really ought to be nice with you and lovely to deal with
After all, you wouldn’t want to blow so much money on your Wedding Dress and not look good in the photos for the rest of your life would you !!!
And funnily enough – on the subject of photos – if skill, expertise, knowledge & service are all needed and all demand high fees for your Wedding Dress, why do so many Brides seem to think its not the same for their Wedding Photographer?
The Press love stories of terrible experiences at the hands of so-called Wedding Photographer who haven’t a clue what they’re doing really, and generally speaking, they are the cheap ones. There’s a clue in that – you get what you pay for !!!
As a Lake District Wedding Photographer and a Wedding Photographer Barnsley I too have worked hard & long to get here. I have professional qualifications to say I’m expert in my field, I understand what ‘design’ actually means and how to best flatter the female form in a range of shapes & sizes. You are paying for my experience & knowledge, for the thousands of hours I’ve put into learning my craft and of course you’re paying for individual style too
There’s a good reason a cheap Wedding Dress isn’t going to make you look great,
its because its not very good !!!
The same applies to cheap Wedding Photographers too – AVOID THEM
If you invest at least as much in your Wedding Photography as you do your Wedding Dress chances are you’ll have you’ll not only look FAB on your Wedding Day, but in hundreds of FAB photos too to remember it all by 🙂