Ruby's Blog | Choosing Your Wedding Dress

Hello Bride & Groom’s To Be!

I’m Ruby the Rochester Bride! As a newlywed of the Rochester area, I love sharing my knowledge of the wedding experience with newly engaged couples. This week I can’t wait to share with you some ideas for your wedding dress!

{1} When: The best thing to do when looking for a wedding dress is to give yourself lots of time to look for the right one. You want to make sure you're not rushed into picking any dress. It takes time to find the one that is best for you. Keep in mind that wedding dresses usually take four to six months to come in and you may need to give extra time for alterations as well!

{2} Style: When its time to starting looking for your wedding dress, make sure you're up to date on the latest styles. If you're looking at a magazine or online at different gowns, make sure you bring a photo of a the dresses you like best with you when you shop. Bringing a photo will help give the sales associate an idea of what you are looking for. Also make an appointment with the bridal shop you plan on going to that way they know you're coming and they can give you more of their time.

{3} Budget: Have your budget in mind before going to the bridal shop. Let the sales associate know your budget as well, that way they don't show you dresses you may fall in love with but that are way out of financial range. Don't get frustrated, because there are amazing wedding dresses at every price point! When planning the budget for your dress, make sure you include accessories such as shoes, headpiece, undergarments, jewelry, alterations, etc.

{4} Contract: Just about every bridal shop will require a down payment of the wedding dress you are buying. So, before putting down the payment, make sure you fully understand the bridal shops exchange and cancellation policies. After making the purchase of your wedding dress, make sure you have the receipt that will have the style and color of your dress you chose, when it will come in, the down payment you put down, and the total cost of the dress. This will help things stay in the clear if something were to go wrong or get miscommunicated.

{5} Fitting: Depending on what kind of dress you choose, you will most likely have two to four fittings. When scheduling your first fitting, it should be two months before the wedding. You should also bring you shoes, slip, and bra that you are planning on wearing for the wedding day to the all the fittings, just to make sure everything fits perfectly!

Good luck shopping! And don't forget to enjoy this special experience.