Buying a Wedding Dress {Arizona Wedding Photographer}

I just found this great article and wanted to share. By Anthony Bridal out of Alabama.

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Buying a wedding dress can be the most fun, or the most stressful part of planning your wedding. You can help make sure your wedding dress experience is an enjoyable one if you remember just a few tips.

Before you start shopping for your perfect wedding dress, take a look in magazines and online to fine styles you like. That way, when you walk into a bridal shop, you will have an idea of what you are looking for. It will also help you avoid trying on 100 dresses.

Keep in mind that some dresses take up to six months to make, and you’ll need an extra few weeks for alterations or other issues that could come up once the dress arrives at the bridal shop. So, it’s a good idea to order your dress about seven months before your wedding.

When choosing a dress, think about the time of  year you are getting married. If the wedding is going to be outside during the summer months, you won’t want to wear a wedding dress with long sleeves that will have you sweating through the entire ceremony.

There are  five basic wedding dress styles you can choose from.

  1. A-Line dress– fitted in the body, then flows out toward the ground.
  2. Ball gown– fitted in the body with a full skirt.
  3. Mermaid dress-contours the body from the chest to knee, then flows to hem.
  4. Sheath dress– fits straight and is form-fitted from the shoulders to the hem.
  5. Empire cut– raised waist line, sits below the bust, then flows down to the hem.

You’ll probably want to look for a dress that fits your body type. A sheath dress, which hugs every curve, would flatter a thinner woman. A ball gown, which bells at the bottom, might overwhelm a petite woman’s figure. So that style dress would be better for someone who is a little taller.

When you go to the bridal shop, take only a few people with you. The more opinions you get, the more torn you will be when making your decision. Also remember that a down payment, or payment in full will be expected when you place your order. When calculating your wedding dress price, also think about tax, shipping and alteration expenses. And don’t forget to budget for shoes and accessories such as veils, tiaras, and jewelry.

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