The Buying A Wedding Dress Plan

The Buying A Wedding Dress Plan

Keep calm ladies, buying your wedding dress can be a wonderful, stress-free experience - you just need a little time!

From the moment the question is popped and that beautiful sparkler dresses your ring finger you know that life will never be the same again. Suddenly you’re an engaged woman; people want to know the date, friends wait patiently for the bridesmaid requests and your head spins into sartorial overdrive as every wedding dress you’ve ever seen flashes before your eyes.

We’d say this…. Enjoy the first rush of excitement that goes along with being engaged and soak up all that wonderful love and happiness that people like to throw around when marriage news is announced.  Planning doesn’t need to start before the last drop of champagne is quaffed - with some smart moves and top tips it is entirely possible to make your wedding preparation fun and to ensure the hideous “bridezilla” tag is never whispered behind your back! 

Of course, we can only talk dresses and accessories but let’s be honest – those are always going to be at the top of every woman’s bridal list so what better way to start.

The biggest influence on how you shop ladies, is that old demon - TIME!  We would always advise that you give yourself at least 6 months to get everything just right – any less than that and you will find your choices are fewer and your fittings are compromised. See our tips at the end for weddings in a rush – they are do-able but just a bit more restricted!

Why Do I Need 6 Months To Buy A Wedding Dress?

  • Bespoke, made-to-measure wedding dresses from quality, respected designers such as the ones we stock here at Apple Blossom Time, require a 12 – 14 week turnaround from the date they receive your measurements.  
  • UK customs can hold dresses coming in from European, Australian or American bridal designers for anything up to three or four weeks. Neither the designer, nor Apple Blossom, can do anything about this!  
  • The courier can only be arranged once customs has passed everything – and they will, we’ve never had a dress held yet – and that’s done by the designer so add another couple of days for this, more if it’s released in a Friday!
  • Once with us, we’ll contact you to co-ordinate fittings of which we recommend two to achieve the perfect fit – I promise you’ll thank us for it!
  • While we employ two seamstresses, they’re each doing intricate, specialised work on up to six dresses a week so we do like to leave a month free from your first fitting where possible.

Saying Yes to The Dress With 6 Months To Go!

You really do have the luxury of time here but don’t get lulled into a false sense of security! To get the exact gown you really do want to give yourself that full 6 month window.  Book an appointment with two or three people maximum and make sure at least one of them will give you honest feedback – in our experience mums are so excited to see their daughters in a wedding dress they literally love everything!  Best friends and sisters are usually more blunt!

Be prepared to try on some styles that you might not have in your head; you’ll find that wedding dresses look entirely different on and with years of experience, we can often advise on styles and shapes you may not have considered.

Trust your instincts! If you think it’s the one, even if it’s the first one you try, it usually is!

Once you’ve found the dress of your dreams you can either order there and then or you are very welcome to come back for a second appointment with anyone who may not have made it on the day.

On that final YES, we’ll complete the paperwork, measure you to ensure a fantastic fit, and get things ordered.   All of our gowns are made to measure for the individual bride and this is where you will see the greatest difference between a designer dress and an off-the-peg one.  The cut, the fit the detail are all tailored to you.  Yes, there will be the inevitable final fit but the point is the dress is made for YOU! 

Your first fitting will be scheduled a little over three months from the date you pay your deposit; because of the bespoke nature of our service, we do ask that you pay a 50% deposit.

While your dress is being made, we’d love to invite your bridesmaids down to do exactly the same.  We recommend four months for maids, particularly if you have a big group. 

A little note: Once you’re standing in your choice of dress then we’ll parade you in front of mirror and you can select from our stunning choice of accessories such as veils, tiaras, shawls and shrugs.  Never underestimate what this will do for your look – the finishing touches always lift a beautiful dress into being a breathtaking dress!

Weddings Within a 6 Month Time Scale

If you’re planning a wedding that has a short time frame – we’d say anything less than six months – then we do advise you shop quickly and “off the rack”. This means that you’re looking to try on a LOT of dresses and buy one from the rail that is a good fit or an almost good fit!  It doesn’t need to be perfect as we can have this adjusted and fitted by our professional seamstress  but there’s not quite enough time to have a made-to measure completed. 

Your bridesmaids are also tight for time and this is a slightly trickier fit if you have a few girls to kit out. Very few of us have friends of a uniformed colouring, shape and size. There are some fabulous new looks for bridesmaids now though and we can theme a colour scheme or style so that they look slightly different but a definite “team”!  Check out our blog on Mix and Match Bridesmaids here>>

Apple Blossom Time have helped lots of brides in this situation and the sample sale range we have in the bridal studio and online gives plenty of choice to brides of all tastes, sizes, shapes and budgets. Book an appointment and pop down to see us!

Remember The Shoes!

We now carry a small range of bridal shoes and we'd be delighted to help you find a match for your dress.  For a larger range, and for your bridesmaids, we can provide swatches of fabric to colour match your shoes – we recommend Arabesque in Hospital Street Perth for a perfect partner.  They are second to none and we have had amazing feedback from brides and bridesmaids who have chosen to work with Sharon and her team.

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