Up until recently, shopping for a wedding dress followed a predictable trajectory. You’d look around for local bridal shops. You’d case a couple of them before scheduling an appointment and trying out dresses that were out of your price range, and then ones you could actually afford. There would probably be some alterations involved, but you would end up with a wedding dress that, in the best-case scenario, barely fit your budget.
However, things are now changing. You can buy nearly everything online these days, and wedding dresses are not an exception! Best of all, you can find second-hand dresses, or dresses from lesser-known designers, at significantly lower prices. But because wedding dresses are such a sensitive purchase, and online stores can be tricky when buying clothes, you should be very careful when looking for a wedding dress online. Here are a few things you should do to ensure you have the dress you deserve.
1. Research The Stores
You won’t have trouble finding a store that sells wedding dresses online. Finding a good one, however, will take some time. You should keep in mind that a store that looks too good to be perfect probably has something wrong with it, and you should find out what that something is before you commit to anything. If you find a store you like, look for online reviews, or search social media for images of women wearing dresses they bought at the store.
2. Ask To Try Out The Dress Before Buying It
If the online wedding dress store you choose has a physical store, you have nothing to worry about. You can schedule a visit, feel the fabrics, and try the dress before buying it. However, it’s likely that this will not be the case. You should ask the store if they could send you the dress to try it before buying it. If that’s not a possibility, ask them to send swatches of fabric so you can feel the quality of the fabric and the color.
3. Be Honest With Your Measurements
It’s perfectly okay to hope to lose a couple of pounds before the big day comes. However, you’ll probably be too busy making sure that everything is ready for the wedding to spend time working out, let alone go on a diet. When you send in your measurements to the store, don’t take any inches off. Send your real measurements, and if you end up losing those extra pounds you’ll be able to deal with that later.
4. Plan For Alterations
A great thing about getting your wedding dress online is that you’ll be left with some money for alterations. Your store of choice can do a great job with the dress, but you can still find that it needs some minor touching up to be perfect. So make sure you have that as a line item within your budget.
5. Don’t Plan For Last Minute Delivery
As with anything you order online, don’t expect that it will arrive at your doorstep quickly. The store will probably give you an estimate of the date of delivery. But things can happen during shipping, and you don’t want to find yourself without a wedding dress on your wedding day. Order early, and you’ll be sure that your wedding dress is there, with all the alteration, when the big day comes.