Weddings are given a lot of importance due to a number of reasons. Most of the people who attend weddings have different expectations but the real reason why most of them suffer through the grand Henna-staining, Nikah and Bersanding ceremonies that make up the typical Malay wedding is to spy on the bride. As much as a wedding is between a man and a woman, the woman usually gets lots of attention. Talks will follow later about her beauty and most especially her gown. Single ladies will want to have gowns like hers or even better.
In addition to that, it is every bride’s dream to be the most beautiful lady on that day and to have the groom’ s eyes light up when he sees her and be fixed on her the entire day. As a bride, you can achieve this by having an exquisite gown that will enhance your beauty. This is why most brides take great care when it comes to choosing their gowns. You don’t want t be that bride that people will be using as a point of reference when it comes to what not to wear on your wedding day. In order to have an excellent gown, you need to choose your bridal boutique wisely.
There are lots of bridal boutiques these days and one might be spoilt for choice. However, this doesn’t mean that you should go for any or the first one that you come across. You should go for the one that makes you appear as a princess on your wedding day because you will only get to wear it once and so you cannot afford to mess up. Use these tips when out shopping for just the right boutique:
Consider the budget
How much you are able and willing to spend on a gown will determine the type of gown you will get. You should be able to discuss and agree with your partner on how much you should spend on your wedding gown. When going through your budget there are things you can consider for example, if you would like to rent or buy the gown, if you prefer a custom made gown or something off the rack among others. When you have a clear picture in mind then you will narrow down the list to what falls within your budget. Do not forget to budget for any additional cost that may arise. This will enable you to pick the right boutique to buy your dress from. Too high-end and your dress may surpass your agreed budget, too low-end and you’ll end up with a cheap unattractive dress.
Do your research
After having your budget you will spend less time on research but you still need to do it. Look for boutiques which sell gowns that are within your budget range. Google is your friend at this point, since any bridal boutique worth its salt has an online catalogue now. Do your research on any special wedding dress deals that you can take advantage of. You also need to know which style of wedding dress is in and what just got thrown out of the style catalogues. After all, every bride wants to be a trend setter in bridal design, right?
Designer Boutiques vs One-stop Shops
There are two different types of bridal boutiques as you will discover in your research. There are designer bridal boutiques and bridal boutiques that offer one stop service. The latter are preferred by many because they provide an opportunity for the bride to have different types of services that a wedding needs. For example you can get bridal and evening gowns, makeup artists, photographers among others all under one roof. This works well with those brides who don’t like dealing with many different vendors for their wedding.
When it comes to designer bridal boutiques, they offer wedding gowns that are one of a kind and they may offer few services related to weddings such as make up or photography.
You should therefore be able to make a decision based on what you want.
Consider the service
Once you have narrowed down the list of bridal boutiques that you are interested in, it is time to visit them personally in order to see for yourself what they are offering. You should be able to see their gowns, packages and come to a conclusion concerning their service. It is important to ask if there are any additional costs and what they are for, to avoid any unpleasant surprises. If you have any doubts then this is the time to clarify them. As much as the price is important, it is not wise to base your decision on that alone. Consider the service you have received and the qualities that the staff have, such as friendliness and good communication skills among others.
Look at the gowns
It is advisable to try on some of the gowns that the boutique have. By doing this you will be able to consider their cut and fit and also feel the material. All these will help you in making a decision. Different boutiques have different gowns but all in all you should be satisfied with what they have. If not then, move on to the next one.
View their work samples
In cases where the bridal package you are getting consists of other services such as make-up and photography then it is important to ask for samples of the work from these different vendors. This is because the gown from the boutique might be nice but the other services turn out to be lousy. Everything is supposed to be perfect on your big day and so take this seriously. You can also inquire if they charge separately for the other services and if they can offer you a discount in case you hire those services.
Consider different opinions
Even if you discover that the bridal boutique meets your requirements and that you are comfortable with them, it helps to seek different opinions before you make a commitment. Go to the wedding forums or get the opinions of your friends and relatives who have been married. They can give you good recommendations from people whose services they have tried and were satisfied with.
At the end of the day, people are only allowed to advise you but the final decision lies with you. Go to a bridal boutique that will give you a gown that will make you stunning on your wedding day because you only plan to wed once in your lifetime.