After the excitement of your engagement settles and you’ve picked your venue, it’s finally time for the moment every bride waits for: dress shopping! While this is definitely one of the most fun parts of wedding planning, it can also be one of the most stressful if you head into the experience unprepared. To ensure dress success and a dream shopping experience, we asked Andrea Anastasiou fashion stylist and owner of White, Toronto and White, Montreal what you should start thinking about before even scheduling that first atelier appointment.
1. Keep to a schedule. “I advise brides to schedule the start of the dress-shopping process eight to 10 months from the wedding day. This allows you to visit various shops and keeps you from stressing about ordering time once you find the dress you love. This time frame also helps brides factor in final details like the alterations, which are just as crucial to the process.”
2. Know that your venue will dictate your wedding style. “You must consider what type of venue you are getting married in and what type of dress is suitable to the setting,” Anastastiou says. “If you’re tying the knot on a tropical island you are going to want to avoid wearing a full ballgown with a never-ending train. If you’ve having a big wedding with a black-tie theme, you will want to kick up the wow factor to another level. Venue and wedding style have a huge connection!”
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