Nicole Brewer, Celebrity and Plus Size Fashion Expert
So you’re engaged and all you can think about is how you’re going to find a wedding gown that flatters your figure, fits your budget and makes you look and feel absolutely fabulous!
Sounds simple enough. But when it comes to choosing your perfect wedding gown, the bridal consultation and details like fit, fabrication, ordering and shipping timelines, alteration fees and fitting schedules can be a bit daunting. It’s no wonder brides get overwhelmed with even the first steps in the shopping process.
Before entering the store, it’s always good to have an idea of what you’re looking for. Try browsing the pages of bridal magazines for the hottest trends in bridal fashion to find out which types of cuts and styles catch your eye.
When planning for your bridal consultation, I recommend making appointments at a few different boutiques. Try getting referrals from friends or checking online for past reviews from other brides about where to shop. Consider scheduling your appointments during the week if possible to avoid heavy weekend traffic.
Extensively trained, the consultants at David’s Bridal have fitted many gowns on a variety of shapes and sizes, which makes them highly skilled at recommending several styles that will work well for your body type. Have an open mind and a willingness to trust the experts. Their professional experience just might guide you to try on styles and silhouettes you may not have considered previously.
Here are a few important questions to ask that can help you make the most of your bridal gown consultation:
• How many months in advance of my wedding date should I order my gown?
• What type of undergarments would you suggest I wear?
• After my gown is ordered, how long will it take for it to come in?
• Do you offer a discount if my bridal party orders dresses from you?
• Which silhouettes will work best on my body type?
• Do you have my size available for me to try on and take home the same day?
• Is there a limit to the number of dresses I can try on?
• What are the differences in train lengths?
• What does the bustle look like? And how difficult is it to maneuver after the ceremony?
• What are the various veil lengths and styles?
• Are there fabrics that are cooler than others? Wrinkle-resistant? Which fabrics hold their shape best?