A Day on the Town
For a standout outfit on your big day, you’ll need to leave plenty of time to shop around. South East England
has lots to offer in terms of bridal beauty, from small boutiques to designer ateliers. Shopping for your wedding dress is unlike your everyday trip into town, and can sometimes be a little overwhelming, so make sure you go prepared. Many shops operate on an appointment-preferred or appointment-only basis. This allows you and your party a set amount of time to pursue the selection in a relaxed environment. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t find your dream dress on the first go, it can take many visits to different stores and trying on countless styles to find the perfect fit for you. Some to-be-weds get exactly what they envisioned, some come out with something completely different, and others don’t have an idea in mind in the first place. Take the stress away from shopping and enjoy the process, making memories with your nearest and dearest along the way.
Preparation is Key
A common question in the search for a wedding dress is “when should I start looking?”
. For the most part, it’s recommended to begin browsing the racks about 10-18 months before the big day. This gives you plenty of time to shop-hop and play dress-up before you find what’s right for you. Different designers have varying turnaround times for dresses, but plan for an average of 6 months between choosing your ‘fit and having it arrive in store. Then remember to leave a little extra time for any alterations or last-minute changes that could need to be made.