Your Wedding Dress Shopping Checklist

Guarantee your wedding dress shopping is as effortless as you imagined with our easy to follow tick off list.


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Wedding dress shopping should be magical. It's an experience that should be cherished, even during these difficult times... At Bellissima Weddings it would take more than a pandemic to stop us from finding our brides their dream bridal gown. Post-lockdown we have had hundreds of excited brides choose or walk away with their wedding dress and it has really kept us motivated to keep going and keep working with the restrictions in place.


Regardless of any Covid-19 issues, when wedding dress shopping there are certain things to bear in mind before you visit your chosen boutique that can dramatically alter your success. Bridal shopping is a little bit different from strolling into Topshop on the high-street and spending 5 minutes in the changing room. There're things you should bring, timings to think about and a mentality to reflect on. In order to enjoy the wedding dress shopping process it's important to plan ahead and take a breath on the day.


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Hopefully this will be the one opportunity you have in your life to invest in such an important 'outfit', so we want you to enjoy it and, most importantly, get it right! Here is our wedding dress shopping checklist that will help you get the most out of your experience.


Wedding Dress Shopping Tips from Bellissima Weddings



Give Yourself Plenty of Time


Let us explain. Most dresses require around six months to be made to measure for you. So if you're planning on walking in to a wedding dress shop and walking out with your dream gown that day, ready to go, you may need to change your plans. We hold samples in-store that you can try on. Once you've found the perfect style for you, we'll then order that dress in your size. This dressmaking process can take up to 6 months depending on the brand, usually it's less but by giving yourself 6 months you'll allow for any delays.


Let Your Boutique Know Your Budget


We're British, we don't like talking about money, but when it comes to wedding dress shopping - its important that we know what is in your price range. There’s simply no point falling for a £5,000 dress when you’ve got £2,000 to spend. Brief us before, and we'll select the dresses for you that match your style and budget.



Ask Your Boutique if Alterations are Included in the Price


Following on from the last point, it's important to consider all the costs involved in wedding dress shopping, and the price of alterations is often something that brides forget or unaware of. Pretty much every dress will need to be altered to some extent in order for it to fit you perfectly.


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