What are some other factors in choosing a wedding dress store?
Since your dress will most likely need to be altered after it arrives, choose a store where the seamstresses or fitters, rather than the salespeople, get good reviews.
The types of stores range from small, locally-owned salons, to thrift shops, to giant chain stores like David’s. Think about where you are most comfortable shopping in general – the mall, a local mom and pop, or online – and start there.
Think about the kind of atmosphere you are comfortable in. Some stores are true salons, with carpet and plush seating; some are more like warehouses. The warehouse might be cheaper. Do you mind crowds and cold floors if you are getting a good deal?
Don’t feel like you have to make a trip to the big city to visit marquee stores like Kleinfelds, Vera Wang, or Filene’s Basement. Many local stores can order the same gowns. On the other hand, if you are in the South, both Charlotte and Atlanta have an abundance of stores to visit, including some of the big names.
Don’t wait until you lose a few pounds to find a store and start trying on dresses. Even though you see it on the show all the time, you cannot wait until the month before! It takes time to get your gown in, and it may need to be altered not once, but several times, and that takes time, too. A talented seamstress can handle any changes in weight, or size, that may need to be made, later.
Wherever you shop, do call ahead to make an appointment, and allow a couple of hours at each store. Don’t try to hit several stores in one day. The same is true if you are shopping online. It takes time to click through hundreds of styles, figure out what size you need, and place your order, so don’t think it’s something you can get done on your lunch break.
More dress advice in a future column…
For more information:
You, too, can shop at the store featured on Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta. Bridals by Lori is located off I-285 in Atlanta. Phone: 404.252.8767. Web http://bridalsbylori.com. Appts are highly recommended. They are closed on Wednesdays.
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