Rochester Brides & Grooms May - November 2017 Issue #51 - Page 14

Your Wedding Dress
When should I look for my wedding dress or wedding gown
Look for your wedding gown as soon as possible. You want to allow
yourself plenty of time to make this decision. Most dresses take
about 4 to 6 months to order. The gown may then need to be
altered and/or fitted properly.
Wedding dress Style
Start familiarizing yourself with the latest styles of wedding
gowns. If you find a style you like in a magazine make
sure to bring it with you to the bridal shop. They may
have that particular style or a similar one you can try on.
Make an appointment to try on gowns with a reputable
bridal shop ahead of time so the sales person can spend
time with you. Try on various styles to see what looks and
feels best on you.
The various fabrics include silk, satin, cotton, velvet, chiffon,
taffeta, rayon, a polyester-blend, nylon, lace and linen.
Hand finished, natural or imported fabrics are usually of higher
quality and higher price. The fabric you choose will most likely
be dictated by your personal taste and the time of year you are
getting married. Fall and winter weddings, for example, usually have
heavier fabrics (satin, rich taffetas, velvet). Spring and summer weddings
usually have lighter fabrics (lace, chiffon, satin). The choice is yours.
Most bridal shops require a down payment to
order your gown. Make sure you understand
their exchange and cancellation policies, what
measures they will take if the gown comes in the
wrong color or size, what the alteration fees are
and what they cover. Lastly, get a receipt that
includes the style and color of the gown, the total
cost of your gown, and accessories, things that
were promised to you, the deposit you paid, and
the date the gown will be delivered to the shop. This
can help avoid any misunderstandings.
Wedding gowns can range from a few hundred dollars to
several thousand dollars. Therefore, it is important for you
to understand your budget. Your budget should include
the cost of your gown and accessories (headpiece,
veil, jewelry, stockings, shoes...).
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