Top Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping

Whatever her size, preferred style or budget, every bride should have a wonderful experience shopping for wedding dresses. It’s a time to try on everything from A-lines and trumpets to ball gowns and mermaids – as you never know what might surprise you!

Shopping for the right wedding dress doesn’t have to be disheartening or exhausting, either. To help, we’ve rounded up some useful tips to help brides-to-be shop for their perfect wedding dress

Start early

First and foremost, give yourself as much time as possible before the big day. Finding the dream dress, getting it made and delivered, and potentially getting it altered takes time. Gowns can typically take anywhere from four to ten months to be made. Factor in shipping times and multiple fittings, and it could be many months before you walk out with your wedding dress in hand. 

Know your price range

It’s easy to get sucked into a vortex of expensive wedding dresses, which is why it pays to start shopping with a budget in mind. Don’t forget to factor in any extras, such as alterations, shoes, veils and accessories. 

Make a bridal salon appointment

Before you start your search, book an appointment at the bridal salon that makes sense for you. If you’re after something specific, contacting a few bridal boutiques ahead of time will help to narrow down your search. If you’re a plus-size bride, reach out to your local salon to ensure they have larger sizes in stock to accommodate you. 

At Lula Ann Bridal, not only do we have dresses fit for your body shape and size, but also to fit your unique style. From glamorous beaded gowns to vintage-inspired fits to picture-perfect ballgowns, we have a range of wedding dresses in stock to suit your style and size. 

Consider customer service

No one wants to feel undermined or judged in a bridal fitting. You also shouldn’t feel pressured to dry on dresses above your budget, which only sets you up for heartache. You want to feel special while trying on gowns for your big day and not surrounded by ten other brides with too few shop assistants. Don’t be afraid to ask how the bridal boutique will handle your appointment. Most will assign as least one bridal stylist to one bride to help narrow down their search and try on dresses.

Don’t blindly believe sizes

It’s not a secret that the size of your wedding dress could differ from the one you’re used to wearing. Don’t pay attention to the size on the label. Instead, try on different dresses and sizes to find the best fit.  

Enjoy your wedding dress shopping experience

At Lula Ann Bridal, we understand that finding the perfect wedding dress within your budget is important, but we also know that the journey and experience of discovering it should be just as special.

Serving Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield and brides across the West Midlands, we will guide you in the right direction toward gowns that suit your style, body and budget. All of our bridal store assistants are friendly, understanding and ready to help you find your perfect dress. 

Make an appointment at our Birmingham salon for an enjoyable experience of trying on wedding dresses for your big day! Give us a call on 0121 382 6661 to get started.