Things You Should Know Before You Purchase Your Wedding Gown

Photo Credit: Made You Look Photography Wedding Gown Designer: Anne Barge

When deciding to purchase your wedding gown, it can be an exciting time but you can also feel overwhelmed. Today we would like to share with you a few tips to help make finding your dream gown a fun-filled and stress-free day to remember.

Photo Credit: Made You Look Photography Wedding Gown Designer: Winnie Couture

Select your venue prior to purchasing your gown. Every Bride has an idea of what type of gown she would like to wear on her wedding day. But, sometimes the gown of your dreams may not match the venue you desire. Selecting your venue before purchasing your gown will allow you to have a gorgeous gown that not only compliments you but your venue selection. If Cinderella had decided to get married on the beach, I highly doubt that she would have worn her ball-gown.

Determine your wedding ceremony and reception type. After you have selected your venue, determine the type of wedding ceremony and reception you desire. Will you have a formal wedding or a semi-formal wedding. Also, determine if your wedding will be a seated dinner, cocktail style reception, stations, or buffet. You do not want your gown to make one statement and your theme to scream another statement.

Photo Credit: Wild Heart Visuals Wedding Gown Designer: Essense of Australia

Create a spending plan before purchasing your gown. Before you book your first bridal appointment make sure you have considered how much you plan to spend on your gown and who will be paying for your wedding gown. If you only plan to spend $3,000.00 on your gown make sure you also plan for alterations, which can also add to the expense of your wedding gown.

Some designers like Anne Barge and Winnie Couture design their gowns to fit with minimal alterations if any at all. But, if you select a designer that you are not sure if you will have minimal or no alterations you may want to purchase a gown that is a few hundred dollars less than you have budgeted to ensure you have the required funds to pay for your alterations.

Research the different style of gowns that you desire to wear on your wedding day. Researching the different types of gowns you desire can help make your bridal gown appointment flow smoothly because you can share with the bridal consultant the type of gown you desire to wear on your wedding day. I have my clients to save their images to their Design Studio Profile, but you can tag pages in bridal magazines, save photos from Google images or bridal shops to your Pinterest Board or in your saved images on Instagram.

Keep an open mind. When you go to your bridal appointment keep an open mind and allow the bridal consultant to share their thoughts with you about other gowns that may compliment your body type and wedding theme. You will be surprised and may even go home with a different wedding gown, but one that is gorgeous and makes you feel fabulous.

Remember most gowns do not run true to size. No, you have not gained weight… Most wedding gowns run small, so no matter your size you may still have to order a gown that is two sizes larger than your normal dress size.

Photo Credit: J and S Photography Wedding Gown Designer: Essense of Australia

Shop early. Unlike your favorite designer for your everyday clothing wear or business wear, wedding gown designers need a little more time to design your dress. Most designers require the gown to be ordered within an 8 to 12 month period to produce your wedding gown. There are some designs they can produce a gown within 4 to 6 months, depending on the detail of the gown. If the gown has a ton of detail and the usual order period is within the 8 – 12 month period you could be charged a rush fee for the designer to produce the gown.

Call ahead and schedule your appointment. Now that you have secured your venue, theme, and type of wedding and did your research it is time to schedule your bridal appointment. Take one day or one weekend to go gown shopping. Whether you decided to go gown shopping in one day or one weekend only schedule an appointment with three different bridal boutiques. Make sure that the bridal boutiques you plan to visit carry the designer wedding collection of gowns that you desire. It is best that you make an appointment to receive the exclusive time that each boutique allocates for each bridal appointment.

Photo Credit: Made You Look Photography Wedding Gown Designer: Anne Barge

Happy Wedding Gown Shopping! For More Tips on how to select your wedding gown contact Imperial Events.

Say Yes To The Dress with Bel Fiore Bridal!


We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Elizabeth Roberts, the owner of Bel Fiore Bridal to chat about the different wedding gown trends brides will see this year, some of their top wedding designers and what brides can expect when they arrive at Bel Fiore for their first appointment.

What can brides expect when they arrive at Bel Fiore Bridal?

We believe that being engaged is one of the most exciting times, so wedding dress shopping should be equally as exciting! We have a fitting room prepared especially for each bride and your bridal party, complete with a personalized welcome sign and mirrors that she won’t have to share with anyone else. Making the experience personal is a big way we try to make sure each bride feels special, and gets the attention she deserves.

Share some of your top wedding gown designers that are your best sellers and share your thoughts as to why.

Right now, our top gowns are from Essense of Australia, Stella York, and Justin Alexander all feature lace. I’d say that lace has been our most asked-for detail on a dress recently. Lace is great because it conveys “Classic Bride” and can bring about a vintage feel, but still be very updated, modern and sexy!

Share with brides some of the different styles of wedding gowns.

Generally speaking, there are four different styles. First is the ball gown, with a fitted bodice and a very-full skirt. Second is the A-line, which has a skirt that’s shaped like an “A” but less full than the ball gown. Third is the sheath, which is cut narrowly enough to skim the body but not flare out and lastly the trumpet (or mermaid), which hugs the body and then flares out at the bottom. There are other “in between” silhouettes that blur the lines between these 4, so it’s a very general outline. But, one of my favorite parts of my job is helping a bride find the perfect dress for her body type. Once a bride finds out what she looks best in, you can absolutely see her confidence soar! It is such a great feeling.

What trends do you see that still exist from 2014 that are still around this year and what trends do you think brides will see in 2016 for wedding gowns and their bridesmaid attire?

Brides have continued this year to ask for dresses with pretty backs-be it a sheer illusion back, or a plunging low back. Straps are also on the rise and will probably continue to be, which is great because not everyone wants strapless!

In terms of bridesmaid dresses, we saw a lot of pale pink and champagne colors in 2014, and those are still popular right now. Coral and different neutrals like latte and navy are on the rise too. Have you soon those sequins bridesmaid dress on Pinterest? We just got some in store in gold, rose gold and platinum. But they also come in navy and black. Personally I hope to see more of them, because they are just so fabulous!

What are the three most important items brides should bring with them when shopping for a gown?

Honestly? I think the only important thing to bring is an excited attitude! You get to pick out the prettiest dress you’ll ever wear, and what is more exciting than that? Some brides do like to bring their own strapless bra because they’ll be more comfortable in their own, although we do provide them so it’s not entirely necessary. Also, remember to eat and drink, because shopping with low blood sugar is no fun. Bridal shopping is an experience all in itself and for once in your life, it’s all about you. You’ll want to enjoy this special time!

We enjoyed our chat with Elizabeth as well as touring the boutique, it was definitely a pleasure!  Be sure to check out Bel Fiore Bridal recent updates on new bridal gowns, bridesmaid dress and other tips on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Also, save the date for Bel Fiore “Stella York (Testing) Trunk Show” July 17 – 19, 2015. They have been exclusively selected to showcase Stella York 2016 collection before it is released to the general public.