Thursday, January 31, 2013

Say Yes To The Dress - Part 1

Okay ladies, today we are going to talk about the different options you have available to you when it comes to wedding dresses. The wedding dress is the center piece to your whole wedding day. This is the fun part, the shopping, the trying on, the oohs and ahhs. Oh how fun! My wedding dress try-on date is February 9th! How exciting!!! I shall keep you updated.

There are four main places that you can obtain your dream wedding dress: Designer stores, boutiques, bridal outlets, or rentals.

Designer Stores: These are the stores that actually cater toward a specific brand. It would be like walking into a Vera Wang store or shopping directly on the designer's website. If you already adore a label, this would be the easiest and best way to obtain the latest and greatest by that designer. The only problem here is you are definitely paying the big bucks for this dress. However, how could you say no when it looks and feels oh so right?

Boutiques: Boutiques house several label and non label brands. These can be less expensive than designer stores however are more expensive than bridal outlets. This is due to the fact that they can not warehouse a large amount of inventory. Boutiques however do provide a large array of beautiful dresses by several different brands.

Bridal Outlets: Bridal outlets are the second cheapest way to get a wedding dress. This is primarily due to the ability to warehouse large amounts of inventory. Bridal outlets, like David's Bridal, carry house designs and brand names! They provide a wide array of designs and labels and can cater to those who are on a budget to those who want to splurge.

Rentals or Previously Used: Now this may be an option you never thought of but if you are definitely looking to save, why not rent a wedding dress? These wedding dresses range from mildly used to new in the bag! Or you can even purchase a previously used dress. This is definitely a pocket friendly version. The only problem is that unless the owner lives near you, you will not be able to try the dress on and risk purchasing/renting a dress that you do not like. So before you purchase, see if the owner has a good return policy.

I hope this section helped! Check out all these options so you know what is best for you. Have your budget in mind but don't cross off a potential location just because it may be too expensive. Check it out. Look around. Just because you walk in doesn't mean you have to buy it (unless of course you fall in love right there ;p). Having your options open is very important!

Look forward to Part 2 of Say Yes To The Dress :) 

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