How to plan and order the perfect bridal outfit

Written by    Last updated: October 10, 2006

Choosing a wedding dress is one of life’s most pleasurable dilemmas. Getting it right, however, takes some planning. This is the fun part of getting married and an occasion to express your style…

Setting a budget

A good way to define your budget is to set priorities. How much do you want to spend on jewellery, accessories and other trousseau outfits? How much can you realistically afford to spend on the main wedding attire?

Brainstorm with friends

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Consider hosting a casual get together with your close friends so you can brainstorm about wedding ideas and talk about dress styles.

Do your homework

Check out the leading wedding catalogues, magazines and websites. Pick out your favourite styles by pulling out pages, photocopying or taking print outs from websites.

Word of mouth

Nothing beats asking women whose style you admire for their favourite shops or designers. Ask recent brides to recommend shops for good service.

Visiting shops

Try not to visit more than three shops in one day. It can become confusing and frustrating trying to remember which bridal ensemble was where. It may be advisable to give yourself a day’s gap in between shopping trips so that you can reflect on the dresses you tried on the day before.

Take notes

Ask your mother, sister or close friend to accompany you and get them to carry a notepad to make notes of details such as: colour, type of fabric, length of the lehenga, design of the embroidery, the sleeves, the shape of the neckline and the price. These notes will help you remember the unique details of each dress.

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