Finding your dream gown can seem like a daunting task, so we compiled a list of 8 things to do before shopping to help maximize your experience (and get you that much closer to finding your dream dress).
1. Set a Budget
Have an idea of what you are willing to spend (it is never fun to fall in love with a gown over what you want to spend). Here at Cloud Nine Bridal the majority of our gowns range from $800 - $1,500 (with some falling above and below that).
Make sure to keep in mind alteration costs, since the majority of gowns will need them. Depending on how much needs to be done, and the design of the gown, typical alterations at our boutique can vary from $80 - $400.
2. Limit Your Group
Keep you shopping entourage small. While you most likely want to invite all your bridesmaids, sisters, mothers, grandmothers, mother in-laws, friends, etc. too many opinions can be overwhelming.
Chose 2 to 3 close friends or family members to help you with your search. This allows you really find what YOU like/dislike.
We have been finding 'reveal parties' to more and more common because of this. Now you can get all your ladies together to reveal (and celebrate) the gown you chose after it arrives in store.
3. Schedule an Appointment
While most bridal shops are walk in friendly, making an appointment in advance ensures a full bridal appointment with your stylists undivided attention.
Here at Cloud Nine Bridal our appointments typically last for 90 minutes and include a private seating area as well as your own personal stylist
4. Do Some Research
Spend some time before your appoin