Trying to stick to a tight wedding budget can be difficult. There are so many things to buy, including the outfits, decorations and paying for services like the venue and photography. To keep the cost down, you may start looking for wedding dresses online. This is perfectly acceptable but there is some risk. It is important to follow a few general guidelines to get the dress of your dreams.
Order Well In Advance
Don't leave ordering a wedding gown to the last minute, especially when buying online. Even if there is a 24 hour delivery policy, you need to factor in things like alterations and making sure the quality is as you expected. Allow at least three months for the dress to reach your own destination, so you can try it on and have time to have it altered or repaired if there is a problem.
Do Your Research Into the Company
It's also important that you do your research into any company that sells wedding dresses online. The prices are often dream prices but that doesn't mean the quality will work out that way. Check reviews from previous customers and ask plenty of questions to the site owners to make sure you get exactly what you are ordering.
There will likely be a mixture of negative and positives; no company is loved by every single customers. However, check into the details of all reviews. You need to know why the customers choose to leave something positive or negative. This will usually cover delivery time, customer service and payment options, as well as the quality of the wedding gown available.
Measure Yourself Before Buying
When you buy from a store, you have the luxury of trying on the wedding gown. When you buy online, that isn't possible. You have to hope that you get the size right or just slightly bigger. Always take measurements and then use the sizing guide on the website - the majority have them - to determine the best size for your needs.
Buy the Next Size Up
It is always worth buying anything in the size up from your usual size. You want it to fit perfectly on the day and it is easier to have a dress taken in than trying to add material to it. Once you order the dress, find a reputable seamstress or tailor in your area who will be able to do the alterations at a reasonable cost.
There are high chances that buying wedding dresses online and then having them altered to fit perfectly is still cheaper than buying the same design from a bridal boutique. Of course, it is worth pricing up your options. That way you find the option that works to your wedding budget perfectly.
Buying wedding dresses on the internet is no longer the taboo subject that it was once upon a time. Many brides now do it to keep their costs down. However, you need to make sure your dress is perfect for your needs, which means following the guidelines above and thinking carefully about your purchase.