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Questions you must ask before buying your wedding dress

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Hi Friends!
Every day I meet with brides-to-be who are both excited  and apprehensive about wedding dress shopping. They have to make this huge decision of getting a wedding dress and they don't really know where to start. Whether you are in Cape Town, Johannesburg or anywhere in the world, wedding dress shopping can be very intimidating. Bridal is not your field of expertise and wedding dress designers and boutique owners can often be pushy, snobby and from what I've heard, sometimes downright mean!

With the above in mind, I wanted to share what is my go-to list of important questions you must ask your boutique owner or bridal designer before you put down a deposit on your wedding dress.

Do we have enough time between now and my wedding date?


Many brides-to-be don't know that an imported wedding dress takes 4 to 6 months to make from the time of the placement of the order. Imported dresses are mass produced in huge factories and the lead time is often not negotiable. Further, you have no guarantee that the dress will fit perfectly as a standard size has to be ordered, so assume that you will need alterations. You will need a few weeks for these alterations to be done so just make sure that there is enough time to spare for tweaks.

Is this wedding dress easily customized


If you're ordering a dress off the hanger but want some changes, be very clear with the boutique owner on what the changes are that you want and ascertain if this can be done easily. If the boutique owner says the changes will be hard, or is not confident in her ability to help you to make these changes, either let go of your ideas and settle for the dress as is, or go to a bridal designer such as myself and have your dream dress made from scratch.

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Are alterations included in the cost of the wedding dress?


Many clients are blindsided by the extra fees they end up paying for the alterations on imported dresses. As I said above, almost all brides need alterations to be made, even if it's just the hem length, and most boutiques charge for this. In my experience, the alteration fees can be quite high too, so try to ascertain a ballpark figure from the boutique owner as to what you can expect to pay. Again, if you're not happy with this, it may well be cheaper to have the perfect dress made to fit you from scratch. 

If I decide to buy this wedding dress in the next few months will it still be available?


With bridal designers such as myself, I only hold a certain amount of fabric and this my ranges are exclusive and only small number of each dress can be made. It is always worth asking if there will still be fabric available to make the dress in question if you're only planning to order in a few months. 
Likewise, international designers discontinue old ranges so are only available for a finite amount of time. 

Can I buy the bridal sample?


I myself frequently have sample sales, but am also willing to sell off samples at any point for a discount price so that I can replace it with a fresh sample. This would be given to you for a discounted price. It would obviously only work if the fit is good as high alterations costs wouldn't make it worth doing. 

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How should I accessorize my wedding dress?


Let the assistant or designer help you to explore different options and suggest things you may not have considered. Remember that accessories can make or break an outfit so enlisting the help of a professional can be a good idea. 

How many fittings will I need?


It's useful to know so you can plan your busy schedule. If making a wedding dress from scratch, expect about 6. If you're getting alterations, expect one to 3 fittings.

What underwear should I wear?


Let the designer or boutique owner guide you in choosing the foundation wear for your style of dress. Again, the right (or wrong) foundation wear can make all the difference when it comes to your final look. I refer all of my brides in Cape Town to Inner Secrets who are the experts in this field.

Well friends, I think that's enough for one day!
Next week I'll be sending you a few final important questions you should ask your boutique owner or designer so stay tuned!
Happy shopping friends!
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