Rhode Island Wedding Guide

Selecting Your Bridal Shop & Gown

Choosing your bridal dress can be overwhelming. Before you begin your hunt for the perfect dress, prepare yourself! We've listed steps to help you get started and what to expect from bridal shops in RI. If you are not sure what style dress will look best on you, be sure to read about choosing a wedding gown.

The bride will be the center of attention as she walks down the aisle in her wedding dress. The wedding dress will set the level of formality for both the ceremony and the reception. Therefore, you must leave plenty of time for shopping because you must complete your shopping before your attendants can begin theirs.

Choose a bridal shop that has a good reputation. Ask friends and relatives for referrals. You want and need a bridal retailer who will do whatever they can to ensure that you are happy. The retailer should be able to handle everything including customizing the gown, fittings and alterations, accessories and ordering and fitting attendantsí dresses. Check our listing of reputable Bridal Shops in RI.

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The average cost of a wedding gown is approximately $800 - $1500. A designer gown can cost you thousands of dollars. If you decide on a one-of-a-kind wedding gown, plan on paying much more. The average headpiece can cost you anywhere from $150 - $300. Average cost of shoes: $50.

Get ideas on different styles by going through bridal magazines. Cut out any styles you like and show them to the bridal retailer. This way she can show you gowns similar to your taste. Donít be afraid to try on many different styles. You may be surprised on how they actually look on you.

Itís a good idea to bring along a trusting friend or relative while you try on the gowns. This way they can give you their opinions on what particular style looks best on you. Itís also a good idea to bring a pair of shoes with the same size heel that you plan on wearing on your wedding day. Fix your hair the way you are planning on wearing it at your wedding so you can get the full effect of the gown and headpiece.

You will need to order your gown at least four to eight months in advance. This will allow time for the manufacturer to make your gown closest to your size. Most bridal styles are sized smaller than everyday dresses. If you are normally a size 8, donít be surprised if you need a size 10 wedding gown. When your gown comes in, allow yourself at least a month for alterations and fittings. Remember, alterations and fittings cost extra!

Make sure you find out the cancellation policy that the store has before you leave a deposit. Also, be sure to find out how much they charge for alterations.

If you are on a tight budget, you may consider renting your gown. You can call your local formal-wear shop and check out their selection. Another alternative if you are on a tight budget would be to go to a second-hand shop. You will probably need alterations but the savings will still be great. You can also have your wedding dress sewn by a seamstress, friend or yourself. The price of the material and labor costs are often cheaper than designer gowns.

Find tips on finding the perfect wedding gown style.

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