So you’ve found the one you want to spend the rest of your life with and now it’s time to start looking for your perfect dress. The dress that will make your soon-to-be husband cry at the altar and will ‘wow’ your guests but where do you start?
It’s easy to make fittings at all the boutiques in your area but that doesn’t mean you have to go to all them. Having too many options and overwhelming yourself can be a bad thing. The best way to have a low-stress and pleasant experience is to narrow the boutiques down to your top three that align with your aesthetic. If you can’t find a dress at your top three, by all means try more boutiques. However, if you do find great boutiques and stay loyal to them they will bend over backwards to help you find your dress while building a good relationship that will give you positive vibes during your wedding planning.
We’ve put together 5 tips to help you begin your search.
In this saturated market of bridal boutiques, how do know which shops to go to? Look at their website. Is it a modern website where you can book your fitting online and can get any information you need without having to pick up the phone or does it look sketchy? In this day and age, the website is the new store front and it can tell you a lot about what kind of boutique it is.
SOCIAL MEDIA AND REVIEWS
Check out their social media and reviews. These are indicative of what kind of boutique it is and its 2020, what business doesn’t have social media? There is nothing more powerful than word of mouth. Ask your friends who are already married where they got their dresses and what the experience was like. Facebook and Google reviews are also good but remember to look at how many people have left a review because it is harder to keep a five star rating with 100 reviews.
Use Google maps to look up the boutiques location. You don’t want to be driving around in a bad neighborhood trying to find the boutique. You don’t want to start the fitting with nervous energy because you were uncomfortable driving to the boutique.
Look at the brands the boutique stock. Do you admire these designers? If the answer is yes, then make sure they are an authorized retailer for those brands. This way you are guaranteed to buy a good quality designer dress and not some cheap knock off.
Lastly, how does the boutique staff communicate with you before the fitting? Are they friendly and helpful or rude and curt? The way they communicate over phone and email will tell you a lot about how the appointment will go.