1. START EARLY BUT NOT TOO EARLY
You will need at least six to eight months to get your gown in store (some designers even longer)
and thats if you're a decisive person.
leave it too late and you are limiting the selection that is available to you.
On the other side you dont want to shop for your gown too early, dont start shopping with more than 12 months in advance, unless you are ready to buy. You may be tempted to go to a bridal shop 'just to get an idea' but you are risking falling in love with a dress that may not be around by the time you are ready to commit to buying.
2. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT BUT HAVE AN OPEN MIND
Think about your venue, is it a castle, statley home, chic hotel, stylish tipee or a stunning beach? your venue will often play a part in your style of dress. Bring pictures, show us your Pinterest boards - it helps us to visualise what you are thinking, on the other hand allow us to guide you, we may pull out a style that 'in your head' is not your style but very often when you put it on you look fantastic and know its 'the one'
A top bridal consultant from New York states that 'brides usually try on between 4 and 7 gowns.
Most brides have one but not everyone likes to be asked about it.
Please dont be afraid to tell us, the last thing we want to do is to put you in a dress that you fall in love with and it be over your budget.
Sometimes dresses are discontinued by the designers or we sell off our sample dresses, these can sometimes be a fantastic opportunity to bag yourself a bargain, the sample sales are continuously changing and won't show on the website so please ask in store for current samples in our sale.
4. WHO TO BRING?
The simple answer to this question is.... Bring who's opinion matters to you the most!
Whether this be your mum, dad, grandmother, bestfriend even your fiance (yes some ladies do this and thats ok) what matters the most is when you're stood in that dress wanting that very important opinion, who will you turn to? the answer to that question is who you should bring along with you.
Its fine to bring along as many people as you like to Ivory White but remember, a lot of people = a lot of different opinions, you have to tune into the one that matters the most!
5. SAYING 'YES'
Sometimes brides feel scared saying 'yes' to their gown. You dont necessarily need to try on 100's of dresses to find the 'one'.
The question you have to ask yourself is 1. Do you love it? 2. Is it in budget? if the answer to both is YES then go for it! As one famous bridal celebrity once said 'when you met your fiance did you say 'id better try a few more before I say yes to you! When you know you know.
6. NEED TO CANCEL YOUR APPOINTMENT?
We honestly dont mind if you want to cancel or change your appointment, or if you find your dream gown at another store, what we kindly ask is that you let us know. Ivory White is an appointment only store and we open up especially for you and your exclusivity. Please call or message 07715929649 as soon as you know about needing to cancel or alter, allowing us to book someone else in or us not going down to the shop to open up.
ABOVE ALL HAVE FUN AND LET IVORY WHITE FIND YOU YOUR DREAM DRESS!