- While the most commonly carried sample size in most bridal stores is a size 10 or 8 which translate to a size 8 or 6 in street clothes remember it's ONLY a sample and the average size of a woman today is a 12-14. However, do NOT order a smaller size - that's what alterations are for...
- Cost! There was one episode on SYTTD where the consultant (IMO) dropped the ball and failed to ask the bride her budget. For around $500, you can purchase a wedding dress at a larger retailer that is machine made and have minimal amounts of hand-detailing. If you're looking for a designer wedding dress in silk or other natural fabric expect to pay between $2000 and $4000. If you have an extravagant budget, expect to pay $6000 and up for a designer wedding dress custom made just for you. What do I tell my brides??? To Thine Own Self Be True!!! If you have a dead set budget of $1500.00 be sure to state that BEFORE trying on any dress. It will be really difficult to settle for that $1500 dress after you've tried on one four times that amount.
- Style! A-line/Princess, Empire, Mermaid/Fishtail, Ball Gown, Column. OMG!!! So many choices. Know your body type and be comfortable in your own skin. Choose a dress that accentuates the positives and will make your feel as fabulous as you already are on your wedding day. There is nothing worse then being completely uncomfortable.. it's a long day :)
- Less is More! Leave the entourage AND especially your fiance at home. Have someone there that will give you honest feedback while celebrating you like a trusted friend and/or your mom.
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