How to Find the Perfect Wedding Dress | Bella’s Bridal & Formal

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Finding your dream dress is both an incredibly fun and an incredibly difficult part of the wedding planning process! We’re positive that you’ve dreamed about this dress since you were a little girl, so there’s a lot of expectations to be met! In order to have a successful trip to the bridal salon, it’s best that you prepare before arriving. Our friend and owner of Bella’s Bridal & Formal, Carol Riley, is sharing her best tips to finding the perfect wedding dress and having a stress-free wedding dress consultation!

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Bring your closest loved ones – We always encourage our brides to bring the people closest to you who will give you their honest and reliable opinion.  It is important to remember not to bring too many people because it can become overwhelming with so many different opinions! You want to focus on finding the perfect dress. We have found that five people or less is generally a good number of guests. If you have a larger party, we can accommodate a larger party in one of our larger private bridal suites.

Determine your budget – One of the most important aspects of choosing a wedding dress is knowing your budget. Many brides make the mistake of trying on dresses that are far outside their budget and end up falling in love with something they can’t necessarily afford. This will only leave you disappointed when you have to put it back on the rack! Be sure to give your stylist your set budget so they can pull dresses that fall within your means. You also don’t want to let a steep discount affect your dress choice – you may just end up with a dress you don’t totally love only because of its price tag. Plan ahead and be prepared to say “yes” and celebrate finding your dream dress!

Think about your wedding dress vision – How do you want to look on your wedding day?  Do you want to look sexy, modern, understated, traditional or chic? Once you decide the feel you want, you will find the perfect dress! Our consultants are extremely talented at helping our brides find the perfect dress.  With so many different dresses, visiting Bella’s Bridal & Formal is like visiting three bridal salons at the same time!

Don’t be afraid to give your consultant honest feedback –  Your experience should be exciting rather than stressful and exhausting.  Don’t keep your thoughts to yourself! You will not hurt our feelings. We are there to help you find exactly what you want and your feedback will help us choose options that are more of what you are looking for!

Don’t let anyone pressure you into choosing one that you don’t love – If your friends, family or even consultants are pressuring you toward a dress you don’t immediately love, it’s okay to give yourself more time to think about it! Our consultants will assist you in finding the perfect fit and a dress that you love. Is there one specific dress you keep coming back to or that grabs your attention? That is most likely YOUR dress.  You should feel beautiful and confident in your wedding gown! If you are a little unsure, try a veil or accessories to help you envision yourself on that day.  If you can imagine yourself in that dress saying “I do” and you don’t want to take it off, that a sure sign that the search is OVER!

Consider a Weekday Appointment – One of our favorite tips is shopping during the week.  We are open 7 days a week for your convenience! Weekday appointments are great because there are fewer crowds and you may get more time to shop.  It only takes a couple of hours and it might be worth it to take off work and visit us!

Photos by featured vendor, Eric & Jamie Photography

Finding the perfect wedding dress is one of the most important decisions for a bride to make. At Bella’s Bridal & Formal, they aspire to making your dress shopping experience enjoyable and memorable with their expert staff and large selection of wedding dresses! They have over 800 designer wedding dresses on our showroom floor.  Each dress is hand selected just for their brides and their prices range from $1,000 – $2,999. After you find your wedding dress, they offer onsite alterations, discounts on a huge selection of bridesmaids dresses and they carry mother’s dresses! You can find it all at Bella’s Bridal & Formal! Book an appointment and let one of their bridal specialists help you find your perfect dress!

  1. Benjamin Andrews

    June 5th, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    I like that you suggest asking yourself exactly how you want to look and what vibe you are trying to give off with your dress. My daughter is getting married this fall and wants to have the perfect dress for her wedding day. I will send her this information so she can find a wedding gown shop that can help her with the process.

  2. Showit User

    July 25th, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    I’m so glad you found this helpful!! Congratulations to your daughter!!

  3. Jackson Bush

    July 24th, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    I like how you mentioned that you should bring your closest family members and friends with you to go wedding dress shopping. My girlfriend has been struggling with picking a wedding dress and I wanted to know how I can help her without going shopping with her. I’ll let her know that she should invite her close friends and family members to help give her honest opinions on what dress she should pick.

  4. Showit User

    July 25th, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    I’m so glad you found this helpful!! Congratulations to you and your girlfriend! Be sure to check out our vendor page so you can see the BEST vendors Birmingham has to offer that will be helpful when planning your big day!

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