Dress Shopping 101

While working in the wedding industry, it is clear that wedding planning can tend to be an emotional rollercoaster. Countless hours are spent on seating charts, finding the perfect color combinations and making sure everything for your big day goes as smooth as possible. Here at Remi Raine Bridal, we strive to make your dress shopping experience not only stress-free, but affordable. So how does the process work? We break it down into eight easy steps to show you how we help you say less to the dress!

Step 1 – So you said YES! You’ve made it Facebook official and posted gorgeous ring selfies to your Instagram. But now what? Pick your date, lock down a venue and call us. Finding your dress should be one of your very first steps in your wedding planning process. Dresses can take quite a bit of time to make and we want to make sure there is plenty of time for alterations once it arrives. We recommend purchasing your dress 10 to 12 months before your wedding day.

Step 2 – Get inspired. Get on Pinterest, check out wedding websites like The Knot, and pick up a few bridal magazines. But remember, this is just for inspiration. Don’t compare your ideas or styles to anyone else — you are uniquely you! We want to help find the perfect dress for YOU! Maybe you have always dreamed of wearing a ballgown on your wedding day, or maybe you have no idea where even to start. Either way, we can help you find the perfect dress for less.

Step 3 – So this one is a bonus step to make your day a little extra magical and take your experience to the next level. Schedule a makeup trial before your appointment to get the full bridal effect. We can even arrange to have your makeup done here at the shop! Don’t know an artist? We can introduce you to several local makeup artists so you can find the perfect one for you. We understand you may be a little nervous about trying on dresses — after all, it isn’t every day you put on a wedding gown! Having your makeup professionally done is a fun way to relax and unwind before making the big decision.

Step 4 – It is FINALLY time to try on dresses! Picking out the perfect dress can be a little overwhelming. We get it, but we are here to help you through the entire process. Feel free to bring a few friends and some family to help make your decision. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you don’t agree with what they say. At the end of the day this is YOUR wedding dress, so wear what makes you feel like a queen. We even have gorgeous accessories to create the perfect look including veils, tiaras, belts and jewelry. Love the dress but want to change something? Don’t be afraid to ask our consultants about making tweaks to your dress. Our seamstresses are amazingly talented and can often make changes to your dress to create the perfect gown for you.

Step 5 – Don’t forget to take pictures — not only to capture fun memories, but also to see what your dress looks like on camera! We have plenty of mirrors inside the shop, but sometimes seeing your dress on camera can help you to see a different perspective on your dress. Feel free to move around, dance a little, walk, see how it flows. (We always have music playing throughout the shop!) It is important to be comfortable on your wedding day, especially when you plan to dance the night away! Want to change up your look from day to night? Many of our dresses offer detachable sleeves, skirts, and capes which allow you to transform your dress from ceremony to reception in just a few simple steps.

Step 6 – You’ve laughed, you’ve cried, (happy tears, of course!) and you have found the perfect gown! It is time to say less to the dress! We firmly believe that dresses don’t have to cost a fortune to be show stoppers. Our dresses are not only beautifully designed and created, they are also affordable. We know weddings can get expensive, but your dress doesn’t have to be! We are able to work with a variety of budgets. So when you do find your dress, we celebrate, clap and cheer, dance, smile from ear to ear, pop champagne, and capture you with our “I said less to the dress” sign! Want to share your experience now? Snap a picture in your “regular” clothes holding our sign to share on all of your social media accounts!

Step 7 – The next step is to create and style the dress just for you! A lovely consultant will help you pick out any accessories you may need, take your measurements and order your dress from the designer. Although your dress will be ordered in the correct size, we all know that everyone is unique and created a little differently. So your dress will probably need a visit to our in-house alterations department. Once your gown arrives at our shop, we will contact you and schedule a fitting. Don’t forget to bring in the shoes you plan to wear walking down the aisle. This is crucial in making sure our seamstress can hem your dress to the perfect length. Once alterations have been made, we will give you a call, and it is time to pick up your dress!

Step 8 – Get married! After months of planning and countless hours spent making sure every little detail is perfect, it is finally time to say I do! We hope you have a fantastic and beautiful wedding day, because you totally deserve it! Don’t stress if your dress gets a little dirty — it will! Just have fun! You worked so hard planning the wedding — it’s your time to let loose and enjoy every second of it. After the wedding, we can help you get your dress cleaned and preserved. Don’t forget to post pictures and tag us in them — we love to see and share snapshots of your wedding day!

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