Congratulations, you're embarking on a beautiful journey to becoming a Mrs and we are thrilled that you have found us on your search for wedding dresses in Birmingham. Although some readers may have been married previously, we understand that for many of you, this will be the first time you have ever had to look for a wedding dress - which is why we have put together this step-by-step guide to finding the perfect one.
1. Have A Budget In Mind
Although this will most probably be the most expensive item of clothing you have ever purchased, costs can vary from the low hundreds into the tens of thousands. It is important that you have an idea of budget before setting out for appointments at bridal boutiques as this may well influence the designers you choose to consider and therefore the boutiques you would like to visit. A good starting point is allocating around 10% of the total wedding budget for your dress.
At Lief bridal boutique in Birmingham, we currently sell dresses that start from £250 in the sale and go upto £1500 for brand new collection wedding dresses from designers such as Catherine Parry, Mark Lesley, Benjamin Roberts and Bianco Evento.
2. Create A Style Board
Throw yourself into the wonderful world of Pinterest, Instagram, grab the latest wedding magazines and a pair of scissors and start gathering screen grabs/cut outs of the dresses you like the look of. Hopefully you will start to see a pattern emerge of common themes. Whether it be wedding dresses with sleeves, backless wedding dresses, princess wedding dresses or sleek and fitted silhouettes. Simple versus heavily embellished, lace or satin. Once you have a Pinterest board or physical style board made up with examples of the dresses you like, take this along to the bridal appointment to give your consultant an idea of the look you're hoping to achieve. They can then in turn, direct you towards dresses that fit with those styles rather than leaving you bamboozled by the rails full of every style you could imagine!
3. Fifty Shades Of White
When it comes to wedding dresses, the colour that jumps to mind is of course white. However, pure white can appear rather harsh with certain skin tones. When visiting your Birmingham bridal shop, be open to suggestions from your bridal consultant when it comes to shades of white that may work much more harmoniously with your particular skin tone. Ultimately, your bridal consultant wants you to look and feel the very best version of yourself, and they may help steer you towards something you wouldn't have otherwise considered, but turns out to be 'the one'.
4. Important Questions
So you've set your budget, you've created a style board and visited a couple of bridal shops in Birmingham that stock bridal designers that fit with your budget and style. You've tried on some wedding dresses and found the one that makes you feel incredible. Now is the time to make sure that the purchasing process goes equally as smoothly and you end up with the perfect dress and perfect fit on the big day - so here are a few questions that will ensure everyone is on the same page and expectations are realistic and understood by both the bride and the bridal boutique.
1. Can this dress be made to order?
2. Can alterations be made to alter the neckline/train/sleeve style?
3. If made to order, how long will the dress take to arrive?
4. How many fittings will I need to arrange to make the required alterations and how long is the alteration process?
5. Can the dress be stored if ready before the wedding?
We answer some of these questions from our perspective over on our recent 'Walk Through Your Visit To Lief Bridal Boutique Birmingham' blog post. Simply click here to go and take a look!
If you are ready to come and take a look at the stunning range of wedding dresses we stock here at Lief Bridal, pop on over to our online booking form and request a time that suits you. We look forward to meeting you and finding you the perfect dress for your day x