With a vast number of dresses and designers available to order online these days, finding the bridal dress of your dreams has never been easier. Saying that though, it can be overwhelming especially if you’re worried about how to go from an idea to a purchase. If this sounds like you, check out our tips below!
Find your Inspiration
The very first thing that most brides will do, regardless of if they’re planning to buy online or in-person is to find some inspiration! Pinterest will be your best friend here- just make a new board and save any dresses that catch your eye. Another option is going the “old-school” route and cutting out dresses you like from magazines or bridal catalogues.
Identify favourite features
After scouring the internet for what probably feels like forever, take a look at your dress selections and try and make a list of any re-occurring trends. Maybe you are saving gowns with full A-Line skirts, or maybe you notice a lot of lace, sleeves or sweetheart necklines. This doesn’t mean you have to go with a dress that has all of these elements- but it’s really helpful to know when you’re just starting out.
Work with your budget
The next thing to figure out is how much of your wedding budget you’re willing to spend on your wedding dress. This will help you narrow down your search to specific designers and retailers! The beauty of online shopping is that there are no surprises with pricing; you know exactly how much the dress will cost which is super helpful with planning.
Read reviews from other customers
So, you think you’ve found the online retailer that you’ll buy your dress from; their price range is great and the dresses are totally your style! Reading through reviews from previous customers, and checking their social media is a great way to make sure that a) the shop is legit and b) that they have killer customer service.
Get your measurements taken
Getting your measurements correctly taken by a professional seamstress or tailoring business will help ensure the best fit for your wedding dress. If that’s not possible, get a friend or family member to measure you with the help of the brands measure guide. We really like the one by Tania Olsen Designs which you can check out here.
Talk to a Sentani stylist
With your measurements recorded, you can now check them against the brand size chart. It’s at this stage we’d recommend reaching out to a Sentani stylist via email, our live chat or phone. When you provide our team with your measurements, we can give you advice on what size we think would be the best fit for you. Remember, most of our customers find that they can either be between sizes, or a different size to their standard casualwear clothing. This is totally normal, so don’t stress! Our team is super experienced with styling from petite to curve, so rest assured that we can help with any query that you may have.