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Buying Your Wedding Dress Online

| tips | June 2, 2014

Do you dare consider buying  your wedding dress online?

Many girls will instantly say “yes!” and regale you with stories about the money they saved doing so, while others will insist it’s a bad idea.

The decision to shop for wedding dresses online is entirely up to you, but there is no doubt that the online wedding industry is booming and many ladies have found fabulous deals on dresses that would be out of their price range in a traditional boutique.

Elegant and cheap wedding dresses are possible to find, if you know where to look. Furthermore, if you make your selection carefully, you can avoid frustration and disappointment.

They key to purchasing wedding dresses online is research. Know what kind of dress fits suit you best, what fabric you prefer and what your measurements are. This may involve a little in-person research at local wedding shops, where you can narrow down designers, styles and fits you like before hunting for that same dress online.

Off-the-Shoulder Neckline wedding dress

Trying on dresses in person before purchasing online is a key component that will help eliminate unflattering styles from your search. It will also enable you to become familiar with what certain fabrics feel and drape like, as well as whether they’re suitable for the season your wedding will be held in.

Once you know what you’re looking for, it’s time for the online bargain hunting to begin. Again, choose Internet retailers carefully. Check online reviews, return policies and sizing guides to ensure that the bargain dress of your dreams doesn’t become a nightmare.

Some bridal websites have extremely strict return policies, which may include either not allowing returns at all, not allowing returns if the dress doesn’t fit, restocking fees or only letting you make exchanges or returns within 24 hours. This is done to protect the interests of the company, and is often the case with sites that offer extreme deals on designer dresses for a limited period of time.

Other bridal shops, typically ones that offer both online and national chain-shop sales, often have more reasonable policies. Read the fine print and if that’s the case, you could do what some brides do. Purchase one or two dresses you like, try them on, and return the one that isn’t suitable.

The next plan of attack to ensure that when shopping for cheap wedding dresses online you come out looking amazing is to employ the services of a great tailor or seamstress. Once again, do your research in advance. Ensure that the professional you’re planning on working with is experienced with your dress’s fabric (and wedding dresses in particular), that he or she can meet your time frame, and that the cost for alterations is within your budget. You don’t want to be surprised with a bill so large it renders the savings on your dress moot.

Buying wedding dresses online isn’t complicated; it just takes a little planning. While it isn’t for everyone, the amount of money that can be saved does make it rather enticing for brides-to-be on a budget. If you’re up for a little research, you could be one of many happy ladies who found a designer gown worth thousands for just a few hundred dollars on the Internet.

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