It’s Shopping Time! Now What?
Shopping for your bridal gown can be one of the most exciting days of your life! Unfortunately, there can be factors that can also make it the most stressful. We’ve put together some tips to take that stress away!
*Give yourself plenty of time. While many retailers do sell off the rack, you may not always find the size and/or color you need. Each designer will have their own ship dates and can most often vary between 8-20 weeks. Then you need to factor in alterations. Our seamstress likes to start 6-8 weeks before the wedding. With that being said, if your wedding is within a shorter time frame, don’t hesitate to contact local bridal stores and find out if they sell off the rack. At MK, we definitely sell a lot of gowns off the rack and our seamstress offers rush service if needed. *Set a budget (with a little wiggle room). No one likes to talk about money. But when it comes to bridal gown shopping, knowing your budget before you shop is a great start. Discuss your budget with anyone who may be either helping you purchase your gown, or completely covering the cost before you begin to shop, to avoid any uncomfortable conversations in the bridal store.
*Have an open mind. You should definitely take advantage of all of the sites at your fingertips for bridal ideas – local retail sites, pinterest, blogs, etc… but be willing to try something a little out of the box when you are shopping. We have seen so many brides fall in love with a gown they would have never imagined themselves in.
*Choose your shoppers wisely. This is really one of the best tips we can offer. From experience, we suggest no more than 4-5 guests when shopping for your gown. Consider who knows you best and understands your desires for your wedding. You don’t want your opinion to be lost in a sea of others. And, remember, ultimately the decision is yours. If you feel beautiful in your gown, you ARE beautiful in your gown.
*The last thing to do now is schedule your appointment at MK Bridal! You may do so on our website or give us a call at 417-883-7774. We can’t wait to meet you and help you choose the bridal gown of your dreams!