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17 ESSENTIAL
WEDDING GOWN
SHOPPING TIPS
July 20, 2017
by Camille Abbott

17 Essential Wedding Gown Shopping Tips

(that will make you want to book an appointment for next weekend)
For Greta from GretaKate, her a inity for fashion design runs much
deeper than simply creating garments.

She feels incredibly lucky to be part of a bride's wedding day and the
preparation and planning stages as well: "I o en spend over a year
getting to know a bride and her life. It’s wonderful sharing all her
excitement leading up to the big day."

To help you with selecting, shopping for and ordering the perfect
wedding gown for you, Greta has pulled together her 17 Essential
Wedding Dress Shopping Tips.

Thank you, Greta!

Greta from GretaKate

Before You Make An Appointment
1 . S TA R T L O O K I N G W E L L I N A D VA N C E

A lot of bridal stores require a minimum of 6 months’ notice, but one year in advance (if possible) is ideal. This allows plenty of time for shopping,
ordering, delivery and alterations.

2. WORK OUT WHAT YOU LIKE AND WHAT SUITS YOU

It’s really important to feel comfortable in your wedding gown.

If you feel amazing, you will look amazing.

So I would suggest that you start by collecting images you like - it might be the lace, the style or the silhouette that appeals to you.

I o en ask my brides what types of clothes they naturally feel good in, as this can sometimes be translated into a wedding gown style. For
instance, you might love wearing crew-neck Ts and this could mean that you would feel great in a high neck lace gown with sleeves. 

Then I would recommend trying on a range of di erent gowns, as sometimes 'the one' is a surprise to the bride.

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3 . M A K E Y O U R F I R S T A P P O I N T M E N T A F T E R Y O U H AV E W O R K E D O U T T H E B I G P I C T U R E

I suggest starting to shop for your gown a er your wedding date has been set and maybe even a er you’ve booked your venue.

4 . I T ’ S I M P O R TA N T T O K N O W W H A T Y O U R B U D G E T I S B E F O R E Y O U S E T F O O T I N T O A S T O R E

Prices can vary between costs for an o -the-rack gown collection vs a couture gown. It really depends on the brand.

A GretaKate o -the-rack gown that is custom made to fit you, starts at $2800. This means the design has already been established, but the gown
is made to fit you. 

You should also keep in mind that,  it is common for o -the-rack gowns to incur an extra fee (especially the hem), as they are ordered in a
standard size and then alterations are needed to make them fit. These alterations could cost anything from $200 to $1200, depending on the
work required.

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Getting Ready For Your Appointment
5 . S K I P T H E S P R A Y TA N

I would not recommend having a spray tan within a few days of a shopping or fitting appointment, as it will rub o on the gowns.

6 . I F Y O U F E E L B E T T E R W E A R I N G M A K E U P, W E A R M A K E U P !

You will step into most gowns, but please be a little careful and considerate when trying them on.

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7 . I F Y O U K N O W H O W Y O U M I G H T WA N T Y O U R H A I R O N T H E B I G D A Y, W E A R Y O U R H A I R L I K E T H A T

For a shopping appointment, it doesn’t really matter, but bring a hair tie regardless!

8. BRING ALONG APPROPRIATE AND VERSATILE UNDERWEAR

A pair of nude coloured knickers and a strapless bra are ideal.

9 . I F Y O U A L R E A D Y H AV E Y O U R B R I D A L S H O E S , B R I N G T H E M W I T H Y O U

Usually the shop will have a pair of heels, but you could always bring another pair if you wish, with a similar heel height to what you feel most
comfortable wearing.
 

Dress Shopping Etiquette
1 0 . M A K E S U R E T H A T Y O U H AV E B R E A K FA S T A N D M A K E T I M E F O R A B R E A K

Some brides think that you shouldn’t eat before gown shopping, but it doesn’t really matter as (we hope!) you will be eating and drinking on
your wedding day.

If it’s a big day of shopping I would definitely recommend eating brekky and stopping for lunch or co ee as the day can be a little overwhelming.
A break is definitely necessary!

1 1 . L E AV E T H E E N T O U R A G E A T H O M E

I think the first time you go shopping for your wedding gown, it is best to go either by yourself or with your mum and best friend or sister. Any
more than 3 people and you will get totally confused with too many opinions.

12. THERE’S NO NEED FOR YOU TO ROAD-TEST THE GOWN

If you have any concerns about sitting, walking or going to the toilet in your gown, I would raise them with the designer as soon as possible.
 

1 3 . A LWA Y S T R U S T Y O U R I N S T I N C T S

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The designer will always have your best interest at heart as they want their label to look as good as it can on you. Friends and family always have
di erent views - I think this will depend on who it is and your relationship with them.
 

GretaKate

Ordering
14. ENSURE THAT YOUR GOWN WILL BE DELIVERED NO L ATER THAN 3 MONTHS PRIOR TO YOUR
WEDDING DAY

This will allow plenty of time for any unforeseen errors to be rectified or alterations to be made.

1 5 . B E P R E PA R E D T O PA Y T H E D E P O S I T U P F R O N T

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Every shop works di erently – at GretaKate we work on a 50% deposit with the rest to be paid on collection. Some shops may take 30% and then
more a er each fitting.

16. IF YOU ARE PL ANNING ON LOSING SOME WEIGHT BEFORE THE WEDDING AND ARE NOT SURE ON
W H I C H S I Z E T O O R D E R , A LWA Y S TA K E T H E A D V I C E O F T H E P R O F E S S I O N A L S

It is much easier to take in, than let out, a gown.

1 7 . A S K I F T H E R E A R E E X T R A C H A R G E S O R F E E S T H A T W I L L A P P LY F O R C H A N G E O F S I Z E O R
COLOUR, NUMBER OF FITTINGS ETC

This is specific to each individual shop and availability of fabrics, etc. GretaKate try to create fixed prices so there are no nasty surprises at the
end.

GretaKate

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Mobile: 0419 813 155

Studio: 3 Charles Street, Norwood SA 5067

Email: info@gretakate.com.au

Website: www.gretakate.com.au

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