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Finding Your Perfect Wedding Dress

Wedding dress shopping is one of the most exciting purchases you can make. The process can also be hugely overwhelming but by sticking with some simple rules the process should be the beginning of your enjoyable wedding experience.

Research is Key

Do as much research as you can to figure out the styles, shapes and colours which you find most attractive and that you feel will suit and compliment your body shape and skin tone.

Have a look at as many different wedding dress designers who will often showcase their latest seasons collections online and narrow your favourites down to four or five designers.


Once you’ve decided designers which you would really like to try on, check their websites to find your local stockists and book your appointment. For Harper Smith Bridal, the brides experience is key and so a we adopt a relaxed no pressure environment, so that you are happy during the whole process.


Timing your purchase

It is advisable to leave yourself a minimum of 9 months to find your wedding dress. Many industry specialists advise that it is best if you can start 12 months before your wedding to allow extra time for fittings and alterations.


Your body may change in the run up to your wedding day and so you should time the fittings and alterations to be done at a point where you feel confident that your body will be most similar to what it will be like on your big day.


When you have found the dress of your dreams, depending on the designer you have chosen and the design of the wedding dress itself, you will have to allow for 12-16 weeks for the dress to be manufactured with an additional couple of weeks for shipping and delivery, so order well in advance of if your big day.

Your Entourage.

You should consider carefully about how many people you bring to your appointment even if you are just doing so to keep everyone happy. Take between one to three people with you to your appointment and only those that will give you constructive and honest feedback.

Having to many people at your appointment will lead to conflicting opinions and may cause you to second guess your own opinions of a particular style which you have fallen in love with.


We at Harper Smith Bridal to accommodate larger parties but our focus is always the bride herself at all times. Ultimately the wedding dress buying process should be an enjoyable and happy experience for you firstly.


how many dresses should i try on ?

Trying on as many dresses as possible may sound exciting, the actual experience may only overwhelm and confuse you. Using a shortlist of styles that you like, aim to try on between four to seven dresses.


When selecting styles to try, listen to the advice of the shop assistants, they will be knowledgeable of all of their styles and shapes and have the experience to recommend the best styles to enhance your shape and build. They may also offer designs which you may have never have considered.


Using this advice, and your own instincts, narrow down to your selection to 1-2 pieces and try on these gowns for a second time, allowing you to end the appointment with a firm idea of what you actually liked and for which dress you will say the all important yes!!

Be true to your own style.

No one knows better than you what style of dress you like and feel comfortable in. It’s cliche but true, you wear the dress, the dress doesn’t wear you, so make sure you’re not so bowled over by a gorgeous gown that you forget to ask whether you feel like 'you' in it. Similarly don’t be too easily led by the latest fashion and trends, especially where this conflicts with your personal style.


Above all you should be comfortable in a wedding dress and if you have chosen a design that doesn’t fit your personal intrinsic style, you simply wont be you on the big day, the best version of your in that dress.


Taking your time

Even if you think you’ve found ‘The One’ within minutes of arriving at the boutique, try on a couple more dresses to make absolutely sure. You may just be excited from actually trying on wedding dresses making you feel that way. On the other hand, don’t ignore the goosebumps you get from your first dress just because it’s the first, it may actually be the ‘One’!


If you have any reservations or doubts at all, keep shopping. We at Harper Smith bridal recommend you only place your order when you are happy with your chosen dress and are happy to give you take time to think and return at for a second appointment, when you’ve found ‘The One’, you’ll definitely know.


Don’t worry if you have wobbles after buying your dress though this is totally normal. As soon as you see it (and try it on again) you’ll remember why you fell in love with it.


Keeping these simple suggestions in mind when shopping for your dream dress will hopefully lead to an enoyable fun experience for yourself and your bridal party!! Feel free to message or call Harper Smith Bridal if you have questions or want to book you appointment.


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