Getting these answers helps ensure a more successful shopping experience.

By Aleesha Thomas
March 28, 2019

Shopping for a wedding dress doesn't have to be the most stressful item on your pre-wedding checklist, but that doesn't mean it won't be an overwhelming experience (even if it's in a good way!). With so much going on, it's easy to forget something to ask some of the most important questions, so it's essential to be armed with a list of crucial information you'll want to receive before you even enter the salon. To help, we're sharing a few points to cover with your bridal stylist before you say "I do" to the wedding dress of your dreams.

Can you accommodate my budget?

Before you even start the appointment, you want to make sure that the salon you are visiting can accommodate your budget. The last thing you want is to find out that there's nothing in the store that fits your budget. The best course of action is to ask what price range the salon carries before you schedule your appointment, which ensures you won't be able to fall in love with a dress that costs more than you can afford. If you forget, ask if the consultant can show you only dresses that cost less than your maximum number before you start trying anything on.

Can you help me find something that matches my inspiration photos?

If you've been carefully curating a Pinterest board of wedding dresses you love for years, be sure to show them to your consultant. Trying to have someone pull styles that can top a look they haven't yet seen is only setting everyone up for failure. That's why you shouldn't be afraid to show them any and all inspiration images-whether that's a wedding dress, a favorite red-carpet look on a celebrity, or your venue to give them a sense of your celebration's style, you should always ask if they can help you find something that fits the vision you already have.

Do you offer in-house alterations?

While this is certainly not essential, purchasing a wedding dress from a salon that offers in-house alterations can be nice. The alterations experts there already know the dresses well and have altered them time and time again, and they may even be there to weigh in on which changes are and are not possible when you're shopping. You should also be sure to ask about the price range of their alterations as well, because it this will not be included in the cost of the dress.


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