Soon-to-be engaged ladies will begin their search for their perfect wedding dress. Most women will look at Pinterest for ideas for their special day. Although some women won’t admit they have begun already looking before they even receive a ring, it’s quite well known for women to do so as the majority of women will have been thinking about their big day since they were a little girl.

Excited as you may be to launch the hunt for your ultimate wedding dress, you need to careful selecting a wedding dress shop. If you go about it the wrong way, you might end up spending significantly more on your wedding gown than you expected. So how do you figure out where to start the wedding gown shopping? Follow my five easy tips…

1. Do your research and find out what discount bridal shops, warehouses and vendors exist in your local area.

Research wedding dress shops in Plymouth and find out if they have appointments, limited hours or walk in appointments. I highly recommend you ask if they have alteration services available (it’s just good to know that if you do need it that an excellent seamstress is there to make sure your gown fits perfectly on your special day).

Harper This Diamante-beaded lace and tulle ball gown wedding dress from Stella York


This Diamante-beaded lace and tulle ball gown wedding dress from Stella York boasts a beautiful V-neckline with wide, sparkling shoulder straps. The illusion keyhole back zips up with ease under fabric-covered buttons.


This lavish lace over Royal organza fit-and-flare wedding gown from Stella York glimmers with hand-sewn Diamante beading on its bust, shoulder straps, skirt and low back. The hem has pretty scalloped lace, and the back zips up with ease under Stella crystal buttons.

2. Take a look at wedding shows in your local area

Wedding shows are usually a chance for you to get discounted products. Not only is it a chance for you to look at other necessary purchases you will need for your special day but most bridal shops in Plymouth & Devon will have a stall. It is also an opportunity to get to know them yourself and what they have to offer as well as how they can help assist you in order to find and achieve your dream gown for your big day.

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3. Research the bridal boutiques and salons you’re considering for your shopping experience.

Ask your married friends and co-workers where they bought their gowns and how their experience was. You may have loved her dress, but her nightmare getting the alterations handled may put you off completely. Unless you’re going into a designer showroom, every dress available at a good bridal shop is available in other dress shops.

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This elegant high neck wedding dress with lace beading from Stella York is an impressive fit-and-flare made for a stunning bridal moment. Lace and tulle over Regency organza creates a juxtaposition of beading and lace that brings the drama to your ‘I Do’s’.


Chic, sexy, glamorous, and luxurious, this beautiful satin sheath wedding dress from the  Stella York bridal gown collection boasts an illusion lace bateau neck with sweetheart styling, an illusion lace racer-back, a form-fitting skirt, and elegant train.

4. Check if they’ll allow you to take your own pictures of yourself in your favourite dresses, and if they’ll reveal the designer’s name when you’re shopping.

Some shops can be incredibly strict about this because they know you have other shop locations in mind. You’re less likely to go someplace else if you have looked into your research extensively to find the perfect dress. But you have the right to know who you’re trying on. It’s best to find out what the store’s policies are in advance before making your visit.

5. Find out what sizes the bridal shop has available for you to try on.

The majority of boutiques only carry a bridal size 8 (which is actually a woman’s size 4). If you’re bigger than a size 4, nothing will actually fit you. While it isn’t necessary for every dress to zip up to figure out if you like it or not, you should have the chance to try on a variety of styles in something close to your size as it’ll help see if it’s the right style for you.


This long sleeve wedding dress from Stella York features an embroidered lace bateau illusion neckline, sleeves and back.


  • DO bring your camera wedding dress shopping (if the boutique allows it).
    A photograph of you in your dress adds more possibilities instead of just putting all your trust in the mirror.
  • DO try on as many wedding dresses as you need to…
    According to Nicole Janowicz, celebrity wedding stylist, almost any dress can look stunning on a hanger (or it can look terrible).
  • DO focus first on finding the best wedding dress silhouette for you.
    Details are important—a long row of teensy pearl buttons and a well-placed ruffle or two can mean the difference between a good wedding dress and the perfect one.
  • DO wear a gorgeous bra when you’re trying on wedding dresses.
    On wedding dress try-on day, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your undergarments. Admiring your pretty new bra between gowns will make you feel much more positive than catching a glimpse of the ratty old grey one you’ve had for years.


  • DON’T forget about the top of your wedding dress
    A long, gorgeous wedding dress with a fancy hem is to die for. Just remember that the top of your dress is what people will notice most.
  • DON’T pick a wedding dress just because it’s trendy now
    Trendy wedding dresses won’t necessarily stand the test of time—flip through your parents’ wedding album for evidence of that.
  • DON’T schedule your wedding dress appointment late in the day
    The early bird gets the worm but in this case, the early bride gets an energetic, fresh bridal shop staff that hasn’t dealt with the concerns of a million clients already.
  • DON’T freak out about wedding dress sizing
    Bridal gowns run two to three sizes larger (than your regular size). Once you get your head around that, be realistic; pay attention to how it looks, not what the label reads.

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5 Tips For Helping You Decide On The Perfect Bridal Shop
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