Before shopping for your wedding dress, you want to consider the type of location of your wedding venue. For instance, if you are getting married on the beach, you do not want to purchase a wedding dress with a long train that will drag along the sand. On the other hand, if your wedding is in the evening, you want to find a dress that is formal and avoid any casual or short dresses. Also consider the time of year that your wedding will occur; some fabrics are more suited for warmer weather and some are better for colder weather.


There’s no doubt about it; a wedding dress will most likely be the most expensive dress that you will ever wear by a long shot. The entire wedding outfit, which includes the dress, undergarments, shoes, veil, and other accessories accounts for about ten to fifteen percent of the entire wedding costs. Remember, this does not even include alterations, which can be pricey as well, and shipping costs. Determine your wedding dress budget so that you do not find a dress that you love that is way over your budget.


We recommend shopping for that dress six to nine months before your wedding. Wedding dress manufacturers take about four months to make a dress, and your alterations could take another two months. If you want a very elaborate wedding dress, it will take even longer to complete the details


Are you unsure of where to begin with wedding dresses? Take a look at bridal magazines to see what types of dresses appeal the most to you. If you see something you like, save it in a folder so that you know what to look out for when you go shopping.


Most wedding salons will require for you to schedule an appointment in order to try on wedding dresses. Before you make an appointment, ask them about the price range of the dresses that they carry and which designers they carry. When you make your appointment, give yourself plenty of time so that you do not rush through the fittings.


It’s always a good idea to bring one or two trusted friends or family members who will provide you with honest, straightforward and kind feedback. Do not bring that frenemy who loves to give backhanded compliments or the friend who’s too afraid to be honest. However, it’s important to limit your feedback to just a few friends because listening to the feedback of several people can be confusing.

Contact us for more information on how we can tell your love story. We would love to show you our studio in Orange County, CA and walk you through our amazing packages, wedding albums, canvases, and other print photography products. We look forward to providing you with more information on our Wedding Videography and Wedding Photography and the opportunity to introduce you to our team!

Paul Bolton