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CHRISTCHURCH MAIL, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
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03 366 8584
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• Mother of the Bride & Groom
• Bridesmaids • Ball Gowns • Cup Day
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• Made to measure service
• Bring in your alterations for us to do
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Groom the Groom
Tips for finding therightwedding gown
Right style: Choosing your perfect wedding gown is a big decision.
Who is the best shopping partner?
Keep it low key. Too many
opinions can become confusing, so
it can be helpful limiting it to two
The bride can easily forget what
she wants, which also makes it
difficult for the bridal consultant to
get the bride's honest opinion so
they can suggest the right styles.
Deciding who to take can be
tough. Your mother is not always
the best option because she will
think you look amazing in
everything! Someone that always
seems to buy you the perfect gift or
has the same taste as you when they
dress or decorate is a good option.
When to start?
Start looking as soon as you can
so you have enough time to look
around and comfortably decide
without feeling rushed.
Most bridal stores will need about
six months before your wedding day
to get your dress ready, so if you
start seven to eight months before
your wedding that leaves you one to
two months to make the final
It's best to avoid looking right on
the six month mark as you will need
to make a rushed decision and may
feel pressured to buy a gown you're
not 100 per cent sold on.
What to take?
On your first visit it's all about
finding the right dress so you don't
need your jewellery or accessories.
Your second visit is the perfect
time to decide on what accessories
will work best and you will need the
right underwear to help create a
If you haven't found your perfect
shoes yet, don't fret. There's no need
to take shoes to your first
appointment, your gown will be
hemmed much later in the process.
Trying on a white gown without
being made-up can seem almost as
daunting as trying on a bikini in the
middle of winter. While it's not
necessary to have a full face of
makeup, it does help to make
yourself feel pretty, as it can be quite
hard for some brides to visualise
what they'll look like on the day
without any makeup on.
How much research should I do?
Deciding on whether to do lots of
research for your dream gown, or
heading in with a completely open
mind is a difficult choice.
On one hand, you want to be
completely prepared with styles and
features that you love, but on the
other, you don't want go into
boutiques with tunnel vision
determined to make a particular
style (that may or may not suit you)
Finding ideas on your ideal style is
a great start, although keeping an
open mind and listening to your
bridal consultant is very important.
Remember they have seen hundreds
of gowns on thousands of brides.
One thing that you should stick to
however, is your budget. Be honest
with the designer about your price
range so you don't fall in love with
something you can't afford.
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