The next step is to decide whether to buy a custom-made gown or a dress from an established designer.
The gowns from top wedding designers can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000, while a more expensive dress can be up to $250,000.
Before buying, it is a good idea to research your dressmaker and see what the cost is before making your decision.
“Once you have decided what you want to buy, it’s time to get it in the mail,” said Ashley Johnson, owner of Dapper and Dapper Designs in Miami.
Johnson and her husband, Jason, are also designers of a collection called “Blue Nile.”
She said they are often the first people in their wedding planning and that they are more than happy to share their knowledge.
“They make some amazing gowns, so they’re a great place to get started,” Johnson said.
“We’re looking to get more into the more sophisticated gowns and then go back to the basics for a little bit.”
When shopping for a wedding dress, make sure to also consider your size.
“If you’re in the same size range, you can go for the cheapest dress and you can see what else you’ll be able to get,” Johnson explained.
“It’s just a matter of choosing the dress that best suits you.”
If you have a larger bust, Johnson recommends sizing down a little.
“The dress will look nicer when it’s slightly bigger,” she said.
Johnson said that for most brides, she and her business partner, Lisa Pender, would recommend a dress that is between 30 and 50 inches wide.
A dress with a narrow waist and a narrow back can also work well for smaller busts.
Johnson also recommends a dress with at least a 20 percent cut and a dress for every bride’s height.
She said that even if you want a dress tailored to your height, it can still be important to find a dress tailor.
“There are some dressmakers who do it for you, and if they don’t, you should just go to another tailor,” she explained.
When shopping online, you’ll find a variety of wedding dresses and gowns on various websites, including Nordstrom and Victoria’s Secret.
“At Nordstrom, we like to give you as much choice as possible,” said Pender.
“Whether you want something tailored specifically for you or you want it tailored for everyone, we can make it happen.”
When deciding on a dress, remember to pay attention to the style and details.
“A good designer is very skilled and they’re always doing something different,” Johnson noted.
“So we have to be very specific about what we want and what we’re looking for.
And they have to know how to dress the bride for you.”
Pender said that if a dress is a little too revealing or tight, it might not work for you.
“That can be frustrating,” she advised.
“But sometimes it’s a good thing, so if you’re getting married and want to show some skin, you want the dress to be comfortable and not too revealing.”
When choosing your dress, it helps to have a good wardrobe.
“You want to be prepared,” Johnson added.
“In addition to having a great wedding dress and a beautiful wardrobe, you need a wedding party.
There are so many wonderful ways to make your wedding special, from a dress to a bridal shower, to a cocktail reception, to the reception itself.
We’ve got great ideas for what you can do, but you still need to have all of the pieces to do it.”
To learn more about dressmaking, check out this article on how to get the best results.
Alyssa D. Johnson is a wedding and reception planner for Nordstrom Resorts.