Saturday, October 27, 2012
Buying Dresses Online: Good Idea or Bad Idea?
Shopping for wedding dresses can be a stressful time when it is supposed to be one of the best times of your life. Everyone dreams of their perfect wedding, with the perfect groom, guests and of course, the most beautiful gown that they have ever seen.
But, the reality of this particular dress is that it is expensive and the right one may take days, weeks and sometimes even months to find. Shopping online is one way of saving some money on this gorgeous dress but that may not be the perfect solution for a number of different reasons.
Size Matters: Why You Must Try on This Special Dress Before Purchase
While you might know your regular jeans size or the size of all of your blouses, the wedding gown is a completely different thing. Sizes may run differently between each designer making it difficult to choose the right size from an online site.
If you can find the dress in a local shop and then buy the same model and size online then you have found the best of both worlds. Make sure that the site will be able to ship the dress quickly so that you have the time to get any needed alterations before the wedding day arrives.
Color, Special Touches and Materials: What Online Shopping Lacks is Touch Appeal
There is something about shopping in a wedding boutique that makes finding the right dress that much more spectacular. You are in a shop, surrounded by gowns of every length and style, in a variety of colors and they are right there for you to touch. It allows you to feel how each type of material lays across your skin and how it drapes.
You get a better idea of how beads or pearls will catch the light. You can see the difference between white, off white and antique ivory, something that may not be as obvious on a computer monitor.
Feeling Like a Princess in a Boutique?
In some bridal shops, the customer service is top notch. They bring you glasses of champagne or bottles of water while you shop. They help you in and out of the various gowns, gently suggesting the right style for your body type in the process. Of course, they want to make a sale but they make you feel like you are their only customer.
In other shops, you might be ignored by sales staff who sigh and roll their eyes when you ask questions. Shopping for your gown in a bridal shop is not always a Hollywood movie montage, after all.
Skipping the Crowds and the Frustration
Once you know the right size for your gown, you can go to one of the online shops- whether you go directly to the designer's site or look for a site with far better prices. Many have virtual models that will allow you to see the full view of the dress from every angle without having to put on and take off a dozen dresses in front of total strangers. It will save you time and money as well as the frustration that goes with shopping for something so important.
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Posted by Ann Harrison at 10:57 AM