Besides being a Personal Stylist, and although I do not really a styling service for brides, I am also a Marriage Celebrant
I am very aware that the cost of getting married can be significant, and many couples are working on a strict budget.
The wedding dress can be a major cost, especially if you factor in the price per wear!
There are a few ways to reduce this cost - buy second hand, or hire your dress.
However, I completely understand that many brides want to be the first woman to wear their wedding dress, which leaves a third option - buy online.
I admit that I'm not a fan of buying clothing online but if you decide to do this, to avoid disappointment, here are some a few things to consider:
1. The cheapest gowns advertised are copies of much more expensive gowns, and the photo you are looking at may be a photo of the much more expensive gown, not the cheap version.
2. Be prepared to have the dress altered once it arrives. And for the cost of the alteration,which may be as much as the dress itself.
3. Scrutinise the photo in detail. Look for things like the model scrunching fabric up at the side, which will change the shape of the dress. Look for evidence of photo shopping.
4. Read the reviews.
5. Know the style of dresses that suit your body shape, and which shades of white and ivory suit your skin tone.
6. Check the small print, especially the refund policy. This is the most important dress you will ever wear, so you may have to order, try and return more than once.
7. Do the right thing by the bridal boutique owners. They are usually a small business and every time a dress is tried on, there is a risk of damage and soiling. If you have no intention of buying from them, don't try on their dresses.
I am available for Personal Style workshops, public speaking, wardrobe and colour consultations and personal shopping styling sessions, based in Perth, Western Australia.
To find out more about my Celebrant services, please go to www.celebrantinstyle.com.au.