BUYER BEWARE: Online gowns

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Buyer Beware
Online Gowns: Not What You Think!
By: Susan Powell 1-wedding-dress-shopping-0928-stocksy-main

You just said “yes” to the dress and you’re on your way to begin preparing for one of the most important days of your life!  Your personal bridal consultant will now be there for you to assist you in finding the best bridesmaid style to accent your dream wedding gown.  The color theme should be discussed and should be a color the bride wears well accenting her skin tone, eyes, or hair as these bridesmaids will be the back drop for the bride’s most important photograph. Your wedding day will come and go however, your memories and your photographs will last a lifetime.

The bridesmaid style should reflect similar styling, or mood, of what the bride has selected.  Find a similarity in both styles to create an amazing photograph.

Selecting a different style for each maid is a big fashion trend.  The colors are usually kept in the same shade.  In order to achieve this look it is important to be purchasing the maids styles from one bridal specialty store that will be certain all gowns are sewn with the same bolt of fabric so that all color dye lots remain the same.

Far too often a bride will comment, “My girls all live in different states, so it’s easier for each of them to order their gowns in their home state.  This often creates disaster for the bride to be.  The bridesmaid’s gowns should be purchased in the same area the bride resides.  Discounts will be offered by the bridal specialty store you choose to purchase your beautiful wedding gown.  They will also service these maids for you offering personal alteration services that are often scheduled the morning or weekend of your bridal shower. By using a full service salon you can rest assured, the maids style you choose will be sewn by the same person and that the colors will all photograph the same.

Today, our brides are taunted by the many unique opportunities to obtain great prices of maid’s styles online, however, this is a purchase that comes with many risk factors and some careful consideration should be made before “clicking” to purchase a designer dress online.

Brides-of-America,-Miami,-Online,-bridesmaid-dresses,-Mori-Lee,-2Many overseas copy houses will display a designer photograph promising to send you a name brand at unbelievable prices.  If it sounds too good to be true, it just might be. In the event you are lucky enough to find an online store offering a sale price on your dream maids gowns, please remember what sounds like “a deal” often turns out to cost more.

Your full service bridal salon will professionally press your maid’s gowns with an industrial steamer that will remove wrinkles without damaging your gown.  All gowns are shipped into this country in air tight bags.  The gown must be professionally steamed prior to doing alterations and custom hems.  The average price of a dry cleaner pressing a gown ranges from $38-$42.  Your gown will then need alterations to custom fit your body.  A full service salon will offer alterations on the premises.  After your maids gowns are custom fit, they will be once again need a pressing prior to walking down the aisle on your wedding day.   A salon will do that for you without charge.  Many full service salons also offer complimentary storage and will insure your merchandise until the wedding day.  Please use caution when coordinating your wedding day.