Heck, I'm not sure the Internet existed when I took the plunge! But nowadays, as the Internet grows and matures, this practice has become more and more common since it allows brides-to-be to look all over the world anytime, night or day. It likewise helps facilitate cheap wedding dresses. However, you have to be careful not to get burned. Read on for 5 tips.
First and maybe most importantly, only shop at reputable online retailers. Stick with brands that you've heard about, and try to check out all of the online reviews. If possible, acquire one or more recommendations before you begin your online adventures. And should you receive poor customer support right from the get-go, shop elsewhere.
Second, always browse the store's policies, especially because it relates to shipping and returns. You could find it difficult to identify a web-based wedding dress store that has a good return policy (or any return policy for that matter), so be super careful. Additionally, should you're going with a custom dress, many shops will need a deposit so do not move ahead unless you are 100% sure that you'll be patronizing that one shop.
Third, make certain your measurements are accurate! As I just mentioned, returning a marriage dress purchased on the internet is pretty a guessing game, and should you order one that's inappropriately sized due to your initial inaccurate measurements, there's a high probability you'll be screwed. A good practice is to buy multiple measurements from multiple people: mother from the bride, matron of honor, local tailor, etc. There's a classic saying in carpentry – measure twice, cut once – which the same principle applies here.
Fourth, avoid waiting before the last minute. You don't know how long a purchase might take, particularly in the case of the custom design, and you'll also leave plenty of time for any alterations that may be necessary. Plus, you'll have shipping time tacked on too. So make certain online feel times dress shopping is one of the first things in your wedding planning checklist.
Finally, even should you plan to order your dress online, don't deprive yourself of the physical shopping experience. Before you begin poking around online, go to a few dress shops with family and friends, and also try on several dresses to obtain a sense of what you may be looking for. Doing this can allow you to benefit from the experience, even should you plan to ultimately order the gown online.
We do hope you found these 5 online wedding gown shopping ideas to be both useful and informative. The final point here is that online shopping has benefits, but it's always dependent on 'buyer beware.' So be cautious, and best of luck!