The Ultimate Guide to Your Wedding Dress

The Wedding dress is one of the most important investments of the wedding day. It is considered as one of the top four priority wedding elements including catering, photos and entertainment.

The wedding dress industry has become such a large and unique niche in the fashion world, with plenty of high-end designers setting fashionable trends year after year, meaning that there are literally thousands of different styles of bridal gowns to choose from.

When shopping for something as meaningful and significant as your wedding dress, there are a few things you need to know beforehand. You should start looking for your dream dress about six to eight months before your wedding day.

This leaves you plenty of time to browse, shop, find and alter your wedding dress. Double check with your ceremony venue to see if there’s any specific dress code.

This comprehensive guide will provide you with all the details you need to know when you embark on your wedding dress shopping journey.

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Set A Budget

As with everything regarding your wedding, you will need to set a budget for your wedding dress. An average wedding budget ranges from GHC 9,000 to GHC 35,000 or more, depending on what you want and since there is essentially no limit to how much you spend on your gown, the amount you set as your wedding dress budget is entirely dependent on your total wedding budget and the importance of the dress to you.

If you don’t need the designer label and simply want a pretty dress that looks good, then you can reduce your budget drastically. We suggest researching dress costs and finding a price tag that you’re comfortable with, also set your dress budget slightly higher than your price tag to cater for any alterations and accessories you might add on later.

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Wedding Location is Key

Knowing the place and time of your wedding will help focus your search. Before you tell yourself that you must have a princess ball gown with an extended train, think about where you are getting married.

The ceremony and reception location, as well as the travel between the two venues, are huge determining factors in the type of gown you can wear. For example, if you are having a beach or backyard wedding, you don’t want to have a gown with a train dragging on the ground.

Most fabrics are suitable year-round, but some, like linen and organdy, are more appropriate for warm weather, while velvet and brocade are best left for cool weather.

If you know that it will be very hot or humid at your outdoor wedding, sleeves and heavy fabrics probably won’t be very comfortable. Think about the weather and the locations in which you’ll be wearing your dress and you can start moving forward to finding your dream gown.

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