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Let’s talk about wedding dresses!!! Next to the diamond ring, I think finding the dream gown can be one of the most exciting and at same time stressful thing for brides! Whether you are having a casual beach wedding or a grand ballroom affair, the wedding dress sets the tone for the wedding.

The bride is the centerpiece of a wedding!! Everyone will be turned to see you walk down the aisle in your stunning gown, not to mention it will be in your wedding photos you’ll keep forever!!!

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The choices can seem overwhelming for sure. What style are you wanting? Ball Gown, Sheath, A-line, Mermaid, or Fit and Flare are the most common. You can find a detailed description of each of these types in this helpful article by Allure Bridals featured in Wedding Wire. You can check out different bridal shops by clicking the links under the photos to view website.

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I have seen all types of gorgeous gowns in my years as a wedding photographer. My best advice is to make sure you look like yourself on your wedding day! It is easy to copy other brides on social media thru Instagram, Facebook and the almighty Pinterest! Make sure that the dress you choose reflects your personality and style. Tami Parks, owner of Great Lakes Wedding Gown Specialists, recommended I share these 6 helpful tips with you before you say “yes to the dress!”

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  1. Choose to shop at local, trusted bridal boutiques. Consultants there are trained to help you know how gowns should fit and how they can be altered, bustled, and cleaned. You’ll also have someone who can help you if something is not as you imagined or if your size changes.
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2. Know what to expect at each boutique you visit. Most bridal stores require an appointment in order to try on wedding gowns; some may have small fitting areas and a limit on the number of guests you can comfortably bring. They want you to shop and feel comfortable and confident, so respect their guidelines and they’ll give you a wonderful experience.

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3. Have fun and try on a variety of styles! This is your time to play dress-up. Even if you’re pretty sure you know exactly what you want; go ahead and try on a suggestion from your consultant or your mom. You may be surprised at what you discover, or you may have a good giggle – either way is okay!

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4. Style matters. In general, gowns with lace or detailing will be a bit easier to wear than a very simple sheath gown of a matte fabric. When choosing a gown, remember that later alterations will enhance what you’re seeing, but cannot change the shape of the gown nor of your body. Backless gowns are very popular and beautiful, but they do not offer bust support; so if you are larger than a small C cup, think about purchasing a gown that you can wear a bra with. You’ll be happier and much more comfortable.

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5. Order the size recommended by the shop. Wedding gown sizing is not standard – size charts vary from ready-to-wear and from one designer to another. It’s important that your measurements are taken correctly and compared to the designer’s size chart.

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6. Once your gown arrives, plan to invest in alterations and professional pressing to make the gown fit and lay as it should. If your boutique offers in-house alterations or has a recommended seamstress, that is a good place to start with finding a qualified bridal alterations specialist. On this most important dress of your life, it’s worth paying for a professional. You can expect to spend $250 – $500 on the average wedding gown alterations plus $50 – $100 for pressing. It’s well worth this for a bustle that does not fall down, a bodice that fits you like a glove, and a hem that you’re not stepping on all day.

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If you’re on the fence about a dress, ask to try on a veil, headpiece or jewelry (if the bridal salon carries those items). Accessories can sometimes add that extra bit of detail that might be missing—it’s the icing on the cake!

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“When you find the one, get confirmation in writing of your estimated arrival date, along with fitting and pick-up information. Make a list of everything you still need (accessories, make up and lingerie) and keep everything in one place. When you bring your dress home, keep it safe from moisture, dirt, stains and wrinkles. Many bridal shops will give you a cloth dress bag when you pick up your dress.” ~ The Celebration Society

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Don’t be discouraged if you do not find you dream wedding gown in the first store. While some brides can say “Yes!” to the very first dress they try on, others feel the need to try on more. You’ll know it when you find it! Enjoy the process!!

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Here is information for Tami at Great Lakes Wedding Gown Specialists Website: http://www.greatlakeswgs.com
Instagram: @greatlakeswgs
Facebook: Great Lakes Wedding Gown Specialists
Email: tami@greatlakeswgs.com
Text or Call: 616-283-2995

Tami has graciously shared a coupon for wedding gown services!

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