Top tips for buying your wedding dress

Wedding dress Julie Reilly from Perfections Bridal Studio reveals her top tips for buying a wedding dress.

"Planning a wedding is an exciting experience, and we think it means so much more during these uncertain times. Celebrating your love and future union is a great excuse to shop for more than one look if you’re planning to get married this year with a reception later on. It’s important to create a lasting memory of your wedding day, and you deserve to look and feel amazing.

"January is a great time of year to start your search for your dream wedding dress. This is when our boutique is taking delivery of new designs from our spring and summer collections.

"Typically a new gown can take between 15 and 20 weeks to order in, and the alterations process can take up to three months. It’s recommended that you start shopping around nine to 12 months before the big day. Our boutique and many others offer the services of an in-house seamstress.

"If you’re on a tighter timeframe or have a specific budget in mind, now is a great time to buy yourself a luxury bridal dress for a fraction of the recommended retail price. Many shops will be selling samples to make way for new collections, and we also offer the option of paying off the cost in instalments.

"If you’re planning on having a smaller wedding, you may wish to shop for a more elegant and refined gown with a slimmer, more sophisticated silhouette. Designers such as Sassi Holford and Justin Alexander suit brides who want to look feminine, elegant and exude an understated beauty. Eliza Jane Howell’s style is beautifully hand- beaded for those who love a more vintage look, while Essense of Australia channels a bride who is carefree, relaxed and confident."

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