Your Dream Wedding Dress for your Dream Wedding Day
Found that perfect wedding dress yet?
Don't make the mistake thinking that buying a cheap wedding dress means not looking stunning at the altar. The internet has opened up the world to many undiscovered wedding dress designers and with so many around now it has made it one of the best times to source cheap wedding dresses at a much lower price than was possible ever before.
Finding your dream wedding dress is pretty high up on the agenda of things to do. There are a few tips you should follow to ensure selecting your dress is stress free and you feel confident. Buy every wedding magazine you can get your hands on!! You will see a vast number of dresses and outfits and more than likely will stumble across one or two designs that are to die for and make it difficult to make a decision over. When something catches your eye, cut it out and start a scrap book of ideas. You don't have to like the whole look, but something, a part of it could inspire your overall look.
Wear your best underwear when you go to try on your wedding outfit, you will need to ensure that the look you have in the changing rooms will be the look you have at the alter. When you go to look at wedding outfits, only take one or two people with you. An honest opinion will be required, but too many opinions can be annoying. Take your scrap book with you to the bridal shops to help you translate the effect that you are after. Be warned that the dream wedding dress that you love on the hanger may not look as good once it is on you, know your shape and what suits you
You should not expect to find the perfect dream wedding dress during your first shopping trip, you may need to travel further afield. Try and make note of the things you do not like about the outfits that you have tried on and this should help you when looking at the next batch. The fabric should be considered at an early stage. Duchess Satin is one of the most heaviest but although it might have the fabulous rich finish, it might be slightly too heavy for a hot summers day. Dupion and Thai silks are both beautiful and ideal for the summer. Dupion has a heavier texture than the Thai. Silk Georgette is a light floaty slightly transparant material and is usually added as a top layer. It is sensual to touch and softens the silhouette of the wedding dress. Chiffon is a lighter fabric than the Georgette and has a transulcent appearance and is used to softly craft or accent sleeves or drapes that elegantly covers arms or necklines. Italian satin or a mix of satin and silk is not completely natural fabric and developed to give a different texture or quality that natural fabrics are unable to harness.
Before you visit the bridal store, check that they have your size in their 'sample gowns' range. Remember that most suppliers will require approx twelve weeks lead time on making your gown. If you require a dress quicker, this can be done but an additional cost will probably be incurred. If you are made to read a disclaimer, ensure that you read it very carefully before signing. Do not go on any crash diets or suddenly hit the gym or take up running as your size and shape will change drastically and affect the fitting of your dream wedding dress. Make sure that you visit as many wedding dress shops as you can, and you may find that visiting during the week in their less busier times will help ensure that you get more attention. Take a list of questions with you, just in case your mind goes blank once you are there.
Helping Brides to save money BEFORE and AFTER their wedding day!
Internet wedding marketing expert Ramsey Soudah has spent the last 9 months putting together a project which he strongly believes will help today’s brides save several hundreds of pounds not just before their wedding, but after too!
What is this wedding budget saving project all about?
The idea came to Ramsey after realising that brides were not spending the huge budgets on their weddings as they were a few years ago, the recession has hit not just businesses but the buyer too and brides are looking at any way possible to save as much money on their special day. A huge cost to any wedding is usually the bride’s dress and realising how many brides are now looking for once-worn designer wedding dresses to save on the huge costs involved in a new designer outfit he wanted to find a way to bring as many brides-to-be and already married brides together in one place to maximise both the choice for the bride-to-be and to increase the chances for the seller too.
Realising that the internet was over-populated with ‘cheap wedding dress’ alternatives and what with far too much choice for the buyer and seller on search engines with too many companies competing for the first ten slots Ramsey decided to turn to a place which a majority of the UK frequent and that was Facebook and The Bridal Market was born!
With so many places to buy and sell wedding gowns online, what’s different about Bridal Market?
Bridal Market is a totally different concept benefitting both the buyer and seller of once-worn wedding dresses.
There are a few websites purposely set up to bring the bride and seller of a once-worn dress together, however they are basic websites which are all struggling for first place on Google and bring a mish-mash of confusion to both buyer and seller as which one to go with. These websites solely rely on visitors who do manage to find them through hours of browsing the search engines and so the sales of gowns are steady but not a fast turnaround.
Bridal Market is a website that has been integrated into the world’s biggest and most popular social networking site Facebook, which means people don’t need to leave their social meeting place to buy and sell. With over 40 million UK users alone to Facebook the potential to have a much huger and more frequently visited market place to buy and sell wedding gowns is immense.
Why should I sell my once-worn wedding dress through Bridal Market?
Lots of reasons! Firstly as already mentioned, Bridal Market is integrated into Facebook. A lot of people do use search engines to find what they want, but nearly EVERYONE has a Facebook account (over 40 million in the UK alone *correct at time of publicaton) and not only that but most people look at least once every day on Facebook, with many of those having the social networking site open ALL DAY! Bridal Market is heavily marketed on Facebook with a huge PPC campaign aimed solely at females between 18-50 and they also have a Facebook group page for every town that has a dress listed with them which also advertises the sellers gown. On top of the Facebook integrated page bridal market also have an external website bridalmarket.co.uk which is heavily promoted o the search engines and is extremely highly ranked for all the main keyphrases and every dress which is listed on the Facebook app automatically becomes listed on the external site too and vice versa.. So the potential to have your dress seen by thousands more brides-to-be than anywhere else is huge.
Unlike most other websites that list your dress for you they don’t ask for a commission on the sale of your dress. With one of the lowest one-off charges to list your dress @ £11.99 you won’t find a cheaper more advanced place to sell your wedding dress than through Bridal Market.
Why buy a once-worn gown through Bridal Market?
They aim to have one of the biggest collections of once-worn wedding dresses in the country from thousands of top designers as well as the lesser known ones so the selection of styles of wedding gowns will be huge. Their system is set up to make the purchasing of a once-worn gown as easy as possible for the buyer. They have an in-depth search facility allowing the buyer to browse by ‘latest added’, ‘designer’, ‘model’, ‘colour’, ‘size’ and ‘area’ so you are sure to find a suitable dress whatever you are looking for. Once you find your dream dress you will see the details, name, email and phone number of the seller. Choose how you wish to make contact and arrange to make a purchase, it’s that simple.. No logging in, no membership, no payment to Bridal Market. They bring the seller to you absolutely free of charge and hassle free!
As a bride how do I save money before and after my wedding?
The main saving of course is the saving in the cost of the designer dress in the first place. Some designer wedding dresses can cost several thousand pounds when purchased new, but through their listings you can find that dream designer dress, cleaned and looking as good as new for just a fraction of the cost.. Imagine purchasing an Ian Stuart dress for £300 instead of £1500? There is no stigma attached to wearing a gown someone else has before you, after all, who is going to tell any of your guests? No one will know, everyone will be stunned and amazed as you walk down the aisle in your expensive designer wedding dress, no one is any the wiser.
Keep your dress in top condition and clean it afterwards and there is nothing to stop you coming back to Bridal Marketing and listing it for sale yourself after the wedding and get some of your money back! As Bridal Market say, there is the potential to save not just before the wedding, but after too.
How do I sell my wedding dress on Bridal Market?
If you have a Facebook account, simply log-in to it and then visit their page here: http://www.facebook.com/buyandsellweddingdresses and click on the link to ‘Advertise Your Dress’
Once listed, your dress will be on both their Facebook page, on their external website and then placed on their Facebook wedding dress town group page too. They will also twitter about your dress so you can be assured you will get maximum publicity!
How do I look at once-worn wedding dresses to purchase one?
Simply log-in to your Facebook account and visit their page http://www.facebook.com/buyandsellweddingdresses and browse their many wedding dresses for sale.
If you don’t have a Facebook account you can look on to their external website at https://www.bridalmarket.co.uk