You have booked your venue, hired your photographer and now it’s one of the biggest decisions for the bride…the dress!

As a wedding photographer I love seeing all styles and designs of wedding dress but the decision to find the dress that’s ‘the one’ is often not easy! Last year I photographed Abbie and Zac’s engagement shoot and I have teamed up with bride-to-be Abbie to give you some tips on making the wedding dress process stress free and maybe put some worries at ease.

You can check out their engagement shoot here: http://victoriaemmaphotography.com/portfolio/abbie-zac-engagement/

– Don’t set your heart on the first dress you try on or one you have loved for years online. Try every style on! What you have imagined will suit you might not be what suits you when you actually try it on. Plus, trying on lots of beautiful dresses is always fun!

– Set yourself a realistic budget. Make sure you have added in any extra costs, e.g. storage costs, fittings and alterations. Estimate the costs, so you can try on dresses in your price range. Being able to afford the final fitting and last minute adjustments will make sure you feel 100% comfortable in your dress on your special day.

– Don’t feel you have to buy a dress in the first wedding dress shop you have been in. It is not a decision to be rushed and the people in the shop will not be offended! There is no limit to how many dresses you can try on and it is good to shop around, as different shops stock different style dresses.

– Go to wedding fairs and trunk shows. Often they have wedding dress sales, where you could bag yourself a bargain. If you like a certain designer most wedding dress stockists have designer weekend sales every 3-4 months. It could save you money off that dream dress! Some shops will also give a discount off the dress if you buy the bridesmaid dresses from them too so it is definitely worth enquiring if they do packages. Check out http://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-fairs/ for events in your area.

– If there is a veil you try with the dress and you love it, express your interest in it. Nine times out of ten they will throw the veil in for free!

Hope these tips help any bride-to be’s and happy dress shopping!

Victoria