5 Things to know before you start to look for your wedding dress

5 Things to know before you start to look for your wedding dress
Happy couple who just got engaged

WOW!  Your engaged and now you want everyone to know.  That’s correct- tell your family and friends and even your co-workers.  Be prepared to tell them how you were proposed to.  Was it at a public place or was it private?  This is an exciting time. Getting engaged deserves a celebration!

Post those engagement pictures. If you didn’t have an engagement pictures taken, post a selfie of you and your new fiancé (yes, I said it, fiancé!) and that gorgeous ring.

1. Set your Budget

To make a budget, you’ll need to tally up your savings, maintain a detailed spreadsheet so you don’t go over during the planning process.  Prepare for unexpected costs, as well as make meaningful cuts so that you don’t exceed your total budget. It’s hard work, we know, but putting in the time and energy now ensures you’ll live happily ever after wedding debt free.

You will need to start to create a guest list also, so that you can include this number for your budget.

2. Look at my ring! Now you need to get it insured and sized.

A good way to check the fit of an engagement ring is to put it on, then try to take it off. If it slides onto the ring finger easily but needs one to three seconds of pressure to get over the knuckle on the way off, it’s probably a fairly good fit.  Remember, your knuckle is the largest part of your finger. An engagement ring should feel light and comfortable when it’s on the finger, without any obvious squeezing or discomfort, but it also shouldn’t be able to slide over your knuckle too easily.


  • If the ring is too large, your jeweler will remove a small part of the shank (the part of the ring that goes around the finger), then carefully attach the ends of the ring back together with solder. The jeweler will then clean and polish the ring to remove any signs of the resizing process.
  • If the ring is too small, your jeweler will normally cut the bottom of the ring and add a small piece of metal to the shank. This is done carefully and precisely to increase the size of the ring without any obvious visual signs that it’s been resized.

3. Pick a Date

Save the date cards is a good way to let your friends and family know that you have set your wedding appointments.

The process of how to pick a wedding date will be different for each couple.  A good place to start is to consider how much time you’ll need to plan your amazing day. According to our 2019 statistics, the average engagement is about 15 months long. 

Is there a season that you have always loved more than the others?  Also check with your venue and see if there are any openings for that date.  If you are getting married at a church, there will be marriage preparation classes that you will be required to do before your wedding can happen. Here is a hint- it’s always best to get married at the church that you attend instead of shopping churches that has the best interior for your wedding. 

4. Get Organized and Start Researching

One most important item that you will need to help you keep organized is getting a planner!  You can pick these up at any bridal shop.  With a planner you can create your checklists, write down critical information, track your budget, and put your pictures and research all in one place. If you aren’t normally organized, consider hiring a wedding coordinator.  They can relieve a lot of stress that you may have.  They are worth the money!  

5. You’re now ready to find your dream dress

OUR FAVORITE PART! It’s now time to feel like a bride and try on some wedding gowns here at Bridal Elegance. Putting your look together and imagining the moment you walk down the aisle is something special. Schedule your bridal appointment a month in advance, especially during busy season. If you can come in during the week instead of only on the weekend it will be quieter and focused on YOU! At Bridal Elegance we want our brides to feel safe and comfortable, and we strive to make it the best experience possible.  We love to celebrate with every bride!

After you book your appointment, we will call you and start to get to know more about YOU!  We love to create life memories here in our boutique.

Are you ready?  Click on the link to book an appointment. We can’t wait to see you!

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