You’re engaged — congratulations! Now, the planning begins, and finding your wedding dress in London can be easy if you know where to look and how to plan. The Belle Bridal team shares some expert tips and advice in this post.

Wedding dress shopping can bring both feelings excitement and anxiety. London wedding dress shops can vary dramatically. But, with a little planning ahead of time and an idea of what you’re looking for, it can be much easier.

Belle Bridal has been helping women to choose their perfect dress for years. So, our team is using this experience to reveal how you can find your dream wedding dress and make the day a little less stressful!

Browse Dresses Before Shopping

There’s no doubt that soon after the ring was on the finger, you started looking at wedding dresses! There are thousands of different dresses to browse in Pinterest and designs to suit every personality, size and shape.

Even if you aren’t sure exactly what you want, it’s a good idea to browse online or in magazines before you hit the shops. Try and become familiar with the different wedding dress styles and what might suit your figure. If you really don’t know what you want, start by a process of elimination. What don’t you want? Going in with an idea, no matter how vague, can make the day much, much easier.

Make Appointments Beforehand (and for Free at Belle Bridal!)

Unfortunately, you can’t just walk up to a wedding shop or boutique in London and try on dresses. Appointments need to be made beforehand at most London wedding dress shops. Small bridal boutiques, such as Belle Bridal, offer free consultations. This means you have the Belle Bridal team’s undivided attention when you visit the shop. Make sure you don’t book lots of appointments for one day, as you certainly don’t want to feel rushed or too tired.

Research London Wedding Dress Shops

Before you make any appointments or plan your day, make sure you know about the wedding dress shop that you are visiting. Which designers do they stock? How much are their dresses? If you don’t know London like the back of your hand, always check the whereabouts of the shops you plan on visiting. You don’t want to be in North London and then have to make it down south a few hours later for another appointment. Some bridal shops will be extremely busy on a Saturday, so making a mid-week appointment could also be easier.

At Belle Bridal, we offer discount wedding dresses and sample sales to suit every bride’s budget. At our London wedding dress shop, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about stock and appointments prior to your arrival.

Stick to Your Budget

You must stick to your intended budget before hitting the shops. If you don’t have a budget, you are likely to get even more confused while shopping. The last thing you want to do is find a perfect dress, only to find out later down the line that you can’t afford it. Don’t set yourself up for heartbreak! Remember that there are still some amazing wedding dresses available at a discounted price.   

Don’t Bring Everyone With You

Bringing one or two people with you to find your wedding dress is really important. Opinions from loved ones are always welcome. But, we would advise you not to bring too many people. Although hearing opinions is great, too many can really make you confused.

Listen to the Bridal Boutique Staff

The owners or employees in any London wedding dress shop will have a wealth of knowledge about wedding dresses. Fabrics, designs, costs; you name it and they’ll know it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and take their advice on board. They are sure to have met a lot of brides in similar situations.

Book your free wedding dress consultation with Belle Bridal as you search for your perfect dress. Our unique boutique offers an intimate personal shopping experience and we have dresses for every price range. So get started with finding your dream dress with Belle Bridal today!