Unless your wedding is going to be held on a beach where you might wear shorts and a t-shirt, you will more than likely be looking for some formalwear for your special day. We realize that the groom might not be too excited about this prospect, but it is still one of those necessary evils that must be pursued. It is usually best if the bride is involved in both their own search for a bridal gown and in the groom's search for his tuxedo. When should your search begin. Right away. Keep in mind that it will take time for your orders to arrive and then you both will need to fitted. After your fittings, you will then have a period of time to wait for your alterations to be made. And more often than not, the bride's gown will need to go through a number of fittings. So, the question now is this. What should you and your fiance be looking for when you start to seeking out some formal shops in the Jacksonville area? We are glad you asked. Below we have included some tips that will help you in this all important search because when you stand up there in front of all of your friends and family, you will want to make sure you look absolutely amazing.
In terms of the groom, one of the main questions to answer is whether you should rent or buy. First off, you need to know that renting will be a lot less expensive. In general, renting will cost you 10% to 30% of the price of purchasing a brand new tuxedo. But your decision should be based on whether you will be attending a lot of formal events in the future. If you are in a position where you know there will be a call for you to wear a tuxedo 5 or 6 times in the next 3 years, you might want to consider purchasing your own. But if you know for certain that the chances of you needing a tuxedo in the next 20 years is slim to none, then your best option is to rent. When it comes to choosing a formalwear shop, here are a few pieces of advice. You want to make sure that the store has its inventory updated on a regular basis. You also want to ask how experienced and well trained the tailors are that work there. Someone who knows how to measure you properly and make alterations is essential. You also want a shops where the consultant is a good listener but at the same time can give great advice. And what about accessories? Make sure they carry all of the accessories you are looking for.
Our first big piece of advice for the bride is to take only a couple of people with you to your appointments. Many brides make the mistake of making their shop visits a group affair. Then, when they have 10 opinions ringing through the ears for each dress they try on, it becomes very hard for them to make a decision. Take a couple of people you trust and who will tell you the truth no matter what you try to fool yourself into believing. Also, don't try on too many dresses. This will become dress overload for you. Trust your consultant to big out a few dresses based on what you have told them you are interested in. Sample gowns can provide a huge find or a big letdown. Sample gowns have been tried on hundreds of times and may be damaged in ways that you don't even realize yourself. If you see a discount on one that you really like and have to check out, have the person with you look over the dress very carefully. Remember, the size number on the dress is just that, a number. What matters is that it fits well. Another thing that we cannot stress enough is that you stay open minded at your appointments. Don't get so wedded to a specific dress that is running through your head that you won't consider anything else that the consultant shows you. In addition, talk to your consultant about your budget before you even try on one dress. This way, they will only bring out dresses that are within your budget range. Research your bridal salon selections well before you make any appointments. Check out online feedback on any you are interested in visiting. Do they carry the designers you are interested in? Are their consultants knowledgeable and experienced? This is a must and you should insist on it. We wish you well as you search for your all important threads for your big day.