Once you’re engaged, you may one to dive head first into bridal appointments to find the perfect gown! We’ve put together a list of things you should do before you even schedule your first appointment to make the shopping process as smooth as possible.

             1.Browse styles online

This one may seem like a no brainer but it is super helpful to have an idea of what styles are aesthetically pleasing to you before beginning your shopping. Rather than sort through thousands of styles on Pinterest, gain inspiration from wedding blogs that feature real brides! This will help with the overall vision of what you’re looking for. Style Me Pretty, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Green Wedding Shoes all have tons of real weddings to browse.

             2. Research the shops in your area

Every shop has a different style and price point. Do a quick search of which designers each shop carries to see if they are consistent with your personal style and your vision of your wedding gown! This will help narrow down which stores will mostly likely have your DREAM gown. For example, The Gown Shop Ann Arbor carries designers that are a bit more free flowing and bohemian inspired whereas The Gown Shop Perrysburg offers a little more drama and sparkle. Don’t be afraid to call and ask questions to make sure a store is the right fit for you.

      3. Nail down your budget

This is one of the most important factors. Make sure you sit down and sort down your finances before scheduling your first bridal appointment. This way you can be sure that your budget aligns with the prices of gowns offered. There is nothing more heartbreaking than falling in love with a gown then realizing it is way out of your price range.

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