TIP 1 - Start Shopping 9-12 Months Ahead (If Possible!)
When wedding dress shopping we definitely recommend you factor in time! All of Hello Romeo gowns are made to order, this can take up to 6 months, and then we ideally like to allow at least 3-4 months for alterations & multiple fittings.
Don’t have that kind of time? Our designers offer rush services, but be prepared to pay an extra fee. Otherwise If you’re lucky enough to fit in sample sizes, we can sell the sample gown off the rack for a lower price.
Tip 2 - Set a Budget!
The first thing we recommend doing is sit down and set your budget on how much you are willing to spend on your dress. This will help with your expectations through your wedding dress shopping experience and also let you take into account for alterations, veil, accessories & shoes. At Hello Romeo we have a set alteration fee, but if you are wanting something changed to the gown you need to allow a little wiggle room for any custom changes.
Tip 3 - Bring Your Nearest & Dearest With You
Take special care when you select which guests will join you on this wedding dress hunt.
Choose guests who are above all, positive people. Make sure your guests are uplifting, understands who you are, what you like, and understand that this day is about you choosing your gown.
At Hello Romeo we suggest keeping guests to a max of 3-4 (also because we are a small boutique with limited seating) If appropriate, we encourage you to facetime/skype your family or friends who are overseas and show them your top favourites!
Should you invite your future Mother in Law? If she’s someone you get along with and super supportive, absolutely. If you worry about her judgment, perhaps invite her to another bridal event.
Tip 4 - Dont Worry About Sizing!
Wedding dress sizing is quite a bit different to normal street clothing so we definitely recommend ignore the number! Once your gown has been fitted and tailored to fit your beautiful body, your dress wont be a size.
Don't be alarmed if we have two order a couple of sizes up on the designers size chart to what you normally wear, this is simply a guide for the bridal store, not something for you to stress over.
Tip 5 - Keep an Open Mind!
Knowing what you like is super helpful, but don't be afraid to try something that is totally different to what you thought you might like. Often we see brides choose something completely opposite to what they may wear and they LOVE it!
Try things that your stylist may suggest, we know our dresses and after listening to what you like and not like as much, we may be able to pull the perfect dress for you!
Tip 6 - Take Pictures & Videos
Wedding dress shopping can be overwhelming especially if you are visiting multiple stores, so we encourage you at Hello Romeo to take photos and videos of your favourites so that if you do want to go away to think about your dream dress, then you can look back and see closeup details that can be forgotten about after trying on a lot!
Also, if you do go away to think about it and the sample dress sells at least you have photos to look back on if you are unable to try it on again.
Just remember, while photos & videos are great, the sample dresses are not the perfect fit, you may not have your hair & makeup done, it may not be the best lighting, and they aren't photographed professionally so try not to over analyse the photos too much.
Tip 7 - Visiting Multiple Bridal Stores
If you choose to visit more than one wedding dress store try to schedule your appointments over no more than 2 weeks, this way the gowns are fresh in your mind, you are more likely to find the dress you LOVE, and also lock in the best price possible as sometimes designers can raise the pricing of dresses unexpectedly.
If you do schedule multiple appointments in one day be sure to give you and your bridal party breaks! Go for coffee, have lunch, visit a winery, its just as exhausting and overwhelming for them as it is you.
Tip 8 - Ask Questions
We are here to help you. If you have a question, ask! If you have a concern, let us know! If you want to share something, we would love to hear!
Being open with us will only help you throughout your wedding dress process, we would rather know the good or bad so that we can only better your experience.
Tip 9 - Dont Be Afraid to Say Yes to the First Dress You Love
Often brides think its too easy that they have either fallen in love with the first dress they try, or, fallen in love on their first dress trying on, and we are here to say LISTEN TO YOUR GUT.
Deep down, if you LOVE something, you are going to get it, so lets celebrate, tick it off your list and Say Yes to The Dress!
Tip 10 - Enjoy The Moment!
This is day is all about you, so enjoy every moment!
Take this opportunity to celebrate you and your love.
At Hello Romeo, we understand this is one of the most important journeys you will ever go on ,so if there is anything we can do to better your appointment we always want to know!
We cant wait to have you join us soon at Hello Romeo Bridal Boutique