Thank you for your interest in Papilio, and best wishes on your engagement. You must be very excited but at the same time nervous about your upcoming wedding. Like any bride, you probably like to look your best on your big day. Besides, we do not know any other occasion when your dress will matter as much as it does on your wedding day. Many brides will agree that choosing the perfect wedding dress is one of the essential wedding decisions to make. It can make or break your entire bridal look. That’s why it is crucial to do research and educate yourself. The better you plan it, the easier it will be for you.
SMALL BUT SMART DECISIONS TO MAKE!
We believe that every bride is unique, and every wedding is different. And how you are going to look for your wedding dress will forever stay in your memory. It will become a bonding time with your friends and family that will create new memories and will bring you closer. As a bride, you have a lot of important decisions to make. First of all, you need to think about who will you invite for your wedding dress shopping. We recommend bringing only the closest friend and 2-3 family members. It can be your maid of honor, your mother, your mother-in-law, and your sister or cousin. Remember you do not want too many people to know what wedding dress you are going to wear, because it can ruin that special moment when a bride walks down the aisle and everyone has goosebumps because she looks so unbelievably stunning. Besides, when you invite more than four people for your bridal appointment, you have a chance of being overwhelmed with too many opinions and too much advice.
The countdown to your big day has begun, it is time to start your wedding dress shopping. It will take time. Sometimes it may take longer when you anticipated. First, it is crucial to begin the planning process for your wedding shopping experience. Shopping without any idea on what you want can make you feel overwhelmed with all the choices offered to you. At the same time, it is good to stay open-minded and try different styles. Here are the steps on how you can plan your wedding dress shopping and make shopping for your dress easy and fun.
START WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING EARLY!
Getting a wedding dress may take anywhere from 6 to 12 months depending on the design, fabrics availability, shipment schedule, etc. The earlier you start, the better off you will be. Starting from 8 to12 months will allow you to avoid paying rush fees and stressing out when you need to shop for your bridal accessories and shoes. You will have plenty of time. The main factors that will affect your wedding dress shopping are finding the right bridal store, selecting your wedding dress and getting it altered in time for your wedding. If you have done your research, and have determined what stores you like to visit, it will be great to check the type of dresses you want to try beforehand.
RESEARCH AVAILABLE WEDDING DRESS OPTIONS
Bridal designers do not stop to surprise us with the enormous number of options every year. The variety of designs, fabrics, cuts, styles, prices, and sizes is endless. The bridal industry has never been that as advanced as it is today. That’s why doing your research in advance and get inspired online is very important. Save pictures of wedding gowns that you think you will look great on you on Pinterest or Instagram for your future reference.
Browse our vast online collection of wedding dresses and shortlist the ones you like the most. Bring this list to your bridal appointment with us. Although not every single dress published on our website is available in store, we will offer you to try similar styles and show you lookbooks and fabrics. At the moment, we have over 200 samples to choose from. While looking through our bridal collections, do not get carried away, but always take into account for the location of your wedding, type of the event, and possible weather.
Consult with your friends and relatives on what you may look the best. Having a list of wedding dresses you like will not only help you save time when wedding dress shopping, but also allow the bridal consultant to suggest you the right options. And remember, the better you plan and the earlier you start, the more time will have for looking for your bridal accessories and doing fittings and alterations.
DETERMINE YOUR WEDDING DRESS BUDGET
WHEN SHOULD YOU BEGIN WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING?
PLAN YOUR COMMITTE FOR WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING WISELY!
NOW, IT IS TIME TO GO WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING!
If you have not booked your bridal appointment, please do it here. If you have your date set up, all that is left is the actual hunting for your dream wedding dress. Get ready and enjoy this wonderful time with your friends and family. You will remember this special moment for many years to come.
At Papilio, we firmly believe that shopping for a wedding dress should not be stressful. We will make everything that you have a great experience and enjoy the process every step of the way. All our communications with brides are clear and transparent. As any private boutique, we have in-house rules which we would like you to get familiar in advance. It will make your wedding dress shopping experience more delightful. If you have any questions, please address them by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHARE YOUR IDEAS WITH US, BUT STAY OPEN-MINDED
One of our bridal consultants will work with you one on one. Every bride is special and deserves to be treated like royalty. Hence, we work by private appoitments only and make sure that your wedding dress shopping is exceptional and unforgettable. When you arrive at the boutique, we usually start by reviewing comments on your file to understand your wedding setting and personal dress preferences. This process will help your consultant to identify what you are seeking in your wedding dress and learn more about your wedding theme. She will suggest the most appropriate options from our bridal fashion collections. And if you have a Pinterest board with specific ideas regarding cut, color, and fabric you like, this would be an ideal time to share with your consultant.
SELECT SAMPLES YOU ARE GOING TO TRY ON WISELY
Next, we will introduce you to our collections, different silhouettes and fabrics of the wedding dresses we have in stock or production. Your consultant will show you different styles and briefly talks about bridal materials and wedding dress construction. She will try to help to identify the wedding dress style that will suit you the best. Please note that all of our staff is very knowledgable. They have been working in the industry from 5 to 10 years, and have a lot to share in terms of bridal fashion, practicality, and little details you have never imagined. Remember to stay open-minded! Sometimes dresses that do not appeal on a hanger may look fantastic when they drape on the body. That’s why if a consultant suggests to try on a particular style, she knows how a gown would look on a frame. Believe us that you will be surprised if you let go of your preconceived notions and try our recommendations.
PLAY DRESS UP! TRY ON WEDDING DRESSES
MEASURE, SNIP, AND MAKE IT FIT!
After you said yes to the dress, our bridal consultant will take your measurements and help you to decide what size to order. Our wedding dresses come in standard European sizes. It is not necessary that the one you like the most will fit you. Do not worry! Our professional tailor can make alterations that will make your dress fit you to your exact measurements. Please note that after an initial fitting you may require one or two fitting appoitments. At Papilio, we provide professional alteration services to our clients at discounted prices. On average, bridal alterations in Toronto cost anywhere from 500 to 1000 dollars. Our tailor charges from 250 to 850 dollars depending on the complexity of the work required and hours spent on a particular dress.
FINAL TOUCHES TO YOUR WEDDING DRESS!
Once your alterations are completed, you need to think about accessories to perfect your bridal look. Your shoes, veil, hair piece, etc. are chosen based on your dress to achieve the look you have been dreaming about. You may want to ask your consultant for suggestions on these final touches. We recommend bringing your accessories to your last fitting appointment and have your hair and makeup done in the style you will wear on your wedding day. This way, you will be able to see how your entire bridal look comes together. You worked hard and deserved to see what a splendid bride you are going to be!
Now that you know a lot about wedding dress shopping and fully armed for your first bridal appointment, you may wonder “how I can be more confident when I say Yes to the dress.” Choosing the One may be filled at the same time with anxiety and a lot of excitement. To make it more relaxing, here are the most important things we need to know before buying your dream wedding dress.
How should your wedding day look like? Breath in, close your eyes and imagine your big day. What do you see? Who will you be walking down the aisle with? Do you want to get married outside or inside? Would you prefer natural light to the soft glow of candlelight? Do you see yourself in a puffy ball gown with your hair up and a long cathedral veil flowing behind you? Or are you dressed in a flowy romantic gown that comments your figure? Do you look like a princess or a sexy and sophisticated bride? Are you picturing a traditional wedding, or maybe modern and edgy?
Now take a piece of paper and write down all the things you imagined. It will help you to describe what you want to look and feel on your special day. So when you finally find a dress you are ready to say Yes, you will know that is the one, because it will fit your imaginations.
The color and fabric of your wedding dress should be selected carefully. The same style can look and feel different in different colors or materials. For many years, white had been the favorite wedding color. However, bridal fashion has changed in the last couple of years. Now, light colors like off-white or champagne look softer and are very popular among brides. You should select color and fabric that suits your personality and your complexion.
You should determine what features you want to see in your wedding dress. Those features include the type of neckline, waistline, sleeves, and train. Once you have decided which silhouette, color, fabric, and style you like the most, you can focus on embroidery and embellishment you want to see on your dress.
Do you like lace appliques? Do you like gentle beading? Or Do you like 3D flowers?
You should try on a variety of gowns to help you find what decor you like best as you bring your perfect dress into closer focus.
Please accept all the help from knowledgeable and professional consultants. Our bridal consultants ask a lot of questions to get more clarity about your big day. They want to do their best and help you with recommendations. They have seen wedding gowns on many different women and will be able to suggest a dress that will look great on your body. The consultants can offer some shapes and styles you might have never imagined wearing.
Nevertheless, you should feel comfortable and free to express your own opinion working with a bridal consultant.
For example, keep in mind the religious factors. Some customs require girls to cover head, legs, shoulders during their wedding ceremony. It will be better to discuss those factors with your officiant. He or she will give you a basic guideline to keep in mind while wedding dress shopping. It will prevent embarrassment on the part of you in front of your families and friends.
Deciding what accessories you are going to wear for your big day plays a huge role because it brings the whole bridal look together. The accessories you end by buying should match the style of your dress and complement your image.
If you inherit an accessory that you must wear on your wedding day, bring it to your appointment and try to pair it with the dress you like. Always remember not to overdo it! If you like the dress with intricate embellishments, go easy on your accessories. And if you want to showcase your statement accessories, try to choose a simple design.
Try to keep an open mind when shopping for your wedding dress. You find yourself pleasantly surprised when you try something out of your comfort zone. That’s why do not restrain yourself with too many specifics when you come for your bridal appointment. Some dresses do not look flattering on a hanger. When girls put them on, they look spectacular. Remember it is you who can make a dress!
Our bridal consultants will suggest to try on a variety of silhouettes based on their experience. So even if you are not convinced, have fun and try it anyways. Who knows, maybe your perfect wedding dress may be the one you least expected.
Shopping for a wedding dress is not the same for everybody. Some girls may need hours of trying on different styles. But it is not always necessary. Your dress may be the first one you put on. Believe us that you will know right away when you find your dream wedding dress. After that, it can be tempting to keep looking and trying more dresses, but you need to stop yourself and focus on other details for your wedding.
Do not look further, trust your instincts, and believe that the dress you have chosen is the One.
Bridal boutiques usually offer bridal accessories, dresses for bridesmaids, mother of the bride dresses and flower girls dresses, as well as bridal shoes. When you book an appointment to look for your wedding dress, do not look at other things. Do not rush and squeeze time to look for the others. You can always book another date to look for those things later. Let your bridal appointment to be all about you. It is essential to focus on choosing a wedding dress without any distractions.