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How To Shop For A Wedding Dress

So, your partner finally got down on one knee and gave you your dream proposal! After all the excitement of being engaged has worn off, you might feel overwhelmed with all the planning that’s ahead. While planning your wedding can be stressful, at Samantha K’s we believe that finding your dream wedding dress doesn’t need to be. That’s why we offer a wide range of gowns to ensure that every bride who walks through our door walks away with their dream dress.

To help you get started with your wedding dress journey, we’ve put together this guide. It’s great to refer to at any stage of the process. Planning your wedding can be a lot of fun, and we think you should enjoy every moment! Read on to find out what our top tips are…

Go With No Expectations

When you’ve booked your dress fitting appointment, try to approach it with an open mind. If you’ve ever watched the series Don’t Tell The Bride, you might remember seeing some brides say that they hate their wedding dress… Until they try it on!

Many people are quick to pass on dress styles simply because they think they won’t like them. The whole point of having an hour to try on dresses is to allow you time to try a range of styles. Don’t be afraid to put on a few dresses that you think you won’t suit. It might surprise you!

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If you think you know exactly what kind of dress you want, that’s great too! However, we think it would be a great idea for you to try on other dresses. Not only is it fun, it also allows you to get new ideas and consider other options. You might find that you walk away with a dream wedding dress that looks nothing like what you imagined!

Make A Pinterest Board

The best way to gather ideas is to make a mood board. Thanks to Pinterest, you can create a board that can be added to at any time, anywhere! No matter where you find inspiration, you can capture it and curate it on Pinterest.

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This is particularly useful in the early stages, when you might not have any solid ideas. After a few weeks of gathering ideas and images, you might find that you have a much clearer image of what you want. Bring your mood board to your dress fitting appointment. Your stylist can take a look and recommend styles based on your inspiration.

Don’t forget to take pictures of all the dresses you try on and add them to your board!

Do Your Research

Just like not every wedding is the same, not every bridal shop is the same either. There might be a wedding dress shop that’s close to you, but does it align with your values? Take a look at their social media profiles and their reviews. You’ll soon get a feel for the designs that they stock and the service they provide. For example, if you’re looking for your dream Disney wedding dress, you’re in the right place! Samantha K’s are proud to stock a stunning range of Disney-inspired gowns.

You can also read wedding magazines and attend wedding fairs to get a better idea of what you want. The great thing about going to a wedding show is that you can speak to several stores and decide who you’d like to make an appointment with.

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Enjoy The Experience

Okay, we know that sometimes it can feel overwhelming. However, you really should enjoy the experience of finding your perfect dress! Your big day is an opportunity for you to feel amazing, but that’s not just limited to the wedding day. The whole experience should be enjoyable. Bring your best girlfriends to your fitting appointments and make it a day to remember. You’ll love trying on gowns and getting feedback from your nearest and dearest. Just make sure they keep the dress you choose a secret!


Breathe! Choosing the perfect dress can seem like a big task. Sometimes you just need to take a step back, have a deep breath and a sip of prosecco before proceeding with your fitting. It’s normal to be nervous, but you don’t need to be! The team at Samantha K’s are all very friendly and committed to helping you find the perfect gown.

Try On Dresses That You Initially Dismissed

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When it feels like you’ve tried on a million dresses, it can be really difficult to make a decision. If you can’t seem to narrow down your options, it might be time to do something radical. Remember that dress you tried on and said ‘no way’ to? Try that one on. No, seriously!

Sometimes all it takes is trying on something you previously dismissed to make you realise what you like. You might find that viewing a dress with fresh eyes makes you feel differently about it. This can work really well at a second fitting appointment, because you’ve had a chance to think about your options.

Choose Samantha K’s For Your Wedding Dress

If you’re ready to try on some wedding gowns, look no further than Samantha K’s. Our team are always excited to help brides-to-be find their dream dresses. Come with ideas, accessories or just yourself – we really don’t mind! We’ll make it a day to remember, with hundreds of designs to choose from. Remember, it’s always best to shop in advance. So come to us at least 10 months before your big day.

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