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Purchasing a dress online is a bad idea

If I had a dollar for every time I heard a bride say, “I bought my dress online, and it is nothing like I thought it would be,” I would be a very wealthy woman! Let’s talk about buying your wedding dress online. My advice is very simple: don’t do it. 

In all seriousness, brides come into our shop, Dress For A Day, frequently sharing their unfortunate online wedding dress purchase stories. It didn’t arrive on time, it’s too small, too big, doesn’t look anything like the picture online, poorly constructed, inferior quality material, wrong shade/color, the shape doesn’t flatter my body type.  

There are so many variables to buying a wedding dress that the list is endless. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Save yourself the time, heartache and hard-earned wedding dollars. Browsing online is a wonderful way to get ideas about what type of wedding dress you may prefer. Selecting and saving a few of these photos to show your consultant is an excellent idea.  

But nothing compares to the experience of actually trying on a gown. The dress may look totally different (positive or negative) than you envisioned online. Let’s face it: Planning a wedding can be expensive and time consuming. I am not aware of any bride who wishes to put time, money and effort into parting with an unwanted wedding gown while still searching for the perfect wedding gown! So before you fill the online cart and press “place order,” give yourself some time to weigh the pros and cons of “convenience” and visit a bridal shop near you.

— By Rachelle Spencer, Dress For A Day

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