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Shopping For Your Bridal Gown Online: Is It A Do Or Don’t?

Today, we can’t imagine our lives without the Internet.

It’s convenient  People use it to do everything from banking to taking college classes with a few clicks of a mouse.  It frees us to live our lives in actual reality.

For the bride to be time is of the essence when it comes to planning a wedding.  Although it’s a happy time it’s also a hectic one.  If you work full-time or more than one job finding the time to schedule an appointment to shop for gown might be hard.  That’s why they might consider an online bridal gown e-retailer in order to save time.  Nevertheless, convenience may prove to be quite costly if you don’t do your research even if you’ve ordered clothes online before.

The first thing to consider is that your wedding gown isn’t just any article of clothing.  Unless you’re in Hollywood or have occasions where you wear evening gowns on a regular basis a wedding is usually the most important dress of your life.  Therefore before you begin your online quest there are a few do’s and don’ts to take into account.

Do make sure you visit more than one site to compare price, quality and delivery.

Do look for posts on wedding sites from other brides who may have had experience with the retailer you’re interested in.

Do make sure to look for and ask questions regarding size and measurements.

Do make sure the retailer is an authorized and authentic bridal gown dealer for the designer or bridal manufacturer.  There has been a rash of unauthorized online gown sites from overseas that will take your money and you won’t get the gown you thought you ordered.

Do request to see their return policy if you’re not satisfied with your gown.

Don’t judge a dress by its image.  Some e-retailers use pictures from designers and manufacturers in order to sell the gown.  You may wind up with something far different from you expected.

Don’t consider all online bridal gown outlets suspect.  There are some legitimate companies that deliver on price, style and satisfaction.

Don’t forget to check with bridal sites with comments from other brides who may have gone the online route.

Don’t pull out your credit card or bank information until you are sure of the site’s reliability and security.

Caveat Emptor is the rule whether you decide to go with an online retailer or a bridal salon.  This is the dress that will be immortalized in photos and your mind for many years to come.  You want to look and think back on this time with a smile on your face instead of cringing at the thought.

Read more posts by Chamein Canton. Chamein is a blogger for JenningsWire.