Over the last two years, we’ve all learned to live a little differently to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. Working from home would probably be among the most profound changes people would note, if you did a poll. And though out-of-office mode isn’t preferred by everyone, a huge majority of the population has gotten used to it, found ways to make it work for their unique lives, and taken steps to ensure the convenience and flexibility doesn’t backfire for them. Since we’ve been working remotely for a while here at Wedding Chicks — becoming masters of the WFH hustle — we caught up with one of our favorite online wedding dress destinations, Afarose, to compose a list of everything you need to do to shop for your dream gown online. It’s important to remember first and foremost that this isn’t just a blouse or a water bottle, a pair of leggings or a fancy ring light, this is a dress for a very special day. So, read up on our seven tips before simply adding your aisle style to cart…
Be open minded.
Historically, the bridal industry has fostered a brick-and-mortar and bespoke atelier experience, but in 2021, that’s hardly the only option. The online bridal market is growing in leaps and bounds, and many online retailers offer exceptional quality at a fraction of the cost (you’d spend in person at a bridal boutique). The key here is to do your research and garner an understanding of the policies in place before you fully commit to the dress.
Know your measurements.
This is major. Like we mentioned before, this isn’t like going online to order a garment you think will fit you fine. If you’re shopping for your wedding dress, you want everything about the gown to be precisely tailored to your body. Your bust, waist, and hip measurements are a great start for determining what silhouette will flatter your shape, and not even everyone knows those basics off the top of their heads 🙋🏻♀️. Ideally, though, a perfect fit should be your endgame. Afarose’s 14-point measurement system is expressly what you need for an accurate and flawless fit when you purchase your dress. Complimentary custom sizing is Afarose’s exclusive claim to fame and it isn’t available anywhere else — Afarose's precise cutting and measuring process, from the beginning, is so much more ideal than last-minute alterations.
Set a budget.
It’s true, when you shop online, you’re afforded a certain kind of transparency. You know what you’re spending right away, and you don’t have future payments or installments looming overhead. You’re able to do instant price comparisons, too. Afarose offers a best price guarantee, meaning that they’ll lock your best price for 30 days following your at-home try-on. If they lower their price during those 30 days, they'll send a promo code to your account to apply to the dress purchase.
Get to know your dress.
And by that, we mean, don’t dismiss the product descriptions — read them thoroughly. Photos are great, but at the end of the day, they don’t always do the dresses justice. Product descriptions will often show how many layers of fabric are used and what types of materials or embellishments are used for accents. With Afarose, when you start perusing styles, you can scroll down and see two types of descriptions — the description & tips and the product details. The former gives you the highlight reel, everything that’s especially noteworthy about this dress and what types of weddings it would shine in. The latter gives you specific notes on the design and construction of the gown. So, even though you’re not making the purchase in person, you’re up to speed on those dream dress details.
Try it on before you buy.
Again, harkening back to our earlier point, shopping for a wedding dress online isn’t like choosing a top or a pair of jeans or a dress. While it certainly is a much more convenient and simpler process, you can also take advantage of add-on options that exist to ensure that perfect fit and perfect feeling. Afarose has a phenomenal try-at-home program where you can pay between $15 and $25 for each dress and have the styles shipped to you to try on for 7 days. The try-ons aren’t just best-sellers, either, there are over 113 styles available to try-on for every type of bride — modern, vintage, boho, or romantic.
Order in time.
Shopping online is definitely quicker than doing it in stores, but you should still be cognizant of production time to make sure you receive your dress well in advance of your wedding. Some retailers require 6-9 months of production time; whereas, Afarose only takes 5 weeks.
Shop in the wedding off-season for the best prices possible.
The wedding off-season for dress shopping is summer and winter, so if you’re not racing against the clock, do your shopping when the prices are at their lowest. Subscribe to Afarose’s e-newsletter to shop the lowest priced wedding dresses during Black Friday.
Plus, enjoy 10 percent off ANY dress order with the promo code “WC21F” at checkout!
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