A common question modern brides often have in mind is whether they should look for their wedding dress online or from a local retailer. It depends on whether you, the bride, know exactly what you want and know how to get it. You also need to understand what kind of services or help you can get from the retailer and how much do you value these services or help. Each wedding dress retailer offers different level of services and most are knowledgeable, polite and helpful.
Choosing between online and retail shopping requires weighing between the satisfaction you expect to get from the retailer and the convenience you want from browsing thousands of dresses without leaving your home. The shopping experience of browsing online is different than that you get from choosing one physically from retailers. Unless you are buying directly from the designer’s website and you trust that designer, otherwise you may not receive the confidence and certainty you wish to have as a bride-to-be.
Some people think buying online is a matter of saving money and budget. But in fact they are simply replacing services and certainty with savings and convenience. However, buying your wedding dress online may be a good idea when:
- You know exactly what you are paying for. That is the pictures and videos you see online are real and with details. The description of the dress is clear and understandable;
- You can conveniently and confidently communicate with the designer or dressmaker. You should be able to ask plenty of questions both through email and on the phone. And of course the seller or the designer must be able to reply relatively quickly and in good English; and
- You are not too keen in trying on hundreds of dresses before you make a decision. You value the dress style and its design. You know a wedding dress alterations specialist you can rely on to make the dress properly fit on you and you have a good budget for your alterations.
Some brides may simply prefer to buy online in order to avoid repeating bad experience they previously had with some sales assistants. While you or your friends may have come across some rude and unfriendly shop assistants, there are still plenty of good retailers out there. Please remember that you can always walk out the door and go elsewhere to shop if you feel uncomfortable and unhappy with their services or attitude.
You are the customer and you deserve good services either you shop for your wedding dress online or from a retailer. More importantly, you are the bride and this is your wedding. You should buy the dress you feel the best in, hire the experts you feel confident in and make the wedding day as one of your happiest days in life.