1. Always check the dresses carefully
It is important for you to remember that off-the-rack dresses are often tried on by previous brides, which is why there are chances of slight wear and tear. You should always inspect the pieces carefully before you buy. Check for loose threads, makeup marks, and even armpit stains. Look at the beading, buttons, zips and other embellishments to make sure that everything is intact. If you do find a flaw, decide if it is worth repairing or you need to keep looking.
2. Buy a dress that is somewhat true to size
When you find a dress you love, it can be tempting to say yes to it even though it is the wrong size. This is an urge you should resist at all costs. You should always look for a gown that fits you as closely as possible. Sure, bigger and smaller dresses can be altered but too much of a difference can affect the integrity of the design. For instance, it will not be possible to tailor down a size 10 when you wear a size two.
3. Know that sample and off-the-rack are different things
A common mistake most brides make when shopping for off-the-rack dresses is assuming that they are the same as sample dresses. While off-the-rack dresses are definitely less expensive than their custom counterparts, they are not always a bargain. If you are looking for a dress under a strict budget, you can always shop end of season sales when you can find an array of sample dresses on the floor, usually at highly affordable prices.
4. You can still get some alterations done
Even when you shop off the rack, you may still want some basic alterations, like hemming the gown or adding a belt, and that is completely okay. But for that to happen, you need to have the time and budget because, depending on the changes, it may take up to a month or two, for your dress to be ready. For alterations for bridal dresses, no matter how small, you should always consult a professional.
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