Here’s How You Can Shop For and Try On Wedding Dresses All From the Comfort of Your Own Home
While making bridal shop appointments and wrangling an entourage for an exciting day of dress hunting may be one of the most exciting parts of the wedding process for some brides, there are plenty of ladies who prefer to pass on the dramatic dress outing for one reason or another (perhaps in an effort to avoid what really happens when you go shopping for your wedding dress or one of these potential reactions).
Lucky for these types of brides, finding The Dress without a trip to the local bridal shop is easier than you think thanks to the many companies that allow you to order and try on wedding gowns in the comfort of your own home.
All you have to do is pick out the styles you like online, take them for a spin when they arrive, and if they aren’t a great fit, just pack them up and send them back. We even suggest you invite a couple of girlfriends over to help you decide.
Sound like your cup of tea? Here are a few places you’ll want to check out:
- BHLDN: Time and time again we’ve raved about BHLDN’s breathtaking gowns (check out their latest look book here), but since their closest retail store is in NYC, it’s probably easier for you to order online. The BHLDN styling team offers phone and email consultations to help you find the perfect dress, though they suggest you get measured by a local tailor so you know exactly which size will fit best. If you’re not set on the gowns you picked, they’ll accept returns within 30 days.
- David’s Bridal: Rather shop the selection online than venture into your local David’s Bridal? There are hundreds of pretty dresses to pick from—including designs from Vera Wang, Zac Posen and the like—and with just the click of a button they’ll be delivered to your front door. You’ll have 14 days to send the dresses back if you’re not please with your choices.
- Kirstie Kelly: Earlier this year, we told you about California-based wedding dress designer Kirstie Kelly and the “Borrow Me” service she had recently added to her website. For a flat rate of $35 per dress (that includes shipping both ways) they’ll send you as many dresses as you’d like to borrow for 48 hours. One of their stylists will even Skype with you to answer any questions.
- Etsy: As you already know, there are plenty of wedding-related items you can buy on Etsy and your wedding dress is no exception. You can spend all day flipping through the beautiful gowns for sale on the site, just be sure to check each seller’s return policy—some of the gown sales are final (especially for custom work), so be sure you do your research before purchasing.
- J.Crew: Although you can shop J.Crew’s wedding collection at their King of Prussia outpost, perusing the goods online works just as well. If you don’t fall head over heels for the gowns you’ve selected, you have 60 days to ship them back or return them in-store.
- Nicole Miller: Philly is home to two Nicole Miller locations but you can shop the designer’s entire bridal collection online. Choose your favorites from the selection of pretty white gowns and have a private try-on right at home. And if you don’t find The One, you have 14 days to return the dresses for an exchange or store credit.
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