Without a doubt one of the most important and significant details of the celebration of a wedding is the wedding dress. If you have dreamt of wearing a vintage wedding dress then what can be classier? Have a detailed look, keep a theme in your mind and start longing to find that dress that reflects the magic of yesteryears. Certainly you are not sure how or where to start, do not worry! Here are some tips to help you find the dress with retro flavor that your heart and your sophisticated sense of aesthetics are seeking.
First things first
Defining your wedding budget is essential. The good news is that there is a wide range of prices in terms of vintage wedding dresses. But you need the defined budget as well as considering the cost of the dress as there are chances that you will have to do cleanings, patches, seams, improvements, or embellish dress one way or another.
Note: Although in theory, everyone says a vintage bridal dress is cheaper than one of a fashion house, but the price factor depends on several factors. Among the factors that determine the cost are the physical state of the garment, the quality, the designer, the popularity of the time, and even the marketer of the garment.
Now the good …
Where to get a vintage dress
In the trunk of your grandmother: From grandma, aunt, or to the owner of that retro café who told you that there is a vintage wedding gown in her trunk, then this a good news. The truth is that some of the cutest vintage dresses are part of family history. Use a dress that has belonged to someone in your family (or your partner’s family) as this comes with very special feelings.
Note: In case anyone wants to share a valuable part of your family history with you (either your family or not) speak clearly of how you plan to use the outfit and describe exactly what you plan to do with it. Remove stains, repair, modify, shorten, lengthen, redesign, reinterpret, paint, or whatever that involves a risk that the garment outgrows should be discussed extensively and in great detail before borrowing it. Maybe the changes will result in a fabulous dress but many people have strong emotional ties to such apparels and also that you surely do not want to hurt feelings or cause an emotional damage to a family or friendly relationship for the sake of just a garment.
In consignment stores
Consignment stores used to be the secret place where the vintage fashionistas bought and then dazzle with fabulous vintage clothes that they got at the best prices. Today also, you can get some of the best clothes in such consignment stores. Visit your local store, see what they have to offer, become a friend of the manger, tell him/her your plans and maybe you can send a little message if they receive something you might be interested in. (That’s how the experts do it.)
In vintage clothing and antique shops
Obviously, a good option is to go with the specialists. Even if there is no vintage clothing store in your area, there should be antique shops. Visit them, see what they have, and ask each a couple of recommendations. Probably know of other traders and can guide you to where to find a bridal vintage dress.
Traditional Indian touch
Donning an Indian wedding trousseau is the latest trend these days among the brides across the globe. You can try one in bright red or fuchsia for your wedding day. However, make sure that the decoration, the groom’s wedding dress and the theme match your dress. Head to an Indian wedding or clothing store and find the best one for your marriage. Also you can contact your Indian friends and seek their suggestions.