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Shopping for your wedding dress is one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning. Can you picture how your wedding dress will look? Have you imagined it since you were a little girl? Maybe you’ve watched every episode of ‘Say Yes To The Dress’ or even started looking for your wedding dress before you got engaged? Or perhaps, like me, you thought you would never get married, so you never had wedding dress dreams.

While dreaming about your dress is a great starting point, the reality is that wedding dress shopping can be rather overwhelming. However this guide will help you prepare and stay calm on your quest to find the perfect dress.


Alessandra Rinaudo wedding dress on bride in Budapest bridal salon
Photo courtesy of Diora Salon Budapest



As the saying goes, fail to prepare and prepare to fail!

– Do your research by checking out bridal magazines.
– Sift through real brides on social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest.
– Create a Pinterest board with all your favourite looks.
– Watch bridal fashion shows online.
– Take screenshots of styles you would like to try.

Make notes of elements you like or don’t like. Go directly to the boutiques websites to look through their galleries, then call to check if they stock your favourite styles or designer gowns.


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Wedding dress shopping will be fun a experience but it can be very exhausting. It’s on another level to your usual high street shopping or mall visit. Imagine trying on 10 dresses per salon and multiplying that by each salon you visit? You are sure to get confused and forget how you really felt in your favourites. Limit yourself to one bridal store per day and make notes as soon as you can after your appointment, jotting down names or codes of your favourites. You may forget these things in the midst of trying on loads of dresses, so it’s always good to have a list of the wedding dress pros and cons to refer to as well as price and how it made you feel! Give yourself time to go home and really think about the choices you saw.


runaway bride RB230 wedding jumpsuit
Photo courtesy of Runaway Bride Ireland



Sometimes it is the unexpected one that will end up surprising you. If you are not sure about a certain silhouette, fabric or embellishment, try it on anyhow! This is necessary until you find the one that will create your desired statement. Even if you don’t have an idea of style, trial and error is all part of the process to discovering what dress will make you feel like a goddess. Whether it be a strapless sheath, a ball gown or a mermaid fit to show off your curves, be it dramatic or understated, you won’t know it’s the one until you try it.

‘How many wedding dresses should I try?’ you may ask! The answer to that is really up to you, but I believe as many as it takes to find the perfect one. Follow your gut instincts!


hayley paige wedding gowns on rail in wedding salon
Photo Ashlee Mintz courtesy of Jennifer’s Bridal



I’ve had brides ask me in the past ‘What do I wear to a wedding dress appointment?’ Firstly well fitting underwear is very important to make you feel good about yourself. To get the full effect of the dress, wear a good multiway bra or at least a strapless one and seamless, form fitting undies preferably skin toned. The correct undergarments can make the difference between a wedding dress fitting well and one fitting perfectly. It will also  let you focus on the details of the dress instead of your underwear showing through!

Try to wear comfortable, hassle-free clothing that’s free from awkward zips or buttons and easy to remove! 


RB1620 Runaway bride wedding dress with pearl beading
Photo courtesy of Runaway Bride Ireland



Try to have your wedding shoes purchased in advance, if not, bring a shoe with your preferred heel height. This is important for the seamstress so she can accurately pin the hem of the dress and show you how it will look once it will be altered to your desired length.


arabella blossom wedding shoes by harriet wilde
Photo courtesy of Harriet Wilde Shoes London



Another question I get asked by brides is ‘ Who to bring to a wedding dress appointment?’ If you are a confident shopper who always makes good decisions and you know your style, then by all means go alone. There is no harm or shame in it! You will end up saving time and possibly money by  not making decisions you regret later. Listening to the opinion of others can leave you feeling overwhelmed and unable to figure out what you want yourself!

You can always take your Mum and bridesmaids along to the first fitting or bring them back for a second try on before making the final decision. However if you are more comfortable having a second opinion then only bring somebody along that you trust, who knows your personal style and who’s opinion you value.


wedding dress with 3d lace flower cape mwlcarla
Photo courtesy of Ivy Road Photography



This may be one of the first major down payments you make for your wedding. Don’t shock your groom with the news that you have blown the majority of the budget on your gown. Have a budget and stick to it. If you try on dresses that you can’t afford you are just setting yourself up for failure. It’s possible you will end up loving the dress you can’t have!

In addition to the price of the gown you should also calculate the cost of alterations. These are considerably more than your average day dress due the delicacy and detail of wedding dresses. Enquire with the seamstress once you know what alterations are required and ask for an estimate for alteration costs.




Accessories can change everything! Maybe you need just a little embellished belt to finish the look. If you feel right in the dress but feel there is something missing ask your bridal consultant for a veil to try on. A veil can really seal the deal and it can be quite an emotional moment.

Give your shopping companion the task of keeping an eye out for accessories. They can snap some photos of prospective pieces so you can look back and choose from them once you have found your dress. It will save you time and energy rather than going around the bridal stores again looking specifically for a veil, tiara etc. and leave focused on finding your wedding dress!


made with love bridal rosey veil and v-cut wedding dress
Photo Courtesy of Made With Love Bridal



Move around as much as you can in the dress. Walk around and keep it on for as long as your appointment allows. A dress that may seem light at first may seem rather heavy and awkward after wearing it for a length of time. If there are sleeves, then raise your arms. Try sitting in the dress and if kneeling is a requirement for your ceremony, then go ahead and do it if the shop assistant allows. More than likely you will need to be able to dance freely in it too, so consider moves that will be in your first dance as bride and groom. You want to ease through your first dance especially and not be worried about tripping up or it catching your heel in your dress.

Also consider the season you are getting married in! Will your dress have you break out in a sweat? Or will you end up covering up the most beautiful details of your dress with a coat or cape due to chilling temperatures.

You have to feel stunning not just walking down the aisle and posing for photos but also moving around in it, dancing and wearing it continuously for possibly 12 hours or more.


Bride wearing Scottie dress at Made with love bridal
Photo courtesy of Made With Love Bridal



Don’t let the bridal consultant, sales assistant or any of your entourage pressure you into making a decision. If it’s the tenth salon you have visited then your girlfriends may just be wishing you to finally make a decision. A sales assistant may be trying to persuade you into a dress so that she can make her monthly sales quota. Listen to your gut feelings, not someone else’s opinion. You have to feel completely happy with your decision. Unless you are planning a change of dress at your wedding, you will be in it all day. Maybe it will take trying on a few more dresses to convince that it is the one or not.



Remembering the exact shade of your wedding dress will be difficult as it can be 6 months or more between the time of your first wedding dress appointment and your first fitting. Even if you take a photo it won’t reveal the true shade as the bridal store lighting will affect it. The only true way of remembering it is with a fabric swatch! 

If you are planning on getting accessories like a veil then it’s a good idea to have a sample of your dress fabric to match up the colours. Likewise when shopping for your bridesmaids dresses and your partners attire, a fabric swatch on hand will ensure their clothing colour compliments yours.


Jaton couture wedding gown with decorative lace appliqué bodice
Photo courtesy of Ivy Road Photography



Unless you are on a flying visit abroad to a boutique, there is no need to make a rush decision about your dress. Even if you do, they should be able to accommodate you through the phone, by answering any queries you may have and accepting the deposit with your credit cards details. It’s always best to sleep on it for at least one night. If you are still in love with the dress the next day, call the salon and give them all the details they need.

If you can’t find your dress, don’t panic! Take a break from the search if you aren’t under any major time constraints! You know how they say ”you’ll find ‘the one’ (husband/wife) when you stop looking!’, well the same can be said for your wedding dress! Focus on some other wedding details for a while and you may just find your dress when you least expect it!


Wedding dress shopping, bridal try on, wedding dress store



Finally, try to approach the process in a relaxed manner, avoid being stressed out, hungry or overtired. These issues can really affect your mood and hinder the choice you make. Enjoy this epic, once in a lifetime shopping experience!


Wedding dress shopping list:

  • DO your research in advance
  • DON’T make more than one appointment per day
  • DO try on multiple styles
  • DON’T wear the wrong underwear
  • DO try to bring your wedding shoes
  • DON’T Bring a big entourage
  • DO have a budget in mind
  • DON’T forget about accessories
  • DO test the dress for comfort and flexibility
  • DON’T give into pressure
  • DO get a sample of fabric
  • DON’T rush your decision
  • DO relax and enjoy the process

Now you are all set with your list of wedding dress shopping do’s and don’ts.



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There are many positives to having a weekday wedding and now more than ever couples are considering a midweek celebration. The multiple postponements of weddings in the last number of weeks due to the Corona virus, has resulted in a backlogged 2020 Autumn-Winter season. It has also left a lot fewer dates available in 2021. If that is not reason enough to convince you, then read on for more advantages.

bride and groom wedding celebration with champagne tower wedding decor detail photo by ivy road photography
photo credit-Ivy Road Photography

1. Possibly the biggest bonus is that you are more likely to secure your dream date at your dream venue, with most couples opting for the weekend. You have to consider if you want a Saturday wedding at a venue that you don’t love over a weekday wedding at your top venue choice. Subsequently you don’t want to book a random date or possibly have to delay your celebration by a couple of years just because it’s the only Saturday that your venue can accommodate you.

Rustic Wedding table decoration in Brody Studios Budapest
Dream Weddings Budapest-photo credit Pinewood Weddings

2. That photographer that you have been following for months on Instagram is probably booked every weekend until 2025, but not on a Wednesday! Likewise,other vendor professionals like Dj, band, hair and beauty stylists will also have room in their calendar midweek.

3. It can be significantly more affordable with many venues reducing their pricing for weekday events, some by almost half the price of a Saturday wedding. You may also be able to negotiate a discount with your other suppliers by using the midweek element as a bargaining tool. Who doesn’t love a discount!

wedding reception at The Writer's Villa Budapest
photo credit Pinewood Weddings

4. Is the thought of having to invite second cousins, third cousins and colleges of colleges giving you anxiety attacks? Or are you secretly wishing to drastically reduce your guest count from 400 to 75? Then choosing a midweek date will benefit you enormously! It’s likely a lot won’t be able to take time off work or be able to take their children out of school. The key is to give your nearest and dearest plenty of time to plan and you’ll get that intimate celebration you’ve been dreaming of!

Desktop with wedding photo of bride and groom holding hands, flowers on the desk

5. You’ll avoid the crowd and won’t feel like you are part of the production line of weddings at the registry office or church. This will naturally make your event more relaxed for you, your guests and your photographers. There probably won’t be another bride in sight!

Wedding in Budapest at Buda Castle
Savoy Terrace Wedding-photo credit Ana Szabo Photography

6. Instead of making it just a weekend celebration, you can make it a very relaxed week long celebration! Whether it’s a local or destination wedding, you can plan out a few small events with your guests. Anything from excursions, dining together or heading out for some evening entertainment. If your immediate families haven’t all met each other, it’s a good opportunity to bring them together for a casual get-to-know each other over dinner at home and look through old family photos.


You may be met with some reactions of surprise when you announce your wedding day, try not to take it personally. It is doubtful that everyone will be able to attend but they should understand that this is your big day. It’s okay to be a little selfish in this situation, especially if you both are financing your wedding  and trying to reduce costs.

You will never be able to please everyone, so put your happiness first when deciding your wedding date. If you feel good with your choice then it will ultimately set your wedding planning off to a positive start!

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Undoubtedly you want your wedding to be unique and you want to provide the best possible guest experience for your family and friends. By choosing a romantic location like Budapest, you will immediately be setting your wedding apart from all the others. Not only will your guests have your wedding day to look forward to, but they will also have an opportunity to explore a new city. Discover below why more and more couples are choosing Budapest for their dream wedding.

Fishermans Bastion Budapest Halászbástya
Fisherman’s Bastion


Budapest is recognised as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe! You will be spoiled for choice when choosing your wedding venue and a location for your wedding photographs. Often referred to as the Jewel of the Danube, it has a uniqueness to it like no other! It rivals the charm, elegance and architectural splendour of other European cities, making it a popular choice for stylish weddings.

Wedding in Budapest with views of Buda Castle
Wedding at Budapest Marriott, photo-Eskuvoi Fótosom

From the most pristine historical buildings to derelict rundown apartment blocks, they all ooze a romantic charm. The city is much admired and not easily replicated. I have planned weddings here as diverse as the city itself, alway bursting with personality and creativity. Just take a walk along the Danube banks and through the enchanted streets of the castle district and you’ll see why so many fall in love with this city and ultimately choose to host their wedding in Budapest.

Wedding venue Budapest Corinthia Budapest wedding reception
Corinthia Budapest


Where else can you find two cities rolled into one? Here you have Buda and Pest! Well geographically they are two cities separated by the Danube river, but essentially they are considered one city. Each side of the river has it’s own character and several dream wedding venues. You will be sure to find the perfect one amongst them to suit your style, size and budget.

Vajdahunyad Castle

  • Some couples are dazzled by the Buda Castle where they can fulfil their dream of a fairytale wedding on it’s Savoy Terrace.
  • Some are seeking grandeur and choose to say ‘yes’ in Budapest in one of the city’s Art Museums.
  • Some choose a private villa hidden in the Buda hills to keep their nuptials and reception an intimate celebration.
  • Some choose a downtown ruin bar to create a trendy rustic theme.
  • Some wish to set their scene on the river, dining and dancing on the Danube, enjoying the spectacular views of Buda and Pest.

There is so much choice, I could go on and on…

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony in Budapest
Dream Weddings Budapest, photo-Pinewood Weddings


Despite the fact that the city is gaining popularity for visitors and weddings, it still remains incredibly affordable compared to the rest of Europe. You can get all the bells and whistles here without blowing your budget!

Várkert Bazár Wedding Reception setup drone Shot
Várkert Bazár


Budapest is ideally situated in the heart of Europe with flights from every corner of the world. Tourists flock here all year long, yet the city never seems overcrowded. Your friends and family will be delighted to make the trip and discover for themselves what makes this such an enchanting destination.

St. Stephen’s Basilica


Are you worried about falling into the category of cookie-cutter/seen-it-before style weddings? You have no need to worry if you plan your wedding in Hungary. There is an abundance of creative wedding professionals from floral designers to wedding photographers. They will work tirelessly to deliver you an exquisitely tailor-made wedding like no other. Outstanding catering companies can deliver mouth-watering, innovative and beautifully prepared dishes. When it comes to entertainment why limit yourself to a Dj or band when you can have anything from Cirque Du Soleil style performers, to magicians, to a virtuoso violinist or an entire orchestra! It’s all possible in this city full of culture.



Wedding flowers and decoration Kiscelli  Museum
Flowers by Arioso Budapest



The city offers a wide selection of lodgings, suiting every need and budget. You can find affordable luxury at the large international chain hotels and small unique boutique ones. There is a wide variety of rental apartments to suit every style and budget.

( Tip: Book a room with a balcony along the banks of the river. )


Bride & Groom at Buda Castle, Savoy
Bride & Groom at Savoy Terrace-photo by budapest_snap


No matter where you and your guests choose to stay they will find all amenities and attractions in close proximity. The streets are easy to navigate for those that like to discover a new city by foot, and I really would recommend walking between the sites. By doing so you will get a better appreciation for the architecture and you will discover quirky streets with great little shops and cafés. When your feet get tired you can always hope on a tram, bus or the metro. The public transport system is affordable, punctual and comfortable and there are also plenty of yellow taxis about, ready to whisk you off to your desired location.


Várkert Bazár Budapest, Castle Gardens, wedding photoshoot location
Várkert Bazár


Budapest is suitable for all ages, with lots to keep everyone entertained all day long and some even well into the wee hours of the night. Should you wish to extend your wedding celebrations over several days you will have an abundance of choice to make unique mini-events:


  • take a leisurely cruise down the Danube
  • chill-out in one of the thermal baths
  • venture out for some wine tasting to a countryside vineyard
  • dine at one of the rooftop restaurants and enjoy spectacular views

Ask your wedding planner in Budapest to create an itinerary of events. You decide how action packed or relaxed you wish to have it.


So there you have it, 7 reasons to have your wedding in Budapest. All you have to do now is start planning!

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