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Destination Wedding: How to Enjoy a Wedding Dress Fitting Overseas

Visiting wedding dress boutiques is usually one of the highlights of the planning and preparation of a wedding. Though as travelers who are continually jumping from one country to the next, you may think it’s too difficult for this rite of passage to occur.

Indeed, having the opportunity to try on stylish and artistic, not to mention handmade, wedding gowns is a fun event that will leave many brides feeling like a princess as they try on various stylish and fashionable creations.

But being a traveler doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice enjoying the search. Brides and their party who are willing to travel have access to a much more diverse range of ideas and inspiration, and you can find well-known boutiques that sell designer wedding dresses all over the world – and regardless of the country you’re in, their garments will be exquisite.

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Depending on which country you’re traveling through, gowns overseas might be a little more expensive, but you’ll appreciate that you’re getting a fashionable and impressive wedding dress in a style that your friends and family may not have seen. A unique dress will make your special day the success it deserves to be.

Tips for a Wedding Dress Fitting Overseas

Print off copies of designs and styles you like before you leave. Making sure you’re prepared with photographs of gowns you (or the bride) like will make it easier to bridge the communication gap or language barrier if there is one.

Just because you’re not there for long, or might have to return home the next day, doesn’t mean you should stress out or rush any decisions.

This is going to be a big and an important purchase, and you may not find the dress of your dreams at your first appointment. With such a range of wedding dresses and designers available there’s no doubt that ‘the one’ will be out there!

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Research the boutique’s website before you visit so you have a clear appreciation of the types of gown they offer and don’t feel unprepared.

Most boutiques will have a catalogue of dresses that are available online, and will endeavour to supply as many as are needed to be tried on.

As you’re in a foreign country embracing a different cultural style of dress, it’s important that even with lots of research, everyone in attendance keeps an open mind about the dress that might be most suitable.

Indeed, many professionals say that brides should try on something that they think will not suit them and be prepared for a surprise when it does.

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Don’t worry about language barrier or communication issues. There will almost always be a friendly and helpful member of staff – and they will be very patient too.

Remember to take pictures of all the dresses being tried on, though ask the shop for permission first, and take time to decide which of the gowns suit the bride best. Do not be shy about arranging another appointment to try the dress on again – even if the bride and her party are travelling from one side of the country to the other.

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Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging since 2007, with the main aim of inspiring others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

Committed to bringing you the best in adventure travel from all around the globe, there is no mountain too high, and no fete too extreme! They haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on their list.

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  1. Purchasing a wedding dress abroad would definitely provide for some unique and memorable options that you can’t find anywhere in your home country. Thanks for these tips!

    • Absolutely Heather – glad you enjoyed the post :)

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