BY LUIS GRONDA
When doing your shopping for your wedding clothing, the key is to start early and to come prepared with a plan.
That is one of the main pieces of advice that local wedding planners have for people that are shopping for that perfect wedding dress.
Although planning for a wedding is stressful overall, picking out the perfect dress and clothing for the special day can make you rip your hair out.
That is why it is best to start the process of picking a dress as early as you can, according to Danielle Sferrazza, owner of Just Peachy Boutique in Whitestone and Nicole Vega, who owns Paisley Bridal in Middle Village.
Sferrazza said one suggestion she has is to figure out a theme or a color for the wedding before coming in to try different dresses. She said this gives you a good jumpstart in figuring out what dress you will eventually buy and makes it easier to get help from a wedding professional.
One common theme that people choose for a wedding, according to Sferrazza, include a roaring 20s look that lends a Great Gatsby-like feel for the ceremony.
She also said people should be open to changing their original idea if they find something they like better. Sferrazza said there are hundreds of different ways to organize a wedding and sometimes you will come across an idea you will like much better.
Cutting out pictures of different dresses and boutiques that you see in a magazine is also good to bring when going to a wedding planner because you can show the professional what style you are interested in for the wedding.
Both Sferrazza and Vega said they deal with many people who see them without having any idea what they want to do, and while it is still a workable situation, they would advise avoiding that if possible.
“I would never just go blind into a store and have no idea,” Sferrazza said.
Vega said it is important for the bride-to-be to have a budget for the dress so they have an idea what they can and cannot afford.
Getting that perfect dress can become a complicated process and setting a budget can avoid a situation like falling in love with a dress, but then looking at its price tag and realizing that you actually cannot afford it.
“To say ‘I don’t have a budget’ is unreasonable,” Vega said.
It can take up to a year for a designer to send you the dress once you order it, Vega said, so picking the dress with ample time before the special day is key. Other issues like altering a dress to fit your body type can also make the process a little bit longer as well, Vega said.
Sferrazza’s business mainly focuses on ordering boutiques and matching accessories for the wedding, as well as bridal shower gifts. Vega’s store sells wedding dresses as well as vales and head pieces.
Sferrazza said going to a smaller, neighborhood store can be better for someone just getting started on dress shopping because it involves more one-on-one assistance for buying the dress instead of going to a bigger establishment, which may be overwhelming for some people. Vega said she meets her clients one at a time so she can better help that customer instead of taking on several appointments at the same time.
Just Peachy Boutique is located at 2013 Utopia Pkwy. in Whitestone. They can be contacted at (718) 279-4400. Paisley Bridal is located at 73-09 Metropolitan Ave. in Middle Village. Their number is (718) 326-5700.
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