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Pre-wedding Preparation 2: Standard Procedures For Bridal Shop in Kota Kinabalu

Updated: Oct 27, 2022

Looking for a guide to wedding gown fitting sessions from start to finish? Here’s a standard procedure for a bridal shop in Kota Kinabalu based on real bride experience!

Planning a wedding is one of the most stressful yet exciting things you will ever do as a future bride/groom. Therefore, it is important for you to take time and enjoy the process so that all of your memories from the day will last a lifetime. But have you ever wondered what to expect after signing a contract with your bridal vendor?

1. Bridal Consultation Package (1 hour ++)

This is the time to ask all your questions, from the dress styles and accessories to the price. Your consultant will also talk about what will be offered on your package, your payment options, and your next appointment session.

2. Choose Your Pre-wedding Gowns & Fitting (3 -6 hours)

Try on as many gowns as possible before making your final decision. This is because it takes time to find the right fit and style for you, your body type, and your taste. However, if you are having trouble finding a suitable gown, then get help from the consultant so that they can guide you through the process and provide advice on what works best for each bride-to-be’s body type, taste, and budget. You can even bring your girlfriends with great taste along with you to help you decide.

Photo courtesy of PhotoMIX Company

3. Pre-wedding Photoshoot (5 -12 hours)

The pre-wedding photoshoot is one of the most important parts of your wedding photography package. Not only you’ll be taking the wedding photo that you will hang on the wall of your future family house but also if you’re getting the same photographer for the actual wedding day then this is the time that you will have to get to know each other. At this stage,  you will discuss all the details of your day with them, so that you can make sure that both of you are on the same page with what you want from your pictures.

The pre-wedding session could last anywhere between 2 hours to a day depending on how long it takes for you to get used to their style and how much time they need to capture all those special moments between you and your partner. Although this session should be more than enough for any photographer, some couples choose to book extra hours just in case they want more photos taken at different places. In addition to being able to take as many photos as possible during this shoot, another benefit is that it allows both parties a time to practice posing together and getting used.

Photo by Nataliya Vaitkevich

4. Choose Your Best Pre-wedding Photos (1-3 hours)

Choosing the best pre-wedding photo can be overwhelming. It is important that you choose a photographer who can capture all your emotions and capture them in a beautiful way. As a bride, you want to look beautiful and radiant in every picture. You want to remember those moments forever, therefore, choosing a good photographer is very important. A good photographer will make you feel comfortable during the shoot so that you can relax and enjoy yourself. That way, he or she can capture genuine smiles on your face, as well as some candid moments between you and your partner or family members. These are the things that will make your pictures memorable and worth cherishing for years to come.

One thing to remember is that, during this session, some bridal shop may ask you whether you would want to add more pictures than what is prepared in your package (add on means add on $$) so be sure to be mentally ready to say no to your other beautiful pictures if it’s not within your budget or be prepare for some add on $$ if you are willing to add.

Photo by Anete Lusina

5. Choose Your Wedding Dress & Fitting (3 -6 hours)

After the whole pre-wedding thingy is done, it’s time to focus on your actual wedding day. Prior to coming for an actual wedding dress selection, it’s best to research your body type as certain body types could fit nicely on a certain dress design. Trust us, doing this could save you time in choosing and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed with all the wedding dress choices at the bridal shop. .

6. Wedding Dress Final Fitting (1-3 hours)

This session is usually done at least 2 to 3 days prior to your wedding day. If there’s any loose fit, the bridal shop will usually have an in-house tailor to help you alter your wedding dress. With this being said, getting the right physique and fit prior to the wedding day can give a lot of advantages to you. Not only you’d look perfectly fit in your dream wedding dress, but it’ll also save you from all the unnecessary stress.

7. Collect Your Pre-wedding Photo & Album (1 -4 months later after the photo shoot ended)

Your photographer or bridal shop vendor will need some time to prepare your album with all the editing and printing. Some will be done oversea or in the west so be sure to check with your vendor. With this being said, it is advised to get your bridal shop vendors booked at least 5 months before your wedding reception. This is just so you can have your wedding pictures ready for guests to view during your wedding reception.

8. Reminiscing your bride moment (10 years later)

Getting a pre-wedding photoshoot could cost you a buck but is definitely worth a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Maybe, for now, some of you would feel that it’s a waste of money but just imagine looking back at one of the most beautiful moments of your life 10 years later after your wedding. In our opinion, it’s okay to spend a moment like this.

With this being said, we advise future brides out there to research diligently the right bridal vendors out there that fit the wedding budget nicely.


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