Dream Wedding Dress
Congratulations! If you have been dreaming about your wedding dress since you were a little girl, and now it’s time to make it come true. It’s a wonderful experience to find the wedding dress of your dreams, and don’t feel so nervous, just embrace it.
Read on, here are 12 tips to help you find the perfect wedding dress and make the most of your wedding dress shopping experience.
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1) Look Online for Ideas:
Before you head to the stores, it’s much better if you already get an idea for your wedding dress – the style you love, price points, shapes, fabrics and so on. You can search online and get to know the trend, or follow your favorite designers on Pinterest/Instagram, so the choices won’t be too overwhelming.
2) Start Early:
Ideally, brides should go shopping 10-12 months before the wedding. If you buy it too early, you risk finding something else, but it’s nearly impossible to cancel a wedding dress, so you may have major dress regret. Since the wedding dress is made-to-order, which means it can take a dress for up to 9 months to come in. If you want to ensure that your dress arrives on time with plenty of time for alterations, you should start early.
3) Eat Something Beforehand:
Don’t go to your appointments on an empty stomach. Each appointment usually takes 1 -2 hours and you need to try on several big dresses, it really needs time and energy. So, a good breakfast beforehand is necessary- eat something filling like bread, fruits but not that uncomfortably full in case the dress doesn’t fit right.
4) Curl Your Hair and Put on a Little Makeup:
Bring shoes approximately the height you’d like to wear, and curl your hair or put on a little makeup. If you already have the jewelry, bring them too. Just remember this, when you look good, you feel good, and it will give you a full bridal picture of how the dress will look on your wedding.
5) Make Sure You Are Hydrated!
Trying on dresses makes people thirsty easily, and thirsty makes you tired and hungry. So remember to bring a bottle of water (a small snack) so you can make the right decision.
It’s kind of weird to wear nothing in front of a stranger and of course, many stores require it. You can bring a strapless bra, and also be sure to wear the plainest, simplest pair of seamless panties or thong you’ve got in your drawer. Because if the dresses you try on have thin material, it’s going to show when you wear a black lace panties, for example.
7) Be Clear About your Budget:
It’s important for you to be clear on your budget and be very serious about it. If you don’t want to spend too much, the best way is to tell the consultant immediately what your budget is so you can avoid them convince you to try on trying on a wedding dress that’s out of your price range. I think you know the feelings that you can’t afford something you love, right? And if you run a strict budget, also be sure to include the cost of alterations.
8) Keep an Open Mind:
After giving the consultant your budget, you might show them some photos of dress styles you like. But just like dating around with different guys until you meet the Mr. Right, it’s important to keep an open mind when you try those wedding dresses. Let them give you a few dresses to try on–different colors, different styles, etc. You never know what looks good on your body until you try it on.
9) Take Photos:
If allowed, take some good pictures of the dresses so that you can see those beautiful pictures later or buy discount items online on Amazon.
10) Sit Down in the Dress and Move Your Arms Around:
Just make sure your wedding dress is comfortable while sitting down for dinner and even dancing in. This is particularly important. I think you don’t want to be constricted by it all the time during your big day. So if you decide to buy a dress, try to sit down on it and move your arms around to ensure your dress fits well.
11) Do not Feel Pressured to Buy that Day!
Just because you are tired or because your family/friends push you to get a dress, so you pick a dress you are not pretty sure about. Don’t do that stupid thing. If you really love a dress, you can go back the next day and buy it. But before your purchase, be sure to visit at least 3 different stores and try more different dresses. You don’t find “the one”this time you’ll find it the next time! But if you rush the process, it may cause dress regret.
12) It’s Your Wedding Dress:
Sure, you can bring your friends or family with you when you do dress shopping. You can keep an open mind and get ideas from them. But DON’T let anyone control your shopping. It’s your dress – it’s the dress you want to wear. I think for the bride, one of the most important things for a wedding is to feel gorgeous in the wedding dress she truly loves.