Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Dress
Choosing the perfect dress
is an exciting yet daunting task. Whether you have
a clear idea of THE dress or you are not sure where
to start, here are 15 tips to help ensure you get
the most out of your search for the perfect dress.
Use wedding magazines or
the Internet for inspiration and ideas on styles,
trends and prices.
Set a budget and stick to
Allow plenty of time to find
and order your dress. It may take you a while
to find one and most dresses have to be ordered
four months to six months in advance.
Start out with a general
idea of the kind of dress you like: traditional,
straight, empire line, princess line, etc.
Keep an open mind. Try at
least a couple that the bridal consultants recommend
or have a different silhouette from the ones
you have been trying. You may be surprised.
It may seem silly, but be
certain to check out the view from behind. Your
wedding guests will have an uninterrupted look
at your back and you want to look good.
Be practical - a huge skirt
or an extremely long one will be hard to maneuver
in a tiny church. Make sure that the dress can
be bustled for ease of movement after the ceremony.
Consider the season of your
wedding and whether it will be indoors or out.
Late Spring or Summer ceremonies call for cool
silk, chiffon, pure cotton or lace. Heavier
fabric such as as brocade, velvet and satin
are more suitable for Fall and Winter weddings.
Some wedding designers also sell cover-ups that
can be worn over the wedding dress for additional
Always take at least one
other person with you (two is best) when shopping
for your dress, so that you know what the dress
looks like from every angle.
Try on a veil with the dress
to get an idea of the complete look - a short
veil may turn a dress from ordinary to extraordinary,
while a long veil might not work at all.
Think about your shoes and
any other accessories you may need to set off
the dress and add that finishing touch.
Remember that most gowns
run small and it is normal to need a couple
of sizes larger than your normal clothes size.
Be sure to look at the size chart for your designer
If you are planning on losing
weight, you may factor that into the size you
order but be realistic about how much smaller
you should go. It is not always possible to
let out a dress, while it is possible to take
in a dress in most instances.
Allow ample time for fittings
and always make an appointment; gowns and slips
have to be pressed ahead of time. Remember to
bring the shoes and bra that you'll be wearing
with the gown.
When your wedding gown is
complete, it will be pressed and packed neatly.
When you get it home, hang it in a bridal gown
bag to protect it until the big day!