Though wedding dress shopping and fittings have built-in joy due to the circumstances, there are a few things that can make those moments go horribly awry.
The time of day you go try on the dress matters.
Remember that slipping on gown after gown at a bridal boutique is akin to a workout! “We recommend dedicating a full day to the search, instead of trying to run over after work or between errands,” says Steele. “It’s important that you try on your gown in good, bright, light, and also in lighting that is similar to the lighting for your wedding. If you’re getting married outside during the day, make sure to check out the dress near a window. If you’re getting married in a church with candlelight, try on the dress in dim lighting.
The friends and family you invite to help pick out your wedding gown can make or break the experience.
Too many cooks — If you go dress shopping with an entourage, you’ll get a lot of feedback from a lot of people–perhaps too many people. Stick with one bridesmaid and the mother of the bride when you go shopping, and perhaps one more person whose opinion you respect. They’ll help you find the right dress without too many differing opinions.
Don’t forget your undergarments.
You should wear the undergarments that will be similar to those you’ll sport on your wedding day, so opting for a strapless bra and thong in a neutral hue will be best. “Remember that if you are in a boutique, there will likely be a consultant in the changing room with you, so make sure to wear something you feel comfortable with another person seeing.”
Bridal gowns are sized differently from normal clothing.
This is an important fact to remember, as well as the fact that each designer’s sizing differs drastically from one another. “Don’t be alarmed if the size of your wedding dress is several sizes bigger than you normally wear,”
Comfort is important.
We recommend thinking through the steps of your wedding day. “Are you planning a cathedral wedding where you’ll need to kneel or sit for part of the ceremony? Make sure you practice doing so. Maybe you’ll be having a wild reception and are planning on dropping it like it’s hot? Practice those signature dance moves to make sure they are possible,”
Crying is optional.
“Choosing a wedding dress is a totally different experience for each bride,” declares Steele. “Some view it as a very emotional process, while others see it as an expression of their personal style. Regardless, don’t let anyone tell you what your experience has to be like!” Translation: Not all brides cry when they find “the one