After my first (and last!) wedding dress shopping experience, I thought I’d just share a list of little take-aways that made the shopping and selecting so much fun…
- Think about what you want and what you definitely don’t want before you go shopping. Browse magazines and the online collections that are carried at stores you’re going to.
- Try on one dress that is completely crazy or not what you would walk down the aisle in… just for fun!
- If you’re going to stores that aren’t “off the rack,” go ahead and put on your make-up and do your hair. Your make-up won’t ruin any dresses because they’re samples. And it’s nice to have the full effect of how you might look on your wedding day :-).
- I had my mom and my sister/Maid of Honor with me, and I got two great opinions. Dress shopping with a whole crew could get very overwhelming very quickly.
- Be sure to ask about any possible alterations that could be done that would change the entire look of the dress. For example, a sash under the bust with intricate beading and sparkle on it completely changed the look of one dress I tried on. Also, straps can easily be added to strapless gowns, which would also change the look drastically.
- Pay attention to your face in the mirror, as much as the dress in the mirror. Each time I put on the dress I ultimately picked, my face said it all – I could not stop beaming!
- Follow your gut — how you feel in the dress is the most indicative sign of whether the dress is right or not. Of course the dresses you try on will look beautiful on you, but you know more than anyone else what your dream dress is!
- Try on lots of dresses! The very first dress I selected and tried on was the one I ordered. It was absolutely perfect, and I didn’t even want to take it off to try any of the others. But I’m very glad I tried on about a dozen other dresses – some similar and some completely different – because it solidified how I felt about that first dress and I can look back and feel so confident in my decision.