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You’re about to partake in the most exciting part of wedding planning: finding your dream dress!
Although, this is the most exciting part, it can also get a little overwhelming if you’re not prepared. We’d like to help you make sure that it will be a fun and enjoyable experience, so we put together a list of some Do’s and Don’ts of wedding dress shopping.
Do Your Research
Doing pre-shopping research will help you decide what type of dress you’re looking for. There are so may necklines and dress styles to choose from, so if you eliminate what you don’t like ahead of time it will give you more time to try on the dresses you know you will like!
It will help both you and the consultant.
Don’t Go Hangry
Being hangry can affect your mood and attitude towards the dresses and everyone around you, so be sure to eat something before you go. If you’re worried about being bloated or feeling blah, eat a smaller and healthy meal. Skip the greasy foods! Also, if you have multiple appointments in a row we suggests you leave a break for lunch, but if you can’t, bring some snacks! Granola bars, yogurt, grapes, etc. This will keep everyone’s mood positive! It will also give you energy throughout the appointment, because dress shopping can be exhausting!
Do Establish a Budget
It’s important to establish a budget for your wedding dress especially if you’re on a tight budget. The last thing we want is for you to fall in love with a wedding dress that you can’t afford, or feel guilty about a dress that you purchased and can’t afford.
When setting a budget for a wedding dress consider the extra costs! Such as the cost of alterations, the veil, shoes, and accessories. It’s easy to forget about the extras when you’re so focused on the dress, so remember to spare a little room for the accessories!
Don’t Bring An Entourage
We’ve all seen an episode of “Say Yes to The Dress” when the bride brings in an entourage of people, and we all know what’s going to happen! The looks of the consultants face says it all- Don’t do it! There’s way too many opinions floating around every detail of every dress that it makes it nearly impossible for you to find one that you like.
Keep it small! Bring two to three of the closest people in your life. You know you will get the best and most honest opinions from them and it will be less stressful. After all that’s why we’re writing this– so your dress shopping experience will be less stress and more fun!
Do Wear the Right Undergarments
The wrong undergarments can completely change the look of the dress. It’s very important that you wear undergarments that fit properly, and won’t be seen in a dress. We recommend a nude strapless bra and underwear for the appointment. If you already have the undergarments you will be wearing on your big day it’s best if you wear them to the appointment.
Don’t Go Overboard on The Make-up
Don’t get us wrong– you want to feel pretty while trying on wedding dresses, but you don’t want to wear too much make-up that you end up purchasing a dress you don’t want because you got make-up on it. You especially don’t want to look like you rolled out of bed, so we recommend a little foundation, blush, and a pop of color on your cheeks!
We also recommend pulling your hair back in a low bun if that’s how you’re going to wear it on your wedding day. Do your hair in a way the resembles how you’re going to wear it on your wedding day for a more realistic look!
Do Keep an Open Mind
You might be thinking this contradicts what we said about doing your research. We want you to go to your dress appointment prepared, but we also want you to go with an open mind. What the dress looks like in a picture on somebody else may not look the same on you. After all, a wedding dress isn’t something we wear in everyday life, so keep an open mind if the way you expected to look in a dress doesn’t turn out exactly how you envisioned! Definitely come with your must-haves, but keep an open mind!
The consultants are there to help you find the perfect dress so be honest with them when you describe what you’re looking for and how you feel in a dress. Just because the experts brought the dress to you doesn’t mean you have to pretend to love them. Be honest and open-minded!
Best of luck to you with all of your wedding plan and especially your dress shopping. Keep these “do’s and don’ts” in mind when you start your shopping so your experience is enjoyable!