Shopping for your wedding gown

Maggie Sottero

One of the first things a bride does when planning for the big day is shop for her wedding dress. There are several things you should know and you should do when choosing “The” dress. I am sure by now you may have an idea of your dream dress, you may have flipped through a thousand wedding magazines, designed your gown in your mind or have had your princess gown with lots of tulle in your head since you were a little girl.

My advice to you is to try on at least five dresses. This may not seem a lot to you. You may know a former friend who tried on more then twenty. No matter how many dresses you may try on… choose one dress you thought you would never wear. Please don’t get me wrong. I am not talking about a dress that is clearly not your style. I am talking about the dress you think you may not look good in. You may be only trying on empire waist dress or a haltertop dress, also try on one strapless dress. If I had a nickel for how many brides I have convince to try on a dress they would have never thought of and it ended up being the dress they picked; I would be a very rich women.
Next, your undergarments; yes very important. Places like David’s Bridal have private changing rooms and even offer bras and slips but there are some bridal salons that has one giant changing room. So if you don’t want everyone to see your private unmentionables, you may want to take that into consideration if you are shy. If the bridal salon does not offer bridal undergarments to try on you may want to wear a strapless bra. This will give you a better idea of how your dress will look. Now even if you have a private dressing room, you will still need help getting in and out of your gown… just like on the day of your wedding. Which brings me to my next point bring someone with you.

Bring your best friend, or a family member. You may want your wedding gown to be a surprise to not only your groom but to everyone else. In that case, your wedding planner would be more then happy to assist you.

Lastly, a picture is worth a thousand words. Check with your bridal shop before hand to check if they allow cameras. Boutiques and private salons will not allow cameras. Larger bridal shops will allow you to take a photo. This will give you a better view of how you look in your gown. You can then look at the pictures and choose your favorite.

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