Apart from all other magical wedding things building up your excitement, one in particular outshines them all: the dress. However, the dress seems to be one of the trickiest things to check off your wedding to-do list. While on your quest to say “yes to the dress”, check out this list we’ve put together of things you need to prep for and during dress shopping.
Undergarments / Measurements
Wear or bring a few styles of skin-tone underwear. Depending on the style of dress, you want to avoid the glaring panty lines. Dress shops will normally have some sort of corset or strapless bra for you to borrow, but bringing your own isn’t a bad idea. Your consultant will also thank you for not bearing it all and can help determine what are the best undergarments for your dress! Knowing your approximate measurements/sizes can help avoid throwing on a size 6 when you’re actually a size 8.
Light makeup / Hair Accessories / Hygiene
Firstly, PLEASE be freshly showered before your dress fitting! Whether you do or don’t know how you’re styling your hair for the big day, bring a few accessories (hair tie, clips, bobby pins, etc.) to test out different looks. Also, throw on very light makeup if you’d like (powder/mascara) so your look is a bit more elevated, but not enough to stain dresses you try on.
Bring some comfy shoes to wear in and out of the dress shop, but also a pair of heels (or boots!) that are close to the height of what you’re wearing at the wedding. It will give you a clearer picture of how the dress flows and fits, without looking like a 9-year-old in your mom’s old dress.
Pictures for inspiration
I can’t tell you enough from personal experience, consultants LOVE when you bring pictures for inspiration! This gives the stylist a better idea of what dresses to pull for you, and your personal style which saves a ton of time! Try to include pictures of dresses that shop may already have in stock, too.
I know you want to include everyone you love during such a fun time of wedding preparation, but we can’t stress enough; keep your shopping entourage SMALL! Bring your mom and best friend, maybe grandma – max. Otherwise, you’ll lose the vision you had for your dress under loads of opinions that AREN’T yours! This is YOUR dress, after all.
An Open Mind / Honesty
Don’t be afraid to express yourself – otherwise, you might end up walking out with a dress that you kind of love, but don’t see fireworks when you wear it. Tell the consultant everything you do or don’t like about a dress, but don’t be afraid to try on dresses you would have NEVER dreamed of wearing! Be sure to strut down the aisles of the dress shop in the dress, too. You get a better feel of the dress that way instead of standing in one place.
Have an idea how much you are willing to spend on your dress. Even if it’s a broad range, knowing your budget can help weed out that $3000 dress when your budget is $1000, and the consultant can more accurately point you in the right direction within your budget.
You are going to be faced with a TON of options; don’t panic. Be patient as you go through several dresses and still haven’t found THE one. Take a breath, and enjoy playing dress up for the day! Almost NO ONE finds the perfect dress on the first, second or third day of shopping. You’ll find it!