From the moment you said yes, you’ve purchased every bridal magazine you can get your hands on, spent countless hours on Instagram and can’t stop watching recaps of runway shows from bridal fashion week.
Before you dive headfirst into a dazzling display of lace and chiffon, you will want to consider our top three tips to ensure your dress is both chic and most importantly “YOU”.
1. Prepare For Your Fitting
Shopping for your dress is one of the most important parts of the planning process so it is important that you prepare ahead of time to ensure you get the most out of your fitting. Make sure that your date and venue have been locked in before setting up bridal appointments. The venue should play a big part in selecting the style of the gown you will say yes to.
You will also want to be sure to keep numbers to a minimum when reaching out to your squad to invite them to your appointment, typically no more than 2 people should be with you to ensure you have a successful bridal appointment. We suggest bringing guests with you that truly understand your personal style so that they can assist you in selecting the perfect gown.
Including your entire bridal party along with family members and close friends can often hinder the shopping process and leave you feeling overwhelmed and unable to make the right decision. Feeling like you are leaving people out? Invite those special family members and friends in the alteration process or doing a meaningful reveal with them on your wedding day so everyone feels included.
2. Pay Attention to Personality and Personal Style
We cannot stress the importance of being true to your personality and individual style when selecting your wedding gown. Personality is a huge factor to consider to ensure the dress will look and feel like you.
“If you are a bride looking for a traditional lace gown but still want a more modern look. Why not go for a lace wedding dress constructed from an intricately patterned lace. Geometric patterns, exquisite patterns and lavish appliques’ offer a modern flair. If you are a bride who loves to dance and wants to be fancy-free on your wedding day, be sure to keep the weight of the gown in mind when making your final selection.”
3. Shop Silhouettes that Compliment Your Body Type
Personality and personal style is very important to your dress shopping experience, however paying close attention to body type is imperative for ultimate comfort on the day-of.
If you are full chested (over a D cup), it is highly recommended that you wear a bra with your gown to ensure that you have the proper lift and support of your bust. You should keep this in mind when selecting your gown silhouette. You may have to raise the front or back neckline of the gown if it is plunging, in order to accommodate your foundation.
Remember to enjoy the planning process and take in every moment of your gown shopping experience. These are the memories and stories you will share for years to come.