Post # 1
I’ve read all the books, flipped through the pages of bridal magazines, commented on posts.. but I dont think anything has prepaired me for dress shopping. I’m having a bit of an offbeat wedding, only thing I will have that will be traditional is the actual ceremony and my dress. So for all you been-there-done-that’s out there HELP! Any type of advice welcomed! What do I bring? How do I prep? How long should I plan to shop? Kind of difficult to find a day when my mom and Bridesmaid or Best Man are free to sit and watch me play dress-up. How do I know what shoes I will wear when I dont know what kind of dress I’ll be wearing..? lol First one out of us all to get married and kind of lost. Thanks. <3
Post # 3
Just make an appointment somewhere, and go alone. See what you like. You’ll be able to get an idea of the dresses you like, fabrics you like, et cetera. Then make another appointment with your entourage, and go again. I wore a strapless bra, which I found more comfortable than wearing the bra they have for you.
Be clear about what you like, but I wouldn’t refuse to try something on. I surprised myself with the styles I ended up liking.
Oh and I wouldn’t worry about shoes until it’s time for alterations.
Post # 4
Dress shopping is so exciting!!! YAY!
First, don’t stress about it- it’s supposed to be a fun experience, and you don’t even have to worry about picking and ordering a dress until 8-12 months prior to your wedding.
When you’re ready to start shopping, set a budget first and foremost. Allow wiggle room for alterations, undergarments (including a crinoline & shoes), and any accessories like a veil or bolero or whatever else you will need.
Ok, so you have a budget. Think about what styles or silhouettes you like, but be open to trying on something that you hadn’t considered. Sometimes the bridal consultant will look at your body shape and come up with something that looks ‘blah’ on the hanger but will look ‘va va voom’ on your body!
When you go to try on dresses, take one or two trusted people with you. Take a camera (and ask if you’re allowed to take photos… some private salons don’t allow it) and take a bottle of water. Also, wear full butt undies, a strapless bra, and the shoes you plan to wear in the wedding or a shoe of the same heel height.
Remember to have fun, stick to your budget, keep an open mind, and resist the urge to purchase the first dress you like. Go home, sleep on it, look at the photos again the next day.
Post # 5
Thanks so much @peachacid: and @DaneLady:!!! I am very excited!! <3