Your wedding day is one of the biggest events of your entire life; picking out the perfect dress to wear on this day can be as stressful as the actual wedding. It is important to prepare yourself before you go to your chosen bridal shop, to decrease stress and increase the likelihood that you can "Say Yes to the Dress" on the first visit to the bridal salon. The following tips will help you during your dress shopping visit.
Have an Idea of What You Want
There are many styles of wedding gowns. Take a few online quizzes, then look through pictures and select some gowns in the styles you are most interested in wearing. Take these examples to your dress shopping appointment to help the stylist choose gowns for you to try. This will help narrow the playing field, save time and hassle in trying on gowns and help you find the right dress.
When you are looking at dresses, keep an open mind and listen to the stylist's suggestions. Stick to your chosen dress silhouettes, but don't get so caught up in minor details that you can't find something you love. Many aspects of a dress can be changed or altered: sleeves can be added or removed, embellishments can be added, necklines can be changed and the train can be adjusted. Many brides are blinded by what a dress looks like off the rack, and can't imagine what it could look like with a few minor changes.
Take a Trusted Friend or Family Member
If you have a friend or family member that can attend your appointment with you, be sure to take them along. This individual can help you pick out a dress and give you an unbiased opinion of how a dress looks on you. But don't take more than one or two people; taking a whole entourage can lead to chaos, confusion and too many opinions that keep you from choosing a gown.
Bring Your Wedding Day Foundation Garments
This is very important. Different foundation garments (bras, panties, slips and hosiery) can change the entire shape of your body, and some are more flattering to different body types than others. If you plan to wear a longline bustier under your gown, don't show up to your appointment in a sports bra that will flatten your assets. Wear exactly what you will wear under your dress so you can get an accurate picture of how the dress will actually look on your big day. If you don't have your foundation garments already purchased, many boutiques have loaner garments you can use during fitting appointments.