Selecting Your Wedding Gown
wedding gown is one of the most fun tasks for the
bride-to-be. Ooohing and Ahhing over gorgeous dresses is
possibly the most exciting part of getting prepared for your
wedding day. But deciding just which dress you want to be
remembered in (for the rest of your life!) is the hard part.
The following tips will help you make the process of selecting a
dress a pleasant experience. Your wedding gown isn't something
you want to rush out and buy at the last minute. Do a lot of
catalog and window shopping in advance to help give yourself a
better idea of what you're looking for.
Dress according to the weather. If you're getting
married in January, you probably wouldn't feel very comfortable
in a sleeveless wedding gown. In fact, you'll probably be very
cold. In addition to the style of the dress, you'll also want to
consider the material of the dress. Some lace materials may look
very elegant, but they may be very irritating to the skin. Stick
with something that you'll feel comfortable in throughout the
We can't emphasize this enough: Don't wait for the last
minute to select a wedding gown. You should start shopping for
your dress about a year in advance to your big day. Why so much
time in advance? Because most gowns need to be ordered
approximately 4-6 months in advance. And fittings take a lot of
You look beautiful just the way you are! Don't plan on
purchasing a wedding gown two sizes smaller because you intend
to be ten pounds thinner by your wedding day. It's a really good
idea to order the gown in your size. If you do shed a few
pounds, great! Just remember: It's a lot cheaper to take a gown
in than to have it let out an inch here and an inch there.
Does this gown look okay on me? Whenever you're in
doubt, bring your girlfriends along. Nevertheless, make sure
that your friends feel comfortable telling you the 'truth.' If
you try on a gown that doesn't flatter your figure-you want them
to tell you.
Never dismiss something the bridal shop staff
recommends. They know what they're doing (most of the time).
Something that may not looking appealing on a hanger, may look
great on you! If the staff is trying to help you find what
you're looking for, be as specific as possible when describing
"I'll take that one," are words I hope you never
say-without trying the gown on. Try every gown in that bridal
shop on-until you find 'the one.'
Be brave and sneak a peek at the price tag. Is the
wedding gown in your budget? Before you say 'yes,' there are
several things to consider: accessories to go with the gown,
including: shoes, a headpiece, jewelry, and undergarments. In
addition, there may be last minute alterations needed for your
gown. Keep all of these things in mind before you slap your
credit card down on the counter.
It's important to note that most deposits on weddings gowns are
non-refundable. With that said, you must be absolutely certain
that you've found the perfect wedding gown before you commit to
the deposit. Or you'll always wonder" what if-you wore that