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Many women know what wedding dress they want way before they know what type of husband they want. The perfect wedding dress is the cherry on top of their dream wedding. When the time comes for you to buy your dress, you will be a bundle of emotions. There will be excitement, nervousness, sorrow, happiness and maybe a little bit of guilt for going over the budget, but nonetheless, wedding dress shopping is a once in a lifetime (we hope it’s only once) experience!
There are many precautions and steps that you can take to make sure that your wedding dress shopping experience is as seamless as possible. Here are 6 things that you need to consider when choosing your wedding dress:
- Venue: most brides get so excited about the design of their dream dress that they forget about practicality and comfort. Although you’re allowed to go a bit overboard with on your wedding day, you still want to feel comfortable and you don’t want to be fixing your dress every few minutes. A dress with a long tail will not work for a beach wedding as you will have to hold it up whilst walking in the sand; a sexy slip dress would not be appropriate for a church wedding and you may have to wear something over it during the ceremony. Be mindful of the wedding venue and the environment that you are going to be in when choosing a dress.
- Weather: Choosing a date for your wedding day was probably one of the first decisions that you made, and rightly so. The time of year and the weather will dictate where your wedding takes place, at what time it takes place and most importantly, what you wear. You need to consider the types of fabrics and the styles that are most suited to the seasons. If you are getting married in the summer, you shouldn’t use fabrics like brocade, raw silk and velvet, as they are too hot and will cause discomfort. For winter wedding dresses, steer clear of materials like crepe, georgette, and chiffon. These light -weight materials will fly easily in the wind and offer no warmth. Dressing for the weather doesn’t mean that you’ll have to sacrifice on style, there are many options available for all seasons.
- Entourage: wedding dress shopping is one of the most memorable parts of the wedding experience and most people want to share that moment with someone. You may be tempted to invite all your girlfriends, your cousins and every single teacher you’ve had since primary school to look for the perfect dress. This may sound like a good idea in theory but in reality, it will result in a nightmare. Taking too many people will stress you out as everyone will have their own opinions and that will overwhelm you. The more that your entourage knows, the less you will. Take your mom, your sister or your best friend, people who know what you like and people whose opinions matter to you. Keep it to two or three people max and make sure that they are willing to avail themselves for all fittings
In general, most women underestimate the power of comfortable and correctly-sized underwear. Sometimes your underwear can make or break an outfit. If you know you are going to look for a strapless dress, take your favourite strapless bra along with you. The same goes for all other styles. Most wedding dress shops will have a selection of underwear for you to use whilst trying on dresses, but that may not be the most hygienic option. Once you have decided on a dress, buy the underwear that you will be wearing on your wedding day and take it to all fittings. This will give you a clear indicator of how the dress will look on your big day.
- Size: you may be swapping cupcakes for celery sticks in the 6 months before your wedding, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will lose weight. If you do lose weight, it won’t change your entire build. Make sure to be sized for your current size; if needs be, adjustments can be made closer to the time. This also takes away the pressure of needing to lose weight to fit into your dress. Remember, beauty comes in all sizes, and so do wedding dresses!
Mirror Mirror! You know how we always look good in a shop mirror, no matter what? Well, that is intentional. You look good, you feel good, you buy. Retail stores use lighting, angles, background music and other mirror manipulation tactics to make you look different than to what you usually do. If the store allows it, take a photo of yourself in the dress. The photo will give you a more objective idea of what you look like.
And you thought wedding dress shopping was going to be a big tulle ball of fun? Well, if you follow the tips above, it should be. Here’s to you saying YES to the dress!