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DON’T schedule your wedding dress appointment late in the day.
The early bird gets the worm—er, in this case, the early bride gets an energetic, fresh bridal store staff that hasn’t dealt with the concerns of a million clients already. “If you get the first appointment of the morning, the store will likely be less crowded, and you’ll get the full attention of your consultant,”
DO focus first on finding the best wedding dress silhouette for you.
Details are important—a long row of teensy pearl buttons and a well-placed ruffle or two can mean the difference between a good wedding dressand a great one. But before you start nitpicking the details, “first figure out the silhouette that works best for you,” says gown designer Amsale Aberra. “Try not to get caught up in the trend of the moment, but instead focus on your personal style and what flatters you most.”
DON’T forget about the top of your wedding dress.
A long, gorgeous wedding dress with a fancy hem is to die for. Just remember that the top of your dress is what people will notice most—and what will show up in most wedding pictures. “The majority of wedding photos that guests take of you are from the waist up,” says Margee Higgins,
DON’T pick a wedding dress just because it’s trendy now.
Trendy wedding dresses won’t necessarily stand the test of time—flip through your parents’ wedding album for evidence of that. “A gown should be timeless,” says Erika Unbehaun, owner of Flutterfly Events, a wedding planning company in London. “When you feel sexy and glamorous in a gown that has both modern and traditional elements, and you feel like a better version of yourself when you’re wearing it, you’ve found your timeless gown. It’s something that will never go out of style.”
DO bring your camera wedding dress shopping (if the boutique allows it).
Embrace your inner Cher Horowitz (we all have some of the Clueless character in us) and photograph your dress possibilities instead of putting all your trust in the mirror. “Mirrors are used to sell dresses—cameras don’t lie,” says Richard O’Malley, owner of the O’Malley Project, a company that offers consulting services for event planners. “Because you’ll be looking at the photos of this dress for years to come, know how it photographs from all angles. One potential hiccup: Some boutiques don’t allow dress photography. Call ahead to see if you can take a few snaps for decision-making purposes only.
DO try on as many wedding dresses as you need to…
According to Nicole Janowicz, celebrity wedding stylist, almost any dress can look gorgeous on a hanger (or it can look terrible). Resist snap judgment. “Once a dress is on a woman’s body, it takes on a different shape and look,” she says. “This means that a bride will try on many dresses, and she should. I had a celebrity bride try on 27 dresses at a fitting in order to find the perfect reception dress. Just as it takes time to find a husband or wife, it takes time to find the perfect gown.”
…but DON’T try on too many wedding dresses.
We’re not trying to confuse you here—we just mean that you shouldn’t feel forced to try on more or fewer gowns than you want. According to Lacy Pool, a bridal stylist and blogger forSerendipity Bridal, you can suffer wedding dressoverload (and total panic) if you feel like you musttry on 20 different dresses at each salon you visit. “Too many choices and too many places can add stress and confusion,” Pool says. Nine times out of 10, you will go back to your first salon and order your favorite gown anyway, so go with your gut.” Pool’s tip: Find a bridal salon that carries your top three designers and “gets” your style.
DON’T freak out about wedding dress sizing.
“I’m a bridal consultant, but even I was alarmed by how big the dresses were when I was trying them on,” says Gail Johnson, of Gail Johnson Weddings. “Bridal gowns run two to three sizes larger [than your regular size]. Once you get your head around that, be realistic; pay attention to how it looks, not what the label reads. It took me some time to deal with that myself—I actually cried because of the size!”
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