Looking for the 'perfect' dress is pretty much the first thing many of us think of after the the engagement ring comes out. There is nothing more beautiful and magical than sharing that moment with your mom, best friend and/or maids of honours. Below are a few tips that may help you when the day finally arrives to shop for your gown.
Undergarments can drastically change the look of a dress.
You already know that wearing a strapless bra or a regular one with clear straps is non-negotiable. Even so, I’d recommend getting your measurements taken before you start this process, especially if you've lost weight recently.
Wear just enough makeup to feel pretty—don't go overboard.
Being surrounded by a billowing sea of white fabric makes you hyper-aware of your appearance. Under-eye circles that were barely noticeable are now present. Pale pink lipstick is drowned out by fluorescent lighting. You don't have to get dolled up for your consultant; apply just enough so that you feel presentable. But whatever you do, DON'T apply self-tanner in the days leading up to your appointment, in order to avoid damaging any of the dresses. Also wear your hair the way you've planned it for the wedding.
Consultants can't read your mind.
To assist you properly, you need to tell them how you really feel about the dress. Saying that each one is 'beautiful' does nothing to help narrow down your choice. Their feelings won't be hurt if you don't like something about the dress. Be honest about what you like (and don't like) about each dress so that you won't regret your choice later on.
Do "the aisle test" to make sure the gown looks good from every angle.
Before making a final decision, it's recommended to walk around with your dress. Go ahead, sit, shimmy, and even twirl in the gowns while trying them on—if it's the right one, you should feel as if you never want to take it off.
Make Mom love you forever by trying on a dress she recommends, even if you hate it.
If Mom has been looking forward to this moment ever since you played dress-up as a little girl, oblige her just this one time and try on one of her recommendations. It's a win-win: Either she'll see that you were right about lace looking all kinds of wrong on you, or you may shock yourself by purchasing one of her picks.
You have to try on more than 10 gowns before finding 'the dress.'
Wedding dress shopping always appears easy on TV and in movies. People are smiling, sipping champagne and commenting on how stunning you look. That isn't always the case. Don't despair if it takes four, or five, or six visits before you find anything that even remotely feels like you.
Listen to your inner voice
You're (hopefully) only going to shop for a wedding gown once in your life—drown out everyone else's opinion and you'll hear a silent little voice tell you which one you should choose. It's great to have your family and friends offering their opinion, but ultimately, it's your special day and it's all about what YOU want and what YOU think is beautiful.