Planning Your Wedding Dress Visit From Start to Finish
Planning a wedding is an event in and of itself! It can be tedious at times, and in other moments, joyous and creative. When you begin the journey into shopping for the perfect wedding dress, you’ll want to plan for and allow time before, during, and after your visit in your quest for the dress.
Before your visit
Start to ruminate on all things dress related. Look online and in magazines to get an idea of what you like. The bridal industry tends to bombard brides with so many choices in dresses, so just take a moment and think who you are and what kind of dress will make you the happiest; this is about you, the bride. Not your mom or the groom’s mother, it’s all you!
Are you going to be tearing up the dance floor on your big day? Consider a dress that is flowy or one that you can move easily in. Are you accident prone? Seriously, do you fall or injure yourself often? Perhaps skip the extra long train or a long dress in general.
Once you have an idea in mind of what kind of dress you want, next you’ll want to have a price in mind. This will save time going through and trying on dresses, and also stress if you go in with an idea of what you want to spend. Keep in mind the add-ons that could cost additional money: alterations, shipping fees, and taxes.
When you’re ready to plan your visit, call ahead and make an appointment! Bring along any jewelry you might be wearing and plan your undergarments accordingly. If you plan on trying on a strapless gown, wear a strapless bra.
During the visit
Now that you’re armed with a budget and styles that fit you, it’s time to shop! Try on the dresses that peak your interest, but also consider the opinions of staff; dresses are their business so they may see or know something you don’t. Opinions will fly freely on this day, so make sure you like the dress and always trust your instincts.
If you find a dress-it may take some time and a couple of visits-think about these things: buy a dress that fits you now; brides tend to think they’ll lose weight before the big day, but it’s always easier to alter a dress then to make fabric magically appear! Read the contract, carefully! Double and triple check the contract looking for all the correct information. Is it the right size, color, designer, and price? Have everything in writing including the deposit amount and the number of fittings you’re allowed.
After you visit
Congratulations, you’ve picked out the dress! Now it’s time to schedule the fittings. Be sure to bring the appropriate undergarments and the shoe you’ve picked out to adjust the length. The first fitting should happen within six weeks of your wedding day. In this fitting, you’ll want to ensure the dress is the right size, color, and design. The seamstress will then be looking for where it needs to be altered. The second fitting falls a month before. Here, you’ll want to make sure all the alterations were addressed and that you can move with comfort. Your final fitting is usually the week of your wedding. On the final fitting make sure all your questions are answered; do you know how to put on the dress? Adjust the bustle? Prepare for last minute nuisances like wrinkles.
Do you iron the dress or have it steamed? Being able to adapt and expect for things to happen will make the day less stressful for everyone.
After the big day
The most current trends brides have been doing is a phenomenon called “trash the dress.” This event happens after the wedding and the bride finds herself trashing the dress in many different ways! Brides have jumped into lakes, rolled in the sand on the beach, and even lit their dress on fire! You may or may not decided on trashing your dress and if you don’t you’ll want to preserve it!
Preserving your dress entails a professional cleaning and sealing it in, most likely, a box or container.
For all things wedding gown related contact the dress experts at Magnolia Bridal today!