So you've finally set your date for the wedding, plans are in full swing and now you're on to the next step of your to-do list, the wedding dress!
It can feel like an overwhelming decision and you probably don't know where to begin. Taking it one step at a time and getting yourself into that bridal shop is a start.
Luckily, I asked Alison from Alice May Bridal Shop to give us 3 tips on getting ready for a wedding dress appointment. Here's what she told me:
1. MAKEUP & FAKE TAN
I have written in my previous blogs about hair and make up trial and how it is harder to judge makeup without having your hair done first. The same goes for wedding dress appointments. Wear a little bit of makeup to give yourself confidence when putting on a dress.
It is also okay to wear fake tan as long as it's not instant and has been on your skin for a few days. This is to avoid it rubbing off on the dresses leaving marks after trying them on. So make sure your tan is applied several days before you come in for your appointment.
2. SHOES & BRA
Alice May Bridal Shop has a selection of shoes in the shop for brides to use them when trying on her dresses. So don't worry if you're on your way to your appointment and realise you've forgotten your shoes.
Alison's sample dresses are all very long to begin with, however having a pair of high-heeled shoes is great for posture and for an overall silhouette idea of your body in the dress.
If you have a big bust make sure to invest some time and money into a high quality bra in specialised shops. Try picking a strapless bustier with a lower back so that you can't see it in a wedding dress.
Other than that bring a strapless bra. You may not necessarily need one as most of the wedding dresses have inserted cups and wiring for that purpose.
The excitement and joy of planning your wedding comes at the price of dealing with other people's opinions and deciding which one carries any value for you. I have written about the benefits of hiring a wedding planner in previous blogs. It can save you time, stress and confusion.
Alison suggests when going to a wedding dress appointment bring no more than two people who you're most comfortable with and whose opinions matter most.
Having more people can make you feel overwhelmed, distracted and will mislead you from realising what dress suits you and your personality.
Looking at Alison's tips you now know the technical part of getting ready for a wedding dress appointment is a lot less scary than it may feel in the beginning.
Perhaps I'll be planning my own wedding some day and from looking at the brides' dresses I can say that choosing a dress with your personality in mind is best.
Let it match who you are. Bring your life and personality into it because this day is all about you and the love of your life!