One of the biggest decisions you will face as the big day approaches
is the DRESS. The process of shopping for a wedding dress can be a
fabulous adventure, but it can also be stressful and
overwhelming--particularly because a bride-to-be often starts
shopping for her dress before many other details of her wedding are
determined. You might have had a clear mental picture of the dress
for you since you were five years old. On the other hand, you may
have no idea what you are going to wear or feel strange about the
idea of wearing white. The important thing is to relax, and remember
that there are as many different kinds of dresses out there as there
are different kinds of brides.
Take a few minutes to think about what you want. It will be helpful
when you enter the maze of dresses out there to know what your
budget is, any details that are essential (i.e. I won't feel like a
bride without a full skirt or if I don't have a cathedral length
train, I don't wanna get married at all), and an idea of how
traditional you want your dress to be. after all, if a teal pantsuit
would work best for you, it's probably not worth your time to sort
through racks of fluency white dresses.
Give yourself ample time to plan- generally the rule of thumb is
that you need to order your gown at least six months before your
wedding. So you should ideally start shopping for your gown nine
months or more before your wedding. (If you don't have this much
time, its okay, just budget for some rush charges).
On your wedding day, you'll want to look great, but you'll also want
to be comfortable- it will be hard to pose for all those pictures,
dance, laugh and more if you're tugging your dress up or have boning
jutting into your ribs. First- consider which dress is most
appropriate to your day ?for example- consider a shorter tea-length
or cocktail length dress for a beach wedding. If you're the kinda
gal who likes to dance with her hands in the air, and anticipates
doing the limbo, perhaps a strapless dress is not the one for you.
Think about your body type and what kinds of dresses generally look
good on you. If a friend is making your wedding dress, ensure that
you have agreed on a fitting schedule and chances to make
adjustments. If you've purchased your dress at a sample sale, or
discount outlet, you should budget money for taking the dress to a
good tailor. Most designers will ask for three fittings, and will
closely tailor your dress to fit you.
If money is an issue, remember that the most expensive kind of dress
is not necessarily the best kind. Many brides find a bridesmaids
dress in white or off-white that works perfectly, and is hundreds of
dollars cheaper. There are thousands of dresses to be had at sample
sales, thrift stores, and ebay. Consider taking pictures from
magazines to a friend who sews or seamstress and getting a price
quote. If you choose to make your own dress, don't delay. The sooner
you finish it, the sooner you'll be able to attend to the many other
details of your wedding.
Most of all, remember- this is your wedding day. Wear whatever makes
you comfortable and feels like you. And have fun shopping for your
dress. It should be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
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