The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

Choosing your dress is one of the most important parts of your big day. It’s right up there with picking your venue, your honeymoon, even your future life partner. OK, maybe not that important but it’s a pretty big deal.

So, you can’t afford to get it wrong. Which is why we’ve compiled this handy guide to getting it right.

Don’t leave it until late in the day

You want the full attention of the salesperson, which you won’t get if it’s late in the day and they’ve already seen two dozen brides to be. Book early and the store will be quieter and you’ll be clearer in the head.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

Do think about shape and silhouette

Before you start focusing on frills ( or lack of them according to taste) think big picture. Imagine, or even draw, your perfect outline and work up from there.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

Do think top down

People generally start looking at your face and work down (apart from some less gentlemanly types) so choose your dress in the same way.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

Don’t just follow trends

We’ve all seen pictures of unfortunate girls from the 80s and 90s wearing hideous dresses. Well, guess what? That was the height of style back then. Choose a trendy dress now and in ten years time you’ll be the equivalent of the girl with poofy sleeves and half a ton of hairspray.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

Do bring a camera

And take plenty of snaps. Your mind plays tricks and you need to be 100% accurate with this decision.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress Christine Juette

Do try them all on

You never really know what works until it’s on. Yes it can be a pain getting in and out of every dress, but it’s all about the research.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

Don’t get talked into it

Keeping the above point in mind, don’t get talked into trying dresses on that you really hate. It’s a waste of time and, after all, this is supposed to be fun not frightening.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

You don’t need an audience

On the TV they always have an entourage but if you’d rather keep it intimate, then do it. It’s your decision at the end of the day.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

Don’t forget that sales are usually final

No pressure, obviously. But make sure you are 110% before you buy.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

 

Don’t panic about sizing

Dresses can be adjusted, that’s the whole point of a fitting.

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