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.
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.
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.
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.
Do bring a camera
And take plenty of snaps. Your mind plays tricks and you need to be 100% accurate with this decision.
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.
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.
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.
Don’t forget that sales are usually final
No pressure, obviously. But make sure you are 110% before you buy.
Don’t panic about sizing
Dresses can be adjusted, that’s the whole point of a fitting.