“Selecting a wedding dress is more than just a fitting…it is a process—a memory in the making” –Ollivelli Cape Town
A wedding gown might seemingly be only worn for a few hours at the most, but to brides, this is an integral piece of fashion.
While the wedding gown is only one aspect (and one expense) on your wedding day, there has never been any doubt that it is one of the iconic dresses a woman would wear in her lifetime. In this regard, a woman would feel pressured to choose the best and most ideal one that would suit her taste and preferences. After all, this is that one day in her life wherein all eyes would be on her—that one day wherein she gets to be the star of her own show. However, before you head on out and go wedding dress shopping, there are a few pointers you should keep in mind to ensure that the entire process will be a breeze. Here are some of the tips to keep in mind before you start putting on that wedding dress:
Limit your entourage
Considering you want only the best wedding gown to wear, you wish to have the counsel and tutelage of all the people you consider to be fashionable on their own. However, you cannot bring a party of ten people just for a single dress fitting. Not only will they be eating up the space in the boutique, but more often than not, their ideas would be conflicting which would leave you more confused than ever. Choose to go with one or two closest friends or a family member whose instincts you trust to help you start your search. Inviting too many friends along with you would be welcoming a lot of contrasting opinions.
Hidden costs can add up
One way to avoid getting a wedding bill shock is to account for everything you will be spending for. Much like how you should do the accounting for your dress. Remember, that apart from the dress, you should also take into consideration your veil, accessories, headpieces, jewelry and shoes, undergarments and alterations. These can easily add up and would add to your final bottom line. Before shopping for a dress, ensure that you have factored everything into your final wedding dress budget.
Undergarments are optional
It is highly recommended that you visit the shop already in the underwear you choose to wear on your wedding day. In this regard, you would see how it would look on you on the day itself. However, if you are unsure as to what undergarments to use, do not fret as most boutiques and bridal shops have different bras in their fitting room. If you plan on wearing a strapless style bra, a particular body shaper, bring them with you. Ultimately, you would need gown-specific undergarments but they are not necessary on your initial meeting with the seamstress.
Do not get discouraged
Remember that there is a myriad of bridal designers and they have a thousand designs to choose from. So, do not worry and get discouraged if you cannot find your dream gown in just one wedding dress endeavor. Sure, coming empty-handed after an initial trip can sure put a damper on things, but do not give up. If anything, this means you are not impulsive with your choices. Simply try again and look for more designs.
Shop for your body type
No, this is not to say you should be heavily focusing on your weight and your bulk. Instead, focus on the shape and frame of your body. Your weight constantly fluctuates but the shape of your body hardly changes unless you do some lifestyle changes such as dieting and exercising. Moreover, weight can change depending on how stressful a situation is, so do not let that be a deciding factor when it comes to choosing your wedding dress. Choose a dress that complements your body type instead—one that highlights your curves and makes you feel confident and beautiful.