Hello Brides and Grooms,
Around the 7th month mark, my wedding dress was due to come in, and I was ecstatic beyond words.
Our upcoming wedding finally felt like it was near!
I truly felt like a princess when I thought about my wedding dress, almost like the dress was made specifically for me. I can remember the Swarovski crystals that shimmered just perfectly as I stood in the wedding boutique with my mom, sister, and best friend present.
I will never forget that moment.
On that note, when you are beginning the pursuit of finding a dress, make sure to start looking through magazines beforehand so that you have an idea of what you like and don’t like. However, don’t be afraid when you start trying on dresses to be daring and try some dresses you would probably have never chosen to try on. You never know, you may find your dream dress, or you might be able to have a good laugh with your closest family members or friends about the outlandish dress you picked to try on for fun.
Once you choose your dress, please take the following into account:
- Do not purchase a dress that is several sizes smaller than what you actually need. It is easier and more cost effective to have a dress taken in than taken out. Especially if you have elegant features like Swarovski crystals, beads, pearls, lace, and certain types of fabric.
- Even though you may be a size 6 in everyday clothing, bridal fashions usually run much smaller. Therefore, a size 6 may translate into a size 8 or size 10 for your wedding dress. So take a deep breath, and let it be ok if the size is shocking at first for you. Remember, people (most of all, your soon-to-be- husband) will be looking at how fabulous you look in your dress, and will not be searching for the tag that indicates your size.
- Get everything in writing! From the color of the dress, to the size, to when it will come be shipped and arrive at your wedding boutique, to if the dress comes in petite/standard/long lengths, and finally, any alterations that may have to be done. I am the poster bride for receiving the wrong color dress, in the wrong size, wrong length, and arriving almost 7 months after the purchase date. Thankfully, I had everything in writing and was able to obtain the correct Maggie Sottero gown in 3 days… We live and learn.
- Most of all, enjoy your wedding dress–you will probably only wear it once, possibly twice (bridal portrait, wedding day).