Getting dressed in your wedding gown can be stressful on your wedding day. Here are some tips on what to do once you take your bridal gown home and how to prepare for your big day BEFORE the big day arrives!
1. Once you get your bridal gown home, take your train out of the garment bag (it’s ok to leave the bodice of your gown covered by the garment bag). Hang your bridal gown where it will be safe from children or pets, it’s best to keep your gown in a closet or dark room to protect it from light and dust. Another helpful tip is to put a white sheet on the floor to protect the hem of your gown.
2. Make a list of everything you will need the day of the wedding–including things for emergencies. If you are dressing in your wedding gown away from home, double-check your list before you leave the house.
3. Several days before the wedding, look over your wedding gown and wedding accessories and make sure everything is ready to wear. Hang your veil near the shower to smooth any wrinkles or let a Specialist at A Bride Beautiful help you.
4. Wear your shoes around the house so you will be comfortable the day of the wedding. You might even rub the soles against a sidewalk or other rough surface to make them less slippery.
5. Arrange for someone (two “someones” are even better) without a fresh manicure or dark polish to help you dress in your wedding gown. Or hire a professional dresser who will take responsibility for your bridal gown all day and make sure you are dressed perfectly in a bridal gown that is not creased or wrinkled and is bustled properly.
6. Make sure you know how to bustle your wedding gown and show whoever is helping you dress how to do it, too. Pin five or six safety pins to the underside of your wedding gown. They will not show, and you will be glad they are handy if your bustle loops break.
7. Allow plenty of time to get dressed in your wedding gown. Allow even more time if it is raining.
7. Worth repeating–allow plenty of time to get dressed in your wedding gown. Allow even more time if it is raining.
8. Most important, remember to relax and enjoy every minute of your special day because your wedding day will go buy all too quickly!
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1. START EARLY! Bridal gowns can take 3-7 months to arrive, depending on the designer. Add in the time to alter and prepare your gown, and some “padding” time to put yourself at ease. It can take some time to find the “right” dress, so be sure to give yourself enough time to shop, decide, and order. Nothing can add to your wedding stress level more than wondering if your gown will be in on time.
2. TRY ON DIFFERENT STYLES. It’s easy to get stuck on a certain “look”, but the reality is that certain styles aren’t for everyone. Be sure to try on at least a few gowns that are the opposite of what you thought you wanted, because very often the “one” ends up being something you never thought you would choose.
3. LEAVE THE PEANUT GALLERY AT HOME. A few trusted friends and mom, maybe? Too many opinions often leave a bride confused and frustrated. Remember, it is your gown. It’s your wedding. You need to be happy with your gown, and confident in your choice. Get what makes you feel beautiful.
4. CONSIDER YOUR VENUE. Be sure to consider the when’s and where’s of your wedding. I think we can all agree that a 20lb ballgown with a cathedral train might be a bit out of place on the beach in Hawaii, and a backless, lowcut slipdress might be frowned upon in an Orthodox church ceremony. If you are marrying in a house of worship, make sure you know the rules ahead of time in regard to style, embellishments, modesty, and color
5. DON’T WORRY ABOUT “CLASSIC” VS “TRENDY”. The truth is, everything will look “dated” in time. As fashion rotates, styles come and go. Who would have thought leggings would have made a comeback?! If you have your eye on a style you consider “trendy”, and you love it, then go for it! If it suits your personality, and makes you feel like a rockstar, then you’ve got the right dress.
6. ALTERATIONS. Rarely do gowns fit right off the rack, especially when you are under 5′8. A good consultant will show you how the gown will look once it’s the right size and the right length. Proportion is key to a good fit!
7. UNDERGARMENTS. To get the best idea of how the gowns will look, be sure to wear or request the proper undergarments while trying on. We carry a full range of bustiers and slips.
8. CAMERA PHONES ARE NOT YOUR FRIEND. I know it sounds counterintuitive, but non-professional photos taken in a bridal salon can set you up for disaster. Human nature tells us to be overly critical of ourselves in photos, especially in the wrong lighting, wearing a gown in the wrong size. Professionals know just how to make you shine! That gorgeous dress that you absolutely love might be cast aside if you see a terrible camera phone pic of it, so my advice is just don’t do it. Remember how you feel in the gown, because that is most important.
9. BEWARE OF THE DISCONTINUATION MONSTER. Bridal designers can be fickle people, always designing something newdesigners can be fickle people, always designing something new and beautiful…..the downside of that being that they have to let go of certain designs to make room for the new ones. We are generally given just short amount of time between the notification and the actual discontinuation. If you have found “the one”, it’s best to order when you find it.
10. BUY LOCAL. If there’s a problem, question, or concern, your local full service retailer is here and ready to help. Not so if you purchase your gown online. Time and time again, I’ve had brides come into our store in tears, with a gown in a box (if they’re lucky, sometimes there’s NO dress). Every single one of them was an internet bride. There is absolutely no way to insure that you will get what you think you are getting if you order it online. Many times, I’ve seen fakes passed off as originals, dirty used sample gowns sold as new, or wrong sizes/colors/lengths. The reality is that the problems were avoidable.
1. Towels. Of course you own bath towels, but if they’re not already ratty and discolored, they soon will be – especially considering they’ll get double the use. And what about your guests? Register for 3 sets: yours, his, and guests’.
2. Barware. You’ve probably registered for some nice wine glasses and everyday tumblers; now it’s time to consider the more specialized stuff. Pick out highball and martini glasses, pitchers for sangria and margaritas, a cocktail shaker, a deluxe corkscrew, a wine cooler, and some pilsner glasses. With years of entertaining ahead of you, why not?
3. Everyday sets. Donate your old casual (chipped) sets from your single days, and paper-plate proof your new life by registering for dishes, bowls, mugs, and glasses in a timeless pattern.
4. Sheets. You can never have too many bed linens – request a warm, comfy flannel set for chilly winter nights and Egyptian-cotton sets with high thread counts for yourselves and house guests year-round.
5. Upgrades. This is your golden opportunity to upgrade your small appliances – juicer, blender, waffle iron, toaster, coffeemaker – before any defects have a chance to strike.
6. Seasonal Stuff. Keep in mind items like patio furniture or a snowblower, even if it isn’t in season at the time. You will need it!
What did we miss? can you think of anything else that’s a must have on your registry?
Happy Planning! Orie…..
Thanks to “Brides” and BelFiorebridal for some of these great tips…
Hey Brides….remember…. You will never EVER again have an event in your life where SO many people want to buy you a gift! Let them!