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What you think you like is not necessarily what likes you.
Member Name: StarletVB
Advantages: Wedding dresses are fab and beautiful and a fairytale come true.
Disadvantages: The obsession with finding 'THE' dress.
Shopping for my dress was going to be a magical experience. I had an idea of what I wanted - corset top, a-line skirt, small train and perhaps a should length veil.
Take a few different people!
This can be all at the same time or on different outings. Whoever you chose you must value their opinion and they must be able to speak their mind with the confidence that you aren't going to fall out with them because of it. Remember a girl looks fab in pretty much every wedding dress. This is not meant to sound harsh but rather expell the myth that your engagement has prompted a mission to locate 'THE' dress and if you don't then your wedding is doomed forever. There may be many dresses which look great and choice can largely come down to a expression of personality and a decision on which of your fine features you want to excentuate. Don't panic if your adoring maids favorite is not yours. The dress may may evoke the things they love about you but if you choose something else they will likely love your dress anyhow.
Don't try to make yourself look better by dressing your maids like pantomine dames!
This is tempting, especially if your future mother-in-law has insisted that her brat of a grandaughter should be a bridesmaid. These people are going to be on all your photos. Their atire should complement your chosen wedding dress. Think about what colours suit your complextion and will enhance your look. If you've got a block girls in green dresses and this colour never looks good on you then it won't do any wonders for your overall look of the day - avoid it like the plague.
Accept the help!
So you enter your first shop and immediately realise that this is not going to be easy. It is hard to see were one dress starts and another ends on the rail. In fact you can't even find the try of dress you think you are looking for. They are heavy and cumbersome. You realise that this is going to involve alot of assistance from the assistant who you pray doesn't give you the hard sell as you intend to visit another 7 shops that day before you even consider making a purchase. You're not going to get anywhere without help. There is only one of each dress in the shop as yours will be ordered once you've made your decison and paid your deposit (which will usually runs into the hundreds). So when trying them on you are trying on a dress which is in a size the shop has deemed most likely to show it off to its full potential for a variety of body shapes and sizes. You need that help as the assistant will need to pin or hold the dress so you can get as close an idea of what it will look like as possible. Also (as with most clothes) differents dresses / different designers mean you are in a size 10 in one dress and a 14 in another.
Don't just try on one style of dress!
Pick a shop with loads of choice for your first trying on session. Tell the assistant that you simply don't know what you want, that you see one dress which is big and love it then another which is skinny and you're terribly confused. they will help you try on a good selection of different styles. On my first visit to a wedding dress shop it was my friend who insisted that I tried on something other than the corset / big skirt type. I slipped in to a fishtail dress and tight to the knee - what did I have to lose? It was a simple dress, a few sparkles on the hip but other than this, the only extravagance was the extensive train. Out of the seemily hundreds of dresses I tried on following this, only a handful met the criteria I had imposed before I stepped into that first shop. So as I said in my headline 'what you think you like is not necessarily what likes you!' You may well fall in love with something you never imagined. Don't be put off by this.
Go to loads of shops before making a decision!
Cheap shops, middle of the road, couture.
Take a break!
After a while they all merge into one. Go for a coffee or lunch. Go on a few different days.
Remember what things you like or dislike from different dresses!
Avoid all subsequent dresses which have features you disliked on another dress. This will help you to wittle down the dresses you try on and thus help the choice become easier. If you don't start to impose some criteria you'll spend years looking for a dress and get nowhere feeling as though you never found 'THE' dress.
Tiaras and veils!
Acessories - we girls love 'em. For every dress which you believe to be a hot contenter try on a veil and tiara / comb / flower if this is what you think you are going to wear. Try long, short, sparkly, plain, lacy, veils. Big, small, gold, silver, multicolored tirara. You may look at your dress differently or indeed reconsider what accessories you are going to wear, if any at all.
How much should I spend?
That is your choice. Personally I don't think that it is necessary to spend loads to get something that looks great. Stick to your budget and try to get something you like for less. I know you want to feel magical on your big day but there are very few people I know that have worn there dress more than once and you don't get you're money back when you sell in on. Okay I know I sound miserable but you can spend the money you save on a fab honemoon or a great wedding ring. Something that you will always be able to treasure. the dress seems the most importnat thing for a while but once you've chosen it you'll be obsessing over favours and table plans and flowers and entertainment! On the big day you be having oodles of fun with your hubbie, family and friends and this is what counts.
How long in advance should I buy my dress, savings to be made and changing styles!
Well they say you need to order well in advance. You can buy off the peg if the dress is end of the line, ex-display or in a department store. Don't be put off. I have friend who have done this. They had the dresses cleaned at the shop owners expense and reaped the rewards. You can also purchase last seasons dresses at great prices, find out when wedding dress season begin and end. They don't change that much in style year on year so gain this is a good option especially as they are usually reduced at this point. However, do remember that this year was Kates big Royal wedding and her choice of wedding dress is likely to influence the styles over the coming years.
Where do I get the dress?
Okay so you've made your choice. You've been measured. A size in which to order the dress has been suggetsed. Don't buy it yet. Go home and find out if you can get it cheaper somewhere else. Are you prepared to get it second hand? Are you happy with the service so far? Is there any reviews of the shop and its customer service? Once you've made your choice go ahead but rememebr once you have ordered it that is pretty much it, the pennies have been spent. If you choose to use a shop (as I did) you can get them to do the alterations if these are needed (as I did). To be honest this was not the best alteration experience as the dress was taken in to fit my bust but the style of dress meant that it could not be taken in on the hips leaving me with empty pockets of material on the hips. I had lost weight (size 12 to size 10) and had said that I'd wanted the smaller size at the time of ordering but took the advice of the assistant. I had to gain weight which meant that the top felt tight. However, despite this it did look great and was fab so long as I didn't sit down for too long.
Enjoy the dress!
When you get the dress don't look for fault. Enjoy it. Remember why you chose it. Have an amazing day!
Summary: Follow you heart in the end. You know your own mind poeple can only help you not decide for you.
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