Tips For Choosing A Wedding Dress Part 1

Congratulations, you're engaged! Now what? Some of us dream about what we want for our wedding, but we don't always realize how much time and preparation can go into creating the day we want. I personally didn't have many ideas about my wedding, but I did know that I wanted to find the perfect wedding dress. Even though you're only going to be wearing this dress once, you'll be wearing it on what some consider to be the biggest and most memorable day of your life. There are a ton of details that go into picking out a wedding dress, even if you're going for a simple wedding. I'm no expert, but here are a few suggestions.

-Get a dress that fits you now. I know some people plan on losing a bunch of weight so they can fit into a smaller dress, but there's really no reason to get fixated on numbers. Also, what if you don't lose all the weight, or lose it in the wrong places? Instead, buy a dress that fits you now; you can always have it taken in if you need to. But, at the same time-

-Take into account any changes you might go through. I've known people who started on medication such as birth control and had their breasts expand in a way that didn't fit with their dresses. I had a similar problem and, while I was able to wear the dress, the seamstress had to make a lot of alterations that may not have been possible had I picked a different style. You might not be able to predict such things but, if you can, keep them in mind. It's a lot easier to take a dress in than to let it out.

-Have a budget in mind beforehand. Don't try on dresses you know you can't afford because you don't want to fall in love with one and not be able to get it.

-Be sure your dress doesn't take up your entire attire budget. Remember that it's not just the dress you'll be wearing-you'll be wearing shoes, jewelry, a veil. I managed to find a five-way bra I could wear with my low-backed dress, but it wasn't cheap. Also, it's almost a given that you'll need alterations. Even if you're not short like I am, most dresses will require at least some sort of hemming or adjustment. You want to set aside plenty of money and time for that.

-If you go to a bridal shop to try on dresses, it can help to make an appointment with a sales associate. Shopping for a wedding dress isn't like shopping for a party or prom dress; there are so many variables I've mentioned in this article that you're going to want help from someone who knows what they're doing. Stores such as David's Bridal have consultants on staff to help with these things, but you have to make an appointment in advance. If you do go this route, ask about the cost. Most of the time the consultants are store employees that make a regular wage plus commission, but this isn't always the case. If the store allows it, be prepared to give a tip because this person will be doing a lot more for you than you'd need to pick out other types of clothes.

Continued in part 2. 

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