BRIDAL WEEK: Wedding Dresses
When you are planning your big day, many girls fixate on the dress that they are going to wear. It is the expression of your fashion sense and culminates the entire theme and feel of the event. No pressure right?
Wedding dress shopping can be a stressful yet fun endeavor. For me personally, I had never dreamed of the wedding dress that I wanted because I was not one of the little girls that had dreamed endlessly about their wedding while growing up (I wanted it in a church and I wanted it to have an open bar so everyone had a good time). When the time came for me to choose my wedding dress, I tried to make sure that it fit the theme of the ceremony and venue as well as the formality of the event. In our particular case, the wedding was white tie so I needed an ultra formal gown. We also got married in a Basilica which also demanded formality if I even wanted to attempt to stand out in our photos. The space is literally enormous.
That being said, there are a few pieces of advice that I have when shopping for the perfect wedding dress.
1. Take a beloved friend or family member with you. In my case, my family does not live near me but my bff Lisa sure does so she went to all of my appointments with me. It helps to alleviate much of the stress when you have someone you love and care about with you through everything. For the initial purchasing of my dress, it meant the world to me to experience it with my mother. I am the youngest but the first to get married and I wanted her to experience all the joys of being involved in the wedding process, especially because she was not physically in Minnesota to help with all of the other details. Once I had the dress, it was a custom piece so it took five months, but eventually it was shipped off to Minneapolis where Lisa went to all of my fittings with me.
2. Bring the right undergarments and shoes. It is essential in fitting the dress to you. If you are not going to wear a bra to the wedding (most wedding dresses have internal supports instead) then do not worry about wearing one while trying them on. It changes the fit of the dress. The same with shoes. Wedding dresses need to be hemmed to a precise length because they are floor length and not always the easiest to walk in.
3. Make it an expression of you. Your wedding dress is the ultimate expression of what you want for your wedding day. It should fit your fashion sense above everything else because you want to be comfortable in what you are wearing. For me, I chose the second dress I wore because it was much easier to move it and dance. I wanted an ultra formal dress for the ceremony in the church but I did not want to have to wear it all night. It was incredibly hot and there is a lot of maneuvering you need to do through tight spaces.
4. Make sure it fits. Take it to get it altered. It needs to fit perfectly because you will look back at these photos forever and you want to look your absolute best. When the dress fits, it will always look gorgeous.
Once you have the perfect dress picked out, celebrate with you friends and family. It is an enormous and important moment in the process of wedding planning and you should take some time to focus on celebrating.
Take a look at our Pinterest for even more wedding dress ideas!