You might not have thought about what to take to a wedding dress appointment. The only thing you need for your wedding dress appointment is you, right?
Wrong. There are actually lots of things you may need to bring to your wedding dress appointment, whether you’ve bought the dress and it’s your first fitting, or you’re just starting out to find ‘the one’.
We’ve used our experience and expertise to bring you this post all about what to take to a wedding dress appointment.
This is one of the most important items you need to bring to your appointment. If you wear the wrong underwear, it could result in the dress not fitting properly or looking all wrong.
If you haven’t yet picked a dress, you should take a selection of bras along to your appointment. Something padded, something non-padded and something strapless might be a good start.
If you’ve bought your dress and the appointment is a fitting, then think about the shape and style of the dress and which bra would look best with it. If your dress is strapless, avoid a standard bra. Instead, try a bandeau style one, or even take your bra off completely for the appointment. Most dresses have built-in padding and wires so you may find that you don’t need extra support at all. This would be extremely beneficial for any backless dresses.
We’d suggest avoiding padded bras. Choose a more natural looking T-shirt bra instead, with minimal padding and wires.
If you can, you should wear the underwear you’re donning on the day. This will result in the ultimate perfect fit, particularly if your dress requires alterations.
Whatever you do, don’t wear black knickers!
If you haven’t found your bridal shoes yet, don’t panic. Take any pair of shoes to your appointment, as long as they’re similar in height to the ones you’re wearing on the day. You don’t want to be barefoot in your appointment and then have the dress too short in length when you put high heels on.
If you’re trying your veil on as well as your dress, it might be a good idea to take some hair accessories, such as clips or bobbles. You’ll be able to quickly put your hair up during the appointment to see what the veil and dress would look like with an up do.
If you’re undecided on a hair style, this is a good opportunity to try putting it up and wearing it down to see which look you prefer.
You cannot go to your wedding dress fitting alone. Be sure to take your bridal entourage. This could be your mum, your mother-in-law, your friends, a grandparent, a sister, whoever you want.
In this scenario, less is more. You should choose people who will be honest without being brutal, particularly if you’re trying to decide on alterations and various dress styles. If everyone disagrees, you’ll begin to get confused and frustrated.
You should also try to remember to bring the same people to every appointment. They’ll be able to see the whole progression from when you first got the dress to the finished look with completed alterations.
If you haven’t yet found the dress, your first appointment can be daunting. The best advice we can give is to try on lots of very different styles but no more than 5 or 6 dresses in the first session.
Try on a number of styles in various colours and materials to narrow down your choices. You may have thought you wanted satin but you actually love lace. You might have considered a fishtail gown but now you want to go for a princess dress. Your ideas will change during your trying on sessions, so have an open mind and be prepared to come away with a style you might never have considered.
Trying on too many dresses can leave you feeling confused. We’d recommend trying on no more than 6 dresses in your first appointment. Take photos of each one so you can go home and review them all.
If you haven’t found your dress yet, and you’re after some inspiration, we always have bridal wear suppliers at our wedding fayres. See our current lineup here.
with CLAIRE BOON and SARAH MACKLIN of BOUQUET & BELLS
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