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Jennifer, on December 19, 2019 at 4:36 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 4

Here goes, long but:

1) HAVE FUN!!! And go to a few places!

2) Try on ALL the styles to see what actually does look good on you. And try on white as well as ivory/cream.

3) Bring the underwear, bra, shape-wear, pantyhose, heels and jewelry options for a high and low neckline you will most likely wear.

4) Bring snacks: gum, mints, candy, crackers. As well as water, juice or clear soda. Bring any meds you take, even if you don’t think you’ll need them. Aspirin and ibuprofen can be a life saver for you, And your girls/guys!

5) Bring only the top 3 people. Too many can make it not a fun experience. Remind them they don’t have to be catty/petty, but can give advice & comments.

6) Go in with Pinterest, magazine or printed out dresses that you like.

7) What does your closet have more of? Slinky and sexy or full and romantic styles of dresses/gowns? That can always be a good indicator of what you are likely to lean towards.

8) Remember, and why they do this I have NOOOO idea, the dress they put you in is going to be one to three sizes BIGGER than what you normally wear. And the sample is not going to fit the same, as it’s been handled and tried on, many, times before.

9) Tell the stylist what the wedding vision is: Church, barn, beach. Winter, summer, indoor or outdoor. Small or large wedding.... That way they can help guide you and your people...

10) Wear the spray on or clear deodorant and limit perfume/lotion. As well as being the deodorant and feminine pads with you. Light days can double as armpit sweat stoppers.

11) Wear limited makeup- no lipstick!- so as you don’t get it on the gowns. If you MUST be full faced bring a clear shower cap to hold over your face when they are putting the gowns over you head( I model and that is a trick we use!).. Trust me the stylist will love ya for it!!

12). Also, remember that the size you wear is going to differ from what they put you in. Meaning if you wear a size 8 they will put you into a 10-12. It can be disheartening to see that larger number, but remember that you are NOT the number, you are the beautiful soul inside that gorgeous gown!!


Latest activity by Clíodhna, on December 20, 2019 at 7:33 AM
  • Amber
    Master February 2020
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    Love all of this advice! Smiley heart Definitely some things you included that I wish I had known/done before going dress shopping.

    My only piece of advice to add is not to feel discouraged if you don't feel like you've found the right dress for you (guilty!). On top of that, DON'T buy a dress you don't love (also guilty lol)! If you're not sure, sleep on it. You can always come back if you leave and can't stop thinking about it Smiley smile

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  • Ingrid
    VIP October 2020
    Ingrid ·
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    Great advice, those are words of wisdom
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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
    MrsD ·
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    Great tips! My dress shopping was a little more relaxed and not as prepped, I didn't have makeup on or my hair done (and two times I just went in flip flops). For sure being hydrated & eating is great though!

    I brought heels, but not pantyhose or jewelry. I think a lot of brides pick their jewelry after their dress. I didn't bring shapewear either, since so many dresses have boning or corsets or low backs or see-through parts. I didn't bring snacks, but I think having a good meal before is super helpful to not be tired & hungry. I only brought my mom, best decision I've ever made! My 9 bridesmaids & husband's mother & stepmother completely understood too. I didn't have any idea what I wanted when I went in (no pictures, magazines, etc.) so that made it really fun to try all dresses on! I'm a size 0 normally and my wedding dress was a size 14 so that was pretty funny!

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  • Clíodhna
    WeddingWire Administrator January 2030
    Clíodhna ·
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    Thank you for these fantastic tips, Jennifer Smiley smile

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