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Wedding Dress Questions You Should Ask

1. How far in advance should I shop for my wedding dress?

Designer gowns should be ordered six to nine months in advance of your ceremony so begin your shopping early enough for your wedding dress to allow for this time requirement.  You will need this much time for delivery and alteration.  If you choose a dress off the rack at your wedding salon then purchase early enough for alteration.

2. Will white look good on me?

Traditionally wedding dresses are white and that color still continues to be preferred among brides-to-be. However, other colors of dresses are becoming more popular and accepted.  Your skin tone will determine the best color to wear including white.  Pure white usually washes out most skin tones so very few dresses come in pure white. Keep these guidelines in mind as you dress shop:
fair skinned girls should look for ivory with yellow under-tones, creamy undertones enhance pinker complexions and olive or dark skin looks best with champagne or off-white colors. This is one area your wedding dress consultant should be able to give good advice.

3. What if my limited budget doesn’t allow for an expensive dress?

The number one factor to make any wedding dress look expensive is to make sure it fits perfectly.
Budget for a top notch seamstress and nobody will realize your dress did not cost an arm and a leg.

4. What length should my train be?

It really boils down to what you want and are comfortable with.  You are the one that will have to deal with it during the ceremony and reception.  Trains can vary in length from no train at all to one that is 9-feet long.  The middle of the road is easily managed and most common at about 4 feet in length. Ask if it can be detached or bustled during the reception. If it needs to be bustled, ask to try it on with your dress. You will be able to see what it will look like since you will be spending most of your time with it arranged in that fashion.

5. What about undergarments?

Undergarments should be considered as the infrastructure of the wedding dress.  Having the proper undergarments is extremely important.  Look for a gown with a built in corset or ask if one can be added. Spanx can also be used in place of a corset. Keep underpinning colors as close to your skin tone as possible. Don’t try to match the garment color.  Look at yourself from every angle with the undergarments on with your wedding dress. Have your maid-of-honor or a trusted friend take a picture of your back and side view. Make sure you are pleased with this view as it is what most of your guests will observe during the ceremony.

6. What importance does fabric play in choosing a wedding dress?

The fabric is a big factor in the price of the dress. Rayon blends with a silky appearance will cost less while satin will provide support and structure, but at a higher cost. Organza and tulle will provide a more romantic, ethereal look.

7. What will my wedding dress look like after wearing it for several hours?

The best way to determine how your dress will hold up after hours of use is to grab a bunch in your hand and hold it for several minutes.  When you let go, if it is wrinkled and does not return to its original shape quickly just imagine how it will look after several hours of use.  Also consider temperature and humidity at the time of year that your wedding will occur and ask how it will hold up under those conditions.

8. I want to wear a dress handed down to me, but it looks old fashioned.  What should I do?

Kudos to you for wanting to honor your mother or grandmother by wearing their wedding dress. A good seamstress can do amazing things to make a dress look more modern and up-to-date. Lace can be updated, tulle can be added, beads can be changed. Dress length can be shortened and the arm length can be adjusted. Features can be added or removed.  A variation of this idea is to take pieces from an old gown and adapted into your new dress. A good seamstress can make it look amazing, but most of all your relatives will be thrilled!

9. Can I wear white for a second marriage?

White has traditionally been the symbol of purity, but nowadays that idea is outdated. You can certainly wear white or any color.  You can step out of the box for a second wedding by being creative with any dress style. The key point to remember is that you should wear something that different and will make you stand out from the rest of the guests.

10. How do I ensure my dress will look it’s best on my wedding day?

It is best to put off picking up your dress from the salon as long as possible.  Be sure to test fit your dress a week or so before your big day, but try to hold off taking it home until just a couple of days before the ceremony.  Be sure to hang your dress up, out of the garment bag, so that the hemline does not touch the floor.  If you are traveling out-of-town for your wedding be sure to follow this process as soon as you reach your accommodations.

11. What should I do if my wedding dress gets stained or wrinkled?

Firstly, do not try to correct the problem yourself! If you can’t get hold of your salon or they are not located near your venue call a local dry cleaner.  Trying to clean it yourself will likely result in water marks or, worse yet, burnt marks from an iron for instance.

12. What should my groom wear?

The groom needs to follow just one rule.  He needs to stand out from his groomsmen. A tuxedo is still the standard for the groom.  It can be differentiated by having a different color jacket and/or necktie. Also acceptable is a morning suit with cutaway jacket or a standard business suit can be worn for most any semi-formal event.  Have him try some splashy, but coordinating socks to amuse the guests and bring smiles to their faces.

You will be the center of attention on your wedding day so enjoy your big day with a wedding dress that will make you feel both elegant and beautiful in the eyes of your groom and wedding guests!

Stop by our local store in Massillon today. Linde’s Bridal & Prom Store has experienced and well trained advisors to help you choose that perfect wedding dress!