What Should I Expect At My Bridal Dress Fitting?

Your Bridal Dress Fitting – What To Expect

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If you’re still looking for that perfect bridal dress for your upcoming wedding then you will want to schedule a fitting. This is a very important step to ensure that you fall in love with your bridal gown. What you have pictured in your mind may not be what looks best on you. A fitting will show you what type of dress you should buy for your body type and allow you to try on many different styles.

The bridal dress fitting process can be intimidating for some young brides-to-be only because of the unknown of what to expect. Some common questions that may be going through your mind are, “I am not sure how the appointment is going to work. Should I bring anything? Should I be prepared to buy a dress on the day of the appointment? Should I wear a certain kind of undergarments? Most of all I have no idea what kind of dress would look good on me. Is this going to be a complete failure because I don’t know what I want?

Relax During Your Bridal Dress Fitting

The most important thing to remember is, relax! This is one of the most exciting times of your life. Relax and enjoy it. If you choose your bridal boutique shop carefully you will be in the hands of experienced and knowledgeable people that want to help you look as stunning as possible. Rely on their expertise to answer your questions and help in finding the perfect bridal dress for you.

You will be surprised at how pleasant this whole experience is going to be. After you have scheduled your fitting by phone, go into the shop and tell the sales person who is going to help you what your budget is to start you off. The sales person deals with different budgets all the time so be confident with what you are willing to spend. It is true that having a limited budget will limit your selections, but an experienced employee should be able to show you something amazing. It is best to find a bridal boutique where the employees do not work on commission. Commissioned employees will tend to focus on maximizing your budget, and in return their commission, rather than focusing on you and your desires.

Have your style and/or designer in mind and don’t be afraid to tell her what you want. After you describe what you want be attentive to how many questions the attendant asks you. The best sales person will be one that tries to get to know you, your personality and likes and dislikes. Don’t take their questions as trying to pry into your business. They are only trying to get enough information to help you as much as possible. Above all, don’t feel pressured into going above your budget. Be polite, but stay firm by asking to see dresses only in your price range.

What To Take To Your Bridal Dress Fitting

For your first visit, you won’t really know what kind of undergarments you will need until you choose the style of bridal gown. It would be safe to wear a strapless bra considering the current styles so take a good one that fits you well. Another consideration is how high of a heel you will be wearing with your dress so take a shoe of the proper height as well.

Allow yourself enough time for your bridal dress fitting so that you don’t feel rushed. Find out when the store closes. You are going to need to plan to spend several hours at this.

Once you have a few dresses picked out, start trying them on. It is helpful if you take someone with you, either your mother or maid of honor or sister or someone whose opinion you trust. Make sure they will be honest with you and listen to their feedback. It may not be what you want to hear, but a third person’s eye is usually accurate.

If you find a bridal dress that doesn’t fit in your normal size ask for the next larger size. Many dresses can be altered to a smaller size, but few can be let out. Never buy a wedding gown that is tight thinking you are going to loose a few pounds to make it fit. That never, ever, works and you will be frustrated and disappointed.

Choose your dress based on what feels and looks good on you. Look at all the angles and take your time. The salon will have a pedestal for you to stand on that has mirrors around three sides. This will allow you to see the whole thing.

In the remote chance you can’t find what you want in your price range you may have to go a little higher than your budget. However, keep in mind that there are other things to purchase including shoes, jewelry, headpiece, and undergarments so try to keep a cap on what you spend for your bridal dress.

Don’t Be Closed Minded At Your Bridal Dress Fitting

If you have no idea of what kind of bridal dress you want, don’t fret because many times brides with a preconceived idea end up with something entirely different than what they had in mind. Once you have chosen your gown, there are a couple of more steps to complete the process. Your wedding boutique will measure it for proper length and fit. Then, you will go back for at least one fitting prior to the wedding. At that time you will have to have the exact undergarments you intend to wear with the dress to determine that it fits perfectly. Most shops have a seamstress either on staff or one they can recommend a reputable one to sew the gowns to fit and hem them to length.

Lastly, this is one of the most exciting times of your life so be sure to have someone take pictures and enjoy yourself. Purchasing your bridal dress really is a great part of the wedding experience!

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