So who out there is dress shopping?! Congratulations, you have made the first step in making that inner little girl's dream of being a princess for a day. Whether you're going sheath and sleek or ball gown and opulent, you are all princesses in your own way. But ladies, let's be real, no matter the style dress we think will fit our personalities, we all fall under the same stress and pressure to look our best on the most important day of our livies. Let's talk about some the things we should avoid during the wedding dress process. And please be advised, this all comes from an alterations specialist of 9 years and a wedding alterations specialist of 5 years.
Before: Ladies, do not go into your wedding dress search with the idea of buying a size smaller because you are going to lose weight. I'll be honest, this is the most insane idea I have ever heard. When I use to work in bridal gown stores, you wouldn't believe how many times I heard "don't worry, I'm going to lose weight". Shop for your size at the time, if you plan on losing a dress size or 2, you'll have to postpone dress shopping. But a few inches never hurts. Bridesmaids, especially, do not tell the dress consultant to order you a dress size down because you'll be smaller by the time the dress comes in. There is too good of chance you lose the weight or if you're due for a miracle, you'll become pregnant.
During: So now we've found the gown and the dresses, shop for shoes immidately! They are crucial for your first fitting. At all costs, avoid going to your first alterations appointment without them. Do not tell the seamstress to hem your dress to the shoe you have on then or borrow a shoe from the store, if the have an in-house seamstress. If you won't be wearing it at the wedding, don't wear it at your fitting. Another important item to have at your fitting, your bra! Now, I am very sensitive when it comes to this very important undergarment because too many of us think we can go commando up top. It doesn't matter your size, sometimes you do need the cups for the finished look. However, anything after a C cup will require a strapless or bodice bra or an incredibly structured dress. Don't forget your Spanx and slips because they also will make a difference in length, fit and feel.
After: We've bought the dress and altered the dress, now what? Maintain! Don't stress-eat and don't become overly conscience of what you eat. Continue what you've been doing and be happy your day is almost here. Shop for your jewelry and maybe a second pair of shoes to change into as the goes on at your reception.
This might feel like a marathon ladies but you know what, it is. But you can do it! All you have to do is stay true to yourself and consistent. He has already asked you to marry him as the woman you are today. You are perfect just the way you are.