Firstly a huge congratulations on your engagement! Now it’s time to begin your search for the most important dress you’ll ever own…
Choosing a wedding dress is by far one of the most exciting moments of a woman’s life (we may be slightly biased) but along with the excitement of it all, it can be tricky to know where to begin!
Whether you’re a fashionista or totally fashion adverse, we have compiled a list of top tips for any type of bride to be, to ensure your first wedding dress appointment goes without a hitch – pun intended.
1. Give yourself plenty of time
We recommend starting looking for dresses anywhere between 9 months to a year before your big day. This will allow lots of time for your dress to arrive as well as plenty of time for any final alterations with our talented in-house seamstress, Helen.
2. Do some research, but keep an open mind
As soon as that ring is placed on your left hand it can be tempting to jump straight online and make a hit-list of dresses. While this is a great idea (be prepared to become addicted to Pinterest) it’s good to keep an open mind also. At first, you may only have eyes for a princess dress with sweetheart neckline but your true soulmate might be an A-line gown with lace detail. Our tip: try on a variety of dresses, you won’t regret it!
3. Social saves
Once you’ve chosen the bridal boutique you’d like to visit, why not take a look at the dresses on their website or Instagram and save a few you like. This will give you a good starting point when you first arrive. If there’s a particular dress you love why not call up and check they have it in stock and if not, ask if it can be ordered in.
4. Make sure you eat something beforehand
Whilst a fry up might not be top of your to-do list before trying on dresses, make sure you have something to eat before your fitting. With an appointment lasting anywhere between 1-2 hours, you’ll need to keep your energy up. It can be tiring work trying on dresses! Why not pop some nuts or a granola bar in your handbag if you’re in a rush, you’ll be grateful for a backup snack particularly once the prosecco is passed around.
5. Have a budget in mind
It’s important to have a rough budget in mind – this will help your stylist pick appropriate dresses for you that fit within what you can afford. Although tempting, it’s generally best to avoid trying on dresses that are wildly over budget, this will save you tears later on down the line and will allow you to get a real feel for all the great options available.
6. Wear light coloured underwear
Wear underwear that you feel comfortable in. Think nudes or whites – anything light coloured is best. If you have your heart set on a strapless gown why not take along a strapless bra with you. If you’re not sure which bra is best, don’t worry too much as underwear only becomes important when you go for your final fitting with our in-house seamstress.
7. Bring a couple of friends and family – but not too many
We recommend inviting 2 – 3 close friends or family for your first fitting. It’s better to bring fewer people than too many and make sure you invite people that you feel comfortable around. Different opinions are good, but too many opinions can cause confusion and your opinion is the one that matters most!
8. Take photos
Some bridal boutiques don’t allow photography – so make sure you check before you start snapping. At Fross Wedding collections we know how nice it is having a reminder of the day at arms reach, plus it’s easy to forget some of the smaller details – particularly when trying on a selection of dresses. If you’d like photos taken, just let us know and we’ll be happy to help.
9. The aisle factor
When you’ve tried your first dress on, consider how comfortable you feel. Are you able to move around with ease? We encourage our brides to walk around, sit down and really get a feel for how the dress fits. As you’ll be wearing this dress for an entire day it’s important you feel comfortable in it and can move around freely – especially for all the shapes you’ll be throwing on the dancefloor in the evening!
10. Trust your instincts
If you’re not 100% sure on a dress you’ve tried on and need a lot of reassurance, then this probably isn’t the dress for you. If you can’t imagine walking down the aisle in this dress then move on, when you find “The One” you won’t want to take it off!
Finally (and most importantly) enjoy every minute of your fitting and good luck with finding The One!
Hannah Dolan is a lifestyle blogger and content creator at behindthefalselashes.com