Wedding Dress Tips: What to do After You Found the Perfect Dress


Wedding Dress Tips: What To Do After You Found the Perfect Dress

Now that you found the perfect wedding dress, it's time to consider the perfect wedding dress tips! After you buy a wedding dress, the process is only just getting started! Everything from steaming a wedding dress, picking a wedding dress, to your wedding dress accessories. We cover it all so you can nail that wedding day look you want.  If you are still on the hunt for that incredible dress, check out The Gilded Gown! They stock an excellent selection from sizes 00 to 32. They always have gorgeous dresses on hand to fit most price ranges, with easy layaway terms and warm, friendly service. But first, check out our FREE Wedding Day Emergency Kit List, it includes everything you'll need for the big day!

Let's talk about finding a perfect hiding spot for your dress. You want to be mindful of the environment that you're putting it in. Things such as pets, direct sunlight, and smells, for example, if you have a roommate that's a smoker or if you often cook in a particular area, you don't necessarily want a fancy, expensive wedding dress to be around those things. Make sure that it's protected!

You don't want to show a whole lot of people your dress for a few reasons. You want it to be a stunning surprise for your wedding day and (more importantly) if anybody has negative comments, let them keep them to themselves! 

Next, you want to purchase some suitable foundation garments. Depending on the shape and size of your dress, you could need to make it work. Anything from a strapless bra wall to a pair of Spanx, to a garter or a bustier. Make sure that you have all of these things before your first dress fitting. You want to make sure that your dress fits perfectly the day of, with everything you plan on wearing under it. You're also going to want to find shoes with the correct heel height. When you change your heel height, it changes the length of your dress. Make sure that you bring the heels or shoes you've chosen to your fitting appointments. 

Don't forget to find AND schedule a professional that does quality alterations. You need to get a price quote, and a general timeframe it will take for the adjustments to be completed. It can be pretty extensive to-do alterations, and it can take a long time to get your dress back. An excellent alteration service will always, always be busy. Don't leave this to the last minute. We absolutely love The Perfect Fit! This wonderful alteration service specializes in bridal and recommends budgeting a minimum of $400 for work that includes a four-week or more turnover time. Common alterations include: hemming the bottom of a gown, corset, working around the neckline, the shape of your dress, adding a bustle, straps, resizing, etc.

You want to also shop for accessories, everything from jewelry to a veil; it needs to be done early. Your wedding day should not be the first time you assemble your bridal wear completely. You want to see it beforehand and make sure everything is in the right place. Your hairstyle and makeup look for the day of will be an essential part of your look. You're going to want to take a picture of your dress and show it to your stylist beforehand. They can consider your neckline when they're giving you options for your hairstyle. You'll also want to bring your veil or any hairpieces that you're going to wear. Just like the dress, a full trial run with your hairstylist is crucial. Again, you're doing all this to make sure it looks perfect on the day of your wedding. Don't leave anything to chance!

The next thing to consider is if you're going to be getting a spray tan, a pedicure, or a manicure. It's essential to start thinking about the colors and styles of those right away. Try and get a trial run if you can, at least with the spray tan, so you know exactly what to expect, how long it lasts, and if it rubs off easily. You also really want to start thinking about transporting your dress the day of. That means having a garment bag to protect it in! Consider, who's going to be in charge of getting it to and from the venue? If you're not going to be leaving in your dress (if you do an outfit change)? What are your accessories going to be packed in? Who's double-checking to make sure that all your items are carefully packed and ready to go? A typical last-minute thing that I see is people getting worried about steaming their dresses. One, you need to be mindful, not all dresses should be steamed. Sometimes it can actually ruin the fabric if you heat it! Check with either your alteration shop or the manufacturer of the dress to verify it should steam in the first place. Keep in mind, when you get your dress altered, they will steam it for you. So the best bet is to hang it after your alterations and don't let it get crinkled. Steaming can be an extensively long process as well, and you don't want to get stuck doing it last minute.

Lastly, consider what you're going to do with your dress after the wedding. If you plan on donating or selling it, that's one option. But if you plan on preserving it, you might want to go ahead and pencil that into your calendar. That way, your dress doesn't end up in the back of your closet with the rest of your winter clothes that you never wear. Those are our tips for what to do after you found the perfect wedding dress!

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