Tomorrow I begin the hunt for my wedding dress. My mother and I have two appointments at New Jersey bridal salons.
I am really excited to:
~ See the beautiful gowns I’ve been eying online, in person. I can’t wait to feel layers of chiffon and tulle and silk and admire the embroidery, beading, and ribbon.
~ Spend the afternoon with my mother. We will have tons of lovely wedding ideas to discuss!
~ Figure out if the style of dresses I love most in photographs (you know, when they are on perfectly sized, gorgeous models) will work for ME.
Which brings me to the things I am NOT excited about:
~ Staring at myself in mirrors all day. I’ve lost 7 pounds since the ring went on my finger. I have a long, hungry road ahead.
~ Dress sizing. Don’t worry- I read all of the magazines and online sites that warn brides to be prepared for a number 1-2 sizes bigger than your regular size. Why wedding dress designers choose to torture future brides that are already stressing their weight/appearance/etc. is simply beyond me. A cruel, cruel trick of the wedding industry.
I am prepping for the day by reading some dress shopping tips.
dressfinder.com offers some good advice, like:
“Before you go dress shopping, make sure you’re freshly bathed and scrubbed, and wear pretty undies (no thongs, puhleez!).”
Thong? Try Spanx!
“Wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off. Most salons will not have you wear shoes while you are trying on the gowns.”
“Decide on your budget before you go anywhere near a bridal store, and resist the temptation to try on more expensive samples ‘just for fun.’ Falling in love with a dress that’s out of your price range will either break your budget or break your heart. Try on dresses within the price range that’s realistic for you.”
I’ll try to follow this advice, Mom…
“Be sure you understand that when you order your wedding dress it is a final sale. Buying a wedding dress is not like buying a mass-market T-shirt that you can return if you change your mind. Take that seriously, but don’t let it scare you. If you can commit to a man, you can commit to a dress!”
Wait… Tim doesn’t come with an exchange policy??