Wedding dress shopping is probably by far the most important and first thing that springs to mind when the big question is popped, the thought of actually being "allowed" to now go and try on these magical dresses is rather exciting. However before going to appointments there are a few things that are good to have in mind especially if you've never even stepped into one of these shops (like me) before and have no idea what to expect.
Who's going with? - Ok so this isn't something you aren't going to know but choosing who will go with you when trying on your dress is really important. Pick people who will actually give you their honest opinion and not just nod and agree, sure pick which ever one you love but it is good to know what an on looker thinks. They may also pick out dresses you've over looked and it could turn out to be the one, which was what happened in my case.
Looking good - On appointment days take the time to make yourself feel and look pretty, have a pamper sesh the night prior and do your make up and hair nice on the day. This may seem a little unnecessary but if your having a i hate the way i look day your going to hate how you look in every dress where as if you feel pretty your going to evaluate every dress fairly.
Try everything on - Some dresses just simply aren't going to work for you and you might look at it on the hanger and think is out right hideous, however have a slight open mind as it's good to try the different types of dresses on. You never know you may go in mind set on a big puffy princess dress and fall in love with a fishtail and vice verse, your only going to do this once (.....hopefully) so why the hell not try on every dress you please.
Underwear IS important! - This is key for two reasons No 1 the sales assistant will be coming in the cubical with you at some point to help you in and out of dresses don't get me wrong the ladies i had was lovely and have seen a billion ladies so it's nothing to them but if you have no idea it can be a little embarrassing if your in your comfy pants. No 2 underwear changes our body shape, it's not extremely important that you have your wedding underwear until the fitting however it is a good idea to keep this in mind and going in sensible underwear that will take this into account, like a multi-way bra so you can get a rough idea on how your bust/body may look.
Photograph, photograph, photograph - The sub heading no doubt gives this one away but get whom ever to photograph the hell out of every dress, that way you can look back and see it from all angles when your back at home and not quite so caught up in the moment. How the dress photographs is important as you will be photographed a lot and it's these pictures that you will look back on. Also you might fall in love with a dress on and detest how you look in it in a picture.
Stay grounded - Weddings are costly there's no doubt about it and the dress can be expensive too, before going in sit down and think of a realistic price for you and how much you actually want to spend on a dress. All be it wonderful going in and trying on extremely expensive dresses keep a realistic head when you come away, a dream dress doesn't have to break the bank so look at shops sale racks and ask if they will have a sale or offers on. With this said do not be fooled and go down the Internet dress route, i have seen and heard many horror stories over woman buying their dress this way and hating it.
Take your time and don't panic if you don't cry when you try on "the one" not all ladies do, i didn't and it wasn't until i looked back on the photo's and tried it on a second time that i fell in love with my dress. Have fun, get trying on and congratulations x