1. DON’T schedule your wedding dress appointment late in the day.The early bird gets the worm—er, in this case, the early bride gets an energetic, fresh bridal store staff that hasn't dealt with the concerns of a million clients already. If you get the first appointment of the morning, the store will likely be less crowded, and you’ll get the full attention of your consultant.
2. DO focus first on finding the best wedding dress silhouette for you.Details are important—a long row of teensy pearl buttons and a well-placed ruffle or two can mean the difference between a good wedding dress and a great one. But before you start nitpicking the details, first figure out the silhouette that works best for you. Try not to get caught up in the trend of the moment, but instead focus on your personal style and what flatters you most
3. DON’T forget about the top of your wedding dress.A long, gorgeous wedding dress with a fancy hem is to die for. Just remember that the top of your dress is what people will notice most—and what will show up in most wedding pictures.
4. DON’T pick a wedding dress just because it’s trendy now.Trendy wedding dresses won’t necessarily stand the test of time—flip through your parents’ wedding album for evidence of that.
5. DO bring your camera wedding dress shopping (if the boutique allows it). You’ll be looking at the photos of this dress for years to come, know how it photographs from all angles. One potential hiccup: Some boutiques don’t allow dress photography. Call ahead to see if you can take a few snaps for decision-making purposes only.
6. DO try on as many wedding dresses as you need to. Almost any dress can look gorgeous on a hanger (or it can look terrible). Resist snap judgement. Once a dress is on a woman’s body, it takes on a different shape and look. This means that a bride will try on many dresses, and she should.
7. DON’T feel like you must bring an audience when you try on wedding dresses. Take one trusted friend or two at the most.
8. DO wear a gorgeous bra when you’re trying on wedding dresses.On wedding dress try-on day, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your skivvies. Admiring your pretty new bra between gowns will make you feel much more positive than catching a glimpse of the ratty old gray one you've had for years. Plus, a well-fitting bra can actually help in your search.
9. DON’T freak out about wedding dress sizing. Don´t be alarmed by how big the dresses are when trying them on. Bridal gowns run two to three sizes larger [than your regular size]. Once you get your head around that, be realistic; pay attention to how it looks, not what the label reads.
10.DON’T forget that all wedding dress and accessory sales are usually final. . . no pressure, right? But it’s a
realistic reminder that you should stay serious in your search for your wedding dress and accessories.
11. DO ask lots of questions while trying on wedding dresses.You should ask questions of the boutique owner and staff—but also of yourself.You should always ask yourself a few questions to make sure the dress you love not only makes you feel spectacular but also works for the activities of the day. Do I feel beautiful, confident and comfortable? Can I dance in it? Can I sit down? Am I self-conscious about any part of my body in my dress?
Wear That Dress
So why limit looking amazing in that stunning dress for one day only? How about adding accessories to put a different twist on a dress. I see no reason why altering a dress from long to short, sleeve to sleeveless, pearls to buttons should be a no no. Surprise your husband on your anniversary by looking amazing in a dress that looks familiar to him and takes him back to the day he spent waiting for you to say yes. I have put together a gallery of dresses that could very easily be enjoyed on more than one occasion.
Short, Elegant .... Cute
Check out The Knot for advise on the best style for your shape.
For the boho dress try Free People. Take a good look around this site as there is lots to offer.
Beautiful long dresses that all have shortening possibilities.
Snowy and Glowy
There is something quite mystical about winter weddings. For me it conjures up skies of indigo with naked trees bowing over in the wind. A road that leads steeply up a torch lit mountain. . . . . . . Instead of going on I have found some nice images to share. Enjoy!
I love what a sprinkling of creative glitter can bring to a day that will be one of the most memorable.
Stacey made her hair piece by hand and included pearls that were passed down to her from her father’s mother. She also wore her mother’s mother’s pearl necklace on her wrist. Stacey made her super cool green shoes by glittering a pair of shoes that she loved – perfect!
Nathaniel + Daniel Cheli, friends of the couple and twins, were the stilted fire breathing circus performers. They also had friends who DJ’d the wedding play a special song during the ceremony, bake the cupcakes and cake, and even officiate the wedding.
Were not sure that we can pick a single moment of the day to stand out more than another because in reality the entire day was absolutely perfect, more than we could have ever imagined thanks to Saralee Franchi of XOXO brides who made this day possible for us.
I am a huge dia de los muertos fan. I love the colour vibrancy and the creativity that goes into making the sugar skulls. The photos show that with a little creative know how something unique can be created.