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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping

You’ve decided on your wedding style, but now you’re having trouble finding the perfect gown. Follow these basic shopping tips to make sure the most important dress you’ll ever wear reflects your personal style.

Expect minor alterations. Even the most expensive designer wedding gowns might need a few adjustments. If you buy your gown well in advance, you may need to alter the dress again a couple of weeks prior to the wedding.

WEDdressshoppingAlways hang your wedding gown by loops inside the gown that are connected to sturdy side seams. NEVER hang your gown by fragile shoulder seams that can stretch or sag.

Always choose a specialist who will personally process your bridal gown. Never leave your gown with someone who sends your bridal gown away to be cleaned. Choose the right white for your skin tone, no matter what style you pick.

Think about wearing fun footwear. Getting married in the middle of July? Consider sporting flip-flops under your gown. If you’re all cowgirl, try a pair of boots. Bring shoes with the same height as your wedding shoes are going to be on your special day.

Remember to ask to inspect your wedding gown personally before it is put into the container, which should be a completely acid-free museum quality archival wedding chest lined with fabric or acid-free tissue.

Never store your wedding gown in plastic bags or vacuum-sealed, plastic wrapped containers because plastic emits fumes that can yellow your bridal gown and trap moisture that mildews your wedding gown.

If you are selling your gown, opt for a muslin bag. Museums use muslin for textile conservation and preservation because it provides a stable and non-acidic environment against contaminants.

Always ask what precautions the specialist takes to protect delicate trims and decorations on your wedding gown and how the cleaner guards against latent stains on your wedding gown.

Never store your bridal gown in the attic or basement where there are extreme changes in temperature or humidity.

Do not shop after you’ve purchased your wedding dress. Instead enjoy the rest of your wedding planning.

Wear the right undergarments when shopping. Don’t go bridal gown shopping without wearing the right undergarments. You need to wear the same or similar garments that you’ll be wearing for the wedding. Some gowns won’t fit the same way without the right undergarments. If you need some help, ask your bridal consultant about the right undergarments for the dresses you are considering. A full service bridal shop should be able to offer options for trying on with your gown as well.

BONUS Article: 11 Must-Read Gown Shopping Tips
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Copyright © 2014 – Larry James. This information is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website and Wedding Blog. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: Check Larry’s availability.

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