Julie Sabatino of thestylishbride.com is here to help you find your dream wedding dress. Julie is a bridal fashion stylist who coordinates dream gowns with the perfect shoes, clutch, jewelry, and hair accessories. Having a professional like this can be extremely helpful, but if you don't have access to someone like Julie, here are three tips she has graciously shared with our readers to help get you started.
1. Have the details set. A great dress evaluation technique I use with my brides is to have them close their eyes and envision themselves wearing the gown at their wedding. It may look great in the dressing room but does it complement the wedding's specific location, time of day, and level of formality? It's essential to have these details in place before setting foot in a bridal salon.
2. Assemble the team. I recommend inviting only one or two people to go wedding dress shopping with you. I realize this may stir some controversy, but too many conflicting opinions make it very difficult to assess how you feel. Those invited should be people you can trust to offer honest opinions without imposing their own personal style or agenda. Begin the search on your own if you're not sure whom to invite. Mothers, sisters, and best friends can always come along once you have a better understanding of what look you're going for.
3. Come prepared. Don't be surprised when the store's consultant presents you with a "gently worn" undergarment before handing you a dress. If this sounds unappealing, then come prepared! I recommend my clients bring along the following items:
- Long-line corset (preferred) or strapless bra
- Shoes with the approximate wedding-day heel height
- Small robe to throw on while you're waiting for gowns (the short silk ones transport easily)