The best advice I received, or wish I would have received before the wedding was:
- Your dress will look different after alterations – I was lucky the dress was in my size so didn’t need pegging, but even though I thought it fit like a glove it still was pulled in several more inches! And it really does transform it! There’s so much that can be changed also at the alteration stage if you need it to be.
- Wedding dresses are often really hot, take a little freshen up bag and make sure you have deodorant, and some freshen up wipes etc. I also added mints/plasters/safety pins – just in case!
- Make sure you don’t try on any dresses you can’t afford. The dress I bought was over my budget, and before I had made the appointment, I ensured we could tweak the budget should I love it.
- Everyone says to try on lots of dresses, but whilst I tried different styles, if I really didn’t like an element of a dress I didn’t try it on. I knew myself and that it would overwhelm me to keep trying dresses so I only tried on ones I really liked. I tried on 11 in the end and felt it was enough for me, but I’ve had friends try on many more and love it.
- Be honest around what you do and don’t like with all of your suppliers; I had a lot of highlighter on at my trial and it’s not something I like so she changed this, and I much preferred it. Whilst they know their job you must feel comfortable too.
- Your make up with feel heavier on the day; at my trial I was convinced I had far too much on, but there wasn’t and it looked lovely.
- You suppliers are such a huge part of your day, so make sure it is people who are great to be around. My hair and make up woman was so calming on the morning and it was exactly what was needed. My photographer is the most enthusiastic person I have ever met, and this is so infectious! Finally our event organiser from the caterers was lovely and put me at ease from the get go – our music wouldn’t work after the speeches and she resolved it without bothering us, I was totally unaware until the next morning.