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By: Emily Howald Sefton | Posted: 10/14/2013
The minute your dress comes in, you're going to want to hit the store to try it on. You're bound to feel a mix of nerves and anticipation: Will it fit? Will I still love it? What if something's wrong with it?! When the time comes to begin your fittings, be prepared. Here's how:
Do NOT, I repeat, Do NOT Get a spray tan in the days leading up to (or goodness forbid the day of) your fitting. I'll admit, I wanted to look tan the first time I slipped into my dress, so I got a spray tan two days before heading in. Big mistake. Fortunately it didn't come off on my dress, but I was so nervous that I stood with my arms away from my body, trying desperately not to sweat on it. Spray tans stain your dress. Period. So if you MUST have one, save it for the actual day and no sooner.
Don't schedule a fitting right after a workout. I get it; you want to be svelte and toned before you slip into that gown, but do you want it so badly that you'll risk getting sweat on that perfect frock? I didn't think so. Also, be courteous toward your seamstress; she'll be all up in your business, so you don't want your sweatiness to distract her from the task at hand.
Bring your shoes. If you don't have them, make sure the fitter knows this. Your shoes are a vital part of this process. Your seamstress needs the exact height for hemming, and the specific shoe that you plan to wear affects your posture, so you'll want these lil stunners in hand when you go in for your fitting. Once you find and purchase your dress, make sure your shoes are at the top of your priority list so you're ready when your fitting rolls around.
Buy and bring with you all your foundation garments. Your fitter will want to know precisely what's going under the dress, so she can make sure it fits as close to your body as possible. Also, be sure to explore the options of having cups sewn into your dress to avoid the risk of a strapless bra falling out of place.
Be sure to walk and dance around. I thought my length was perfect, but then I tired to do my dance that I had been practicing (sans partner) in the carpeted fitting room and I stumbled all over myself. You may look silly dancing around, but you'll be glad you did it. Also try walking on both carpeting and hard flooring to see how your train/veil flows behind you—things are a lot heavier on carpeting than they are on tile.
Bring a friend or family member to at least one of the fittings. There's a special kind of knowledge that goes with bustling a dress and sometimes even buttoning/lacing/tying you into it. Having all that information relayed to someone who can see it be done is a lot easier than trying to convey directions on the day of. Plus, it's always fun to show off your pretty duds!
Don't be shy. If there's something about the way the dress is fitting that isn't making you happy, speak up. This is likely one of the more expensive garments you'll ever purchase in your life, so you want it to feel as good as it looks.
Remember, have fun! Admittedly, the dress fittings can be stressful, but remember, this is all about you and your groom tying the knot, not how small your waist looks in your gown. Don't fret—it always works out in the end!
Emily Howald Sefton is Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s deputy features editor and Mpls.St.Paul Weddings’ editor. See bio
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