1) Get some air the night before.
Make sure that you let the dress breathe by taking it out of the bag and allowing it to hang, supported by the hanger straps. Be sure the dress is in a room that is safe from the curious hands of children and pet paws.
2) Discuss with your hair and makeup artist the best way to get into your dress.
Be sure to come up with a plan to figure out how to get into your dress once your hair and makeup is finished. Ask your hair and makeup artist for suggestions!
3) Put on your shoes after you put on your dress.
Take a seat and allow someone to help you into your shoes after you are in your dress. Stepping into your dress with heels on runs the risk of snagging the material.
4) Determine how you will best use the ladies room.
Yes, we know this is weird, but this is one of those things a lot of brides don’t think about and is important! Most dresses are going to either be fitted and difficult to maneuver in for this activity, or a dress with a full skirt can make bathroom access tricky. Discuss with a trusted friend, maid of honor, or perhaps a female relative how they might need to assist you.
5) Get familiar with your bustle.
Most dresses will have a custom designed bustle. Review how to do your bustle with the one who will be pinning or tying it for you. It’s helpful to practice this at your final dress fitting. You can also have your seamstress take a quick video of the process!
6) Look out for your train.
Be sure to bustle your dresses train as soon as possible after the ceremony, pictures, or first dance. This will help prevent damage to your dress.
7) Make a checklist
Does your dress have multiple parts? A ribbon for a corset, a slip or crinoline, or a jacket or overlay? Make sure all pieces are pressed or steamed, and in the garment bag with the dress. Be sure to include your veil and accessories, too!
8) Have a few safety pins on hand.
You never know when a safety pin may come in handy! Accidents happen, regardless of how well your dress fits. Safety pins are a must have for your big day!
9) Take one thing at a time.
Don’t rush getting dressed. Take your time! Enjoy every moment on your special day.
10) Take pictures.
Invite your photographer into your dressing room to capture special moments with the special people in your life.
Written by Nancy