Trying On Wedding Gowns
Trying On Wedding Gowns
Sally Grigsby (Owner of Belle Bridal) gives expert video advice on: Does it matter what type of undergarments I wear when trying on wedding gowns?; Does it matter how I wear my hair when trying on wedding gowns?; Does it matter if I wear makeup and lipstick when trying on wedding gowns? and more...
Does it matter what type of undergarments I wear when trying on wedding gowns?
It is important which undergarments you're wearing when trying on wedding gowns. It is a very good idea to wear a properly constructed strapless bra and the correct size petticoat for the gown that you're choosing.
Does it matter how I wear my hair when trying on wedding gowns?
It is helpful when you try on wedding gowns to have some idea in your mind of what style your hair will be on the day. If you're thinking of an updo, it's a good idea to take a band or a clip to put your hair up or at least have clean and tidy hair when you go to try on your gowns.
Does it matter if I wear makeup and lipstick when trying on wedding gowns?
A good salon will usually be able to accommodate you if you're wearing full makeup when you try on gowns. Sometimes they may ask you to put on a mask to cover your face while you're putting the gown over your head, so as not to damage the gown. It is much more polite not to wear makeup when you're trying on wedding gowns, as they damage and stain easily.
Are wedding gowns sized differently than my regular clothing?
Wedding gowns are sized very differently to your regular clothing, and each manufacturer differs slightly. When the consultant helps you choose the correct size for your wedding gown, he or she will refer to the manufacturer's size chart for that particular gown. But typically, bridal gowns are going to be one or two sizes larger than the clothing that you normally buy off the rack.
How should I be measured for my wedding gown?
It is important that when you're measured for your wedding gown that the consultant you're working with is professionally trained at measuring your body. You'll need a bust, waist and hip measurement, and in some cases you may need what's called a hollow to hem measurement in order to ensure that your gown is cut at the correct length. A hollow to hem measurement is an extremely difficult measurement to take, and a good consultant will take four measurements in order to get that measurement correct. It's important that the measuring tape that the bridal salon is using, is a newer tape, because tapes can stretch with age.
What is a 'hollow to hem' measurement?
A "hollow to hem" measurement is taken from this point between your bones and your neck here (see video for specific areas). You should be standing in the correct high heel that you wish to wear on your wedding day. They don't have to be the actual shoes but an approximate heel height that's comfortable for you. Then the consultant will tie a ribbon around your waste, and she will measure from your hollow to your waist, waist to hem, hollow to hem, and so the two former numbers should equal the latter number. Then she will quite often take a gown-only measurement, if it's a strapless gown, and that is from the top of the neckline of the gown to the hem of the dress.
Is my bust size my bra size?
Your bust size is only part of your bra size. When being measured for a bra, you're also measured under the bust and around your rib cage. This difference between the points of the bust, the fullest part of the bust, and your under bust measurement gives you the cup size. It's very important that you wear the correct fitting bra when you're wearing your wedding gown.
Why is better to order a wedding gown that is too big rather than too small?
It is better to order your wedding gown a little larger than smaller because typically it is much easier to take a gown in rather than let it out. Sometimes if you have to let out the gown you may see stitch lines from where the silks were expanded or let out.
How many bridal salons should I visit in one day?
There obviously are no limits on how many bridal salons you may visit when you're shopping for a gown. However, when you are shopping for your bridal gown you are concentrating extremely hard and if you visit too many shops, especially if you're visiting them all in one day you can become overwhelmed. It's very easy to get what I call gowned out or white blindness; a little bit like smelling too many perfumes.
Is there a proper etiquette for wedding gown shopping?
It's a good idea to attend to some etiquette matters when you're about to visit a bridal salon. Typically what is the most upsetting thing for both the bride and the consultant helping her is if the friends and family of the bride are unruly within the store. By this I mean either they're not concentrating on what the bride is doing, they're being too noisy, or sometimes they're not paying the bride enough attention by taking cell phone calls and listening to each other's chat and gossip. You have to remember when you visit a bridal store, that the bride is the most important person there, and you should be concentrating on her and what she's doing.