50 Wedding Tips
For more than 80 years, Alfred Angelo has been helping brides have the day of their dreams and now we want to share our best tips with you.
1. Gown shopping should be a priority on your ‘to do’ list. It can be a long process, so give yourself plenty of time.
2. Your wedding gown size may be different from your regular clothing size—don’t panic!
3. It’s nice to have a second opinion. Bring one or two trusted friends or family members to shop with you for added support. But remember, more is not merrier. Bringing too many people with you can get confusing because everyone has an opinion.
4. Take photos to help you remember each gown.
5. If you're shopping for a strapless gown, make sure you bring a strapless bra to use while trying on. It will help give you a better idea of what the gown would look like.
6. Always try on your dream dress, but also try on styles you normally would not.
7. If you’re worried about a little last minute weight gain, choose a dress with a lace-up back. This is a gorgeous way to have a more forgiving and figure flattering dress.
8. The fabric of your gown needs to be one of the factors in making it ‘the one’. Lightweight fabrics like chiffon are the best choice for warm-weather weddings. If your nuptials will be in wintery-weather consider heavier fabrics such as satin.
9. Always start with good undergarments - the right bra can make all the difference in your pictures and how you feel through out the day.
10. Resist choosing foundation garments until after your first dress fitting.
11. Wearing a crinoline? To keep it full, turn it upside down, spray starch on it, and let it dry before slipping it on.
12. Your wedding may be the one time in your life you get to wear a veil—take advantage of it!
13. Doubling in uniqueness and sentimental value, an antique veil passed down from someone close to you is a special choice. Don’t dye an antique veil; it doesn’t have to perfectly match your gown.
14. Remember to consider your bridesmaids' budgets. These are the most important women in your life - make sure they stay that way.
15. Since most bridesmaids have different body types, consider choosing different styles to complement and flatter each girl.
16. Just like your gown, have your bridesmaids professionally measured so the bridal salon can help you choose the best size. Sometimes dresses run smaller than you think.
17. Consider the weather! Shawls make excellent accessories for brisk weather weddings.
18. Don’t like matchy-matchy bridesmaids? Try selecting dresses in different shades within the same color family.
19. Highlight your Maid of Honor in a special gown or color. Whatever you do, make sure the colors you have chosen work together.
20. Jewelry makes a great gift for your bridesmaids. Not only can they wear it on your big day, they’ll have something special to remember it for a lifetime.
21. With the exception of your Maid of Honor, line your bridesmaids up from shortest to tallest.
22. Use a padded hanger to hang your dress before it goes into a garment bag.
23. Before your wedding, store your gown in a location where it will be protected from heat, moisture, kids and pets.
24. No need to hurry into your gown; it should be the last thing you put on before heading down the aisle.
25. Make sure your dressing area is free of anything that could stain the dress. If you need a caffeine pick-me-up before the ceremony, drink up but nowhere near your dress!
26. Don’t dry clean your gown before the ceremony; you don’t want to risk any mistakes.
27. Carry a stick of white chalk with you on the day of the ceremony to cover any spots that may get on your gown.
28. Before getting dressed, apply baby powder to help deter sweating.
29. Always check care instructions before steaming or ironing.
30. If it’s necessary to steam your dress, wrap the head of the steamer in a white T-shirt or sock to guard against water spotting. Be extra careful when steaming silk.
31. If you decide to wear a veil, the bathroom is the best place to get out the wrinkles: Hang the veil on a hanger outside the shower rod, run the shower for 15-20 minutes to create steam. The steam will easily loosen up the wrinkles.
32. Lightly mist your veil with hairspray to keep it in place and off your face.
33. A little bad weather on the big day? No problem. Have your bridal party stand in two lines with large umbrellas and dash down the sidewalk fully protected.
34. Videotape your dress being bustled at the store. It’ll come in handy later!
35. Dry cleaning your gown after the ceremony may remove stains and spots but a gown preservation kit will remove spots, treat against discoloration and protect from fabric deterioration so that your gown can be passed on or perfectly saved as your most important piece of nostalgia.
36. Bring your headpiece, veil or anything you plan to wear in your hair to your stylist trial. This will be critical information that the stylist will need.
37. Bring some magazine and/or Pinterest photos of up-dos that you like to your hair consultation. Also, bring along a picture of your gown and bridesmaids’ dresses. This could give her a little more inspiration!
38. Do not wash your hair before you go to the stylist unless she asks you to. You will need the natural oils in your hair to help get the best up-do.
39. If you're going to take off your veil at the reception, remember to tell your hair stylist. She can design a style that will accommodate both looks.
40. On the big day, wear a button-down shirt or robe that you can easily remove after your appointment. This will make sure your hair is not disturbed.
41. Any type of tanning will make your skin color deeper. Remember to get new foundation to match your tan.
42. You want your makeup to look perfect on your big day - but you also want to look like yourself! Keep makeup simple.
43. Budget conscious on your makeup? Check out a department store and get a make over. The sales person will also explain how to apply your makeup for the big day.
44. Lipstick can look great but is high maintenance because it rubs off quickly. Look for a no-rub off formula that will stay on the whole day.
45. Splurge on a special perfume for your wedding. Afterward, whenever you smell it, it’ll transport you back to your special day.
46. Getting married outside? Do not forget sunscreen. In fact, you may want to consider giving it as a cute favor for all your attendees.
47. Have a bridesmaid carry an emergency kit with blotting wipes, breath mints, tissues, hairspray, lip gloss, tampons, etc. You never know what you may need, and it doesn’t hurt to be extra prepared.
48. The type of jewelry you wear should depend on the style of your dress. Elegant earrings add to a strapless gown without taking away from the flattering neckline. With V-neck gowns, however, a necklace is the perfect choice. Jeweled hairpins are very flattering with a halter gown.
49. Cook dinner or vacuum in your wedding shoes to help break them in and ensure they are comfortable on the big day.
50. You may want to consider getting two pairs of shoes for your big day. One pair for the ceremony and pictures and a comfy pair to dance the night away at your reception.