Make sure you've found and purchased your wedding day
shoes *before* you get your dress altered! You'll need
to stand in them to get an accurate measurement of the
Go shoe shopping in the afternoon, when your feet are
Break your wedding shoes in at least 2 weeks before
the big day. Walk around the house. Keep them on for
*hours* just to make sure you're extra comfortable.
Many brides purchase 2 pairs of shoes: one for the ceremony,
and another for the reception. Ballet slipper-type shoes
are popular as reception wear because they are comfortable,
will protect your hose and keep you from slipping on
the dance floor.
Before you invest in an expensive wedding trousseau
(bra, girdle, corset or slips), check the return policy.
You can never be 100 percent sure it works until you
try it on with your dress. Many undergarments (especially
those with underwire, whalebone or other solid insert)
will show through the sheer, snug fabric of your wedding
dress. It's not worth a little extra tuck if your wedding
guests can see your panty lines!
When buying undergarments, move around the dressing
room, sit down and stand up several times and keep comfort
in mind! Some items may bunch, slide or jab you in unexpected
Can't find a bra that doesn't show? You can get bra
cups sewn into almost any wedding gown by your alteration
tailor. Often the charge is considerably less than buying
a fancy bra.
Does your full-skirted dress need a petticoat? Before
you buy one, see if you can borrow one, rent one from
your tailor or find one at a second-hand store. No-one
will ever know the difference and the money you'll save
is better spent on other things. Your honeymoon, for
Don't waste one minute worrying about your dress once
the ceremony is over. No matter what you do, it will
get dirty. Amazingly so along the bottom hem. Let it
go. Wedding gown cleaners/preservationists can work
miracles later. Your dress will look good as new.
Visit our Buying the Dress section
for a whole page of wedding dress tips!
"You may now kiss the bride." Waited your
whole life to hear that? Make sure your officiant knows.
The Kiss is technically not a necessary part of the
wedding ceremony, and believe it or not, some officiants
won't include it. Be sure to ask ahead of time.
Pay for everything and anything by credit card to protect
yourself. Accidents happen. If something horrible befalls
a part of your wedding plans, if you've paid with a
credit card, you have options. If you've paid by check
or with cash, you might never get a refund, and for
a time, you'll end up paying twice.
When making preparations, mentally tell yourself your
wedding is two weeks earlier than it actually is. This
will help you pad your dates and get everything settled
ahead of time.
Consider having your fiance schedule the bachelor party
2 nights before the wedding. He'll still have a night
on the town... and an entire day to recover.