Random things to know about planning
- Last updated on March 11, 2009 at 5:55 am
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- Finding "the" dress. Not everyone has a moment of epiphany that drives them to tears of joy when they find "the" dress. I certainly didn't. Like some, you may recognize your wedding dress right off the bat, or, like many others, you may find it, like it, keep looking, and then realize that the dress you tried on 30 dresses ago is the one you've been comparing all others to, the one you felt best in, and the one that's been on your mind all this time. I've never been a love-at-first-sight, fall-fast-and-fall hard type of girl about relationships (it took two years from the day we met for my husband and I to even become friends!), so it didn't come as a surprise that I was the same way about dress shopping. Bottom line: everyone will have a different experience when it comes to finding her wedding dress, and that's okay!
The first fitting. I am so glad someone told ME this before my first fitting: the dress is NOT going to look the way you remember it, and you may very well be underwhelmed. Just remember that the dress hasn't been fitted yet, and it has likely been a long time since you first tried on and purchased the dress. Pre-wedding bliss does funny things to the memory, so if you really want to remember what the dress looks like - take a picture! Or, once you purchase the gown, request that the salon send you a picture. So don't freak out! You will feel much better after the alterations are all done and the dress really becomes yours - made to fit you.
- Engagement session(s)!!! Many lucky ladies are inherently photogenic, but I am not one of them - particularly when it comes to taking photos with my hubby. We're the couple in pictures where one person looks great while the other one looks like s/he has something in his/her eye haha. How to practice for the big day? Take lots of engagement pictures! In addition to our official engagement session with our wedding day photog, we took did two additional FREE engagement sessions with photographers we found on craigslists, trying to build their portfolios, to get the practice. These sessions were SO helpful - we got comfortable taking pictures with each other, with the traditional portrait poses, and even learned how to kiss photogenically...ha! So for every couple who needs practice being photographed, there's a photog out there that needs practice photographing! Take advantage of that!
- Timing make-up trials. Many ladies will schedule make-up trials (always a good thing!) to test drive their hair and make-up artists, as well as various looks. After the session, you will probably look GREAT - don't waste the opportunity to piggy-back your make-up trial with another wedding-related opportunity. Schedule your make-up trial, for example, on the day of your engagement or b-pic shoot, or on the day you are going to try on dresses or your first fitting, so that you can get a sense of your entire wedding day look. At the very least, schedule a hot date with your FI that day :)