The Ultimate Guide to Planning the Perfect Wedding Outfit

When you are newly engaged, there are a lot of things to do to plan for that special day. One of the most important, of course, is the wedding dress, which includes all the accessories that go along with it. When should you start your purchasing of these items, and what can you do to put together the perfect wedding outfit? There are many recommendations from bridal experts, and below are just a few of them.

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Start Early!

Next to the venue, choosing a bride’s wedding outfit is one of the most important parts of that all-important day. It is also an item that you need a lot of time to plan for, and most bridal experts recommend starting at least 18 months in advance of the wedding itself. This means:

  • The wedding dress should be purchased 12 to 18 months in advance, especially if the dress is going to be made from scratch or will need to be altered
  • The following items should be purchased six to eight months in advance: the wedding shoes, wedding veil and underwear
  • Haircuts and makeup applications should occur four to six months ahead of time, so you can test them out and make sure they’re what you want on your wedding day
  • Choose your jewellery two to four months ahead of time, and make sure all of it matches the rest of your outfit

There are many websites that offer a guide to help you determine when you should purchase the items that make up your wedding outfit, but they all have one thing in common: they recommend that you start early. This allows for enough time to re-purchase items or re-arrange stylists or other essential people before the actual wedding day. It allows for a ‘test run’ of your wedding day, so that you can be assured that your outfit is just right.

A Few More Things to Consider

You’ll also want to keep in mind that there are various styles of dresses, veils and shoes. By starting early, you will have time to try out all of them so that you can see which one goes best with your body type and overall figure. Wedding dresses can be short-sleeved, long-sleeved or sleeveless, and some even have halter tops. Veils can be various lengths, including fingertip, chapel, ballet, cathedral and blusher. Shoes have such a large variety of styles that it may take you longer to choose this one item than all the other items put together! Putting together the perfect wedding outfit is not complicated, but it is time consuming, because you will want to make sure you do not miss any of your options, and end up with the perfect dress for you.

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