6 Things You Must Bring to Your Bridal Appointment

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What to Bring Wedding Dress Shopping

Illustration: Pietari Posti

Before you even step foot inside a bridal salon, you need to prepare. You'll want to have a vision (or, at the very least, an idea of what styles and shapes you like), wear the proper underpinnings (you're basically going to be naked in front of a stranger!), and, of course, gather up the troops (your most supportive friends and family). Besides those essentials, David's Bridal Fashion Director (and wedding dress shopping guru) Catalina Maddox-Wagers says the most important item to bring to your appointment is... an open mind!

"I've seen it over and over again—a bride comes in and imagines herself in an incredibly tight mermaid gown, and then she tries it on and is tremendously disappointed," Maddox-Wagers says. "If you're working with a really good, experienced consultant, you could come in with one look in mind and leave with something completely different." Bear this in mind—and grab your besties—and you're ready to make the most out of your bridal appointment!

See five more things you must bring wedding dress shopping in the complete slideshow.

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