3 Tips to Know Before You Buy Your Wedding Dress

Etiquette, Wedding Dresses

Getting ready to say yes to a wedding dress? Then you might have some questions about picking it out! From who to bring to your appointment to how to incorporate your mom's wedding dress into your own gown, we found some little-known answers to big questions. They're etiquette expert-approved, so file these away ASAP!

Can I ask my friend who isn't a bridesmaid to come wedding dress shopping with me?
There is no rule about who you are allowed to bring along on your search for the perfect dress. If you want a certain friend to accompany you because, say, she has an impeccable fashion sense and you trust her taste, let her know how much you value her opinion and she will most certainly be flattered to be included. But at the same time, be aware that asking a friend to help you shop for a dress — a very important task! — when she's not a bridesmaid may send a slightly confusing message: That you value her friendship and opinion, but only to a certain extent. So if you'd rather avoid possibly hurting her feelings, just stick to family and ask your mom, sister, or another relative to accompany you. But remember, you don't want too many cooks in the kitchen — the more opinions in the room, the more opinions you'll get.

What are some creative ways to incorporate my mother's wedding dress into my wedding?
Not every dress will stand the test of time — fabrics yellow, styles change, and just because you're related doesn't necessarily mean you have the same body type or are the same size. If you're not able to wear her gown at your wedding, here are some other ways to incorporate it.

• Repurpose it into a rehearsal dinner or reception dress.
• Repurpose it into the flower girl dress — so adorable and unexpected.
• Wrap swatches of lace or fabric from it around the handle of your bridal bouquet.
• Incorporate it into your veil, especially if your mother's dress features lace.
• Use some of the lace to make handkerchiefs for you and your mother.

I want to wear a mermaid wedding dress, but I am five foot two and I worry the style will make me look shorter. What can I do about this?
If your heart is set on a trumpet or mermaid skirt, don't let height concerns get in the way of it — that's what your tailor is for! A mermaid silhouette is doable for brides of all heights, as long as a seamstress cuts it to fit your body. For maximum elongation, make sure the dress is fitted through your hips and flares out just above — not below — the knee. This will give the illusion of longer legs.

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