Finding the wedding dress of your dreams is a moment that you'll never forget. You can call it love at first sight, or fashion luck, but either way, getting your hands on THE dress is reason to celebrate. But before walking that frock down the aisle, you've got to make sure you're going to be comfortable. In order to dress to impress on your wedding day, and feel good enough in that dress to dance the night away, here are seven ways to break your gown in before it's time to wow the crowd when you walk down the aisle in it.
1. Put Your Shoes On
Take the shoes you plan on wearing on your wedding day out of the box and walk a few steps in them with your dress on. You'll be able to get a good feel for the length of your dress and also how it will feel to walk in it on the big day.
2. Take a Trip to the Bathroom
It may sound silly, but peeing in your wedding dress is often a time consuming adventure you should always practice and perfect beforehand.
3. Have a Dance Party
Put on your favorite Spotify playlist and dance around in your wedding dress. Get a good feel for how you'll move around it when you hit the dance floor.
4. Take a Seat
Sitting down in your dress will help you break it in and make it feel less stiff. That way, you'll be able to feel comfortable when it's time to taste that delicious food at the reception.
5. Try on Accessories
The best way to see what kind of necklace, bracelet, or even earrings work well with your dress is to try on any and all options you have when your dress is on.
6. Find the Perfect Bra
Because finding the right kind of support can make all the difference.
7. Walk Up and Down
Walk up and down stairs, back and forth in your hallway. All of this walking practice will be of good use on your wedding day when you have to move around quickly, without worrying about falling or feeling stiff in the dress of your dreams.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.