Before you even got engaged you probably were already dreaming up the perfect wedding dress. After you finally get the ring it's normal to want to race to the nearest bridal salon and try on every dress under the sun to find The One. With about a million and one different dress options it can totally get overwhelming. So, we brought in the big guns — New York City's Mark Ingram of Mark Ingram Atelier to get the best advice on how to find your wedding dress.
"The wedding dress should be the dress of your lifetime," Ingram says. "I think finding the right dress is really a very personal thing, no one can tell you what the right dress is." Basically finding a dress is kind of like finding a fiancé, when you know, you know.
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Ingram did dish that even though it's tempting to try on a dress as soon as you get that ring, you probably should wait (ugh!). "Before shopping for your wedding dress every bride should have a date and a venue," Ingram says. "I think those are the two most important things." He has a good point; the dress you'd wear for an Italian villa wedding is totally different than the one you'd wear on a beach in Hawaii.
As fun as bringing all your bridesmaids to your dress appointment sounds, Ingram suggests it's best if you leave the peanut gallery at home. "Invite your bridesmaids to your very last fitting so that they know how to bustle your dress." It's best to opt for a girls bonding day of pampering at the spa instead of the bridal salon.
Perhaps the best piece of advice Ingram gave was to focus on the dress that really embodies who you are as a person. "It should be a dress that's really reflective of who you are as a person, at this time in your life, not 20 years ago or 10 years from now, but who you are right now," Ingram says.