Everything you need to know about what—and who—you should bring wedding gown-shopping.

There's a lot more to wedding dress shopping than showing up to your appointment on time. You'll need to come equipped with ideas, the right undergarments, and of course, a few of your closest, most supportive friends and family.

Besides the essentials, David's Bridal Fashion Director (and wedding dress shopping guru) Catalina Maddox-Wagers says the most important thing to bring to your appointment is an optimistic attitude. "Brides do need to do a lot of research," Maddox-Wagers says. "But above all, they need to be open-minded."

"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."

Now that you know to expect the unexpected, read on for exactly what—and who—you should bring to your bridal appointment.

Illustration: Pietari Posti

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