Here, Alexis Wolfer in her book Radiant Bride (2016: Running Press; $22) tells us the seven things you should keep in mind when buying a wedding gown:
1. CONSIDER COMFORT. Think about the ease with which you’ll be able to dance when trying on a dress. Sure, some styles have serious wow factor, but when it comes to enjoying your night, you want to be able to comfortably do everything you want to do!
2. LOOK BEHIND YOU. Pay attention to the back of your gown. It’s what most guests will be looking at during the ceremony.
3. LEARN HOW TO BUSTLE. Especially if your gown has a long train that’s not removable, ask your maid of honor to come to one of your fittings in order to learn how to bustle your gown, so you don’t step on it all night long.
4. ADD A POCKET. Ask your seamstress to add a small, invisible pocket to your gown, if possible, so you can keep lip gloss on hand for touch-ups!
5. PAY IT FORWARD. Think about donating your dress after your wedding to a not-for-profit or selling it yourself and donating the proceeds.
6. LOOK CLOSE TO HOME. Ask your mom if she still has her veil. It’s a great “something borrowed!”
7. BUY A DRESS THAT ACTUALLY FITS. Some women think the smaller the garment they squeeze into, the smaller they’ll look—but the truth is that stuffing yourself in a size that’s too small will just cause unflattering lumps.
ALEXIS WOLFER is the founder and editor-in-chief of the popular online women’s magazine TheBeautyBean.com as well as a beauty, fashion and lifestyle expert. Alexis’s unique and effective beauty secrets led Access Hollywood to dub her the “Female Beauty MacGyver” and People Stylewatch to call her “The DIY Beauty Queen.” She is also a certified holistic health coach and the author of The Recipe For Radiance: Discover Beauty’s Best-Kept Secrets In Your Kitchen. She currently lives in Los Angeles.