Hey, I’m Liz!
The most important part of what I do is telling your love story on your special day. I don’t just show up to your ceremony. I want to know the you beyond the camera so the photos I deliver are keepsakes that’ll be with you for decades. Your love story is the best inspiration for photos that last for decades.
Tips and Tricks
The early bride gets an energetic bridal store staff that hasn’t dealt with the concerns of a million clients already. Getting one of the first appointments of the day will usually mean that the bridal shop will be less crowded and you’ll have the full attention of your consultant.
Details are important…but before you start deciding what details you want your dress to have, find out the best silhouette for your body shape.This will help your consultant know what to choose for you and will keep you from getting discouraged when a dress that has all the details you want doesn’t look good on your figure.
A majority of the time people will be looking at the top of your gown and that is what will show up most in the photos of your day. So while a gorgeous hem and train might be what you’re looking for be sure to also check out the top of your dress to make sure it’s just as gorgeous as it’ll be in all your photos. Here are some of the most popular necklines so you can be descriptive when talking with your consultant.
Trends come and go and your wedding gown should be timeless. It should be something that you look back on 50 years from now and think…I still love that gown! It should also be comfortable. Make sure you sit down in it to see how it feels. Drop waist and mermaid gowns are gorgeous but can sometimes be too tight when sitting.
If the shop allows, photograph your dress possibilities instead of putting all your trust in the mirror. Mirrors are used to sell dresses—cameras don’t lie. Because you’ll be looking at the photos of this dress for years to come you’ll want to photograph it to see exactly what you look like. One potential snag: Some boutiques don’t allow dress photography. Call ahead to see if you can take a few photos for decision-making purposes only.
Almost any dress can look gorgeous on a hanger (or it can look terrible). Resist snap judgment. Once a dress is on your body, it takes on a different shape and look. This means you’ll want to try on many dresses and you should. Don’t feel pressured by the people you bring with you or the sales associate to pick a dress as soon as possible. Just as it takes time to find a husband or wife, it takes time to find the perfect gown. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find the perfect dress immediately.
I’m not trying to confuse you—I just mean that you shouldn’t feel forced to try on more or fewer gowns than you want. Too many dresses can lead to wedding gown overload and a lot of unneeded stress. Follow your gut. If you put it on and instantly feel like you’re walking taller or more confident than ever, that is your dress.
You’ll feel pressured to bring all your family and your friends so you have more opinions and so no one feels left out. The result can sometimes be negative. Too many opinions can overwhelm you. Remember that this is your day and your gown. Again go with your gut and don’t feel pressured to love a gown you hate. Bring people who will give you opinions but not be too opinionated and people who will bring a calming atmosphere with them.
On wedding dress try-on day, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your skivvies. Wear something that makes you feel confident so that if it takes a little longer to find that perfect gown, you won’t get too upset. Plus, a well-fitting bra can actually help in your search. Go to a department store that has a bra fit specialist, or a lingerie shop, and get fitted for a new bra. You are going to be wearing a gorgeous dress on your wedding day, so there’s no excuse for wearing a ratty bra. If you’re wearing a corset lingerie set under your wedding dress you’ll want to bring that your consultation. Corsets minimize your waist and you’ll want to know what your dress will look like over what you have planned to wear underneath. If you already know what you’re going to wear under your gown be sure to bring it with you so you can see the full picture.
No pressure…This is a serious reminder to try on all parts of your wedding day attire and be sure before you buy. Try the veil and other accessories on with your dress so you can see if they go together. If you get a cream gown you will most likely not want a stark white veil throwing off the gown. Also think about your location. You won’t want a princess gown for a beach wedding or a plunging neckline or back for a religious church ceremony. You don’t want to regret purchasing an expensive accessory that you can’t return.
Now that you have a few key things to remember I’m going to give you one last piece of advice. Some brides don’t have that “WOW this is it!” moment that you’ll see on some wedding gown t.v. shows. Sometimes brides get a feeling of calm and relief and some just think “yeah this is it”. Just because you don’t have an epiphany when you put on your dress does not mean that it’s not The One. If you stand taller and feel beautiful and confident then that is the dress for you. Also don’t forget that when everything is done you’ll be married to someone who loves you no matter what so don’t stress to much about the details.
Are you on the hunt for your wedding gown or have you already picked it out? If so how did you feel when you found The One?