Wedding Dress Checklist: Things to Do

Wedding dresses can take up to 6-9 months to produce and ship, so you’ll want to plan ahead and be totally informed about the process. Follow this guide, and you’ll have no issues.

  1. Collect photos of wedding dress styles that you love using bridal magazines and blogs to gather ideas.
  2. Decide on your wedding theme or location, and use these facts to inspire your look.
  3. Make appointments with bridal salons that have positive customer reviews.
  4. Select the following items:
    • Wedding Dress
    • Veil/Headpiece
    • Shoes (before your first fitting)
    • undergarments appropriate for your dress (before first fitting)
    • Hosiery (purchase an extra pair to have handy on your wedding day)
    • Garter
    • Gloves
    • Jewelry
    • Hair accessories
    • Purse
    • Wrap
    • Going-away outfit or party dress
    • Rehearsal dinner attire
  5. Make a wedding dress alterations appointment, and ask your seamstress what you should bring with you.
  6. Ask for color swatches of your gown and bridesmaids dresses to give to the florists. If you are having your shoes dyed, it might help your vendor to also have your color swatches.
  7. Discuss your bustle style and train length with your seamstress.
  8. Have your seamstress teach your mom or maid of honor how to bustle your train.
  9. Ask the bridal salon for guidance on how to hang and care for your wedding dress.
  10. Find out from the bridal salon what to do if your wedding dress gets wrinkled before the wedding.
  11. Have the bridal salon teach you what to do if you get a spot on your wedding dress.

Top Cover Image Wedding Dress: Tara Keely

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