10 Things to Do After You've Purchased Your Wedding Dress

Just because you've found "the one" doesn't mean that your gown-shopping extravaganza is complete. Make sure you cross these items off your to-do list before you head down the aisle.
by The Knot
  1. 1. Order Your Bridesmaid Dresses

    10 things to do after buying your wedding dress
    photo by Leigh + Becca

    Now that you know the style of your gown, you can begin researching bridesmaid dresses. Decide on one that you all love or go for that cool mismatched look, and place an order. You don't have to match your dress completely, similar fabrics or consistant design details make for a very pulled-together bridal party (and pictures).

  2. 2. Decide on Your "Something Blue"

    10 things to do after picking out your wedding dress, like deciding on the "something blue"
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    Whether you plan to pin a piece of blue ribbon to the inside of your dress, or you'd rather slip into a pair of blue peep toes and accessorize with sapphire gems, don't let this lucky charm become a source of stress by waiting until the last minute to pick it out.

  3. 3. Select Your Shoes

    10 things to do after picking out your wedding dress, like deciding on shoes
    photo by Blenda Montoro Photography

    The shoes you plan to wear on your wedding day are a must-have for the first fitting, as the height of the heel will completely change the hem length of your gown.

  4. 4. Choose Accessories

    10 things to do after finding your wedding dress
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    Beyond jewelry, you might want a few other extras to complete your bridal look. To start, you'll want to order any hair accessories (especially your veil) before your first fitting. Other details like a wrap or a bridal clutch can be purchased a bit later.

  5. 5. Shop for Wedding Jewelry

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    photo by Shea Christine Photography

    Start thinking about which baubles you want to wear on your wedding day. Bring anything you're considering to your fitting and beauty trial so you can get an idea of what they'll look like with the dress and hairstyle.

  6. 6. Get Great Undergarments

    How to shop for under-the-dress essentials
    photo by HannaMonika Wedding Photographer

    Whether you're hunting for a slimming bodysuit, searching for the perfect push-up bra or planning to go commando, you must have your undergarments on hand at your first fitting. Why? Something as simple as a bra switch can make your dress fit improperly.

  7. 7. Start Feelin' Good

    The key to dress alternations is to plan for the body you have now, not to plan on a dramatic change in shape. So whether you're turning over a new leaf and getting started with some healthy habits or maintaining a wellness plan you've had for awhile, keep up a positive attitude.

  8. 8. Secure a Good Tailor

    What to shop for after you've found a wedding dress
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    If your bridal salon doesn't offer alterations, you'll need to scope out a great tailor in your area. Don't wait until your gown arrives to start this search. Ask around for suggestions. Recently married friends and the bridal boutique where you purchased your gown are both good places to start.

  9. 9. Select Your Wedding Rings

    What to shop for after you've found a wedding dress
    photo by Joleen Willis Photography

    Your wedding day ensemble is only complete once you're wearing your brand-new wedding ring. Make sure you've chosen and ordered both rings with plenty of time to spare. We suggest having rings in hand two months before the wedding.

  10. 10. Pick a Hiding Spot

    What to shop for after you've found a wedding dress
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    Once your fittings are done and your gown is ready for the aisle, you'll need a place to store it where your groom can't sneak a peek. Psst…Some salons will hold it until just days before the wedding (start there!).

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