Try On Wedding Dresses at Home: A Guide
Trying On Your Wedding Dress At Home
A box (or three) just arrived from BHLDN…now it’s time to turn your home into a bridal boutique! If you can’t make it to a store, trying on gowns can still be one of the most fun parts of wedding planning. We asked our stylists for tips on making your home shopping experience a breeze; read on for their step-by-step guide to trying on, tailoring, and getting your gown ready for the big day.
Set the Scene
Choose a space with good lighting and a large mirror. Natural light is best; avoid harsh overhead or fluorescent lights.
Cover the floor with a clean bedsheet to protect the gown.
Move any spillable items away from the gown and keep furry friends in another room.
If you can, recruit a friend to be an extra set of hands for tricky fastenings.
Turn up our At Home Try-On playlist!
Envision Your Wedding Look
Give your hair a simple style to help imagine your wedding day look. Avoid heavy makeup that could transfer onto the gown.
Remove any jewelry that could snag the gown.
If you have must-wear accessories (like an heirloom veil or special something blue), keep them handy to try on with the gown.
Try On Your Gown
If the gown has a back zipper, step into it; if the gown has a side zipper, pull it on overhead.
Close the hook-and-eye (if there is one) before zipping the gown.
Zip the gown and look in the mirror!
Note: Don’t be discouraged if your gown doesn’t fit perfectly. Almost every wedding dress requires alterations from an experienced bridal tailor. You can also book a virtual appointment with our stylists for advice on fit, sizing, and alterations!
Tailoring Your Gown
Plan ahead for tailoring; alterations generally involve 3 fittings over 8 to 12 weeks.
Common alterations include hemming, strap shortening, adding bust support, creating a bustle, and nipping in at the waist.
For a list of recommended tailors, contact your local BHLDN shop. Not near a BHLDN? Ask friends and family for suggestions or search online for highly-rated bridal alterations experts in your area.
Store Your Gown Safely
Cover your gown in a natural, breathable fabric for extra protection; we recommend a clean cotton bedsheet!
Store flat in a dark, dry space (under your bed is perfect).
If you must hang your gown, store it in the back of the closet with room on either side. Use the garment loops to relieve any pressure on the straps.
Prep for the Big Day
Hang the gown a day or two in advance to release wrinkles. Choose a location high enough that it won’t trail on the floor or place a clean bedsheet below to protect the hem.
Steam—never iron!—to remove stubborn wrinkles. If you need help, contact a local dry cleaner that specializes in bridal.
Have your bridesmaids, mom, or a friend help you zip and button (photo op!).
Share the Love
Tag your photos on Instagram with #BHLDNBride—we can’t wait to see you in your gown!
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