Puchasing Your Wedding Gown Step 5 (of 5)

Welcome to step 5! It is time to take your measurements. This is an important part of the process. Please don't worry or stress about any pre-conceived notions of what size you should order. Every designer cuts gowns using different size charts. Therefore, the same size may fit completely differently from one designer to the next. And, remember too, nobody needs to know what size you are wearing. It is nobody's business but yours, and we do not announce sizes at the store and they are certainly not announced at the wedding! We just want the dress to fit you as perfectly as possible. We are on your side, and want you to be flawless and beautiful on your big day.

The store sample that was tried on is a good gauge to help start figuring out your size. However, your measurements are what is the most important tool when the decision is made. We will measure your bust, waist and hips and then together we will confer on what size best suits you. Also, this is the time that you need to open up and share with us any factors or issues that may affect your weight over the next several months - even medical prescriptions can significantly affect how the dress may fit you later. Birth control pills, steroids and some other medications cause serious weight fluctuations and we need to know about them. Also, if you are having any surgical or other enhancements and/or reductions, this is the time to let us know. We can work out your sizing accordingly. Our goal is your radiant beauty, and the more informed we are, the better we can serve you.

In addition, we need to pay attention to hem length. At this time, we will see if the dress needs to be ordered with a special length. We will ask you to pick out shoes for the heel height and measure the length of the gown. This is an extra fee, but well worth it as the designer does it to keep the details of the dress in proportion. Sometimes, Liliya the seamstress can hem it, and that is also an excellent option. It really just depends on time and the dress itself.

So, now, you are sized and ready to order. You have already prepared yourself with the information you need in order to pay for the dress. We are so happy and thrilled for you and can't wait to continue with you on your journey to the altar. Next up is bridesmaids! Stay tuned for my next series!

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