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Advice from the experts

Top 5 tips for

rocking your frock

When it comes to helping brides perfect their wedding look, Edinburgh-based bridal designer Mette Baillie of Freja Designer Dressmaking is more than a little experienced. We ask her for some first-class advice on how to shop for the dress, put it on like an expert and nail those all-important toilet trips.

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1. Plan the Shop
“When going shopping for your wedding dress, here is some advice that will make it less stressful and easier. Wear your hair up as it will get it out of the way to gain a clearer image of the dress without having it hanging down or looking flat. As with the hair, have your make-up simple. By doing this, it will not over power the dress, giving you a base.
“Wear flesh/skin coloured underwear making it easier to see the dress without any block colour showing through, like black (this can show through and make the dress look off).
“Take along a pair of shoes with you that will be the height that you are planning to wear to plan the length of dress you will need. It will also prevent a panic if when trying on; the dress is either shorter or longer than desired.

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2. Be Yourself
“The most important thing it to be yourself! I hate when people say ahh you are getting married, are you growing your hair? buying contact lenses?, slimming down? Nothing wrong with that either. But be yourself…don’t get pressured into anything which is not who you are…
You don’t need to become a “wedding – clone” Be the best version of yourself, but be you! You don’t want to look back and think why did that sales assistant or makeup artist or hairdresser ever talk me into that… Be brave to challenge yourself, but be happy with whom you are and the choices you make for your big day.

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3. Prepare the Dress
“Before your wedding day remove all the labels and hang out your dress to let the creases drop out. Iron or stream clean it if needed, or get it professionally done,” advises Mette. A quick poll at We Fell In Love HQ shows that we would be opting for the latter – we are so not brave enough to go near a white dress with a hot iron!
“Also, make sure your underwear, stockings, tights, garter, etc. all go with your dress and make sure that nothing leaves you with lines.” You definitely want to be more VIP than VPL as you make your way up the aisle!
“Make sure that your shoes are broken in (wear an old sock on top of them while you glamorously do the housework in them, so they are kept pristine).”

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4. Have a dresser on hand to help
Chances are you were up at stupid o’clock to start the beautification process. And after a morning of relaxed preps with the girls, it’s amazing how time suddenly seems to fast forward in the final hour before leaving for the ceremony. We’ve seen brides barely have a chance to look at themselves in the mirror before having to dash out the door! To avoid a last minute rush and the ensuing stress, nominate someone in advance to help you get dressed and make sure they know exactly how your dress should be tied/buttoned/fastened up, and also how any accessories (including your veil/belt/coat/kitten ears – delete as appropriate), go on too.
“Make sure your bridesmaids or mum (or makeup artist and hairdresser), know how to get you into your dress,” says Mette. “Make sure they have clean, dry hands, and no lipstick on as they help you into your shoes… it’s so easy to plant their lips on the front on your skirt!”
Also, have at least one person on standby to help do up the train of your dress, or bustle it, later in the day. We suggest choosing somebody who will be at least reasonably sober. And if all else fails, there’s always YouTube.

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5. Think about how you will go to the loo
“It sounds silly, I know, but make a plan for how to go to the toilet,” says Mette. “If you have a big skirt, you may want to go “Cowgirl-style” – facing the wall, lift your skirt at the front and let the train hang back…you get the idea…”
And one final piece of advice from Mette: “Have a long lie the day before… and relax!”

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“Be the best version of yourself, but be you!” Sound advice from Mette we say. Alie x