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#1 Turn up late

Or worse.. be a no-show. Not only is it inconsiderate, rolling up half an hour late also lessens the time you'll have trying on gowns since there might be many other appointments after yours. And even if your consultant does allot you extra time, you won't have his or her full attention. Got a last minute emergency? Make a phone call as soon as you can to inform your bridal boutique that you can't make it. 

 

#2 Not be truthful

Do you hate the excess beading or how the waist is cut? Your bridal consultant's job is to find the gown of your dreams, and this includes knowing what you like and hate about the dresses you're trying on. Pointing out the elements that you do or do not like about each dress you try on will help your consultant quickly and efficiently narrow down your options. 

See also: THE BEST WEDDING DRESS STYLES FOR EVERY BODY SHAPE

 

#3 Be inflexible 

And while you should be giving your honest opinions, it's also important to be open to new suggestions. Even if you're adamant about having a grand ballgown, give the flowing style your consultant's suggesting a try - you might be in for a surprise. 

 

#4 Bring a large entourage

The bottomline is, a large party also means a flurry of opinions and suggestions that you may or may not need. You'll also start placing too much focus on each opinion, rather than listen to your own thoughts. Keep it to two tops, we say, or even go shopping alone

 

#5 Keep harping on your flaws

Choosing your dream dress is supposed to make you feel beautiful, and criticising your flaws is a negative start to your wedding prep experience. Instead, focus on the features you like about yourself. Communicate these to your bridal consultant, and trust that he or she will find the right gown to suit your body and accentuate your best parts. 

 

#6 Try on too many dresses.. or not try on enough gowns 

It's a bit of a contradiction, but the idea is to try on as many gowns as you like (gowns look different when they're on the hanger compared to on your body), without feeling like you must try on dozens of gowns. It should be an enjoyable process - not one that leaves you feeling stressed, confused and overwhelmed about the choices. 

See also: 21 USEFUL WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING TIPS FROM REAL BRIDES

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