Help yourself create a head-to-toe wedding day look by collecting ideas of every item you love along the way. Whether you want to rip and tear sections from bridal magazines and create a scrapbook of sorts or prefer snapping pics and keeping a digital catalogue, having some sort of visual reference can come in handy to share your vision with others. A bridal consultant can instantly see the vibe you are going for and help you make the most of your appointment if you have some useful information on hand.

Dress styles and silhouettes

Doing some research ahead of time can drastically help you achieve your gown goals. Do you want to showcase your curves? Are sleeves in your dress dreams or is that first dance daydream happening sleeveless in your imagination? Understanding the differences between a sheath, ballgown, mermaid, trumpet, A-line, mini, modified A-line and more can help you know where to start by the time you arrive at the salon.

Necklines and straps or strapless

With so many options, keep note of things that are a possibility and those that are non-negotiable. If for example, you have never felt enough support wearing delicate spaghetti straps, be sure to mention this to the consultant so they can pull some other options for you. Conversely, if you fall in love with a strapless gown but fear you will give the guests an accidental show during limbo hour, consider requesting some straps be added with the alterations department.

Remember, the salon aims to please and you want to look and feel like a million bucks on your wedding day. You don’t have to compromise on your style or your comfort as long as you order well enough in advance to ensure that any dress alterations can be completed.

Veils and trains

Once you have decided on your gown, you will have a better idea of what kind of veil length will work best for your ensemble. Similarly, you may wish to add a train or enhance the bustle option if you fall in love with a gown that has too much going on “back there.” Be patient with yourself and view every aspect of your silhouette to ensure that you are radiant from every angle.

Undergarments are vital

It is much more practical to choose your wedding day lingerie once you have secured your gown. This way you can ensure there are no unsightly seams or contrasting bodice or neckline issues to contend with. If you are stuck on your “something blue,” consider choosing your lingerie in soft robin’s egg blue shade to cover two birds with one stone!

Shoes: Stilettos, sandals, cowboy boots, pumps

Your dress is the focal point of your entire bridal showcase. Therefore, all accessories including your shoes should complement it (unless you are choosing to make your footwear the focal point of course). Again, many brides opt to use their shoes or their pedicure as their “something blue.” Whatever style of footwear you opt to glide down the aisle in, be sure to try it on with your dress prior to purchasing. You want to create a head-to-toe wedding day look that harmonizes with the image in your mind. Bring your chosen footwear to each appointment so the alterations team can adequately measure your hem and measure your intricate adjustments perfectly.


Does your ensemble include a hat veil instead of a full veil? Do you require a brooch, belt or fancy crystal pin to accentuate your ruching and your waistline? How does your chosen necklace work with your dress neckline? Are your chosen earrings going to flatter your hair style?

Keeping all of your details in check will help you determine if you need to make any changes. Trying everything on at a fitting appointment is a great way to decide if you are on track. It is easy to fall in love with some accessories or pick up some shoes outside of the salon, only to discover that they don’t work with your gown. Be patient with yourself and have fun with the process.

The best and simplest way to ensure that your look is perfect from head to toe is to shop at New York Bride & Co. You are certain to find your dream wedding gown among our vast selection of designer dresses. With more than 15,000 square feet of modern luxury, over 20 dressing rooms and a full staff of bridal consultants available every day to assist you, we are the premier wedding shop in Syracuse and the surrounding area.