1. Wedding Dress Shopping - It was, at the very least, massively impractical to search for and purchase my dress back in England and then have it daringly shipped 4,000 miles to our wedding site in the USA. Yet there is just something about sharing that moment with the women of your family that cannot be replaced. So I followed some basic rules, allowing me to share this monumental experience and still sleep easily at night.
- I chose a dress made out of taffeta/silk with no boning and little underskirt so as to keep the weight down and to ensure it would arrive as wrinkle free as possible. I also chose something with a simple lace up design since my husband-to-be would be in charge of getting me into it!
- I refused to take my dress on a plane; whether stowed away or 'hanging in first class' as some suggest is a wise move, there is always the risk that a member of security will want to manhandle the many layers and either way there is a frightening amount of hands it would need to pass through in order to make it Stateside. Not for me. I chose instead to FedEx it. This cost me close to $300 to do, but I was able to ship it the day I flew back to America as a 2 day delivery and have it meet me at home, to be signed for. More than that, the cost allowed me a CONSTANT insight into my dresses whereabouts and full insurance coverage "just in case".
- The best decision I made? I let the females of my family select the final dress. I know the dress is supposed to be an extension of you as a Bride but for me it was an extension of my family. We all shared in the experience and I felt that the gesture was very romantic.