|4. Learn how to bustle your dress….or make sure your bridesmaids do|
You're wearing the dress of your dreams, but your family and friends don't know how to bustle the back. Take it from Amy Dedic (in photo), who got married in April 2006 and wore a princess gown on her big day. "I lost a lot of weight and I had to have last-minute alterations," she says. "My dress was literally ready about two days before, so they offered to come to my reception to bustle the dress for me, but I didn't think I'd need that. There was so much going on at my wedding that we were all flustered and couldn't remember how to do it; we wasted over 20 minutes figuring it out." In the end, they managed to make the dress look "bustled," however, " I had to carry half of my train the entire night." This didn't ruin her evening, but it sure did make dancing more difficult.
CHECKLIST: You spent the time, money, and effort finding the perfect dress, go the extra mile and make sure you know how to work it. Take a few bridesmaids to your final fitting—and don't leave until the person you have designated as bustling buddy knows how to fix your dress. It doesn't hurt to have a backup bustler too!