Dressed to say yes

Be­fore you start search­ing for that spe­cial dress, Christa Ack­er­man has a few tips to guide the way.

The Coast - Halifax Weddings Guide - - Expert Advice - —In­ter­view by Michelle Cameron

What are we see­ing this year for trends in style and fab­ric?

Style trends are two piece and a re­turn to A-line. We are see­ing a move­ment away from lace, and crepe is very pop­u­lar.

Do you rec­om­mend a cer­tain style of dress, fab­ric or shape de­pend­ing on the sea­son the wedding will take place dur­ing?

We do not rec­om­mend a cer­tain shape. This is per­sonal pref­er­ence. How­ever, we do sug­gest you keep the cli­mate in mind when se­lect­ing the fab­ric. Light-weight fab­rics like chif­fon work great for desti­na­tion wed­dings. Richer fab­rics like silk and satin are beau­ti­ful for that win­terthemed wedding.

How much re­search should be done be­fore head­ing out to start the search?

I think it is great to know a lit­tle bit about the fab­rics and sil­hou­ettes. It’s most im­por­tant to know your­self and trust in the con­sul­tants. Lis­ten to your­self. Ev­ery­one has an opinion, but it is you who should ul­ti­mately make the de­ci­sion.

Who’s the best per­son to bring for a sec­ond opinion while you’re dress shop­ping?

Some­one you have taken shop­ping with you be­fore, and you al­ready value their opinion. Of­ten­times this is a best friend or sib­ling who knows your style.

How long can this process of dress shop­ping take, and how long should you give your­self?

The first visit will typ­i­cally take two hours. If you have not shopped any­where else, a sec­ond visit is usu­ally re­quired to nar­row things down. If you have been to a lot of other places, one ap­point­ment is all you may need.

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