Dream Dress

How do you se­lect the ideal wed­ding gown? Be­gin by read­ing this guide...


Wed­ding dress shop­ping is a thor­oughly en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence, how­ever, if you can­not lo­cate the per­fect one, it can be­come an or­deal. To pre­vent a chang­ing room melt­down, we’ve compiled some top tips de­signed to help you pick your per­fect dress.

YOU KNOW WHEN YOU KNOW: When you first laid eyes on the man you are about to marry, you knew he was The One, right? Be­ing in­tro­duced to your per­fect wed­ding dress is sim­i­lar be­cause ‘you know when you know’. So fol­low your in­stinct, re­gard­less of price or feed­back from oth­ers.

STILL NOT SURE? If af­ter days of trail­ing around bou­tiques, you can’t de­cide, don’t worry. There is usu­ally one that keeps pop­ping into your mind – even when try­ing not to think about your wed­ding – this is your dress! Buy it now!

TRY ON PLENTY Some brides se­lect a dress that is com­pletely dif­fer­ent from the im­age they had in their mind, and they only found this out by try­ing on as many dif­fer­ent styles as pos­si­ble. Per­haps you al­ways dreamed of a princess gown? But you may fall in love with a duchess satin fish­tail dress in­stead!

PER­SON­AL­ITY Just like your clothes, your wed­ding dress should re­flect your per­son­al­ity, so be cre­ative! Ways to per­son­alise your dress in­clude: in­tro­duc­ing a splash of colour; bow or sash; bolero or cute cardi; or em­bel­lish­ment. Will you be dar­ing with a plung­ing low back or state­ment pair of heels?

BUY A DRESS THAT AC­TU­ALLY FITS Many brides buy a dress size smaller as they are go­ing to lose weight to fit into it but dur­ing the run-up to your wed­ding, los­ing weight is an avoid­able stress. Con­sider buy­ing a dress that fits you now. It can al­ways be taken in – think how good that would be dur­ing your fi­nal fit­ting! BUY SHOES/UN­DER­WEAR FIRST Wear the ex­act wed­ding day lin­gerie and shoes to be worn (or at least the same heel height) for your dress fit­tings. This may in­clude shapewear, which can flat­ter your sil­hou­ette.

TRUST YOUR BRIDAL BOU­TIQUE CON­SUL­TANT Take friends and fam­ily along for their opinion, but the ad­vice you should pay par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to is that of your bridal bou­tique spe­cial­ist. She has seen nu­mer­ous brides in all shapes and size, so if she says it does not suit you/it is too big/small, then it prob­a­bly is. Take her ad­vice, but don’t take it to heart.

SEC­OND MAR­RIAGE? Some brides-to-be get­ting wed sec­ond time round don’t want the fuss of a big, state­ment gown, opt­ing for a mother-of-the-bride-style out­fit in­stead, while some opt for skirt-and­top bridal sep­a­rates or a luxe bridal jump­suit. Oth­ers can­not wait to have the dress they’ve al­ways wanted.

PHO­TOGRAPH­ING THE LOOK When try­ing on so many gowns, your men­tal pic­ture might not be as re­li­able as an ac­tual pho­to­graph, so it’s no won­der brides-tobe want their photo taken. Check with the bridal shop first be­fore tak­ing chang­ing room self­ies or your friends start snap­ping on their smart­phones. Also, if given per­mis­sion, make sure you trust your friends not to show any­one and give the game away!

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