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!