ON’T BE ridiculous Charlotte. She looks like a big meringue.” For some reason, that biting riposte delivered by Fiona ( Kr i s ten ScottThomas) in the film Four Weddings and A Funeral, always comes to mind whenever I think about bridalwear. There’s something about the way Fiona dares to air such an uncharitable observation, while attending the nuptials of a bride who has opted for a BWD — aka the Big White Dress.
Unlike the LBD (Little Black Dress) which is so forgiving of all shapes and sizes, the BWD is much less so. Rather than accentuate the positive, it magnifies the negative by drawing attention to non-existent waists, short necks and too much décolletage. To stop that from happening, adhere closely to the following.
1) Ask for personal recommendations for bridal retailers from friends, work colleagues etc who have recently got married.
2) Build a relationship with your bridal retailer. You will be seeing a lot of them in the run-up to your big day and you should like them as much as you love your dress. Well, almost as much.
3) Take someone you trust with you to look at dresses. That’s trust. The only person who will give you an honest reply to “Does my bottom look big in this?” is your mum or your husband-to-be. The latter can’t come to a fitting, but the former can – and if that’s unthinkable, take a friend who has no fear of making you cry. Just the one, mind. Too many people can lead to mixed messages. It’s your day; you need to feel amazing and be comfortable in what you wear.
4) A reputable retailer will know their stock and be able to guide you towards gowns that will flatter your figure. But be open-minded and try on a variety of styles. What you least expect may be the perfect gown for you.
5) Oh, and avoid picking a bridesmaid like Pippa Middleton if you want to be the focus of attention. Or at the very least make her walk in backwards.