TOP 10 T IPS WHEN LOOKING FOR YOUR DREAM DRESS:
1. Try on as many different styles as you can at first, even if you think you know what you want. Make notes of what you do and don’t like about each and begin to build a picture of your ideal dress. 2. Be true to yourself. If you favour simple styling in your everyday life, don’t feel you have to go for a statement dress just because it’s your big day. 3. If you start to get confused, take a step back and think about what has struck a chord with you. However small a detail, it takes you one step closer. 4. Don’t be afraid to go to dress appointments on your own. Family and friends can be useful sounding boards but you, and only you, have the final say. 5. Don’t be swayed by shop assistants. And don’t be hurried - you need to stand, walk, sit and ‘boogie’ in your dress to be sure it’s right for you. 6. Think how your wedding photos will look in twenty years’ time. Is the dress too ‘of the moment’? It shouldn’t be the determining factor, but it’s worth considering. There’s a reason that some dresses are considered timeless. 7. If you’re really struggling, ask the person whose opinion really matters – the groom! I asked mine what sort of dress he envisaged me wearing and, while it didn’t clarify all the aspects of the design, it did reassure me that I would be wearing something that he was expecting and would love. 8. Don’t just think in terms of the dress. Many brides showcase their personality through a different aspect of their outfit, such as an elaborate headdress. 9. As your dress will determine, amongst other things, your accessories and flowers, take plenty of photos of it and you in it to show suppliers. Ask if it would be possible to get a fabric sample, too. 10. Start looking for your dress as early as possible, allow time for it to be ordered and altered, and to give yourself vital breathing room so you don’t feel pressured to make a hasty decision.