My Wedding - - FASHION -

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.

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