How to Find Your Perfect Wedding Dress
So it’s time to start looking for the wedding dress of your dreams, but where on earth do you start? Here are a few tips to help you get started and heading in the right direction.
Start with some research on the designers that you like. Go online and buy lots of magazines, cutting out your favourite wedding dresses or pinning them online to your Pinterest board. Then, make sure you choose a shop that offers a proper consultation that lasts at least an hour and a half, and take a good friend or your mum with you. Beware though, too many opinions can create total confusion and too many shops can you leave you confused.
Your First Wedding Dress Consultation
At your consultation it's key to focus on the shape of wedding dress that will enhance your figure.
A-Line and Ball Gowns are great for girls who have a pear shaped figure, whereas Fishtails are fabulous if you want a curvy and figure hugging style and are blessed with a well proportioned figure.
The next shape is high cut Fishtail or Fit and Flare, which are brilliant on girls that can’t carry off a Fishtail but don’t want a full A-Line traditional shape gown. Finally is the Column Line gown, great for tall, slim girls.
Take a good look at the styling points on a gown; for example, if you are petite, make sure the styling point is not at your hips but more empire line to make you look taller. If you are busty we make sure the styling point is at the waist and so on. It really can make a massive difference.
Necklines should also be a big consideration; sweethearts can be too revealing on a full bust whereas a soft scoop looks great. Straight across without straps can look hard on a small frame and hide too much of your décolletage. Make sure you experiment with different necklines and spend time looking at different types of fabrics; some lend themselves to different figures better than others. The most popular fabrics are taffeta, silk Dupion and lace, so make sure you try on dresses made from each of these fabrics to ascertain your favourite.
Buying a wedding dress is not only about how it looks but how it feels. Be brave enough to try lots of different styles and don’t be surprised if you fall in love with something you had no intention of trying. Make sure you go to a good shop with a great service reputation, and remember, most wedding dresses are made to order so make sure you order at least 6 to 9 months before your big day.
Article by Ellie Sanderson
Images courtesy of (in order of appearance in article):
Emma, Alan Hannah
Tabitha, Kate Sherford
Mia, Sassi Holford
Eden, Jenny Packham
La Verite, Suzanne Neville
Barcelona, Alan Hannah
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