So preparations for your big day are underway. It is essential to the success of your wedding that you find a perfect dress or at least the right dress for you. Here are a few tips to help you in your search:
1. Do Your Research
Before you even begin to look around, research gowns. You should always have a bit of knowledge about dresses (and know some of the lingo) before you even set foot into a bridal shop. There are also many bridal magazines that will provide a ton of information. Make sure you are armed with sufficient knowledge about what you want. Knowledge is power!
2. Decide on a Silhouette
Wedding dresses are made in several different silhouettes. Before considering anything else, know which type of gown will flatter your figure the best. Look at photos of each type. You can browse wedding website message boards and member profiles for photos of real women wearing gowns, rather than relying on professional photos of models wearing them.
- Ball gowns have very full skirts and generally will look beautiful on any body type, unless the bride is very short and small. In this case, it may be overwhelming to her small frame. Ball gowns generally either have crinolines built in or a slip you must wear to support the shape of the gown. Be advised that this extra fabric can be heavy and bulky and will require extra care to wear.
- A-lines usually have a fitted bodice with a skirt that flares gently from the waist to form an “A” shape. They generally work for everyone as well, and are a terrific choice for someone who would like to hide lower body flaws, but does not want a ball gown. A-lines are not as full as ball gowns.
- Sheaths flatter women with slim, balanced figures. They shouldn’t be worn by brides who dislike their figures. This gown will not hide any flaws. Don’t try to pull it off because you found a gown you love in this style. You don’t want to risk being uncomfortable or self-conscious on your wedding day, or regretting your choice every time you look at wedding photos.
- They’re usually made of light, flowing fabric. They’re also excellent for pregnant brides, because they provide extra room in the waist, making them a comfortable choice. They also won’t draw as much attention to the belly as a dress with a lower waistline would.
3. Envision Your Wedding
Picture yourself on your wedding day. What are you wearing? What silhouette is your gown? What fabric? Is it embroidered or beaded? What color is it? With so many choices for the dress, it can be overwhelming to look through hundreds or thousands of them. Some brides have said that after looking through racks and racks of dresses, they all begin to look the same. So before you even set out to try them on, envision your wedding day and how your dress looks, and jot down a list of things that describe the dress of your daydreams. You don’t have to know all the wedding dress terms. Just write down a description of the gown you’re envisioning.
4. Decide on a Budget
When deciding on your budget, you don’t need to set a very specific price. Just make it a general range. You can always break this rule later if you’re able to and really want to, but it helps to have a general range. Some experts suggest devoting 10% of the overall wedding budget to the bride’s attire. Just be sure to remember that “attire” includes not just the gown itself, but the other stuff: veil, shoes, slip, jewellery, gloves, etc.
Just remember that in the end, it’s your wedding, and you can do what you want! If you feel you’re most beautiful in a dress, then buy it! No matter what style of wedding you are having or how long before your wedding – you are shopping, if you feel beautiful in it you will shine on the day.