In every wedding, it’s always the dress that all the guests are waiting to see. Choosing it should be a magical experience, but with so much choice it’s good to understand what you’re looking for, so shopping doesn’t become too stressful.
Finding the right dress is critical for every bride and we’ve pulled together a few tips to make dress hunting as simple as possible.
Do your homework
Finding the perfect wedding dress is not an easy task, especially if you don’t know exactly what style you are looking for. Start by looking for inspiration in wedding magazines, on wedding photographers’ websites, and social media to see what’s in fashion and think about whether you want sleeves, what kind on neckline you want to go for, whether you want a fitted dress or something fuller. This will narrow down the time spent in the shop when you get there.
Understand your body type
Certain styles are better suited to specific body shapes. To choose your perfect silhouette you need to look at your body profile. Choosing a dress that was designed for your body shape adds to the wow factor on the day by accentuating your best bits.
The perfect fit
Wedding dresses are always a size or two higher than your usual one, so remember that when you’re trying them on and don’t get hung up on the numbers. The fit and look of it is what’s important, not the size on the tag.
Be clear on the budget
Before you go shopping, set a budget for the dress and make sure you have some set aside for any accessories, such as a veil, shoes, hairclips etc. If you find something exceptional which is outside your price range, go away and make sure you can cover the additional expense rather than make any rash purchases on the day which eats up budget from elsewhere.
Keep your options open
Sometimes, we have the image of the perfect dress in our heads and get fixated on finding it with nothing else coming close, or worse still. Above our price range. Having daydreamed about walking down the aisle in a certain gown for so long, it can be hard to accept you’re not getting ‘the one’ but let the bridal store sales assistants help you find the perfect dress. They know what will suit you and what won’t and are happy to let you try on different styles and help you choose one that is perfect.
Buying a wedding dress is one of the most important purchases a bride will make so don’t rush into a decision. Take your time, do your research, and make use of the expertise available.