HE POPPED THE QUESTION, YOU SAID YES, NOW IT’S TIME TO FIND THE DRESS!
There are so many things to consider when choosing the perfect wedding dress and it can become extremely overwhelming but do not stress, there is no need to become a bridezilla, we are here to help! Let’s get started.
RESEARCH & PIN IT
The internet is your oyster and a girl can dream, so start off by doing your research. Open a Pinterest board to pin your favourite dresses to. This will help by collating all your ideas and visual fantasies in one place to refer back to… especially when you actually go dress shopping.
THE FINER DETAILS
FABRIC, COLOUR & SETTING
As you become more familiar with what is on trend and what is out there, you can start thinking about other details, for example, do you prefer silky satin, soft lace or structured tulle textured fabrics. Also, take fabric colour into consideration when deciding if pure white, champagne, ivory or even an alternative fabric colour would best compliment your skin tone. Then, imagine your wedding ceremony… is it formal or more relaxed, summer or winter? Where is your wedding taking place, is it a stone chapel or on a country farm? Think of the setting and the photographs that will be taken. Your dress will need to be cohesive and complimentary to your location choice.
THE BEST FIT FOR YOU
THE BALL GOWN
The ball gown silhouette is a full princess skirt that compliments most body types and is good at hiding flaws, but is not best for the short ladies. Remember that it is quite heavy (do you like straps?) and hot (is it a mid-summer wedding?). A-line dresses are fitted at the top and flair from the waist. This dress is great if you don’t want to go full princess, but still want to hide a few problem areas.
THE FITTED OR EMPIRE SILHOUETTES
A fitted dress will not hide anything, so be careful because photographs accentuate everything… and we mean everything! This dress is best for a slim or balanced figure backed with loads of confidence. If you prefer something more light and flowing then consider an empire silhouette that falls from just below the bust line and compliments your natural curves.
THE ADDED EXTRAS
You might want to mix these silhouettes up with extra details such as long sleeves, a strapless sweetheart bustline or a long train. Now just for the final touches. Accessorise with complimentary jewellery, a veil or bolero (perfect for a winter wedding). You could add a pop of excitement with feature colour shoes or bright nails. Carefully plan your make-up and hairstyle to emphasise your dress and you will be ready to go. Remember that you are the bride and you need to feel radiant… confidence is the best look you could ever wear.
Oh wait, one more thing… budget… eeeek, queue the groom’s wallet!