There are many highlights for a bride-to-be when organising the wedding of her dreams, but none more so than choosing the perfect gown. But with so many styles and colours on the rack these days how do you know which one is right for you? Well, to avoid a potential headache and to help narrow down the list of options, there are a few things you should tick off your list before you hit the stores. This will not only ensure your dress looks fantastic on you, but compliments your groom and also the theme of your wedding.
Step 1: Size matters
It doesn’t matter whether you are planning a beach wedding or a formal sit down dinner, when it comes to picking a dress make sure you choose one that fits.
The owner of Helena Couture Designs, Helena Karkovich, says “it’s very important to stick to a style that will complement your shape, for example, a bride with broad shoulders should avoid a strapless dress”.
Not every look will suit every bride so make sure you try on a variety of designs to see what works best for you, and will make you feel comfortable on your big day.
Step 2: Surroundings
Where you plan to have your ceremony and reception will play a big part in what style of dress you should consider. “Different fabrics suit different environments, depending on the light, wind, and environment”, says Helena. The right material will also ensure your photographer can capture the best possible pictures of your dress, especially for those action shots!
If you are thinking about a wedding by the sea, then a beautiful floaty dress is what you are after. But, it doesn’t mean you have to compromise on size; you can still have a full dress (if that’s what you want), but perhaps consider floaty fabrics and crystals which will work in favour of the breeze and the sunlight.
If you have always dreamt of being a princess then this is your chance to turn your dream into a reality – well for one day at least! There is no such thing as over the top when it comes to a formal wedding. It’s the perfect time to shine in a full gown, something avant garde or elegant and fitted with loads of accessories like crystals, feathers or pearls.
Whatever you decide you will be the star of the day; after all you are the bride!
A slinky and chic dress is ideal for an intimate wedding with minimal guests.
Step 3: Comfort
It’s important that you feel like yourself on your wedding day from head to toe. Make sure you love every inch of your dress before you purchase it, there is no point buying one if you are going to end up feeling self-conscious in it.
Don’t wear really high heels if you don’t often wear them – you will only end up with sore feet and a sore back.
If you are used to getting dressed up then you will probably feel right at home in a full gown.
Avoid the princess look if you don’t usually like dressing up and being the centre of attention.
Step 4: Colour theme
When it comes to colour there are several things to keep in mind to ensure you choose the perfect pallet.
Think about what your bridesmaids will be wearing and make sure the colour of your dress suits theirs or vice versa.
Consider the colour of your venue. E.g., if there is green carpet then you would probably want to steer clear of red, as it could end up looking like a Christmas party!
The colour of chair covers, serviettes and decorations should complement your dress. E.g., if lots of red is on display at your wedding then you should avoid an oyster or gold-toned dress.
Do’s and don’ts
DON’T assume that a bridal gown will suit you just because it looks good on a model in a magazine.
DO listen to a professional. They will have some valid advice on what style of gown would best suit your body shape.
DO make sure you choose a gown that your feel suits your personality. That way you won’t feel self-conscious on your big day.
DON’T spend over your budget. You will probably regret it later if you end up with a huge credit card bill before you are married.
DO consider the height of your partner. If he is short then you should avoid super-high stilettos, otherwise you will tower over him on the day.
DON’T hide anything from your dress maker. Discussing topics like tradition, religion and anything sentimental about your wedding will help your stylist incorporate anything meaningful into your dress.