From the bride’s point of view, finding the perfect dress is arguably the most important part of the wedding planning process. As such, it can be very stressful trying to find the right design, colour, and style that best fits you and suits the chosen environment for the ceremony.
The large number of styles to choose from make finding the right dress a daunting task. The six main dress styles are the mermaid, ball gown, A-line, fit-and-flare, sheath, and empire. They all have different silhouettes and flatter different body shapes. Before you see your wedding consultant or head out to the shops, the check out the various styles, look at photos, and decide on the aspects of each that you like. Many people, for example, have concerns that a mermaid dress can make short people look shorter or an empire waistline can make larger women seem larger so bear such things in mind.
However, a good tailor can make any dress fit any body shape and an empire cut can be a great way to camouflage short legs and a pear-shaped body. Eventually, the final decision should be yours. Ask yourself if you like it and if it is comfortable.
Once you have decided on the general style of the dress there are many other considerations that include dress length, sleeve style, waistline, bareback, strapless, or not. This is in addition to the colour – white, cream, or champagne, matching, contrasting or complementing the groom and wedding colour scheme.
What material? Chiffon, silk, taffeta, or lace. This can all be incredibly overwhelming and much of this comes down to the preferences of the bride. Many of the different options flatter specific body types so it pays to do some research and try on many dresses before making a decision. Often brides will shop with a style in mind but the perfect dress is often something they had not contemplated. Always consider the location of the ceremony. A heavy floor length princess cut would not be ideal for trampling through overgrown woodland and a short bareback off the shoulder dress will seem inappropriate for church weddings.
We would recommend that you begin bridal shopping about nine months before the actual wedding date giving you plenty of relaxed time to search. Establish a budget and stick to it as it can help to narrow down those plentiful choices.
However, do not spend the entire budget on the dress itself. Factor in accessories such as shoes, a bag, and jewellery and do not forget adjustments. Start at the bottom and work up. Locate a great bridal shop as this can make or break the experience. A good consultant will ease the stress and often know what dress style you want almost before you do.
Finally, go shopping on a weekday to get that quality attention. In addition, select your entourage carefully to avoid conflicts and confusion.