For most brides, shopping for a wedding dress can get incredibly overwhelming. In fact, it is overwhelming. There are so many gowns to choose from and you have to narrow down to the style that suits you. Your wedding dress has to be a reflection of your style and personality. Here are some tips on how to find the perfect wedding dress for you.
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First things first, hire a bridal gown stylist. Tell them exactly what you like and don’t like, be it a lace ball gown or a mermaid gown, so they can choose gowns that are more on-target for your style. The more you communicate with your bridal stylist, the less exhausted and overwhelmed you get because they’ll help narrow down your options. Choosing a wedding dress is a once in a lifetime experience, so make it exciting.
If possible, start your search for the perfect wedding dress about six to nine months early. This will allow you to really take your time and find exactly what you are looking for. It would also give you time for alterations. This is a very big step to saying ‘yes’ to your wedding dress.
Do a bit of style research online and offline. It could be the internet, bridal magazines, Instagram, Pinterest. Pinterest is actually the perfect place to source some bridal gown inspiration. By doing this, you won’t be totally overwhelmed when you first step into a store with numerous options. Save a wedding dress folder on Instagram and Pinterest and show this to your stylist to better assist the process.
On Shape – it’s very important that you choose a dress that is flattering to your body, rather than what is trending. Choose a dress that would accentuate your best features and flatter your figure. A pro tip is to use your day to day outfits as a starting point, especially a gown that you feel very comfortable in. Familiarize yourself with wedding dress silhouettes and styles which fall into the following categories: A-line, ball gown, empire waist style, column (or sheath), trumpet style (aka fit and flare) and mermaid silhouette style.
On style – the style of your wedding venue and ceremony matters. Ask yourself, “Does this dress suit the wedding location?” If yes, go for it. Choose a wedding dress that complements your wedding style. For example, a sexy or less traditional look would suit a beach wedding than a church wedding.
Your body shape and wedding style are important factors to consider before saying yes to your wedding dress.
Set a budget and stick to it. This is very important not just for choosing your wedding dress, but also for the rest of your wedding planning – from wedding decor to bridal makeup artists. The price range of wedding dresses varies, so make sure you schedule appointments at boutiques that are within your budget and offer your preferred designer.
Keep in mind that the more people you invite, the more opinions there are and that could get you overwhelmed or confused. It’s advisable you select two or three loved ones to accompany you to gown appointments.
If you are unsure about a dress, throw on some accessories. Try adding on a veil, headpiece, necklace, earrings, and other jewelry. Accessories are that little bit of something that would totally elevate your look. It’s an icing on the cake.
In the end, choose the dress that feels right for you. Don’t give in to pressure from other people, after all, it’s your day. You’ll know it when you find it.
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