When you become engaged one of the biggest things for a bride is to find her dream bridal gown. Going shopping in search of the dress is an emotional time in a woman’s life, fulfilling a dream that for many they will have thought about since they were a little girl. They expect feelings of joy, happiness and excitement. It is quite common to also feel nervous and just totally overwhelmed by it all too. Where exactly do you begin a bride can often find herself asking? With so many various types of wedding dresses available we can easily see why. From the differing shades of ivory to the different cuts of dress skirts and necklines there is a lot to take into consideration. Take a deep breath and read on for some essential advice before you hit the bridal boutiques.
Firstly give yourself enough time to find your wedding dress. The average delivery time from the date of ordering is up to six months as many are made overseas and in the Far East. You will also need to allow time for your bridal wear fittings once your dress has been delivered. Depending on the time of year you are getting married this can be another eight to ten weeks. Some manufacturers and designers do offer an express delivery service for a charge. Alternatively you could purchase a sample dress from an end of season sale from a bridal boutique or why not look into a factory outlet which offer huge savings on discount designer wedding dresses, many of which have not even been worn.
Have an idea of the sort of wedding dress you envisage yourself wearing prior to your appointment. Do you fancy wearing a traditional looking dress or would you like a vintage inspired gown. If you’ve chosen your wedding theme then think about what sort of style would work well with it. Flick through glossy magazines and cut out pictures of the dresses you like, or go online and create a wedding mood board. You will probably begin to see a pattern start to emerge of a certain style of dresses. How much you have to spend on your wedding dress is another thing to consider.
It is vitally important that you feel comfortable in your chosen wedding dress. You want to feel fabulous all day and night as well as look fabulous. With all the meeting and greeting, dancing, photography posing and laughing, the day is going to take its toll on you and the dress. Slipping over your train, tugging at the bodice or feeling you can’t breathe as it’s far too tight is not the look you want to achieve.
Think about what you wear on a day to day basis. Just like everyday clothes, different dresses look good on different brides. You should consider what areas of your body you love the most – show them off and accentuate them! If you have a tiny waist then look for a two piece wedding dress or a lace back corset style gown to define it. Long legs look fantastic in a shorter style dress whilst bustlines can be emphasised with a sweetheart shaped neckline. Trust your bridal sales assistant, they will be honest about what gowns look good on certain body shapes and will have seen hundreds of brides in wedding dresses.
Your wedding dress should be a reflection of you and your individual personality and style. If you are confident and comfortable in what you are wearing on your wedding day this will in turn make for a relaxed, happy and radiant bride.