The Wedding Dress Guide
How to choose your wedding dress
Choosing your wedding dress is one of the first things a bride generally thinks about – and with good reason too! Did you know that some wedding dress designers can take around 6-8 months to make your wedding dress once you’ve ordered it? If you’ve never tried on wedding dresses before, you may be excited or even a little nervous but don’t worry, as soon as you’ve tried on your first few gowns, you’ll relax and the whole experience will be fun!
It is always recommended to choose your wedding dress before you sort your bridesmaids so that you can match the colour and fabrics. Once you’ve chosen your dress you will be able to put all of your other ideas and plans in place.
Most bridal stores require an appointment so one of the first things to do is research and book appointments at stores near you. If you are looking for a particular designer, or even dress, stockists are generally listed on each designer’s website where you can get contact numbers of the bridal stores nearest you.
Once you arrive at your bridal appointment, you will be greeted by a bridal consultant who will help and assist you with getting into your chosen dresses. If it’s the first time you’ve tried on wedding dresses and you don’t know what you are looking for, start off by trying different shapes of dresses. Fishtail, A-line, Princess Gowns and Straight styles are all usually available. Once you’ve tried on different shapes, you will know what you like and suits your figure and you can concentrate your search on dresses of the same shape. Don’t rule anything out because a wedding dress can look completely different on the hanger to on a person.
The majority of bridal shops carry samples in sizes 12-16, unless you are visiting a dedicated boutique for curvier brides. One important thing to remember is that wedding dress sizes do not relate to high street sizes, so depending on the cut of a dress, you may need to size up.
Most bridal stores will allow you to attend appointments with guests, but try to limit the number of people who accompany you to one or two, as additional opinions can sometimes lead to arguments and make buying a wedding dress extremely difficult. Some brides opt to keep their dress a complete surprise for their bridesmaids and attend with one guest.
After trying on a number of dresses, get your bridal consultant to make a note of the dresses that you like. Always ask before taking any photos as some boutiques don’t allow this. If you have found a favourite dress, or two, try to put them back on at the end of your appointment if time allows. Buying your wedding dress is a big decision, so don’t be scared to book in at multiple bridal stores and to go away and think about it before committing.
Most wedding dresses will need alterations in one form or another, whether it be the length of the dress or taking in the bust line. As a general rule, wedding dresses can usually be taken in two sizes (sometimes three) without altering the look of the dress substantially, however they cannot be made bigger. If you are slimming before your big day, always ask for the advice from your bridal consultant when choosing the size of wedding dress to order.
Choosing your wedding dress is a big decision, no matter what shape or size you are, you’ll find a dress that makes you feel perfect in every way and then you can say yes to the dress!
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