Sometimes it’s love at first sight and sometimes it takes a little longer. A bit of searching, a few wrong steps and then finally you find the One. “Your dream wedding dress.”
The frock you’ve imagined all your life. It makes you look good, feel good and its fine with your budget.
The dress of your dreams is out there – it’s just a matter of finding it. Just take a look, if it’s the best time to buy wedding dress or there is time left in your wedding.
And to start with you need an open mind (a bit like going on a blind date in fact).
First off forget about fashion
If you want to love your wedding photographs in 20 years’ time still, then forget about fashion. You’re looking for something timeless, something that won’t date in the pictures.
I’m thinking Royalty actually. Look at Royal wedding dresses, and many could still be worn today. Like Princess Grace, Princess Margaret’s and more recently Kate Middleton’s.
Be open minded when wedding dress shopping
You may have a very fixed idea of what you’re looking for – but advice from top wedding planners and designers says that you should always go shopping for The Dress and be open to suggestions.
The assistant in the bridal boutique will know just by looking at your figure, your coloring, your style (and maybe your age) what is going to flatter you best so listen up. Try on the frocks that are suggested to you, and you could be pleasantly surprised.
You may have always thought you’d wear a slinky strapless number – but fall in love with a draped goddess style gown. What if you’re
Listen – wedding dress shopping isn’t something you do every day – so ENJOY it!
Don’t bring along a crowd
“Can I come?” you may be asked by your sisters, friends, cousins, aunties… By all means bring one or two trusted people with you when you try on dresses but don’t bring a huddle. You’ll get different opinions, and it will just add to the stress factor. Your mom and best friend are just fine.
Take a snap
You may or may not be allowed to take a picture of a wedding dress you love, but if you then go ahead. You may want to consider the choices you have later and remind yourself of what you looked like trying them on before taking the plunge and getting the credit card out.
The when’s and the where’s
If you’re marrying on a sultry summer day in the warm Tuscan sunshine, then you don’t want a dress made from a heavy fabric like velvet or brocade. And the same goes if you’re marrying in winter. Be a snow princess and keep out the cold in rich materials. If you’re traveling abroad for your wedding to a beach in Portugal or Greece, then a big-skirted gown with layers of tulle won’t really work. Look for designers who specialize in creating destination wedding gowns which pack easily, travel light and look beautiful on arrival. Frocks like this will also be made of fabrics that ‘breathe’ in the heat of the day so you don’t get hot and bothered but feel comfortable.
Have fun on Pinterest
I think all brides should have a Pinterest board of wedding gowns so they can browse through and see what appeals. Pinterest is a fabulous place to put your wedding ideas together, and it’s free!
Keep to your budget
Obviously, you should choose a bridal gown that you love and which makes you look and feel wonderful. But don’t go over budget. You don’t want to have to scrimp on other areas of your wedding to pay for the dress – there are plenty of gowns out there in all price ranges.
Check out this video to get tips to shop everything in your budget:
Avoid the Internet
Oh, it’s so tempting to browse online and find your dream dress for a fraction of the price. But it’s not advisable. You could end up with a dress in a cheap and shoddy fabric, something that’s stained or not at all as it was described. However, there are some reputable online wedding dress shops like Kitty, Dulcie and Dessy (who make some fabulous destination wedding dresses).
Pay using a credit card
If your perfect wedding dress costs more than £100, pay for it with a credit card. Because if something goes wrong (like the shop goes out of business, the dress is faulty or disappears in the post) you can claim against the credit card company.
Do you want to love your dress forever? Then shop with an open mind, keep to your budget, listen to the bridal boutique assistant and take the advice given and don’t go for anything super ‘fashionable.’