Choosing your wedding dress will be one of the most important decisions that you will ever make and it has to leave you feeling beautiful without breaking the bank. There are a lot of dresses to choose from and there is a lot riding on your choice with regards to budget, style of the bridesmaids and overall theme of the wedding. There is a simple five step method to help you find your dream dress.
Know your shape:
It is easy to fall in love with a dress that you see online or in a shop window but if you have nothing already in that style or shape, then the chances are that it is not the right dress for you. Using your existing outfits as a starting point can help to define what shapes already look good on you, make you feel comfortable and flatter your figure. If you love a peplum skirt, focus on fitted and flared dresses. If you are more suited to a relaxed shift dress, try and A-line or sheath dresses as a more natural choice.
Keep to your style:
If you are a boho girl at heart, then a princess dress is not going to be suited to you on your wedding day. Going for your own personal style is a must when choosing your bridal gown, as well as matching the style of the venue and ceremony. Church ceremonies often require a little more coverage, often including sleeves, whilst brides who require a less traditional look without straps would be more suited to city or beach locations.
Open your options:
Visiting bridal boutiques is essential with the whole experience being a whirlwind of emotions, especially if you are accompanied by friends and family. The moment when you find ‘the dress’ will be a moment to remember and the experts in the store will be able to help you decide what works for you. It helps if you know what boutiques stock designers that you like and going into the boutiques with a general idea of what style and material you would like, that is going to make the process less stressful and more exciting.
Stick to your budget:
Wedding dresses are often the most expensive item of clothing you will ever buy, however, the price ranges are very different for every style and designer. Letting the store or boutique employees know your budget to start with is a good idea as they will be able to help you find what you are looking for, within reasonable margins of your budget. It ensures that you will not fall in love with a dress that you cannot afford. You also have to factor in the cost of alterations and each store usually has an in-house seamstress which will mean that the price is not as steep as going to a private seamstress.
Trust your judgement:
When you have found the right dress, you will know. Whether your bridesmaids, mum, grandmother has a different opinion doesn’t matter, if you make the decision based on what others think then you will never be happy with it. Take your time when deciding and don’t rush your decision with pressure from loved ones. It the dress feels right, you have found the one.
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