Finding the perfect dress for your wedding day is one of the most exciting aspects of planning a wedding. Choosing the right dress will make you feel ravishing!
Before you shop, first determine what time of year the wedding will take place, whether it will be indoor or outdoor, and where the reception will be. You want to feel beautiful, and a big part of that is considering your comfort. A large billowing skirt for a reception in a tiny restaurant might not work out as well as you had planned.
It’s also important to set a budget before you begin shopping, that way you don’t get your heart set on something that you can’t afford. Most wedding planners suggest setting aside 10% of the entire wedding budget to the bride’s attire. Another option is to consider renting a fantastic dress.
Make an appointment at the bridal shop you’ve decided to use to ensure that you get the personal attention you’ll need. Don’t try to fit the appointment into your lunch hour, treat it like a special event. Bring someone you want to enjoy the experience with and who’s opinion you value, but don’t gather an entourage; too many opinions only detract from the one the counts – yours.
Bring lots of wedding dress pictures and details that you admire to give your saleswoman, keeping in mind which type of gown will flatter your figure. You can find some great photos and inspiration in my dress gallery.
Deciding on a silhouette:
- Ball gowns have very full skirts and will usually look great on most body types, unless the bride is very short. Ball gowns can be overwhelming on a small frame. They can also be heavy and bulky and require extra care to wear.
- A-lines are also very flattering on most figures, especially for a bride that would like to disguise lower body flaws, but does not want the heaviness of a ball gown.
- Sheaths flatter slim women, with balanced figures. This style of dress is for a woman who is very confident with her figure, as it will not hide much. Don’t try to pull this one off just because you’ve found a dress you love in this style. You don’t want to be self-conscious on your wedding day.
- Empire waist gowns are a good choice for a non-formal wedding. They also make a good choice for a pregnant bride, as they won’t draw as much attention to the belly.
- Trumpet skirt gowns hug your figure down to your mid-thigh and then flares out at the bottom in a really charming touch, forming somewhat of a mermaid silhouette. This style of gown will definitely set you apart from the rest, and are actually very flattering, even on curvier figures.
When trying on dresses, be sure to bend, lift your arms, try sitting down and standing up – all of the things you will likely be doing at the reception. After you’ve made your decision, your measurements will be taken. Even if you are planning on losing weight before the day of the wedding, the dress should be ordered the size you are that day. It’s a lot easier to take a dress in than make it bigger. Most bridal stores will require a 50 percent deposit, with the remainder due after your last fitting.