Before you set off dress shopping, there are a few things you should have already decided on. Where are you getting married? Church, castle, country house, art gallery, beach and what time of year is it? Will it be sunny, snowing, raining? These factors are going to have an effect on what type of dress you choose. A 20-foot train isn’t going to work if your getting married in a marquee in the middle of a field!
Also before you step foot in a bridal boutique, set your budget. It’s very easy to get carried away when you see lots of amazing gowns and overspend. Be very strict with yourself and only look at dresses within your price range. Select boutiques to visit that cater to your price range….because if you’re anything like me you’ll always love the most expensive dress in the shop without knowing the price tag.
Look online and in magazines to get names of designers you like. Check the designers websites to see which local boutiques stock these gowns and make an appointment to try them on.
Try on lots of different shapes, what you like in a magazine you may not like when its on and vice versa. Strapless dresses have been very popular for years and a-line gowns are a timeless silhouette; they are great for making you look taller and slimmer. The mermaid shape is currently a huge trend with lace being the most favoured material.
Make sure the fit of the dress flatters you and that you feel comfortable in the dress. If you keep touching your stomach or pulling up the dress you’re probably going to be doing that on your big day.
Don’t expose too much flesh. If your arms and legs are on show, cover up your cleavage. You want to reflect your sense of style, but you also want to look elegant on your big day.
Try on accessories with the dress. See how it looks with a veil, different headpieces and of course shoes. These can be the finishing touches that take it from OK to WOW!
Leave plenty of time to search for your dress. You need to order it, ideally, at least 9 months before your wedding so it’s best to get searching about a year in advance.