Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and every girl has a different idea of what will make her beautiful on the most important day of her life. Finding a dress that makes you feel as beautiful on the outside as you already do on the inside, is the aim of finding your perfect wedding gown.
You want to walk down that aisle and see the wonder in the eyes of the man you love. You want to take his breath away. Now whether, like me, you’ve spent every spare daydream on planning on your wedding or maybe you’re only waking up to the reality of it now, your wedding dress is a key element to planning your day.
The question is: how to go about making this decision?
First and foremost, you need to decide on a budget. Looking at dresses beyond your price range is sure to lead to disappointment or disillusionment.
Think about what you are comfortable spending or consulate the person who is paying for your wedding dress and set a limit together. Remember to be practical, but also don’t forget that this is a once in a lifetime kind of dress.
Buying, hiring and custom making are the options available to you and you need to decide what makes the most sense to you. Do you want that dress forever, or would you be happy to have it just for one day?
Next comes the research. There are many factors to consider when deciding on a dress. You need to decide on style, length, colour, and silhouette when you are looking for the one.
These choices are influenced by your shape and height – consider what flatters you most. If you have a pear-shaped body, you may want to look at A-line skirts or ball gowns rather than mermaids or sheaths; but if you’ve got curves and you want to show them off than mermaids and sheaths may be exactly what you’re looking for. It’s all about the way you picture yourself and way you want to look.
Be open-minded and remember that a dress may look entirely different on
you than it does on the hangar or in a photo.
Try different silhouettes and narrow it down as you begin to see the final picture come together.
Now, traditionally, wedding dresses are white – but the times are changing and at the end of the day the decision is yours. White is a stunning, pure colour that is sure to make you feel like a bride. However, if shades ranging from ivory to blush to even blue are more your preference than give them a try and hear what others have to say.
If it makes you shine than it’s the right hue for you. It’s just as fun to stray from expectations as it is to bring a classic look to life.
Length and style are the last factors to consider and these may depend strongly on your personality, the opinions of others, the season, and your venue. Let’s talk about venues first –many brides style their weddings around their dresses, however, if you’ve found the perfect spot for perfect day already, than it is important to search for a dress that will complete that picture.
For instance a long train and tons of fabric may be cumbersome on the beach but perfect for a castle ceremony. In the same way, a sheer corset might not be appropriate for a church wedding, but if you’re saying your vows in a trendy high-rise building it may be just the ticket. So don’t forget to consider where you’re wearing your beautiful gown.
Seasons are an essential element to take into account as well. If you’re getting married in winter, you don’t want to have chattering teeth as you try to say, “I do.” If you’re getting married in summer, you don’t want to melt on the dance floor as you finish your first waltz. The weather is unpredictable but formidable; consider your options wisely.
You want to capture your personal style in the dress of your dreams. If you’re an old soul then rock that vintage lace. If you’re fashion forward, then set a new trend. If you’re a sunshine girl then flaunt your bohemian spirit. Show everyone who you are and be true to that.
Your wedding is the day you give the very best of yourself away – don’t hide a thing,
Lastly, nobody likes making big decisions without a little affirmation – so don’t make this call on your own.
When you shop for your dress, make sure to bring along as least one person whom
you can trust and who will help you make the best decision for you. Family is important and including those you love on this decision will bring every one that much closer together.
You can’t be entirely sure you look as beautiful as you feel unless you have someone around to tell so. Get opinions and remember that people who care won’t let you make the wrong choice if they can help it.
Your opinion matters most in this situation though, and don’t you forget it!
Happy dress-shopping! He’s going to love it if you do!