Preparing to Buy Your Wedding Dress

Finding a perfect wedding dress for one of the most important days of your life is a tough decision you have to make. Though it can be a wonderful experience to shop for one, it can be prove to be overwhelming and stressful as well. This is especially true when you need to do this before deciding on several other details.

Perhaps as early as when you were five years old, you may have had a clear idea of what you consider a perfect wedding dress. You may, however, have no idea at all of what you will wear, or even feel strange about wearing something white. What you need to do is just relax and keep in mind that there is a vast assortment of dresses to match every type of bride.

When to Buy Your Wedding Dress

As a rule of thumb, your dress should be ordered six months or so prior to your wedding. So you’ll have sufficient time to prepare. Ideally, you can start shopping about nine months before your special day. However, if you lack time, it is okay, as long you have the extra budget for rush fees.

Plan Ahead of Time

Set aside some time to imagine what you really want. When searching among several different wedding dresses, it would help to consider your budget and other details, like for example, having a full skirt, covered arms or a dress with a traditional design. This way, if you think a teal pantsuit would suit you best, it is not worth spending your time in searching among racks of white gowns.

Comfortable Dress

You don’t only want to look beautiful on your big day, but feel comfortable as well. It will be difficult to pose for pictures, dance and even laugh if you keep on pulling your dress or have boning protruding into your ribs.

The first thing you need to consider is the type of wedding day that is best for you. If you plan on a beach wedding, you can opt for a shorter, cocktail length dress. If you are fond of dancing with hands up in the air as in a limbo, you should not go for a strapless dress. Instead, you should choose from wedding dresses that have detachable sleeves or straps that offer a wide range of options.

Dress that Best Fits Your Body

With your body type in mind, consider the types of dresses that allow you to look your best. Think about the clothes you usually wear that make you feel beautiful and confident. Then, shop for a dress that has a similar shape and lines. If your wedding dress will be made by a friend, make sure to have a schedule for fitting, to give allowances for adjustments that have to be made. In case you are planning to shop for a bargain at a discount outlet or sample sale, set aside money to pay a reliable tailor for the necessary repairs. Most designers will request for about three fittings so they can alter your wedding dress in the best way to fit you.

Save Money When Buying Your Wedding Dress

When you are cash strapped, keep in mind that a wedding dress that is expensive is not necessarily the best. There are several brides that opt to wear a bridesmaids dress in white since they do not only look perfect for the occasion, but also help saving hundreds of dollars. You can find a multitude of wedding dresses at thrift stores, sample sales and eBay. It would be great to bring some pictures from magazines to a friend that sews or does tailoring and ask for a price quote. If you plan to sew your own dress, do this right away so that you can look after the other important details about your wedding.

Always keep in mind that this is no ordinary occasion. It is your wedding celebration. You should wear a wedding dress that becomes you and makes you feel comfortable. So, go on with the opportunity of a lifetime to shop for your most desired wedding dress.

Wedding Dress Shopping – Think About Your Body Type

Choosing your wedding dress is most likely going to be one of your key moments as a bride to be. It has to be perfect in every way, yet the search to track down ‘the one’ can occasionally prove more difficult than you envisaged. The bridal gown you fell in love with when leafing through the wedding magazines which you were so certain was going to give you butterflies in your tummy and tears when you tried it on, may not work for you, no matter how amazing it looked on the model.

A good starting point is to work out what body shape you are. Most models you see wearing wedding dresses in the magazines are a ‘triangle’ shape, however the vast majority of us ladies are shaped like a pear. Once you have sussed out the shape you are it will make the whole experience of dress shopping more fulfilling. You will look more beautiful and feel at ease in a bridal gown that flatters your figure and suits your body shape. So find your shape, find your style and let us help you find that dress!

Pear Shaped is the most common body shape. If your hips are wider than your shoulders and your waist is shapely, then we suggest you opt for a fairly full A line shape skirt to hide your hips with a strapless fitted bodice to show off your upper half. Diagonal ruching and draping on the bodice accentuates your waist. Empire lines are also a great option. Bias, mermaid and straight cut dresses will draw too much attention on your hips as will gathered and pleated skirts.

Hourglass figures have a very well defined waist with an ample bust and curvy hips. If you are a slim hourglass a fishtail shape could look amazing. Don’t go for an empire line style which will not show off your best features, instead opt for a gown that shows off your tiny waist. Like a two piece or corseted gown. An A line skirt, or dropped waist would work beautifully. Sweetheart necklines would emphasise your bust line.

Apple shapes are curvy and voluptuous, with full breasts and a round bottom and hips usually with a bit of a tummy. To hide your waist and give you a lean look we would suggest an empire line gown. A princess gown will hide your bottom half and an A line dress with a dropped waist in another fabulous option. Don’t go for a basque style gown which will draw too much attention to your middle area.

If you’re a Rectangle shape your shoulders and hips are around the same sort of width and you barely have a waist. The types of styles that would flatter you include structured and corseted bodices with a fuller skirt to give an illusion of a tinier waist. If you are tall then go for bias cuts and empire lines. Do keep detail either above the waist or below.

Triangle or cone shapes are what most models tend to be, with shoulders that are wider than the hips. From very full ball gowns to straighter style dresses, this shape can take most dress styles, hence why all the dresses look so good on the models. Pah! A smaller chest can look more flattering in high cut necks and halter necks, whilst accentuating the hips and shoulders. To give a curvier silhouette look out for bows or bustles around the hip area on the gown.

Slim brides are able to pull off sheath style wedding dresses and fitted high neck designs, whilst beading or embroidery in key areas, or a fitted bodice with a large skirt can create the illusion of curves.

If you are of a petite stature then simple clean contours will make you appear taller. A large dress can be too overpowering and ball gown and mermaid styles could swamp your delicate features. A-line narrow styles suit your frame.

Brides with some height on the other hand are fortunate enough to carry off virtually all dress styles from mermaid to princess style, although empire line gowns can have a tendency to make you look ‘tent like’.

Top heavy brides should invest in a bridal corset, they can work wonders and you will be amazed at the difference it creates! Strap that are widely set apart help to diminish fuller busts, yet try not to rule out strapless gowns, instead try them and see.

Brides with broader shoulders should steer clear of halter neck and off the shoulder designs which will only emphasise them more. If you’re conscious of your upper arms a sheer bolero or wrap can hide these.

Looking at wedding dresses that suit your body type may seem limiting, but you can rest assured that you will look fabulous on your big day.

Wedding Dress 101

Shopping for your wedding dress is both exciting and nerve racking.  The first thing you should do is look through a few bridal magazines. Get on the internet and go through some photos. Print out and clip out dresses that you like or things about the dress you like. Bring these with you as they will be helpful information for your bridal dress consultant.

Already found the dress of your dreams? Well hold on, I don’t want to disappoint you but just because you look at a picture and fall in love with the dress doesn’t mean that the dress is for you.  You could try it on and it could look complete wrong on your body type.  Don’t get discouraged try other dresses that are similar but maybe have a different cut to them or detailing.  The key to not being disappointed is to keep your mind open when you are dress shopping.

First know your wedding dress terminology:

silhouette
a-line
ball gown
trumpet/mermaid
princess
sheath

neckline
halter
high neck
off-the-shoulder
portrait
scoop
square
strapless
sweetheart
v-neck
spaghetti straps

waist

basque
corset bodice
dropped
empire
natural

embellishment

appliqué
beading
embroidery
lace
sashes/ribbons
ruffles

style

beach casual bohemian
classic
glamorous
modern
romantic

Here is some advice to take with you when you start to shop for your wedding dress:    

  1. Start looking right away. It takes a minimum of 4 months to get your wedding and bridesmaid’s dresses. Remember you will have at least 2 fitting.
  2. Save, Save and Save. Your wedding dress is going to be minimum of $1,000  unless you have time to go to David’s Bridal and camp out at 4 am to get into the door on the biggest sale day they have once a year.   Even then there is no guarantee you will walk out with your dream dress.
  3. As for sizes, if you wear and 8 in regular clothing, you will probably wear a 12 or 14 in a wedding dress.  I know it is kind of depressing.
  4. Don’t take the world with you.  The more people you have the more stressful it will be.  Bring one or two trusted people in your life.
  5. Bring a digital camera.  Take several pictures from many angels of you in each dress. This will help you later when you are picking out your shoes, jewelry and head piece.
  6. Keep an open mind. Even if there is a style you think you hate, try it on anyway. You would be surprised.
  7. You will and should try on many dresses.
  8. Don’t panic if you don’t find a dress the first time out.  Shopping for a wedding dress is very stressful.
  9. And last but not least, have your favorite bottle of wine in the fridge for when you get home – trust me your going to need it.

Try to have fun and remember it’s your day!