Man of your dreams, check. Wedding venue, check. Guest list, check. And now, it’s time to choose the perfect wedding dress. But wait, where do you start?
Do you go with the bridal trend? Do you know which silhouette suits you? Are you going for elegant simplicity or over-the-top Disney princess gowns? Do you have a fixed budget or is money no object when it comes to the dress? With so many overwhelming questions, we’re here to help you pick that perfect wedding dress with just 5 simple tips. Here’s how:
1. Know your body shape
Let’s go back to basics: knowing your silhouette. A stunning wedding dress you see in a magazine or on the hanger rack will give a completely different effect when worn on the wrong body type. It’s also important to note that wedding dresses are slightly heavier because of the fabric and embellishments. Hence, the way it drapes on your body will also differ according to your body shape.
Save time and effort by understanding your body shape before heading out to the bridal store and trying out 20 dresses that doesn’t complement your curves.
2. Wear your wedding day bra to the store
Even if you’re unsure about which exact bra you’ll be wearing for your big day, wear one that has a similar shape and padding size because you’ll want to see how the bra will fill out the top part of the wedding dress and will help give you the exact measurements for any alterations.
3. Take pictures!
Most mirrors in the dress stores will reflect a slimmer version of us – that’s how clothes sell! You’re going to need your mum or bestie with you to take photos from different angles of your top 5 favourite wedding dresses to see how they would really look like. You don’t want to be surprised when you see your wedding day photos.
4. Focus on the top part of your wedding dress
Say you’re torn between a wedding dress that has the most intricate neckline and another which has that amazing princess train you’ve dreamed of since you were 5, which do you pick? We say go for the first option and here’s why. The top of the dress is the first and the most frequent part that guests will notice. You’ll also be taking plenty of photos from the front and waist-up so make sure you make that top part the main focus.
5. Vera Wang isn’t your only option
It’s hard to not want to spend thousands on your wedding dress, it is your big day after all but understanding that just because it’s designer, doesn’t make it the perfect dress. Believe us when we say, no one is going to ask you which designer you’re wearing unless you’re a socialite at New York Fashion Week. Ultimately, you’ll want a dress that you’re comfortable in, makes you infinitely happy and doesn’t cut in to your other wedding day budget.
If owning that perfect wedding dress is just too expensive, rent it, find it online (avoid knock-offs) or drop by a wedding fair to seek out discounts on dresses and wedding packages.