You have decided on your wedding style, when it comes to actually shopping for the special gown, how do you pick the right wedding dress that will fit and flatter your body type? The truth of the matter is that sifting through all the lace, trains and tulle isn’t always easy — in fact, it can become quite overwhelming! Follow these basic dos and don’ts.
Do: The most a bride should bring when dress shopping is two people, bring people who generally have your interest at heart and not what they want you to wear, such as your Mom and maybe a sister or best friend .
Don’t: Do not bring an entourage, having different opinions makes it much harder to come to a consensus—and it can bring you farther away from what you actually want.
Do : It’s important to have the rest of your wedding details in place before you can truly shop for a gown, since many factors can influence the style of the dress. Consider your venue; also, the colours you choose for your bridesmaids and décor can influence whether you choose white or an off-white shade.
Don’t procrastinate. Most dresses take anywhere from five to eight months to come in.
Do: Tie your look to your wedding location. Getting married outdoors in an afternoon garden ceremony? Consider a strapless sheath made of a light material. If you’re marrying in the sand on an exotic island, a flirty tea-length gown with festive shoes (or even barefoot!) is the ultimate non-traditional wedding attire.
Don’t: Let your wedding style dash your dreams of the perfect gown. If you have your heart set on a fun, sexy gown but you’re worried it’s not appropriate for your ceremony site, consider wearing a cover-up for a more demure look during your ceremony.
Don’t: Dress more casual than your guests. If you choose to have a black-tie, formal affair and expect your guests to dress up, make sure you follow suit! Any floor-length gown is appropriate, whether decorated with intricate beading, or just accessorized with beautiful jewellery.
Do: Dare to defy tradition. If you don’t want to don the traditional white A-line gown, explore your options. Just be sure to consult your officiant first to make sure she will be comfortable with (or, more importantly, will allow) your choice of attire.
Don’t: Wear a long train for a beach wedding. Delicate fabric and sand just don’t mix.
Do: Choose the right white for your skin tone, no matter what style you pick.
Do: Let your personality show through your accessories. Give a traditional gown a fun twist with a colourful sash or large, flashy earrings, or keep your style poised and polished with a simple pearl necklace and earrings.
Don’t: Let your jewellery overpower your ensemble. If your dress has lots of intricate details already, opt for simple pieces, or even just your engagement ring.
Do: Keep an open mind when it comes to shape. Try on many different types of gown— you never know how they’ll fit until you take them off the hanger.
Do: Pick the right undergarments that closely match your skin tone, and there are many varieties of body-shaping products that will perfect your silhouette no matter how slinky the gown.