Shopping for Your Bridal Dress
Types of wedding dresses
Though you probably have some idea of what you want your bridal dress to look like, going over the options available is always a good idea. While some will always pick a dress like their mother’s or like royalty, with the traditional long train, thinking has also changed over years with more brides looking for comfort over being dolled up. However, these needn’t be mutually exclusive categories either, and there are many options you can explore.
- A casual wedding dress allows you to move about and socialize with your guests and even to let your hair down! Usually made of a light and manageable fabric, these are available in light pastels too. These can also be two-piece dresses, allowing you more freedom of movement. Pick the fabric and cut according to the season, setting and of course, sensuousness.
- Pick a designer dress that everyone will remember for the rest of their lives. After all, it’s not every day that you get married, and if you want to go all out for the big day, why not look like royalty itself! Be it lace, pearls, Swarovski or diamonds that fascinate you, indulge in a pattern and cut that complements you. However, remember that it’s not quantity but placement and taste that matters, so don’t layer and embellish so much you end up looking like your wedding cake.
Getting it right
On average, a bride will go through at least 20 dresses before finding the right one, so be patient. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect dress:
- Look, look, look, and look again. There is simply no short-circuiting the process, though a good way to do this is by starting early, so you can check out a few options like sales, online portals and bids. You need to have a sense of wedding dresses before you can seriously shop for one, and for this, you need to do your ground work well. Starting with magazine clippings is a good idea too.
- Never buy a dress online unless you’re absolutely certain of quality and fit. For the same reason, don’t buy it much in advance, because as the wedding day approaches, the festivities heighten, and gaining a few pounds is only natural, unless you’re very particular about hitting the gym.
- Always carry a swatch of fabric of dresses you have shortlisted. Keep these in your favorite handbag so you always have them handy. The final choice often depends on the perfect match with other accessories, so keep a few options unless its love at first sight for you!
- Try on your dress with your wedding shoes on. Remember that this is essential, as especially if it is a long dress or one with a train, even a few centimeters can make all the difference. Also carry any special piece of jewelry that you absolutely want to wear on your wedding day, such as that heirloom necklace or your mother’s tiara.
Last but not least, dresses are as good as their wearer. Wear something that allows you to be yourself and makes you happy. Not something you fuss and fidget over. And get your hair and makeup appointments all in advance!