Your dream wedding dress is out there somewhere waiting for you to find it. When you try on the perfect wedding dress, it’s a real Cinderella moment. But how do you go about finding the ultimate show-stopping gown? Below are a few things to take into consideration before you book your first consultation. Going in with some idea of what you are looking for always helps. But that’s not to say that the dress that makes you feel like a Princess will be anything like the original ones you thought you would like!
Think about the kind of style of dresses you have seen and loved on other brides. And also pay attention to whether they will suit your body shape. Pear shapes will suit A-Line shapes. Plus sizes will be better with an Empire style dress. Straight shapes will look great in a full-length gown cinched at the waist to create curves. Petite girls will look fabulous in a sheath style dress, and small-chested women should opt for ruching or exquisite detail on the bust line. You’ll also need to think about whether you want a sweetheart neckline or a corset. Or perhaps long sheer or lace sleeves or a high neck. Think about the fabric you like too. Silk, satin, organza or lace? Also, work around the theme of your wedding. Is it a cocktail style event that will suit something slinky and elegant? Or are you going for a traditional wedding where you might want a ball gown style?
Brides don’t always dress in white! Your color choices are plentiful. Vera Wang does a very hip and cool collection of black wedding dresses that look other-worldly. You may want to opt for ivory, oyster or even a beautiful light grey. Think about what suits your skin tone and what kind of statement you want to make. Jessica Biel famously wore a Giambattista Valli pink dress to her wedding, and Shenae Grimes chose a striking Vera Wang gown in black and grey.
The budget for your wedding dress will of course largely depend on how much you have in your wedding fund. Some brides-to-be love to splash the cash while others prefer to spend less on a gown they will probably only be wearing once. If money’s no object, why not blow the budget! But if you are concerned about prices there are some other routes you can go down. You can search for a dress that is not actually labelled a wedding dress. Lots of designers do stunning ready-to-wear gowns that look just as beautiful and are half the price. Or you may want to consider buying a pre-owned designer wedding dress. Another way to save money on your wedding dress is to spend big but then make the decision to sell your wedding dress on after your big day. What is it worth? You can use a pre-owned wedding dress calculator to find out the value of your dress after you have worn it. This is a great way to recoup some of the costs from your wedding.
Switching It Up
Having two dresses for your big day isn’t only the premise of the Kim Kardashian’s and Kate Middleton’s of the world! It may be that you want to switch into a different dress for the evening part of your wedding day. You could want something a bit more slinky and glamorous for your big night. Or even something with a bit more flexibility. If you want to switch it up, opt for something sparkly, white and effortless cool for the evening. You still want to stand out as the beautiful bride that you are!