Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress...
seek to create a wedding experience that symbolizes who
they are, what they wish to express and impress on their
family and friends, the trend toward personalized
weddings continues. Whether the theme is a simple modest
outdoor ceremony, or a lavish wedding held in a museum,
couples wish to make it there own. All the elements of
the day, such as the flowers, food, and music represent
their style. For the bride, nothing represents her own
personal style more than the wedding gown of her dreams.
Wedding gowns are represented in more styles than one can imagine.
There is color in the gowns, color details on the gown and entirely
colored gowns available. Embroidery, subtle embellishments, and
ornamentation are displayed on the simplest of designs. A beautiful
bride becomes a living sculpture, the gown; wearable art-an
investment, worthy to be passed down to the next generation.
WHEN TO START LOOKING.
Before you begin to shop, you may want to get ideas
about the style you like by going through some bridal
fashion magazines. Attend bridal fashion shows. Decide
first what price range will fit your budget. Second,
decide whether you will have a formal, semi-formal, or
bridal stores recommend that you order your dress six months before
your wedding. When you shop for your dress, choose one trusted person
who knows your style to take with you. The more people you bring
along, the more opinions you'll have to sift through. Your trusted
person should care enough about you to tell the absolute truth about
how a dress looks on you.
Sometimes the custom-made dress is an answer to a prayer. Locate a
reputable bridal seamstress or high-quality fabric store; both are
available through this Guide.
MATCHING FIGURE TO STYLE.
The following suggestions will
help identify the best style for you:
high-rise waist-line high neckline, perhaps sleeveless with long
gloves, chapel-length train, floor-length veil (all super-feminine,
give a taller appearance).
Short with a Few Pounds to Spare
Blouson bodice over fitted slip, a long, narrow sleeve. Avoid
billowy looks. Select a natural, boat neck, or high neckline.
Gathered or slightly dirndl waists with soft ribbon accents add
length; avoid flounced skits. Try a delicate floral wreath.
Tall and Thin
Dropped waists look terrific. They take away that long, leggy look.
Bare, off-the-shoulder styles are feminine. If you like, wear
ruffles or billowy sleeves.
Choose simple lines -avoid too much lace and beading. Look for
vertical lines such as the princess cut, soft bodice, natural or
high necklines. Avoid very puffed sleeves but try the dolman. Again,
choose simple headpiece such as a floral wreath or chapel veil.
ORDERING YOUR DRESS.
You will be measured and the dress you choose will be ordered nearest
to your size. Be sure to bring the shoes and undergarments you'll wear
on your wedding day.
A typicak bride goes through at least two fittings, an early one and
another a few days before the wedding. Don't be offended by the "size"
your fitter ends up assigning you. Since wedding gowns have very
narrow seams, there is no room to let it out to a larger size.
Therefore the fitter will order the gown that fits your largest
measurement best. During your fittings, the gown will be altered to
fit your smaller measurements.
Bridal gowns are often
the first big wedding purchase. Many women have learned an expensive
lesson shopping for a bargain dress at a "one day warehouse sale".
Before you shop for your gown, consider these precautions:
- If the price seems
too good to be true, it probably is: Don't be taken in
by previous price tags as they're often inflated. The
shopworn dress which seems to be such a great bargain
might be almost the same price, ordered new from a
- Don't buy without
seeing the dress in a full length, 3 way mirror, while
wearing appropriate shoes. Alterations can be
incredibly expensive if you buy the wrong size or a
style that is not good for your figure. The combined
cost of the alterations and the bargain dress may be
more than you would have paid for a new dress in the
- Some cleaners will
not accept a dress to be cleaned prior to a wedding
unless they know the fabric content and the stain
origins, so don't buy a dress with all labels removed.
Don't be pressured to make an instant decision by
someone saying "if you don't take that dress, I want
to buy it"; or "it won't be here tomorrow."
- Don't buy a dress
(or any merchandise or service) from a merchant that
does not have a permanent local address and phone
- If you're looking
for a bargain that is also a great value, watch for
sales from established, reputable bridal merchants.
Better yet, visit local bridal shops. Many brides
don't realize most shops have a sizable inventory of
lovely discontinued sample gowns. A reputable shop
will give you the same service on a sale gown as on a
full price gown.