Wedding Dress Shopping – Who To Take?

When you decide to go shopping in search for your perfect wedding gown it is important to think about who will be accompanying you. Shopping for wedding dresses is an experience in itself and ideally before you go bridal wear hunting you will have the date set and venue booked. In having the location and time of year you are getting wed already planned it will assist you in helping you to choose your wedding gown as these factors of your wedding day will have some influence over your choice of bridal wear as well as your own individual taste and style and personality.

If You're Pear-Shaped?

Look for: A skirt that gradually flares out in an A formation from the natural waist to the floor, highlighting the narrowness of the midsection and floating away from the hips and thighs. (Sturdier fabrics, such as duchesse satin and taffeta, are especially effective, since they won't cling.) A spaghetti-strap bodice or a V neckline will also showcase a more slender upper body. Keep in mind: A classic A-line silhouette lends itself to formal weddings, but it can also be dressed down when made from a more casual fabric, like eyelet lace or raw-silk shantung.

So you have a vision of your wedding day… who will get to enjoy and share the fun, laughter and tears of helping you in finding the dress that is the ‘one’? Whomever you choose they should be someone who you can trust and who is honest with you. You will value their opinion highly and they will share in your dreams and excitement as you embark on your new journey. Selecting your wedding dress can for some brides be a lengthy and time consuming process so they shouldn’t be too impatient nor get bored easily!

We would suggest no more than two people should assist you in looking for your wedding dress. It may be tempting to have a large group of friends and family but as everyone has their own views and opinions and this will ultimately baffle and confuse you. Other people’s views can of course be helpful but do take into consideration that you are the bride and therefore you need to feel comfortable and beautiful in your chosen gown.

If You're Busty?

Look for: A dress with a scooped neckline. It will open up your face and display your décolletage without showing too much cleavage. If you love the look of strapless gowns, choose one that has a slight dip along the neckline, like a sweetheart, rather than a style that goes straight across (which will make your bust appear even larger and more shelflike). Keep in mind: Fabric on the bodice that has a sheen to it (such as organza, satin, or silk) will add volume and call attention to your chest. Material that is ruched will have the same effect.

Of course there is no rule that specifies that you need to have anyone go with you at all and you may prefer to go shopping for your wedding gown alone. This is a good option if you prefer to narrow it down to a few dresses you think could be the one before inviting people along for their opinions on another visit before making your big decision. However if you know it’s the dress of your dreams then why not simply go with your gut instinct! The assistants in your bridal boutique or factory outlet should be experienced and friendly and will be excited in assisting you find your gown from a selection of wedding dresses.

The most vital thing to remember is that this is your wedding day. You should wear what you think you look and feel amazing in and feels like you. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, enjoy it and have fun!

If You’re Plus-Sized?

Look for: An Empire dress with a skirt that begins just under the bust and flows into a gradual floor-length A-line. Make sure the Empire seam does not start on the chest and that there is no pleating of the fabric, which is reminiscent of maternity wear. The dress should play up your shape; if it’s too loose, it will add pounds. Keep in mind: Find fabrics like satin that provide structure, rather than anything too flowy. If you love the romantic look of airier fabrics, choose a gown with a stiffer base, then add an embroidered tulle overlay.
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