How to choose your perfect wedding dress?

April 18, 2021

Wedding day and a beautiful white wedding dress is something every woman has dreamed of since she was 5 years old. You must have stopped in front of a wedding dress shop every time you've walked past it, and how many times have you flipped through magazines and journals with all those gorgeous dresses. But with so much to choose from, it's not so easy to find the perfect wedding dress, especially because it's the kind of dress you've probably never tried on. Also, all eyes (and cameras) will be on you that day.

For many brides, it's probably the most important dress in their lives. It will reflect their style and personality on their wedding day. So the stress of choosing and buying it is definitely there. That's why it's very important to start early and set a budget. To make it easier for you, below are some tips that will help you choose your perfect wedding dress.

Wedding day and a beautiful white wedding dress is something every woman has dreamed of since she was 5 years old

Know your shape

There are many different styles and cuts of wedding dresses and it is impossible that you will not find a dress that does not fit your body shape. Every body shape is beautiful, so we recommend that you focus on what you love most about yourself and try to accentuate that. Don't try to hide unwanted body parts, because that will only have the opposite effect. So, one of the most important aspects of a dress, before you go shopping, is to understand what you are looking for and what looks best on you. 

There is nothing better than finding dresses that flatter your figure. In fact, it all comes down to body shape. It is important to determine yours that you can then learn and follow the guidelines that dictate which dresses fit which body shape. Once you determine whether you have an apple, pear, hourglass, inverted triangle or rectangle body shape, research and learn which wedding dresses will work best on your body type.

Find your style

You can find inspiration in bridal magazines, on the Internet and on Pinterest. Bridal magazines are a great way to get an idea of what's trending and what's on the market. Save the photos and then narrow down your choices to the dresses you like best.

While it's good to keep an eye on the market and know what's in vogue, if none of these dresses excite you, don't follow the trends

While it's good to keep an eye on the market and know what's in vogue, if none of these dresses excite you, don't follow the trends. Choose the wedding dress that you like and look and feel beautiful in and add your personal touch (use jewelry, shoes, hair accessories and more). You will feel joy and good energy with which you radiate, better than taking a dress from the catwalks and be disappointed.

Shopping

  1. Explore wedding shops or boutiques near you. These days you can find anything on the Internet (but there is still the good old tradition of word of mouth). Explore their websites to be informed before buying, but also to decide on favorites or discard those that don't meet your needs.
  2. Start early. Give yourself enough time to find the perfect dress so you don't go searching at the last minute and cause additional unnecessary stress. As a general rule, you should start your search about nine months before the wedding. Keep in mind that in addition to visiting boutiques, you may also need some time to alter your dress.
  3. Make appointments at multiple stores. Be sure to bring your favorite pictures to the salon so they know what style interests you. Also, state your budget to avoid frustration and unnecessary wasted time trying on dresses that are beyond your budget. Invite close people whose opinion is important to you to help you choose the perfect dress.
  4. Be realistic about size. Even if you plan to lose weight before the big day, buy dresses in your current size, not ones that are too small for you. It's much easier to take a dress that fits you, so go down a size and make alterations as needed, than to try to size up a dress that's too small for you. Also, remember that the wedding dress size is usually larger than the size of the usual dresses, so don't bother with ready-to-wear numbers.
  5. Bring the right undergarments and shoes. Wear the same undergarments and shoes you plan to wear on your wedding day. Wedding dresses come in all styles, including many without straps. Wear a strapless bra and matching undergarments to your fitting to get an accurate idea of how your dress will fit. Also, bring heels of the same height that you plan to wear on your wedding day, as your dress will definitely look nicer than if you were wearing sneakers or flip flops.

Don't forget to accessorise your dress

Accessories are often that little something extra that makes a big difference to the overall look. The colour of the dress can also play a big role. But the bridal veil is a classic addition to the wedding dress. If you decide to buy one, make sure it matches the style of the dress. You will probably find it easiest at the store where you found your wedding dress.

Another detail that is not so uncommon is the train. A train is a piece of fabric that is attached to a wedding dress and is pulled behind you as you walk. There are many types of trains, and some dresses already have a built-in train while the back of the dress is trailing along the floor. If you want to have a ballroom style wedding dress and add volume to your dress, consider adding a poofy slip under the dress. 

A wedding dress is a dress that you will most likely only buy once in your life, so make sure your experience is memorable

Last but not least, it is important to choose accessories that match your dress. Many brides wear diamonds or other precious stones to look elegant. Make sure you do the same when choosing hair accessories. And don't overdo it, you still want the wedding dress to be the center of attention.

Make your shopping experience fun

A wedding dress is a dress that you will most likely only buy once in your life. So make sure your experience is memorable. Bring your mom, maid of honour, friends, sister, take a bottle of water and give yourself plenty of time. 

Even if you fall in love with the first dress you try on, keep looking. Try on a few more styles to be completely sure that you are not just overwhelmed by the excitement of trying on wedding dresses. On the other hand, don't ignore the feeling you get from the first dress. If you feel hesitant after trying on several dresses, don't worry, it's completely normal. Get some sleep, think, let the excitement subside and then it will become clearer to you what you want. When you find the right dress, you will know.

When you find it, ask the bridal salon for a written confirmation with information and your arrival date. When you bring the dress home, keep it in a protective bag away from moisture, dirt, light, but also from your future partner.

Trust your judgment

Once you wear the wedding dress of your dreams, you will know. Try on as many dresses as you can and don't rush into making a decision. Even if you happen to find a dress that meets all your criteria, but you don't feel magical in it and don't feel like it's "the one", keep looking until you find the right one. If you feel comfortable and beautiful at the same time, your search is over. The most important thing is to choose what you like, after all, it is your wedding.