How to Find the Dream Dress for Your Wedding

How to Find the Dream Dress for Your Wedding

Planning a wedding can be an exciting time, one where you and your betrothed get to practice your team working skills to curate the perfectly planned day.

Choosing your venue, compiling your guest list, and deciding on the song for your first dance will require you both to work together to find some common ground on the things that matter most to you.

Alongside cakes, wedding rings, and venues, one of the most important items on your checklist is deciding what to wear and as a bride-to-be, finding the perfect outfit is key. In this article, we have listed some of the most important things to consider when finding your dream dress, ensuring the process is as swift and enjoyable as possible.

Get Inspiration

While some women may have visions of gliding down the aisle in a certain outfit, not every bride has crystal clear clarity when it comes to picking out her wedding dress.

To help you define your bridal style, get inspired by gathering ideas from places like Pinterest, where you can create your own wedding board, as well as other social media channels and bridal magazines.

It is also helpful to visit bridal and wedding expos and trade shows to get ideas on the latest fashions and trends. Window shopping in bridal boutiques and wedding dress shops is also a great place to start.

Another helpful tip is to download a wedding dress app that can assist you in visualizing how different styles of wedding dresses will look on you to find the right design, silhouette, and material for you.

Find the Right Fit

When it comes to wedding dresses there is no one size or style that fits all. From mermaid to trumpet, ballgown to boho, there is a diverse and ever-evolving array of designs to choose from, each with something special to offer.

We all come in different shapes and sizes and certain dresses will work better on an athletic or hourglass body compared to an apple or pear-shaped one. To pick the dress that will look best on you it’s important to work with your figure to find the right fit.

Having an understanding of your body shape can be easily determined by taking an online quiz or by asking a friend to help you.

Whether you are drawn to the fairytale appearance of a princess-style wedding dress with its puffy and voluminous skirt or the more shapely silhouette of a figure-hugging mermaid dress, working with your body shape can help you to create the most flattering result for your figure.

Match the Season

Before you buy your wedding dress, give thought to the time of year you will be getting married to ensure you choose a dress that goes well with the season. If you are planning a summer wedding it is best to go for lightweight fabrics such as chiffon, crepe and organza which will keep you looking and feeling cool in the heat. 

The summer months also offer the perfect opportunity to slip into something that adds a sexy twist to your ensemble such as a strapless dress or with one a thigh-high slit that highlights your legs and allows you to easily and breezily move about your day.

In the winter, opt for heavier fabrics that will keep you warm in colder temperatures such as brocade, gabardine, velvet and satin. You can also opt for a layered look that combines a lighter fabric like tulle or lace over a thicker underlay.

This is also the ideal time of year to wear high-neck or full-sleeve gowns to create a statuesque look that has a hint of royalty. You can also wrap up warm with a wool shawl draped lightly over your shoulders, a faux fur stole, or an elegant bridal cape to top of your look.

How to Find the Dream Dress for Your Wedding

Blend In

Along with giving thought to the season, you should also consider the venue where your ceremony or reception will take place ensuring your outfit blends in well with the backdrop. To give you some food for thought, below are some dress styles and the environments they would work well in:

  • Ballrooms: This magnificent setting provides an extravagant venue for any wedding and one which insists that the bride be noticed. Amongst the ornate decor and sparkling lights of the chandeliers and candelabra, a princess-style or ball gown is the perfect dress to encapsulate the grandeur and sophistication of such an event.
  • Religious Venue: If you are marrying within the walls of a religious venue such as a church or synagogue, it is important to dress appropriately for the setting.
    Aside from looking out of place, an outfit that is too revealing or risque could fail to meet the modesty requirements of the venue. Instead, a dress that is a little more demure and displays dignity and grace will look more suitable. Avoid plunging necklines and backless numbers in favor of styles that are more covered yet comfortable.
  • Outdoor Affair: An outdoor wedding such as a garden party style event is usually a more relaxed and casual affair where guests arrive in semi-formal outfits such as chinos and blazers, and maxi dresses or evening cocktail dresses.
    In such a setting, a large ball gown dress with its voluminous skirt or a long cascading train would be out of place and make it difficult for you and your guests to maneuver. Instead, something more simple such as an A-line tea-length dress, two-piece or column wedding dress would fit in well.
  • Beach Wedding: For destination weddings such as this, boho and slip wedding dresses will work well, as will shorter styles of dress.

Choosing a dress that blends in with your venue will not only help you feel more comfortable and suitably dressed but can also enhance and compliment your look on the day.

By following the guidance in this article to help you narrow your search and find a style that suits you, you can make the process of finding your dream dress quicker, easier and more enjoyable.


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