All eyes will be on you on your wedding day so it's important to make the best dress choice possible. Here are some helpful hints and tips to get you started on your search for your dream gown.
Research. Before you even begin to shop around, it’s important to have done some research. You should always have a bit of knowledge about dresses, and know some of the terms used in reference to them as well. It would be a good idea to begin by looking at bridal magazines and websites to give you an idea of what is available as well as the styles you may be interested in looking at.
Decide on your style. Wedding dresses are made in several different shapes. Again, before you consider buying a dress, it would make good sense to know what style will suit your body shape the best. It would be a good idea to consider the types of dresses you already own and which ones make you feel the most comfortable. Look at photos of different styles of dresses. Wedding message boards and forums and websites such as Pinterest are a great way to see photos of real women in dresses, rather than relying on touched up photos of professional models.
Some common types of wedding dress include:
- Ball gowns – generally look great on most body types, unless the bride is very short in which case it may overwhelm her figure.
- A-lines – have a fitted bodice and a gently flared skirt. Again, they suit most figures and are a good choice for women not completely confident with their lower body, but who don’t want to wear a ball gown.
- Empire waist – have a flowing skirt that falls from just beneath the breasts. They are a great choice for a casual non formal wedding, or for a tropical or beach wedding due to their light flowing fabric. They are also a great dress choice for pregnant brides as they provide extra room in the waist and are comfortable to wear.
Picture it. Image yourself on your wedding day. What are you wearing? What style is your gown? What fabric? Is it embroidered or beaded? What colour is it? There are so many choices and brides often find it very overwhelming looking at hundreds of different styles. So again, before you even start to try on dresses, envision how your dream dress will look. Look at photos in magazines or online, talk to friends and decide which dress will suit your particular shape. Then write down a quick description of what you’re looking to find. For example, “satin, cream, beaded, strapless, a-line style”. Now that you have a reference it will be a little easier to look for that particular type of dress.
Consider the circumstances. A wide variety of factors can affect what makes a particular dress appropriate to the occasion.
- Formal ceremonies usually call for floor length gowns and long trains, while informal ceremonies (especially destination weddings) are a great place to wear a shorter more casual gown.
- The weather can play a big part in the type of dress that you choose. If you're getting married in the winter, you may not want to wear a dress made of light or thin fabric. In the middle of summer a heavy satin dress may not be a good idea!
- Most traditional ceremonies will call for a white gown, however, in recent years more women are choosing dresses that best complement their skin tones or colours including red, pink, blue or even black. Pick the colour that you like best and that suits you best. After all it’s your day and your choice!
Decide your budget. When deciding on your budget, you don't need to set a very specific price at the beginning. Decide on a general price range such as $1000 - $1500 for example. Some experts suggest devoting 10% of the overall wedding budget to the bride's attire (the gown itself, as well as the veil, shoes, slip, jewellery etc).
A fast food-loving couple celebrated their love of junk grub by holding their wedding reception at McDonald’s.
Steven Asher, 28, and his new wife Emily Marshall, 21, tied the knot on Saturday, and then headed to their local McDonald’s for a £150 fast-food feast in a bid to make their day “as memorable as possible”.
The couple arrived in a stretch limo and dined with 33 guests in a roped-off area at their local branch in Cribbs Causeway, Bristol. Emily tucked into a chicken nugget meal with coke for her wedding breakfast, while Steven had the Chicken Legend meal with a strawberry milkshake.
Warehouse worker Steven said: “It was a great day and everyone enjoyed themselves – everyone loves McDonald’s, don’t they?”
Emily said: “I got quite a few people staring at me but I didn’t care. It was my big day and I was there to enjoy myself.”
The couple were treated to a bottle of champagne by McDonald’s bosses but had to save it for later as the diner is not licensed.
Steven and Emily at the McDonald's wedding reception
- Image via Daily Star
A mother-of-two has amazingly found both her wedding and engagement rings two days after losing them on a crowded beach.
Laura Curry thought she had seen the last of her rings after she left them on busy Poldhu Cove; one of the largest beaches on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall. However, after making a desperate plea for a metal detector on Facebook, she was able to return to the beach and search for them.
Laura, from Millbrook in Cornwall, took the rings off (worth £3000) and put them into an inside pocket of a beach tent before putting sun cream on her children. She believes the rings were lost when she shook sand out of the tent before leaving to go home. It wasn’t until four hours later at a party with friends when she realised the rings were missing. She rummaged through the car and the beach tent, but there was no sign of the rings. Later she drove back to the beach and spent 40 minutes searching in vain.
'I had to tearfully return home to Millbrook and explain to my husband that I'd lost them. 'He was understandably irritated with me,' she said. Adding to her anguish was the fact the rings were particularly meaningful; Laura helped to design her engagement ring, and a friend made the wedding band.
In a last-ditch effort, and without much hope, Laura and her husband Paul put a post on Facebook asking for the loan or hire of a metal detector. The couple were given two metal detectors, but were not able to return to the beach until two days later and Laura was sure all hope of finding the rings was gone. After several hours of searching, Laura was stunned to see her wedding ring sticking out of the sand. After another hour of looking, and with help from other families on the beach, Paul found Laura’s engagement ring.
Laura was shocked at how lucky she was to find not one but both of her rings, and said: 'It's incredible really that they were there two days later. Anybody could have picked them up from the sand or the tide and waves could have swept them away or even totally buried them. 'It's a fantastic result.'
Laura with her wedding and engagement rings
- Image via Daily Mail
With your wedding planning underway it’s time to turn your attention to your ultimate holiday, your honeymoon. Maybe you’ve been dreaming of walking along a beautiful sunkissed sandy beach in the Caribbean, or you’re looking forward to an action packed adventure. Now is your chance to make like a celebrity and have that dream holiday! So here are some tips for planning the perfect newlywed trip.
You get what you pay for. You’re so excited to plan your honeymoon and spend some well earned relaxation time with your new husband or wife. But don’t book the first deal just because it’s cheap. There’s a reason it could be so cheap. You could be travelling during rainy/hurricane season or the hotel could be undergoing renovations. Make sure you do some research before you book.
Be different! When people think of honeymoons they almost always think of the beach. Maybe it’s not your thing but your new partner loves the sun. Compromise on a destination that will make you both happy. Have some fun in the sun, but also perhaps plan a few activities such as wine tasting, scuba diving or maybe a hot air balloon ride. There’s plenty of choice to suit you both!
Time is money. Don't fly halfway around the world if you have only have a limited amount of days for your honeymoon. Do your best with the time you have. If it’s limited maybe you might be best off holidaying closer to home, or maybe even delaying your honeymoon until you have more time.
Review panic. Try not to obsess over travel reviews. If someone complained about the air conditioning a year ago and no one has mentioned it since, assume it has been fixed. If many people have the same complaint over and over, assume it is a valid issue. Try not to get hung up on small issues. You could miss out on staying in some great places if you take every review literally. They always say you can’t please everyone, and that’s certainly the case with travel reviews!
The To Do List. Never wait until the last minute to book your honeymoon. But also, don’t book too many activities in advance either. You’ll be under a tight schedule up until your wedding, and this is a very draining and exhausting time. On your honeymoon you may well just want to relax and not take part in many activities. Book a couple of things to do, but don’t fill your days just in case!
Legal Stuff. This is very important: Do not book your honeymoon with your married name. Make sure that all travel reservations match your legal documents that you will have when you are travelling. You will not have documentation that includes you married name unless you decide to delay your honeymoon for a number of weeks afterwards.
Home Sweet Hotel. The best part of travelling is having new experiences! Be open to this and don't expect things to be "just like home." Try different types of food and drinks or stay in a hotel that isn’t a typical “you” hotel. Your honeymoon will most likely be the greatest holiday of your life, so get as much as you can out of it.
One English couple didn't wait until their wedding reception to start dancing - instead they decided to have a quick dance off in the middle of their ceremony!
Gary and Tracy Richardson had just shared their first kiss as husband and wife when the song "Everybody Dance Now" suddenly blasted through the speakers at St. Mary’s and St. Martin’s Church in Blyth, England. Officiant, Kate Bottley led the couple, their wedding party and many of the wedding guests in a choreographed flash mob that also included the classic disco song, "Celebration."
Tthe flash mob was Bottley's idea, and was rehearsed by the couple and 28 friends and family members in the weeks leading up to the ceremony.