More Tips For Choosing A Wedding Dress

Posted by Rachel Donnelly on September 03, 2013

Buying a wedding dress is not an easy task. There are so many types, shapes and colours that you may end up feeling completely overwhelmed when you begin to shop. So here is the second part of our “how to buy a wedding dress” guide with some tips and advice keep you calm and enjoy the experience of choosing your dream gown. 

1. Remember, unlike other typical clothing stores, many wedding gown stores will not often have the dresses in your size. You may be making a decision based on a dress which is too large or too small and will definitely need to be altered. This is where deciding on a silhouette beforehand can help you. If you know that a certain type of dress is flattering to your figure, it's easier to take the plunge when you're standing in a dress miles too big with huge clips in the back and trying to imagine how the correct size will look. 

2. It’s your wedding day so you can do what you like and wear what you like. Don’t choose a dress to suit others or wear what your mother thought was the best option! The shape, length and colour are all your choice – just wear what you feel most comfortable in on the day, and what you would like to look back on in years to come and be happy to have worn. 

3. Wedding dresses are typically sold by designer and style number, so note which designers you like and the style numbers - this can help you find similar styles that may be more affordable than the exact dress you want. 

4. If you feel you’re at your most beautiful in a particular dress then buy it! No matter what style of wedding you are having or how long before your wedding, if you feel beautiful in it you will shine on your day. 

5. Consider is renting a dress. This can be a far more affordable way to get yourself a fantastic dress (for the day). The other bonus is not having to clean, store, or ever deal with it again. Men rent suits all the time so why not?! 

6. If your budget allows and you’re lucky enough to have a master seamstress as a good friend then perhaps you could make a dress from scratch. It requires a lot of planning, fittings and expensive material. But, you’re getting exactly the dress the want. 

7. Another option is to modify a dress. Perhaps your mother or another family member or friend still has their dress in storage. Again, if your budget allows, or you know a seamstress you may be able to modify an older dress. With the right know how a size 16 dress could easily be turned into a 10, and the choice of fabrics and embellishments to add will be entirely your choice. 

8. If money is an issue or you just don’t want to spend a fortune on a dress for one day it may be worth looking in thrift stores or charity shops. You may find a dress at a great price that can be altered to suit your taste.

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