The idea of taking a step back just before you say ‘I Do!’ to your dream dress doesn’t sound like typical advice you would expect to hear from a bridal boutique - but taking a moment to consider a few important details before committing to a gown is one of the best tips we can give you.
It really will ensure that you pick the perfect dress for your big day and help you avoid wedding-induced sleepless nights (dark circles are never a bride’s ideal accessory!)
Before you say yes or even better – before you start shopping, take a look at some of the factors you should consider but are so easily forgotten as you swish around the boutique, veil clad and armed with Prosecco (you can thank us later!)
Venue - The setting of your day is the backdrop of your photographs and very often the glue that holds your general theme together. For a seamless look it’s important to consider the style of your dress within the setting of your venue. A satin ball gown might not be practical in a tepee tent at a ‘wed-fest’ wedding just as a bohemian look might feel underwhelming in a castle.
Time of year – Similarly to your venue, the season will dictate your day in more ways than one. Full sleeves and heavy beading could feel too much in the hot July sun just as strapless dress could make you feel a little too exposed at a winter wedding. Try to remember the time of year you’re getting married when you pick your dress, especially if you’re buying your dress at a completely different point of the year – you might be influenced by the weather outside of the store and forget that your actual wedding day may look very different.
Theme – The world of pinterest and weekly wedding magazines has opened up the ability to personalise your wedding day more than ever before and the idea of ‘creating a theme’ is everywhere. Theme can mean simply your colour scheme or floral arrangements but it doesn’t stop there – Harry Potter wedding anyone? If you’re considering a statement theme for your day, remember that your dress should fit in too.
Your own style – It goes without saying that every bride wants to look her very best on her wedding day but all the excitement and encouragement from friends and family can mean that you’re in danger of being swept away with the buzz surrounding the event and you’re forgetting your own sense of style. The most beautiful brides are the ones that feel the most comfortable on the day so it’s always important to pick the dress that feels like ‘you’. Everyone attending loves you for exactly who you are (and let’s not forget your partner!) Don’t feel like you have to conform to anyone else’s idea of a ‘bride’ because your guests will definitely be expecting to see you, for all the things that make you ‘you’.
Your own opinion – This leads on to the next important consideration – the most significant on the list – it’s your day and your dress. It’s so important to remember that, while the approval of your loved ones will influence your decision, they won’t be wearing it. Comfort is key and that’s a factor only you really have an insight into, don’t worry too much about disappointing anyone because deep down your friends and family want you to be happy.
Accessories – For some brides the most important part of their ensemble isn’t their dress (believe it or not!) and instead reusing a sentimental veil or a fabulous pair of Carrie Bradshaw-esque shoes is the focus. We think your wedding day should be completely personal and we absolutely love helping our brides accessorise their dresses but if you’re working back-to-front and instead are looking for a dress to compliment your existing accessories it’s important to bear in mind the overall look you’re trying to achieve. For example an art deco tiara is better suited to a classic shape and traditional fabrics, if you’re showcasing gorgeous shoes then perhaps a short style will work best.
We really hope these tips help you in your search and remember our new A/W collection is ready to try on today!