Wedding dress shopping 101 – top tips for finding ‘the one’

Whether you’re having an intimate wedding or a huge celebration with everyone you know and love, one thing is for certain: all eyes will be on you as a bride. This means plenty of thought has to go into your wedding day ensemble. Brides have a much harder time of it (in general) than grooms, and shopping for a wedding dress is challenging. There are so many styles and colours to choose from, and that’s before you even think about shoes or accessories!

Wedding dress shopping tips

Finding the one dress that helps you look and feel fabulous on the most important day of your life is vital. Read on to discover our top tips for selecting the perfect wedding dress for you.

Do try on a range of styles

With many brides revealing that they’ve tried on more than 50 wedding dresses to find the right one for them, you may be dreading the wedding dress shopping experience before you even hit the stores. We’re not going to lie to you; finding ‘the one’ won’t be easy. But it should be an enjoyable experience nonetheless! Take each trip to a bridal shop as it comes and don’t restrict yourself too much to one particular shape or style. Most brides are completely shocked by the type of wedding dress they end up opting for so try on a range of styles and keep an open mind.

As the saying goes “once you know, you know”, and this couldn’t be truer when searching for your ideal wedding gown. Although you shouldn’t ignore the goose bumps that your first choice wedding dress creates, going back a day or week later to ensure it has the same effect and trying on a few dresses in between is recommended before committing to buy.

Don’t think about trends first

Complementing your body shape is more important than staying on trend or reliving the celebrity wedding gown ideas you covet in real life – the Meghan Markle effect influenced a number of brides’ style decisions. Make sure you do your research and take a few opinions on which is the best wedding dress silhouette for you. Your body shape will have an impact on each and every part of your gown, from its hemline to its length.

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Do take inspiration from your wedding theme

It’s all too tempting to rush out and start trying on frocks as soon as you become engaged but beware of shopping too early. Karen Taft, Managing Director at Benjamin Roberts, offers her advice on timescales in this blog post from Hitched:

“Nowadays weddings are often themed so if it’s a festival-style barn wedding with bales of hay to sit on and a hog roast, a sophisticated, glittering, mermaid style gown may not suit the venue as well as something a bit more comfortable and relaxed would! Consider the venue and the kind of wedding you’re planning before rushing off and placing a deposit on something that might not work.”

Don’t forget the accessories

Your wedding day ensemble is about more than just the dress. Your choice of shoes, accessories, makeup, hairstyle and even your perfume all help create the bridal look you’ve always dreamed of. Whether you’re going for something a little different with your bridal accessories with an on-trend cape or sticking with tradition courtesy of a classic English rose makeup and hair look, your dress, accessories and beauty combo will help you nail the look and complement your own personal style in the process.

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