How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Dress


Authored by Tucker Cummings in Wedding 
Published on 03-11-2009

Finding the perfect dress for your wedding can be an expensive and frustrating undertaking. Every bride wants a dress that makes her feel like a princess, while also flattering her figure. A dress can cost anywhere from $100 to over $30,000. Every woman wants to look radiant on her wedding day, and with the right dress, any bride can look like a goddess. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect dress for your wedding day:

Shop around– You should do lots of research online before you even set foot in a store. Get a sense of how much your ideal dress is going to cost. In addition to online research, also look through a few issues of a bridal magazine such as Modern Bride. Try and narrow down what style of dress you are looking for. This will help streamline your in-store fittings. If you do choose to buy your dress online, make sure you know a good seamstress who has experience altering wedding gowns.

Your wedding look is so much more than your dress– Make sure you consider what sort of accessories, shoes, and hairstyles you want to complement your dress. If you are wearing your grandmother’s earrings, consider wearing your hair up to showcase your ears and neck. Make sure you wear your whole wedding ensemble at least once about 2 weeks before your wedding. That way, if you need to purchase new pieces for your ensemble, you will have time and not feel rushed.

Make sure your dress fits your theme– If you are getting married on the beach, an overly formal dress is going to clash with your theme. Likewise, if you are planning a formal evening wedding, the sort of dress you would wear for a beach wedding is going to seem out of place.

Find the right dress for your shape– Generally speaking, every woman looks fantastic in an A-line dress. If you are looking to camouflage your tummy, try a dress with an empire waist. If you are uncomfortable with you thighs or butt, the ideal dress shape for you might be a ball gown style dress with a very full floor length skirt. If you have a large bust, be wary of strapless dresses. It is hard to find a bra or bustier that can give you adequate support. Above all, make sure you are comfortable in your dress. Your wedding should be a special day, and you don’t want to spend the whole day in an uncomfortable gown.

Go for a classic silhouette– A dress with classic lines is the most sophisticated choice. Your children and grandchildren will see pictures of you on your wedding day, and you will happy if you are wearing a classic wedding dress. Think about 80’s wedding dresses- everyone thought dresses with oversized puffy sleeves were fashionable, but looking back they look ridiculous and unflattering. Avoid dresses with puffy or long lace sleeves, very short dresses, or dresses with absurd amounts of crystals, sequins, or other embellishments.


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