Tips on how to shop for the perfect wedding dress

Fashion 263 Correspondent

Most little girls dream of their wedding day and especially the wedding dress they will be wearing as they walk down the aisle.

However, what little girls don’t know is that as a grown-up bride-to-be, while it should be an exciting part of the wedding planning process, it can be daunting as well.

These days wedding dresses come in so many different styles, fabrics and details that it can all be a bit overwhelming to have to pick the perfect one for you.

Having said that, you can make your wedding dress shopping experience enjoyable and successful with some helpful tips.

Here’s what to consider when searching for the perfect wedding dress.

Start early

Begin shopping for your wedding dress as early as possible. This way, you’ll have enough time to browse through various options, make a decision, and allow time to make alterations if needed.

 

Do your research

Before hitting the bridal shops, do some research online or through magazines to get an idea of the wedding dress styles that you like.

Create a vision board or save images of dresses that catch your eye. Having a general idea of what you’re looking for will help you narrow down your choices and offer guidance to the sales consultants.

Set a budget

Determine your budget for the wedding dress beforehand. Setting a clear budget will help prevent you from falling in love with a dress that is beyond your means.

Be honest about your budget with the sales consultants so that they can guide you towards options within your price range.

Consider your body type

Different styles suit different body shapes, so it’s important to find a dress that flatters your figure.

Empire waistlines, A-line skirts, and ball gown silhouettes tend to be universally flattering. However, don’t be afraid to try on different styles to see what works best for you.

Be open-minded

While having a vision of your ideal dress is helpful, be open to trying on different styles recommended by the consultants.

You may surprise yourself by falling in love with a dress you never expected. Keep an open mind and trust the expertise of the professionals assisting you.

Be open-minded to try something different.

Consider comfort

In addition to aesthetics, prioritise comfort when selecting your wedding dress. Your special day will be filled with various activities, including walking, dancing, and sitting, so ensure your dress allows freedom of movement and comfort throughout the day.

Bring the right company

Choose a trusted friend or family member whose opinion you value and who understands your style and preferences.

Limit the number of people you bring to your appointment to avoid conflicting opinions that might cloud your judgment.

Remember, it’s your wedding dress, and you should feel confident and comfortable in your choice.

So now you found the perfect wedding dress.

It’s time to find the perfect wedding hairstyle.

With a wide array of dress styles out there, finding a hairstyle that’s elegant but won’t steal the spotlight from your amazing dress can be tricky.

First, decide how formal or casual you want to look and then take your neckline into consideration.

You want a hairstyle that complements your dress and balances out your overall aesthetic, not competes with its elaborate details or interferes with the lines of your gown.

Whether you’re rocking a trendy one-shoulder or a classic strapless with a sweetheart neckline, there’s a ‘do out there for you.

A topknot has an instantly regal feel that plays up the ultra-formal feel of a high neckline.

And a high bun elongates your neck, making it easier to pull off more dramatic detailed collars that would otherwise compete with your hair.

Add braids to your topknot for an of-the-moment look, or keep it elegant with a ballerina bun.

Low Bun with Bateau-Neckline Wedding Dress

A bateau neckline is seriously feminine and classic. To keep from overshadowing this timeless silhouette, opt for a simple low bun. Anything more elaborate runs the risk of feeling stuffy. If you want to give this traditional neckline a more modern twist, consider a high ponytail with some volume.

A wedding dress with a V-neck draws the eye vertically and elongates your body. (And who doesn’t want that?) To complement these long, lean lines, wear your hair down. Loose curls with a side part (and a vintage barrette, if you’re so inclined) feel totally Old Hollywood. If you’re going for a more casual look, consider beach waves.

Side-Swept Updo With One-Shoulder Wedding Dress

A one-shoulder wedding dress draws attention to your shoulders, so you don’t want a flowing hairstyle that will obscure this flattering silhouette. A side-swept updo will balance out an asymmetrical neckline and won’t get in the way of shoulder details. For a more bohemian vibe, try a side-swept fishtail braid.

Chignon With Strapless Wedding Dress

A number of hairstyles flatter a strapless wedding dress, but we love the idea of pairing a shoulder-baring updo with this silhouette. Windswept chignons are all the rage right now in wedding hair, and this romantic style adds some sophisticated polish to a neckline that shows a lot of skin. And it can work with or without a veil.

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