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Bridal Fashion Dos and Don'ts: Expert Advice

Planning your wedding is an exciting time, and one of the most important (and fun!) aspects is finding the perfect bridal attire. Whether you’re envisioning a traditional gown or want to put a creative and modern twist on things, there are a few dos and don’ts that can help you to feel confident and beautiful on your big day.

Of course, your wedding is all about you and should represent your unique personality and relationship, so if you disagree with any of these then feel free to disregard them and do what makes you happy. They’re just here to provide guidance rather than give you a strict set of rules to stick to. Right, let’s see what our experts have to say!

Do: Start early

The first and foremost "do" on your bridal fashion journey is to start early. Give yourself plenty of time to research and explore various styles and designers. Begin by browsing bridal magazines, websites, and social media platforms for inspiration, you can even set up a Pinterest board or something similar to save all your inspiration in one place. Save images of dresses that catch your eye and make note of designers or styles you particularly like.

Remember, your dream dress may be a combination of different elements, so allow yourself the freedom to explore a range of options. What you ultimately end up loving on yourself may be totally different from what you had first imagined, so stay opened minded and give yourself plenty of time to explore different ideas.

If you’re finding it all a bit overwhelming, consider hiring a wedding planner who can support you, make recommendations, and complete bookings for you.

Don't: Overwhelm yourself with too many opinions

While it's natural to seek input from loved ones, friends, and bridesmaids, remember that too many opinions can quickly become overwhelming. Bridal fashion choices are personal, and ultimately, you should wear what makes you feel like the most radiant version of yourself. Be selective with the people you invite to accompany you during dress shopping appointments and prioritise your own vision and comfort above all else.

Don’t be pressured into sticking with classic options if that just isn’t you either. Whilst white is traditional, there is no reason for your dress to have to be white if that isn’t what you truly want.

Do: Consider your venue and theme

This is an obvious one, but when selecting your bridal attire, consider the overall theme and venue of your wedding. Whether you're saying "I do" in a rustic barn, a picturesque garden bursting with wildflowers, or a grand ballroom, your dress should complement the surroundings. Think about the weather, too, so you can ensure your dress is suitable for the season and location.

For example, if you’re planning to get married abroad, a light flowy dress will stop you from overheating. Similarly, if you’re going to get married somewhere cooler, consider opting for a long-sleeved dress and adding a warm bridal cover-up to your attire. A cold church in December may involve something furry to help keep you warm!

Don't: Underestimate the power of tailoring

Once you've found the dress of your dreams, don't forget the importance of professional tailoring. A well-fitted gown can make all the difference in how you look and feel on your wedding day. Make sure you choose an experienced bridal tailor who can make the alterations you’d like done.

You can either add or take things away from your dress. If you’ve found one you love but you’d like it to have a little less sparkle or a bit more lace, there are options you can explore to adjust it and make it the dress of your dreams.

If you do decide to get your dress altered, we can help with that! We are able to customise, or to undertake any bespoke work required to make a dress truly suit your vision. Thanks to our many years in the industry, our friendly team are able to offer a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Do: Embrace your personal style

Well, this one should be a no-brainer! Make sure you pick a dress that really reflects you and your style. Don't feel pressured to conform to traditional norms if they don't resonate with you. Whether you prefer sleek and modern, bohemian and relaxed, or vintage-inspired elegance, choose a dress that makes *you* feel incredible.

Don't: Forget about comfort

In all the hype of wedding dress shopping, it can be easy to forget that you’re likely going to be in your dress for hours, so it’s important that you’re comfortable. Choose fabrics that feel good to wear and allow for ease of movement, this is especially important if you’re going to be dancing the night away with your loved ones! Consider the length of the dress and the height of your shoes to ensure you can navigate the aisle (and the dance floor!) without discomfort.

If your wedding dress is not the most comfortable but your heart is set on it, you can always opt to have a second dress to change into after your ceremony. This applies to those heels that look sensational on but are too ‘pinchy’ to dance in too!

Ready to say “I do” in the dress of your dreams? Why not book an appointment with us? We’d love to help you find the perfect dress for your special day!

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