Dress shopping can be an overwhelming experience. Expectations are high for a perfect dream dress and shows like TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” have women believing there will be a holy choir singing the“Hallelujah” chorus the moment they put on “the” dress. A lot of brides feel a sense of anxiety and or disappointment when they don’t get that “aha” moment. For that reason we have come up with a few words of wisdom and a glamour glossary to help you in your big search!
Do your due diligence. Research dresses, see what catches your eye. Often there is a pattern in the dresses that you are attracted to. Whether it be a certain neckline or a special feature, come prepared to share with your consultant. Having a starting point helps narrow down the search.
Have no fear.Try on multiple silhouettes and necklines. You may be dead set on a mermaid style gown, but perhaps you try one on and the silhouette just does not speak to you. Don’t be afraid to try on your mom’s poufy princess ball gown pick. You may be pleasantly surprised…or it may just confirm your desires for another silhouette.
Limit your ladies.You may have the urge to bring your 12 bridesmaids, both mothers, a number of aunts, and a few cousins, but refrain. The more guests you have with you for your dress shopping experience, the more opinions there will be. Everyone has a vision of what they think you should look like on your big day and most will not be afraid to voice those opinions. While they may be saying things out of love, because they would never let you walk down the aisle looking frumpy, it can cause you to second guess your choices and forget to listen to your own heart.
Have a plan.Know what kind of look you are after for the day as a whole. Perhaps you want sleek city chic or rustic romantic homestead or a roaring vintage vibe. For a city chic soiree an architectural satin trumpet gown with a crumb-catcher neckline may be appropriate whereas for a rustic romantic day, you may consider something soft and flowing. The look of the whole day will play into the dress you ultimately choose.
Bust a move! You most likely won’t be standing like a statue on your big day. It may look silly but dance around and most definitely try to sit! Get a sense for how the dress moves and feels. Remember wedding gowns are constructed differently than street clothes, they can be heavy and hot!
Ballgown : Full skirt with a fitted bodice and waist. Best for: Pear shapes, full figures and tall, slim builds
A-Line (Princess) : Slim fitting with vertical seams from shoulders to hem.Best for: All body types
Modified A-Line : Slim fitting with vertical seams from shoulders to hem, skirt fits closer to the body than traditional A-Line.Best for: All body types
Trumpet : Fitted from chest to mid-thigh then flares out.>Best for: Slim, tall builds and hourglass frames
Mermaid : Fitted from chest to knee then flares out. Best for: Slim, tall builds
Sheath (Column) : Narrow, body-conscious style that hugs the bust, waist and hips.Best for: Slim, tall builds and petite figures
Tea-Length : Hem-line stops below the knee but above the ankle. Best for: All body types, nontraditional brides
Mini : Hem-line stops above the knee. Best for: Most body types, nontraditional brides
Choosing a veil should be done after you have solidified your gown selection. Once you have your gown you can select a style and length that is complementary, giving you a harmonious, well put together look.
Blusher : A single layer worn over the face during the procession.
Flyaway / Shoulder : A wispy, multi-layered veil that sweeps the shoulders, usually 14"-18”.
Elbow : An A-line veil ending at the elbows, usually 28”-30”.
Fingertip : Most versatile, this style is usually multilayered and touches the end of your fingertips. Usually around 38”.
Sweep / Waltz : A veil that brushes the ground, extending 8"-12" beyond the gown. Usually around 54”.
Chapel : A veil that extends to the floor, falling seven feet from the headpiece. It may have multiple layers or a blusher veil. Usually around 90”.
Cathedral : Regal veiling that trails one to three feet behind the wedding dress. Usually around 108”.
Shout outs to Simply Natural Events and I Do Jour for the use of their photos. Props to Weddingbee and Hanle-