Choosing your wedding dress. Aaaagh! This is going to be the most important decision the bride has to make when planning her wedding. There are so many styles out there, different fabrics, lengths of dress, different hues of white, designers – a potential nightmare!
It needn’t be a nightmare choosing your wedding dress!
Before making any decisions on choosing your dress. Brides really need to start with a budget and stick to within 15% of it. Ready to wear wedding dresses range from a few hundred pounds upto a few thousand.
A wedding dress can be a big chunk of your wedding budget. If you want to design your own dress and have a wedding dressmaker realise your dream, these can start from around £3,000 and go to upwards of £10,000. If your priority on your wedding is to have a designer dream of a dress. The dress will likely cost several thousands of pounds. If you can afford it, then that’s upto you, but perhaps its best not to blow the entire budget!
A bride’s wedding day is one of the most exciting days of her life, and choosing your dress very much be a personal choice. Some of you will have been saving for months and will spend all of your savings on a one-off designer gown. Others will prefer to get value for money and buy off the rail. For most these days, brides will simply spend whatever it is they can afford and want the best possible dress for that money.
Check out bridal magazines
So how do you go about choosing your wedding dress? Bridal magazines are a great way to start – they have lots of wedding dress advertising. Brides can get a feel for ‘what’s hot in design’ this year and get ideas of who your favourite designers may be.
Once you have filled your head full of images of yourself in various styles of wedding gowns, then start visiting a selection of bridal shops. It’s a great day out, so remember to take your mother and girlfriends who will give you impartial advice. You will also start to get a sense of what you like and dislike. Don’t be put off from trying on several styles of dresses, some look better on than off, and vice-versa.
Brides-to-be are often amazed at how beautiful a a full skirted may look and could have been one that you definitely didn’t want. Straps or strapless, fishtail, ballerina length, short, A-line – try them all on and narrow down your preferred choices.
What to look for in a bridalwear shop
You should look for a personal and unbiased service from the bridalwear shops in Surrey that you visit. The assistant should be in the changing room with you helping to get you in and out of the dresses. They are usually armed with a mouthful of pins to tighten the dress and ready to swirl a veil on your head.
It goes without saying that you should not be competing with too many other brides trying on dresses at the same time. Allow plenty of time for your ‘trying on’ sessions. Try to select your chosen wedding dress from a designer or wedding shop whose service you thought was fantastic. This is a good indication of the care and attention they will place on your order, arrange fittings for your dress and present your wedding dress on the day beautifullly steamed and in a garment bag.
What are your options
There are several options in choosing your dress:
A ready-made design where you try on a sample dress in the shop – the assistant will take your measurements and the dress is then ordered and made specifically for you. You then have another fitting in the bridal shop to make any last minute adjustments. Prices range from a few hundred pounds to a few thousand – depending on the chosen design and designer.
Once worn/sample dresses – many brides these days are budget conscious and look at this new emerging market. There are many bridal wear shops in the business of selling once worn, or sample dresses. These dresses usually need to be altered to fit you – so a couple of fittings may be required. Alternatively, look online at the web for individuals selling their once worn wedding dresses – you can adapt these dresses to suit your personal taste. Dresses can start from as little as £200.
Bespoke designer gown – the expensive option – a gown designed specifically for you and to your own requirements. It can be from scratch or an adaptation of a gown you have seen but want to customise more to your taste. You will usually need 4-5 fittings. Costs ranging from £3,000 upto £10,000 or more.
Attention to detail is essential, so once you have chosen your wedding dress it’s time to think about bridalwear accessories.