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How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Dress

Posted on 29th Sep 2015 @ 11:12 AM

Flowing chiffons, elegant A-lines, sweetheart neckline, corset back or button-back, long train or no train, strapless, lace, satin, pearls or diamantes … the list of options when choosing a wedding dress is seemingly endless. And once you start to look for your perfect dress, the options will just seem to increase as you view more and more gorgeous bridal gowns.

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However, if you follow a few simple guidelines, it is possible to find the perfect dress.

Firstly, take the time to consider what your true preferences are. Do you love lace, and if so, would that be vintage lace, all–over lace, or just a hint of lace? Do you prefer a simple, unfussy style, and if so, do you love classic styling, an elegant silhouette or a style reminiscent of the 1950s, for example?

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Once you have established your style preferences, consider the practicalities. Of course, you are going to feel on top of the world on your wedding day, but if your dress doesn’t quite cover that tattoo on your shoulder that you would have preferred to hide, then that’s just not good enough for your big day. If you’re not comfortable with strapless, then it’s best to rule them out from the start. Getting married abroad? Then chiffons are less weighty than satins, and fewer layers will be lighter to wear too.

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Now you have narrowed the field you can start to look at the ideal shape. Several styles suit many figures, for example a high waist with under the bust detailing is flattering on most, and is particularly favourable if you have bigger hips. Pleating and folds across the middle draw attention away from your stomach. A-line skirts in fabric that’s cut on the bias can emphasis your neat waist, especially if the waist is highlighted with a simple belt. Low backs and corset backs also draw attention to your waistline. A deep V neck will emphasise a big bust whereas a sweetheart neckline is flattering for most, and looks wonderful on both strapless dresses and those with a lace or net overlay. Mermaid style shaping is ideal for your hour-glass figures whilst broad shoulder straps or detailing at the shoulder can balance out your shape if you feel you are bigger on the hips.

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If you can follow these guidelines, then finding the perfect wedding dress is certainly possible. There is a dress out there that loves you, just waiting for you to love it right back.

Finally a word of advice to all the mums, sisters and good friends that accompany you as you try on those lovely dresses: don’t just look at the dress on the bride-to-be, look at her face. If she’s trying on a wedding dress and her face lights up with sheer delight, then that is truly the perfect wedding dress!

by Lesley Mieras