Choosing the Perfect Dress…
WHEN TO START LOOKING
Before you begin to shop, you may want to get ideas about the style you like by going through some bridal fashion magazines. Attend bridal fashion shows.
Decide first what price range will fit your budget. Second, decide whether you will have a formal, semi-formal, or informal wedding.
Most bridal stores recommend that you order your dress six months before your wedding. When you shop for your dress, choose one trusted person who knows your style to take with you. The more people you bring along, the more opinions you’ll have to sift through. Your trusted person should care enough about you to tell the absolute truth about how a dress looks on you.
Sometimes the custom-made dress is an answer to a prayer. Locate a reputable bridal seamstress or high-quality fabric store; both are available through this Guide.
MATCHING FIGURE TO STYLE
The following suggestions will help identify the best style for you.
Short and Thin
A high-rise waist-line high neckline, perhaps sleeveless with long gloves, chapel-length train, floor-length veil (all super-feminine, give a taller appearance).
Short with a Few Pounds to Spare
Blouson bodice over fitted slip, a long, narrow sleeve. Avoid billowy looks. Select a natural, boat neck, or high neckline. Gathered or slightly dirndl waists with soft ribbon accents add length; avoid flounced skits. Try a delicate floral wreath.
Tall and Thin
Dropped waists look terrific. They take away that long, leggy look. Bare, off-the-shoulder styles are feminine. If you like, wear ruffles or billowy sleeves.
Choose simple lines -avoid too much lace and beading. Look for vertical lines such as the princess cut, soft bodice, natural or high necklines. Avoid very puffed sleeves but try the dolman. Again, choose simple headpiece such as a floral wreath or chapel veil.
ORDERING YOUR DRESS
You will be measured and the dress you choose will be ordered nearest to your size. Be sure to bring the shoes and undergarments you’ll wear on your wedding day.
A bride goes through at least two fittings, an early one and another a few days before the wedding. Don’t be offended by the “size” your fitter ends up assigning you. Since wedding gowns have very narrow seams, there is no room to let it out to a larger size. Therefore the fitter will order the gown that fits your largest measurement best. During your fittings, the gown will be altered to fit your smaller measurements.