A Wedding Planner in London’s Suggestion
10 Tips on Choosing Your Wedding Dress
- Keep an open mind and always try the dress on!
It’s helpful to have a few styles you are interested in for your big day,
but always keep an open mind when dress shopping. Dresses on a hanger look
very different compared to a dress worn by the bride, and you may end up
falling in love with a completely different dress style than you would have
- White is not always right.
Fun fact: white wedding dresses are actually bleached to have their
snow-white look. Natural white fabric is actually a slight off-white
colour, so you’ll find that there are varying shades of white available to
you when you shop for your dress. Wedding gowns can come in off-white,
ivory, champagne, oyster, and even blush (a very subtle pink colour)!
As an event planner I strongly suggest you to set a budget and let the bridal consultant know your price range and
preferred style. They can help make your dress search easier by suggesting
dresses that fit your criteria.
- Always leave extra time for alterations.
On average, it can take anywhere some months for wedding dresses to
arrive after your put in an order. Almost all brides require some form of
alteration (common alterations involve the dress length and bust area), so
make sure to include plenty of time for alterations. Most bridal stores
will ask for two fittings – one for the initial fitting and a second closer
to the wedding date.
- Select a few friends and/or family whose opinions you trust.
Wedding dress shopping can be fun and exciting, and it’s natural to want to
bring all of your friends and family. Keep in mind, however, that second
opinions are different from four, five, or six different opinions! Too much
feedback can be overwhelming, and sometimes, you may start leaning towards
a particular dress because other people favour it, instead of deciding
whether you like it.
- Be mindful of the wedding location and weather
Be mindful of your wedding location and the potential weather outcomes. The
most important part of finding your ideal wedding dress is not only that
you feel beautiful in it but that you feel comfortable in it. If you’re
hosting a destination wedding, for example, consider whether you’re willing
to wear a voluminous dress in the heat versus wearing a lighter dress.
- Wear the right undergarments
It’s important to figure out the right undergarments when trying on
dresses. Some wedding dresses may come with built-in bust support, but
others may require special undergarment pieces to help you feel comfortable
on the day of your wedding.
- Wedding dress sizes
Most brides are alarmed when they see wedding dress sizes on the tags –
don’t be. Wedding gown sizes are larger than regular clothes not only
because they are an entirely different type of garment, but they fit
differently as well. Depending on the style or designer you could be going
up anywhere between 2-4 sizes from your usual size.
Make sure you have a good idea of how you want your hair done on the day of
the wedding. This will help determine whether you want to wear a veil or
stick to a simpler head piece. Always consider the style, shade, and length
of the veil. You want it to compliment your wedding dress, so think about
whether you want a cathedral veil vs. a short veil, double layer vs. single
layer, beading vs. lace, and so forth.
You’ll be asked to bring your shoes to your first fitting so that your
dress length can be properly tailored. If you’re particular about your
wedding shoes, we suggest you start looking early!