Every bride-to-be knows that finding the perfect wedding dress is one of the most important parts of planning her big day. It can be overwhelming to sift through all the options and styles available, but with a few tips, you can make it an enjoyable experience.
First, decide on what kind of look you want for your wedding day. Do you want something classic and timeless? Or something more modern or trendy? Once you have a general idea in mind, start researching different designers who specialize in that style. Look at their collections online or better yet, visit local bridal stores to try on samples in person.
Trying Dresses On
It used to be that when a bride to be went dress shopping, she took along her mother or maid of honor. But nowadays, it is not uncommon for groups of friends and family come with, to watch you trying on various wedding dresses. Waiting to see which one you say “YES” to!
When trying on dresses, most of your family and friends will likely have an opinion. Some stronger or more vocal than others. So, make sure to key in on those who are closest to you, and the ones that know you the best. But try to do so in a subtle way. It is good to hear from someone whose opinion you trust, to help narrow down your choices, but at the end of the day, remember that this is YOUR wedding, and you ultimately want to be true to yourself and your vision.
All of that being said, don’t be afraid to try on a dress that you might not have considered previously, especially when you first start trying on dresses. Many women have never tried on formal gowns and might therefore not know for sure how different styles and cuts will look on them. There are many stories of brides finding “the one” after initially passing it by because, at first glance, they thought they wouldn’t like it or it wasn’t specifically what they thought they wanted.
When trying dresses on, also consider what type of fabric will best suit your body shape as well as any accessories like veils or jewelry that may complement the dress. Think about how comfortable it is too; if it’s not comfortable enough to wear all night long then you might want to keep on looking!
Speaking of body shapes…here are some helpful tips based on our research of current fashion trends, to help you find wedding dresses based on different body types.
Pear Shaped Bodies – If you have a pear-shaped figure then look for gowns with an empire waist or A-line silhouette. These styles will draw attention away from your lower half and emphasize your slimmer upper body instead. You may also want to consider adding some volume to the top portion of your dress as well in order to balance out the proportions and create an hourglass effect. For example, try choosing a gown with beaded embellishments or ruffles across the bodice or on either side of the neckline.
Ball gowns are another great option because they offer full coverage while still emphasizing alluring curves at both top and bottom portions of your figure (which is ideal for those who wish to accentuate their shape). Look for ballgowns with corseted waists which will help narrow in at midsection and give off an airy feel throughout skirt layers.
If you want something more modern, then opt for sheath dresses that feature fitted designs along waistlines coupled with flowy skirts below the hips – these dresses typically come in light fabrics such as chiffon which further helps elongate figures making them appear even taller than before.
Apple Shaped Bodies – A-line gowns are great for apple shapes because they cinch at the waist while also creating curves by skimming over your hips and thighs. Look for an A-line with a V neck or boat neck as this will draw attention away from your midsection and emphasize other areas of your figure instead.
Empire waist dresses are ideal for accentuating the narrowest part of your body, which is typically located just below the bust line. These dresses offer structure around the bodice but then flow out into an easy skirt that won’t cling to any unwanted curves. Plus, you get added coverage in all those places where you may not feel comfortable showing skin.
Avoid gowns with ruffles along the sides as they may accentuate any curves you don’t want highlighted while still adding shape overall.
Hourglass Shaped Bodies – Women who have hourglass figures should emphasize their curves by trying on fitted gowns, such as mermaid or trumpet styles which hug each curve perfectly while giving off an elegant silhouette at the same time. Also look for embellishments like intricate beadwork or embroidery – these details add extra dimensionality to flatter every line of your frame beautifully!
In terms of fabric choices, make sure whatever type of material you choose complements your body shape instead of fighting against it. Satin is a popular option as it has a nice sheen and smooth texture which helps create sleek lines along with highlighting any embellishment such as lace or beadwork very nicely – something that looks especially stunning when combined with an ornate embroidered neckline or back detailing like illusion panels.
Rectangle Shaped Bodies – Women who have rectangle bodies should focus on creating more definition in their waistline when shopping for her wedding dress. Look out for ballgowns which feature cinched waists; this helps create soft curves throughout both upper and lower halves of your figure whilst also emphasizing those beautiful collarbones too! Don’t forget about necklines either – V-necks are great at drawing eyes upwards towards facial features whereas boat necks tend to do just enough coverage but still show off slender shoulders well!
No matter what kind of body type you have, always remember that there is no one “perfect” style of wedding dress – it all comes down to personal preference (and of course budget). Try on multiple styles until you find something comfortable yet stylish. No matter what type of dress you choose, remember that feeling beautiful in it is key! So, take some time trying on different dresses until you find one that makes YOU feel gorgeous on YOUR big day. Good luck shopping & happy hunting!