One of the most fun—and most stressful—parts of planning a wedding is choosing your wedding dress. For one day, all eyes will be on you. Not only will you be the center of attention, but you’ll also have thousands of pictures taken to remember the day, and this is why it’s very important that you choose the right dress.
When it comes to choosing your wedding dress, the following are four things to think about to ensure you choose the right one.
There are different styles of wedding dresses, and it’s very important that you choose what type of style you’re not only interested in, but which one is best for your body style. You’ll have the choice between strapless, halter, spaghetti straps, short sleeve and long sleeve, and you’ll also be able to choose between a tight-fitted mermaid-style dress or one that’s loose towards the bottom.
If you have larger hips, then you’ll want to stay away from dresses that are tight-fitted all around, as this will simply accentuate your hips and make them look bigger. If you have a larger bosom, you may want to stick with a halter style dress too to give you support and tone down the size.
Before you go shopping, it’s a good idea to look through different dress books and choose a few dresses that interest you. Then, make sure to bring the book to the store so you can try on the ones you like.
Are you opting for a traditional white wedding dress, or do you want to choose an off white or an ivory? Not all dresses are available in every color, so it’s important to make this decision ahead of time.
Some wedding dresses are also accented with the bridesmaid dress color, and you’ll want to decide if this is something that interests you or if you want to stick to a traditional all white look. Again, not all style dresses will be able to contain the extra color, so you’ll want to think about this before having your heart set on a dress.
Along with style and color, you’ll want to consider the material of the dress. If you’re getting married outside during the summer, you’ll want to stay away from thick polyester-type dresses. This material is very heavy and hot, and you will end up sweating throughout the entire ceremony.
Before you shop for a wedding dress, you’ll probably already have your budget in place, and it’s very important that you stick to your budget when it comes to the dress. Plenty of dress shops run sales or offer certain incentives if you buy a dress from them, so try and snag your dress during one of their sales. If you fall in love with a designer dress that’s too expensive, you should try and see if you can find a similar dress that’s not a designer dress for half the price.
Choosing the right wedding dress is important, so make sure that you keep all of these items in mind when you’re shopping for yours.
Lauren Williams has been an expert seamstress and wedding dress designer for 10 years. She enjoys working with the glowing brides-to-be and posts some of her ideas online.