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Choosing Your Wedding Dress

Posted by Leah 06/02/2013 0 Comment(s)

Just about every little girl dreams of the day she can look like a Princess as she marries her Prince. So there’s no doubt that your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life and you want everything to be just right!


But choosing the right style of dress for your wedding might not be as easy as you thought. Does your dress have to be a stunning Vera Wang or other big name designer creation? Not really!


The most important thing is to choose a dress that suits you!


It’s a big decision so understanding the basics can help when it comes to making a choice. Here are some tips using the most popular dress styles. 

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  1. This is not a choice to leave to the last minute and you need to avoid a last minute panic. Give yourself plenty of time.
  2. Determine your body shape and be honest with yourself about this. No point in pretending to be what you’re not. Do you have an hourglass figure, with similar bust and hip measurements and a clearly defined waist? Do you have a large bust but small hips (V-shaped), or a small bust and shoulders but wide hips (A-shaped)? Are you tall with wide shoulders and a less defined (H-shaped) waist? Or are you petite with a boyish frame? The dress you choose should flatter your figure.
  3. Decide which of your features you want to highlight. If you have a small bust with wide hips and you want to “even out” your figure, you need a dress that will make your bust appear bigger while drawing attention away from your hips.
  4. If you are a bride with a small bust and want a dress that makes you look taller, then consider the Empire dress. This style with an empire waistline at the bottom of the bust and a dropping skirt will help to make the bride look taller. Such a style is great for brides with a small bust, especially if you don’t have a waspy waist.
  5. So you’re a bride with curves? Then maybe the mermaid style is for you! It will accentuate your figure very nicely. But be warned, Wedding Dresses of such a style are only recommended for those that have the hourglass body type. It is usually tightly fitted and might cause you to feel uncomfortable if you have to suck in your stomach throughout the wedding. Not a nice feeling so be warned!
  6. Why is the A-line dress so popular? Maybe because this style is the most popular in wedding and prom dresses because it tends to flatter all body types. This style is fitted down the waistline and then falls free from there. The bodice gives a lift to the bust while shaping the waist. So if you are unsure, the A-line dress could be the one for you.


Whether you are buying online or in a store, it’s a good idea to go to a store and try on different styles of dresses, even if you don’t necessarily like their look on the rail. They do tend to look different on your body and you might be surprised.


If you are planning to order a dress online, one small but valuable piece of advice is to remember this is your big day and you don’t want it ruined by grabbing that “unbelievable bargain” you just found. If it seems too good to be true, then it almost certainly is not true and you could end up with tears.


But there is real value to be found. Just make sure you can speak with the online supplier and ask as many questions as you can. Did they actually make the dresses pictured on their web site or do they steal designer’s images and make cheap inferior copies? Check their actual workmanship because they will be making your dress and you want to be 100% satisfied that you will get the dream dress for your big day!