Wedding Gown Shopping Tips
It's easy to get overwhelmed
when planning a wedding. Between finding a ceremony location,
an officiant, a reception location, a caterer, a photographer,
a DJ or a band - AGH! It can all get pretty frustrating.
Fortunately, finding your wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses
is not something you have to worry about right away. True,
you may need to allow the dress shop several months to order
your dress or make custom alterations. However, if you allow
yourself at least nine months from the date of your engagement
to the date of your wedding, you have a few months before
you must order and purchase your wedding gown. This gives
you some time to peruse bridal magazines, Web sites and shops
to determine what you really want your wedding gown to look
like. Here are the basics for choosing a wedding gown that
suits your tastes, your figure and your budget.
Basic Wedding Gown Silhouettes:
Best suited to traditional brides, a ball gown typically
consists of a full bodice to the waist and full skirt. This
design flatters many body types. Think Cinderella.
Empire wedding gowns are identified by their high
waistline (right below the bust) leading into a slim skirt.
This is an attractive option for brides who are with child.
Flattering for most body types, an A-line wedding
gown is made with vertical seams flowing straight down from
the shoulders into a slightly flared skirt.
Best suited to slim brides, a sheath silhouette follows the
line of the body, as opposed to flaring at the skirt.
Keep in Mind When Trying On a
-How does the material fall? Does
it bunch up on any part of your body, or does it flow freely
-Does it feel too tight in the waste
or the chest? You don't want to spend your entire wedding
day "sucking it in." By the same taken, make sure
it isn't so loose in the bust that you feel in danger of exposing
yourself if you lean over.
-Is all stitching, beading and embroidery
fully intact and secure enough to withstand an evening of
dancing, hugging and kissing?
After you've chosen a wedding gown
and had it altered to your specifications, make sure you know
how to get in and out of it (or that your maid of honor knows
how to do it for you) and that you know how to clean it in
case of mishap.
To get the loveliest wedding gown
possible on a strict budget, read Finding
the Dress of Your Dreams At a Price You Can Afford.
Also remember that all eyes will
be on you on your wedding day, so you want to look simply
fabulous in that dress of yours. In addition to getting in
shape, you may want to get a body treatment at the spa to
ensure that your skin looks healthy and glowing. Read Fitness
Tips For Looking Your Best On Your Wedding Day to learn
how to set achievable goals for getting in shape.