01 March 2012

On Choosing the Right Wedding Dress

Choosing a wedding dress is one of the most exciting phases of wedding planning. Every soon-to-be bride is excited thinking about finding the right wedding dress, where to shop or who's designer to get.  Here is some of the information that will help you find the perfect wedding dress for your big day.

When to Start

Get started as early as you can so that you can devote ample time for the fittings. Wedding dresses are usually custom made and hence, need several alterations before it fits perfectly. Though some may prefer ready-to-wear, off- the-rack, or hand-me-down wedding dresses. In case you have less time for custom made, opt for something simple.

First Step

- Think about your style and imagine how your wedding dress would be like. Write down few adjectives that best describes how you want to look. Ex. vintage, sophisticated, sexy, royal, elegant etc.

- Determine which design element will complement your body. Specify what you absolutely do not want in your wedding dress. Ex. ball gown silhouette or beading.

- Set your budget and stick to it. A general guideline is to alot 10% of your overall wedding budget.

Choose the time of day and formality of your wedding. Keep in mind your theme (if you have) and the season.

Next Step

- Scout for a wedding gown designer or couturier. Call and make appointments. Take note about the prices and wedding dress descriptions.

- Book your gown designer/ couturier. Ensure that you sign the contract and got the receipt for payments.

- Have your designer take your body measurements. Bust, waist, hips, length. Decide if you want a long train or veil.

Here Comes the Fittings

- Schedule for first fitting along with a sharp-eyed and honest friend.

- You need to bring the shoes that you are going to wear or with a similar heel height you plan to wear on your wedding day. See if you can walk or move comfortably.

- Schedule more fittings until the wedding dress is a perfect fit.

- Remind your designer about the date of delivery.


- Try to maintain your weight as possible. Better yet, forget about the diet, wear that dress, girl.. don't let the  dress wear you!

Happy preps!


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