Prosecco and Petals
Wedding planning guide
Shortlisting dresses and finding the right wedding dress that makes you feel beautiful can be a difficult decision when there are so many options to pick from.
This article is designed to give you wedding dress shopping tips and hints to make sure you go for a look that is elegant, timeless and totally you.
Bridal dress appointments usually last 60-90 minutes and will tend to follow a pre-defined structure.
Brides-to-be will be greeted by a consultant who will ask initial questions about the day and dress style preferences. Usually, there is the time to browse the shop and select a few dresses to try initially.
While trying on these dresses, the consultant will carefully listen to your preferences and feedback and bring out other dresses to fulfil your wants.
Once an ideal dress or preference is shown, the consultant will get accessories such as a veil so the look can be completed. At the end of the appointment, the consultant will give full details on preferences.
Standing on a block will give you a distorted view of how the dress would look on you (unless you are suddenly going to grow 6 inches). Whereas, heels will provide you with a realistic height where the dress detail will fall.
Consultants will use lots of tricks to make sample sizes look just right on different figures.
Ask for the bodice to be clipped and avoid foam blocks stuffed down your back. Clips will give you an idea how the dress could look from behind. Whereas, blocks will mask how the dress would feel and will distort rear viewing of it.
although it can feel a little embarrassing to start off with, it is essential to take a walk around the shop and to sit in your dress.
On your wedding day, you will constantly be moving, and it is vital that you can move with ease and feel comfortable doing so.
Do take a silent snap of the dress when you are in the fitting room (only if entirely alone) or, if allowed, ask for the consultant to take some pictures.
If pictures are strictly not allowed, make a note of the dresses you liked and any specific detailing. Always return to your favourite dress before leaving, so it is fresh in your mind.
Irrespective of the dress (unless it is a figure-hugging sheath or column style), do ask to try on an underskirt to see the effect this has on the skirt's shape. These can dramatically alter the skirt shape and feel.
There are a couple of things to check before paying a non-refundable deposit.