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how to choose a wedding dress

Choosing a wedding dress that makes you feel beautiful can be a difficult decision when there are almost too many options to select from. 

This page gives expert tips on how to choose a wedding dress that you will love wearing on your wedding day and looking at in pictures.

how to choose a wedding dress

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Top tips to ensure a timeless wedding dress choice

To ensure that your wedding dress pictures look just as beautiful in years to come it is recommended to choose a wedding dress that has a timeless style: White and ivory will never go out of fashion and avoid other hues that make a statement but are not as naturally flattering: Full-length gowns are effortlessly elegant and always in fashion for a reason: Add some shimmer or detail to ensure that your dress catches everyone’s eye.


How to choose a wedding dress  checklist

  • Dress colour makes your skin look healthy
  • You like the way your figure looks in the dress
  • The fabric and detailing
  • You feel excited to wear the dress and don’t want to take it off in the shop
  • You feel like a bride
  • Dress price will not cause financial issues
  • Timescales of dress delivery and all fitting/alterations costs are explicit
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    Wedding dress details to factor into your decision

    Beyond the obvious look, comfort and price of a dress it is also worth considering the following factors when choosing a wedding dress:


  • Ease of getting into and out of the dress
  • Is there a way to loosen the bodice if needed
  • Will the dress hide your modesty without worrying all day (this normally only applies to strapless dresses)
  • Where the weight of the dress falls and will this be comfortable all day.
  • Will the dress be warm/cool enough in the season you are getting married
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    How to choose where to get your wedding dress from

    Most designer dresses are stocked in a range of bridal boutiques so do not feel that you have to buy your dream dress from a particular store if you have not been treated well or you have concerns about the service.


    To ensure that the shop you pick will deliver your dress in a timely way do make sure to ask the below questions:


  • How many alternations will be needed on the exact size ordered (and how much will this cost?)
  • Is the size ordered closest to your usual clothing size and is there an option to buy a longer/short length dress (some designers will have this option)
  • Is the dress being ordered in the correct colour for you (make sure it matches the one tried on)
  • Will an underskirt be needed (and how much will this cost?)
  • How many fittings will be involved (the more, the better)
  • Does the cost include a steam-press and can the dress be stored in the shop until near the day (leaving it at the shop will negate the stress of where to hide it)
  • Timescales – how the shop will contact you/keep you up to date, so you do not need to chase 

  • While you may be wanting to avoid the label of a bridezilla, questions asked now will save stress and worry in the months to come.

    how to choose a wedding dress

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    Top wedding dress buying tip: Dress and alteration prices can vary 

    Once you have decided on a specific dress, do also call around and get prices (including alterations). To make sure you get the best deal. Some shops can seem cheaper until you add in the alteration costs.


    When looking around, try not to fall in love with one specific dress but rather a general style to avoid a stressful dress hunt. Also, try to focus on your taste and style rather than seasonal trends.

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