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How to choose the right wedding dress

Choosing just one wedding dress that makes you feel beautiful can be a difficult decision to make when there are almost too many options. This page gives expert tips and checklists to help you choose the right wedding dress for you.

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Tips to make the right 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 also effortlessly elegant and always in fashion for a good reason.

How to know your wedding dress is the one

  • The dress colour and fabric makes your skin look radiant
  • You like the way your figure looks in the dress
  • The fabric is comfortable against your skin
  • You feel excited to wear the dress and don’t want to take it off in the shop
  • You feel like a bride
  • The dress price will not cause financial issues

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How to choose the right wedding dress - practicalities

Beyond the 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
  • Can the bodice be loosened
  • Will the dress maintain your modesty without causing you to fidget
  • Is the weight of the dress evening distributed and manageable
  • Will the dress be warm/cool enough in the season you are getting married
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Where to buy your wedding dress

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. Make sure to check:

  • How many alternations are recommended on your dress and associated costs?*
  • If it is possible to buy a longer/short length version of dress?
  • Will the shop guarentee that the dress will be the exact colour of the one you tried on
  • Does the cost include a steam-press and can the dress be stored in the shop until near the day
  • Approximate timescales for delivery and fittings

*Some shops can seem cheaper until you add in the alteration costs

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