Wedding dress shopping is far from your average shopping trip, and it’s not something all of us have done before, so doing your research before starting to find the perfect one for you is definitely sound advice. Visiting a bridal boutique is a far cry from high street shopping, expect to be in good hands as bridal boutique assistants know everything there is to know about their wedding dresses and how the process works. No question is a silly question and don’t be afraid to ask at any point.

 

We’ve put together our top 17 questions to ask, just so you’re in the know- you may not have thought about some of them!

 

Wedding Dress Shopping Advice

 

Booking Your Appointment

Wedding dress shopping appointments generally last between 1-1.5 hours, and you may be limited to the amount of guests you can bring. Make sure they stock the types of dresses and designers you’ve been looking at and that they are within your price range, to really make sure  that this is the right boutique for you.

 

Ask the following…

  • How long will my appointment be?
  • How many people can I bring with me?
  • Do you stock (designer)? Or (ballgown/fishtail/boho) styles of dresses?
  • What is your price range of gowns?

 

At Your Appointment

When you come to trying on the dresses, it’s an exciting process with lots of mixed emotions, so relax and enjoy the process. Take recommendations and advice from your bridal assistant and think about your vision for your wedding day. If allowed, it’s always good to take pictures while wedding dress shopping so you can look back at your favourite dresses and compare. Think about amendments, alterations and accessories to make it perfect for you as it might just be the deciding factor on whether it’s the one, or not!

 

Ask the following…

  • What style will suit my body shape? (Check out our blog on How to choose the right dress for your body shape
  • Can I take pictures?
  • What’s the timeframe for me to decide and order my dress, and how long will it take for my dress to arrive?
  • What amendments could be made to this dress? For example, if you love the dress but really wanted sleeves ask whether these can be added?
  • What accessories would you add/do you have available?

 

 

Wedding Dress Shopping Advice

 

Once You’ve Found The One

Once you have found your perfect dress you’ll be filled with excitement! Enjoy the moment and think about the next process of making your dress perfect for you. You’ll need to know about alterations, payment plans, any other services that you may need from the boutique and any other costs that you need to be aware of, and plan for.

 

Ask the following…

  • Do you have an in-house or recommended seamstress?
  • What would be the estimated costs of alterations?
  • What is the deposit/payment plan?
  • How much time do I need for alterations?
  • Can a bustle be added to the dress?
  • Do you have a post-wedding cleaning service for my dress to preserve it? 
  • Can the boutique store the dress for you once it’s delivered and before alterations?
  • Are there any extra costs?

 

Wedding dress shopping is the ultimate dress up so enjoy the process and take advice where needed along the way! Have your vision at the forefront of your mind and work out what you're willing to compromise on! And finally, make sure you not only love the dress, but you feel amazing in it!

 

Wedding Dress Shopping Advice

 

 

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With so many different wedding dress shapes and so many different body types, there’s no wonder it can be so overwhelming when it comes to choosing the perfect dress for your body type and for the big day. Knowing your body shape and the general dress styles available will mean you can have a successful dress shopping trip, hopefully, without the drama! Here we give you some top tips and advice on how to do just that!

Fishtail wedding dress by Justin Alexander

Justin Alexander

 

You’ll be armed with knowledge, know your body shape, and what style of dresses you need to look for and more importantly which ones to avoid. If you narrow down your options before heading to the shops, you’re more likely to feel more relaxed, so have some form of criteria set in your head; what does your vision look like and are there some non-negotiable elements i.e. you just have to have a sleeve?

 

Here we look at body shapes and dress types to help you choose the best wedding dress for your body type - a sure way to limit your options for when you start your shopping experience.

 

Body Types

Pear – Hips are wider than your shoulders.

Inverted Triangle - Your shoulders and/or your bust are larger than your hips

Hourglass - Your shoulders and hips are roughly the same size and you have a very defined waistline.

Straight or Athletic - Your shoulders, bust, waist and hips are all roughly the same size, and you have no defined waistline.

 

Wedding Dress Shapes

Ball Gown

A ballgown is great for most body types and if your looking for a traditional or princess look this is the dress to go for. Hourglass, pear, straight or athletic types can wear this dress with elegance. It’s both classic and timeless, generally a fitted bodice with a dramatic flared skirt from the waist down. It’s complimentary in style and shows off the shoulders, bust and waist, whilst keeping the hips covered.

 

 Ball Gown Wedding Dress by Justin Alexander

Justin Alexander

A-Line

With a fitted bodice and natural flared skirt, the A-line gown will suit both an inverted triangle, balancing out the shoulders, and it can give shape to more straight and athletic body types. It’s a classic bridal look that never ages and most gowns this shape have a romantic feel without all the drama of a full ballgown.

A Line wedding dress by  Randy Fenoli

 Randy Fenoli

Empire

A high waisted gown with a straight or shaped seam that sits just under the bust, the empire gown it a relaxed, simple look that compliments the majority of body types due to its versatile style and shape. Hourglass, pear and straight or athletic body types can wear this gown with ease, and feel amazing in it for their big day.

 

Fishtail

If you want to show off your sexy side on your big day the fishtail dress has lots of va-va-voom and hugs in all the right places for hourglass and pear-shaped brides. Sometimes called a mermaid gown it has a fitted bodice that hugs the waist and hips and flares out from the mid-thigh or knee with dramatic effect.

 

Fishtail wedding dress by  Randy Fenoli

Randi Fenoli

Fit and Flare

Similar to a fishtail it has a fitted bodice it flares out from mid-hip, but stills hugs the waist, the perfect dress for someone who wants to show their top curves but not their bottom curves- it’s the happy medium! It still has sex appeal but without the full drama of the fishtail. A versatile shape and will work on hourglass and pear body types perfectly! It will also bring shape to a straight or athletic figure.

 

Fit and Flare wedding dress by Randi Fenoli

Randy Fenoli

 

Sheath

With a long straight and slim, silhouette, a sheath shaped gown is both elegant and chic and is perfect for a straight or athletic figure. This is probably the most least a versatile dress in terms of body shape however if there’s detailing on the waist it could work well with an hourglass body type too.

 

Sheath wedding dress by Justin Alexander 

 Justin Alexander 

 

Hopefully you now know your body type and are armed with all you need to start your wedding dress shopping experience. Why not book an exclusive appointment with us at the boutique and we can help you find the perfect dress for your body type! Get in touch, we look forward to meeting you!

Or come along to our Randy Fenoli Trunk Show on October 25th and 26th - more information can be found here.

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