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I am writing this while we are in lockdown and thinking how I can help all the brides-to be out there with their wedding planning. With experts saying people are spending on average 5 hours extra online a day, I am sure many of you are using that time to search out your wedding suppliers and to get inspiration of the look and feel of the big day. But what about wedding dresses, that you need to try on to find the "one"? Today I am sharing some advice on what you can be doing now, to help you move further towards finding that dream wedding dress.

 

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Use Pinterest to create a board of wedding dress ideas that you love

 

Pinterest is a great platform to gather ideas together of what you love, but also to discount what you don't like. Create a board (and maybe make it secret so your partner cannot see it) and pin images of dresses that you love. Be open minded - look at all lengths, colours and shapes as you may surprise yourself. You may want to share the board with your bridesmaids and mum to get their thoughts but remember, it is your dress! This is a fun part of wedding planning and can be done for all areas of your day - so pour yourself a glass of wine and lose yourself in all the prettiness.

 

Google styles to find designers you love (or use Instagram and blogs)

 

Once you have shortlisted some styles, now is the time to hone this down to designers. Use search engines and Pinterest itself to research, but also Instagram and wedding blogs too. If you find any that you like, you can then visit the designer's website to discover your local supplier. A great idea is to bookmark them and to follow them so you can see new designs that may be announced soon.

 

You can also use this search time to find local wedding dress boutiques to see the wedding dresses that they stock. Most should have a gallery page for the stocked designers and maybe some real brides too. 

 

Ask for recommendations from local Facebook groups and wedding groups

 

If you have no ideas at this point (however I am sure that you will) why not ask locally for recommendations of wedding dress boutiques. Ask on local Facebook groups and join bride/wedding groups too. Some wedding groups are even hosting virtual fairs! Check out their reviews on Google and Facebook to get an idea of what other brides have said. 

 

Email the boutique to check their availability 

 

While all shops are closed at this time, most wedding dress boutique owners will be checking their emails and DMs. Send them a message to ask about the dresses they stock, the designers and styles but also what their availability is like for you to view virtually. While you cannot try them on, you can start to fall in love and maybe, even pinpoint your dream dress. Just remember that it is lockdown so we may take slightly longer than usual to get back to you.

 

Book a consultation for after lockdown

 

When you email them, take the time to book a consultation for when you think lockdown will end. Of course we don't know when that is, but the appointment can always be moved. We know that when this is over (and it WILL be over) you will all desperate to get trying on our dresses so it is a good idea to have an appointment planned. It will also give you something to look forward to!

 

 

We know these are uncertain times, but I wanted to take the opportunity to let you know that we are not going anywhere and that we cannot wait to see you all again soon and to help you find your perfect wedding dress.

 

Kay x

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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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