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Wednesday, 17 June 2020 15:47

A Guide To Wedding Dress Shapes and Necklines

When it comes to wedding dress shopping, there may be terms that you’ve not heard of before, so we thought we could help! Starting with wedding dress shapes and necklines, we aim to take the confusion out of industry terms, with our series of glossary blogs. Being armed with knowledge is always better when you're entering the unknown, and wedding dress shopping can get confusing and overwhelming at times, so knowing your styles and your wedding dress shapes, you will be wedding dress shop like an expert in no time!

 

Wedding Dress Shapes

A-line

The A-line wedding dress shape is slim on top and has a fitted bodice that flares from the waist. A classic bridal shape that suits a straight or inverted triangle figure.

 

Sheath

Great for a straight/athletic figure, or an hourglass, depending on the detail, a sheath dress has a long, slim silhouette that has no flare.

 

Ballgown

A ballgown or princess dress is great for a dramatic entrance. It has a fitted boned bodice and a full skirt supported by layers of petticoats. It compliments most body types and is a classic, timeless wedding dress.

Fishtail

Fishtail or Mermaid, hugs the top half of the body tightly and flares out from the knee and below. It’s the one to choose if you have an hourglass figure and will show your curves off beautifully.

 

Empire

High waisted and cut just under the bust, the empire line wedding dress shape is simple, relaxed and is perfect for small busts or curvy figures. It’s a classic look that is extremely flattering.

 

Fit and Flare

Similar to a fishtail this gown has a fitted bodice that hug the waist; however, it fares out from a higher leg point. This can vary from style to style but its great for most body types, and perfect if you want to show off your curves or enhance your curves.

 

Wedding Dress Necklines

Illusion

There’s hundreds of different necklines out there, so we’ve narrowed it down to the ones which tend to venture into the unknown when it comes to general knowledge and the illusion neckline is always one that we seem to be asked about! It is extremely popular in bridalwear right now. It consists of a transparent fabric used on either the front/back or both and generally has embellishments covering a bride’s neckline, creating the illusion of the embellishment on the skin.

Scoop Neck

The scoop neck is a U-shaped, low neckline that takes the shape of a circular style. This style both opens the neckline and reveals a hint of cleavage.

 

Bardot

An off the solder number is known as a Bardot neckline. The straps as such hang over the shoulder and hug the top of the arm to create a clean line. This style suits most body types but is particularly good for a pear shape or if you have a big bust.

 

Sweetheart

This is generally a strapless gown that dips down in the middle creating a ‘love heart’ shape. It’s great for most body types including big busts if you have the right underwear and fit.

 

Queen Anne

This neckline can have a few variations; however, it has a high collar at the back and then is shaped in either a scoop, V-neck, or illusion in the front. It’s chic, sophisticated and oozes style- think Princess Kate!

Slashed/Boat Neck

A slashed or boat neck is a wide neckline that runs from point to point at each shoulder and across the collarbone, creating a clean horizontal line. Its extremely flattering for small busts and creates an elegant silhouette.

Jewel

The Jewel encircles the neck and covers the whole of the upper body. It is generally used without sleeves in bridal and is great for smaller busts.

 

 

We hope you found this useful! Keep checking the blog for more hints, tips advice and glossaries and if you need anymore help or would like to book a try on appointment get in touch!

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Thursday, 10 October 2019 10:14

Why Does My Wedding Dress Cost What It Does?

Most of us have dreamt of the perfect wedding dress, what styles we like, our vision of what we want to look like on the big day, and more importantly what we want to feel like! We want to be the most perfect version of ourselves and we want the dress of our dreams. You don’t have to have got married before to know that wedding dresses don’t come cheap, and for most of us it’s probably going to be the most expensive piece of clothing that we’ve ever bought. Today we are sharing an insight as to why your wedding dress costs what it does, and why it’s worth the money!

Fishtail wedding dress by Justin Alexander

Fishtail Dress by Justin Alexander

 

Bridal gowns are ultimately stunning dresses and most probably the most beautiful dress you’ll wear in your lifetime. They’re made of beautiful, often expensive materials and contain multiple layers of fabric with  the most intricate details, embellishments and beading. They’re also expensive for bridal boutiques to buy; with everything there are multiple levels of design and quality within the wedding dress market and the higher designer brands are pricier because of the level of detail and construction that goes into them.

 

It goes without saying that the more expensive the fabrics, the more expensive the dress, so if you’re looking at pure silk gowns or dresses with Italian laces these will be much more expensive generally than something that has a tulle skirt and a plain bodice. Different qualities of fabric will effect both the look, drape and feel of the dress, so generally the more expensive the fabric the better the quality of the dress and how it looks and feels.

 

Once a wedding dress has been designed, the process of constructing that gown includes grading into the different sizes for production and of course working out the mathematical requirements of any lace, beading and detail that is in the design. Many bridal gowns are hand finished and hand beaded which makes them very lengthy and costly to make for designers, and amendments must be made to make sure the dress and it’s details will work in every size.

 

As with high-street and designers for everyday clothing, the more well-known the designer the higher the price tag of the gown. These gowns tend to be constructed with more costly fabrics and a more intricate make-up resulting in a better fit. Yes of course, as with everything  there are gowns available at a lower cost often very similar to the well-constructed higher priced brands, but be very wary of ordering online dresses from overseas as sometimes what you see is definitely not what you get; the fit and construction could leave you disappointed and having to start your hunt for a gown all over again with a slashed budget.

 

With most designers, dresses are made to order, which is why your wedding dress can take up to 6 months to come- it’s being made for you after all! If you love the dress and want amendments to it from the designer, for example, adding a sleeve, or further embellishment to make it how you want it, this will also add to the cost, as there will be more work to do!

 

There are also other things to think about when it comes to the cost of your dress. If you leave it until the last minute there may be extra costs in all areas to get your dress ready for the big day, so make sure you shop early. Most designers will charge a late order fee as they will have to push your order forward, work longer hours or get extra workforce in than anticipated in order to get it to you in time;  this may also result in more costly alterations when it reaches you, for exactly the same reasons, so don’t delay shopping if you have an option.

 

Our advice to you?

  • Set your preferred spend early on and stick to it where you can.
  • If you love a high end designer, expect to pay a high end designer price.
  • Keep an open mind and try on similar dresses to what you have been dreaming about
  • Please remember that the majority of wedding dresses are intricate, well-constructed and costly to make and definitely worth the spend for the most important day of your life!

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Wedding dress shopping should be really exciting but we all know that some brides can feel a little over whelmed, not knowing what to expect. Here at Brides Boutique Buckingham we want you to have a great time and more importantly, we want you to find the wedding dress of your dreams, so we have written our top tips to help the visit run smoothly so that you leave having ticked another thing off your planning list!

 

Wedding Dresses at Brides Boutique Buckingham

Give Yourself Time

It is advised that you start dress shopping approximately a year before the big day, especially if you’re a picky shopper. Most dresses can take up to 9 months to order in and then you need time for alterations and last-minute tweaks so the earlier you start the better and this will avoid any last-minute stressful situations. If time is of the essence fear not, most boutiques have samples dresses which you can purchase and have altered but giving yourself the time to shop is always the best option if you have it.

 

Have A Budget In Mind

Most of us will have some kind of budget that we need to stick to. No matter how much or how little it is be realistic when shopping and do not waste time trying on gowns that are way out of your price range. If you have a little movement on price be open and honest with the bridal assistants, they would much prefer it this way. Also bear in mind that you will have alterations and accessories costs on top of the dress price, so make sure you take these into account. Avoid disappointment by having a price range in mind.

 

Do Your Research

Research, research, research, from styles you like, styles you don’t like and of course do your research for the right bridal boutiques do they stock the designers you like? Or the style/type of dress you like? Ask lots of questions and book your appointment in advance.

 

Justin Alexander Lace Wedding Dress

 Justin Alexander Lace Wedding Dress

Wear the Right Underwear

Make sure you wear underwear that is a close match to what you will wear on the day, neutral or white is always the best option. If a strapless dress is an option for you, wear a strapless bra. If shapewear makes you feel more confident and you’d be happy wearing this on your wedding day then wear it to try on, you will get a feel of how the dresses are sitting and of course the most important bit, how they feel and how they make you feel.

 

Think About Your Theme and Venue

Do you have a theme? Or certain requirements which are non-negotiable ie. Sleeves, high neckline? Make sure you are clear on these when shopping. Keep in mind what your venue style you have and what you want your bridesmaids to be wearing – have a vision. If your getting married outdoors it’s probable best to stay away from a big ballgown, or if dancing is a priority, make sure you go for a looser style that you can move in! Have your priorities set for the day.

 

Be Picky of Your Entourage Choice

Choosing your entourage can be tricky, and it’s tempting if you have a large bridal party to want to invite them all, however, we would suggest a maximum of three people to take dress shopping with you, everyone will tend to have different opinions and you don’t want to end up being more confused, trying to please everyone! You need people there to support you and give constructive opinions if required, but also people who know you, and what your bridal vision is. If you can’t possibly pick between them then take different people to different appointments until you’ve narrowed it down to a couple of dresses.

 
Pastel blue wedding dress

 

Take Advice but Listen to Yourself

Take advice from both your entourage and the bridal assistants, they may have suggestions you’ve not thought of. Having said that, most importantly listen to yourself, only you will know if you feel comfortable in something and it’s not only about how you look, but how the dress makes you feel!

 

Keep an Open Mind

Do keep an open mind for your first visit and try on, you may think you want a certain style but, in most cases, you will end up going for something completely different. Stick to your absolute no no’s but do try on styles that you’ve not seen or not thought of as it may just be the perfect dress.

 

Enjoy the Experience

This is by far the most important! Remember to enjoy yourself! There will be dresses that will suit you, and ones that won’t, treat it as the ultimate dress up and have some fun! A day out trying on dresses with your nearest and dearest, what more could you ask for!

 

Here at Brides Boutique Buckingham we offer an intimate, relaxed and friendly atmosphere within a light and airy studio. We offer a by appointment, private consultation, where you will have exclusive use of the boutique throughout your consultation. We stock beautiful gowns from designers such as Randy Fenoli, Justin Alexander, RFB, Lillian West and Pappilon by Modica. Plus we also stock bridesmaid designer, Motee Maids, meaning you can sort your bridal party out too!

 

To book an appointment please get in touch here  and start your wonderful wedding dress shopping experience!

 

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