Your wedding dress is one of the key things that you will want to make sure you get right on your wedding day. Trendy styles, uncomfortable fittings, and dresses that don’t tie into your wedding venue; we explore the most important things to avoid when shopping for your wedding dress.
Go for something timeless
Every bride wants to look chic and modern on her wedding day, but take the time to consider how you will look in your wedding photo album 20 years from now. You want a dress that embodies timeless elegance: one that your guests and your future children, or nieces and nephews, can admire.
Glamour explains why choosing a classic wedding dress is a better choice than a trendier option:
“Trendy wedding dresses won’t necessarily stand the test of time—flip through your parents’ wedding album for evidence of that. “A gown should be timeless,” says Erika Unbehaun, owner of Flutterfly Events, a wedding planning company in London. “When you feel sexy and glamorous in a gown that has both modern and traditional elements, and you feel like a better version of yourself when you’re wearing it, you’ve found your timeless gown. It’s something that will never go out of style.”
Don’t forget to tie your dress into your location
Where you’re getting married should come into play when choosing your wedding dress. For example, if you’ve arranged for your wedding to take place at the bohemian Leez Priory, then opting for an original, vintage-style wedding gown will tie in beautifully with the overall theme of your wedding. In contrast, if you have chosen the regal Clearwell Castle, then you may like to go for a fairytale-style wedding dress that embraces a full skirt and crystal embellishments.
However, don’t let the venue or the character of the ceremony dictate your choice of gown. Consider coverups, or even two dresses, if your ceremony will be formal but you would like to have a wilder party afterwards. As The Knot explains, “Don’t: Let your wedding style dash your dreams of the perfect gown. If you have your heart set on a fun, sexy gown but you’re worried it’s not appropriate for your ceremony site, consider wearing a coverup for a more demure look during your ceremony.”
Don’t show too much skin
A demure slit down the side of your dress, or a classic sweetheart neckline, can add allure to your wedding day look. However, showing too much skin can feel uncomfortable for some brides, so take into account whether or not you will be happy with the skin on show in your chosen dress.
If you have your heart set on a wedding dress, then don’t fret: you can easily have your dream wedding dress amended to suit you.
Style is important, but so is comfort. You will spend many hours in your wedding dress, so while a tight, well-fitted wedding dress may look striking, it may not be the most comfortable choice for your wedding day dress. Ditto when choosing a dress with a full skirt; it may look beautiful in your wedding photos, but how practical are oceans of trailing silk taffeta, or a Disney-style full netted skirt?
When choosing your wedding dress be sure to avoid these common wedding dress don’ts and you will be well on your way to embracing both comfort and style on your wedding day.