are so many different styles of wedding gowns available...discount
wedding gowns, modest wedding gowns, designer wedding gowns, informal
wedding gowns, the possibilities are endless. You might be
overwhelmed by the choices. Where do I start? What do I look for?
Donít panic. There are some points to consider that will narrow down
your options but still let you have fun trying on different styles of
on Bridal Gowns:
Finding a Wedding Gown that Fits - A Complete Guide
The first point to consider is how much you can afford to spend on your
dress. You need to work out the budget for your entire wedding and
allocate amounts for each part, including the dress. You donít want to
spend a large chunk of your available funds on your wedding gown, and
then find that you havenít got enough to pay for the reception, or
honeymoon. So, be realistic. This doesnít mean that you canít still have
the dress of your dreams; it simply means that you may have to look at
some of the cheaper options available to you.
If you have a relatively small budget, there are some ways that you can
find the perfect wedding gown, without having to spend your entire
wedding budget, or end up needing a loan to cover it.
The most expensive
gowns are those that are designed by a wedding salon, especially for
you. This is not an option for most brides. Next down the line are
wedding outlets. These tend to have a variety of Ďoff the rackí dresses.
They will often only have one size of each dress, so you need to be sure
that you find out if they are able to do any adjustments, or if you have
to find a seamstress.
Renting a wedding dress is a cheaper option. However, you do need to
remember that this may have been worn by a lot of people, before you.
There are a lot of places that hire out wedding gowns. Wearing a rented
dress does help fulfill one of the wedding traditions; something old!
Another option that may also fit this bill is buying a second-hand gown.
You will find adverts in your local paper, for example, for dresses for
sale, privately, or there are some shops that sell worn wedding dresses.
It is also worth checking out some of the online auction sites, such as
eBay. You may find that a bride-to-be ended up not getting married, and
the dress is practically new. Lastly, you may have a relative who has
their old wedding dress, and would allow you to wear it for your big
day. Again, that would fulfill one of the traditions Ė something
The next step is to make sure that you have a clear idea of the type of
wedding that you are going to have. That way you can choose a wedding
gown that is appropriate. For example, if you are having an intimate
ceremony, at a small venue with just a few guests, a long flowing train
would be a bit over the top. You can still have a train, but a shorter
styled one. The same applies if you are having an outdoor ceremony, as
the train is likely to get very dirty from dragging across the ground.
The time of year that you are getting married can also have a big impact
on your final choice of style. Think about what the temperature is going
to be like, and choose an appropriate dress, especially if you are going
to be married outdoors. You need to consider whether a sleeveless or
long-sleeved dress would be best. You want to be comfortable, and not
shivering with cold, or almost fainting with the heat because you have
chosen the wrong style of gown.
Many brides worry about what size of dress they are going to need,
especially if they are planning to diet before the big day. You need to
know that the majority of wedding dresses are meant to be tight-fitting,
and you shouldnít be surprised if you need to buy one that is one or two
sizes larger than your normal dress size. Always make sure that you buy
a dress that is larger, rather than smaller. You can always have it
altered by a seamstress. No two women have the same body shape, and it
is unlikely that the dress will be a perfect fit before it is altered.
When you are trying on dresses, make sure that you are wearing lingerie
that is similar to what you will be wearing on your wedding day.
Donít be afraid about choosing what you like, and not buy what you think
your husband-to-be would like. It is important that you feel comfortable
on the big day. If you donít normally go for frills and fuss, then donít
choose a wedding dress that has a lot of detail. Plain wedding gowns are
also stunning, and you will look far more radiant if you are comfortable
with your choice.
Always give yourself as much time as possible to find your perfect
wedding gown. You should start your search as early as possible,
preferable 9 months before the wedding date. There are a number of
reasons for this; one important one is that it gives you plenty of time
to order your dress, and have alterations done. Some outlets need a few
months to obtain a dress, especially if it is a size that they did not
stock at the time. Of course, a gown from a salon could take even
longer. Another benefit that ordering your gown early gives you is that
it takes away the last minute stress that organizing a wedding can
bring. You can cross it off your list, until you have your final
fitting. This final fitting should take place about 2 weeks before your
wedding day. This will give you a more accurate idea of what size you
are going to be in the day itself.
Finally, and most important of all, you want to have fun choosing your
dress! It is a great excuse for a girlís day out. Take a girlfriend with
you, and make a day of it. She can help by giving you her opinion, and
also be far more objective than your close relatives may be. Have a
well-deserved treat at the end of the day. Perhaps have a meal, or go
and see a movie. Remember, you may not find your ideal dress at the
first attempt, but you can have fun another day, until you have the
dress of your dreams.