You may or may not of noticed that our little menu bar has changed a wee bit, we now have a new shiny section called “Ask The Experts” where from time to time we’ll invite an industry specialist to come share their experience and knowledge with you gorgeous lot, assist you in on your (often daunting) journey through weddingville.
Today we would like to welcome Love Lust List member Lauren Williamson from Adamo Bridal in Essex who spends her day not only surrounded by beautiful frocks but is also planning her own big day. And yes I asked the same question that I bet you gorgeous lot are probably thinking….how the hell do you pick a gown when you literally have so many pieces of pretty at your bridal fingertips?!
The answer is Lauren hasn’t quite chosen yet, but she does have a few tips, tricks and suggestions should you be stuck in a “I can’t find the one” style rut.
Over to you Madam Williamson:
My advice to brides so often is to keep an open mind. But what do you do when that really is the case and you just don’t know where to begin? To illustrate my eyes-wide-open dilemma, as a bridal shop owner I visit 2-3 trade shows per year. At the most recent British Bridal Exhibition in Harrogate (BBEH) there were over One Hundred And Forty (!) bridal wear collections, each with minimum of around ten dresses and some with much, much more. One thing our brides say that they like about our boutique is that they can actually SEE the dresses, because it literally isn’t a SEA of dresses! But a heck of a lot of foot slogging, um-ing and ah-ing (and I admit the occasional champagne sipping) goes into wading through that sea of pretty to pick the cream of the crop and bring them back for you. So is it true that there really can be too much of a good thing? How can you possibly find “the one” amidst hundreds, if not thousands, of dresses?
Although obviously being a tad bias, I can honestly say that I love all of the dresses that we stock at Adamo and when asked I have never been able to pick a favourite…
Clockwise from top left: From the simplicity of Ugo Zaldi To the quirkiness of Rembo Styling, the delicate draping of Cymbeline…and the classic couture cuts of Alan Hannah… what’s a girl to do?!
The pressure I feel about choosing between them is like picking a favourite child (or in my case, having to pick which of my beloved beagles Henry and Molly I love the most). It is unthinkable!!! But, unfortunately as I am no Kim Kardashian, I just can’t have them all. Admittedly I do see some dresses that make me cringe or at least raise an eyebrow. But that seems to be a common problem – it’s so much easier to pick out what you don’t like than narrow down what you do like.
After many sleepless nights and three days of perusing countless dresses at BBEH I came to a simple conclusion….the only possible way to narrow it down was by what will suit my body shape the best. It may sound basic, and it is, but it is so very easy to get carried away which is why you may need someone else to bring you back down to earth, which in my case is my very straight-talking mum. And that is my ultimate advice – if in doubt, ask for a second opinion and listen to the experts. Someone else can stand back and tell you that dress X is much more flattering to your shape than dress Y, even though you may have fallen head over heels in love with dress Y. Yes, the fitted fishtail gown or the slinky lace number may be stunning, but the point is that you are supposed to look stunning in it and dressing to compliment your figure is the only way to achieve that.
So if like me you have an hourglass figure (i.e your bust and hips are pretty much the same measurements and your waist is significantly smaller) then here are some of my top picks from Rembo Styling which we stock here at Adamo… (top right and bottom left for the hourglass, the other two are pretty cool too…) and you might just be seeing little old me in one of them next year!!
*All gowns by Rembo Styling at Adamo Bridal.
So then lovelies, question time…
Have you been drowning in a sea of dresses?
Did you buy one to “suit your shape” or just because you bloody loved it?
Have you chosen something completely unexpected because on the hanger it looked “blah” but on you it looked fabulous?
Big Thanks To Lauren Love