Wedding dress shopping. There seems to be a huge pressure on you lovely lot to immediately click with a gown, stare at your stunning reflection in the mirror while your Mum cries, then you sip on Champagne with your best girls, toasting your dress hunting success.
But at RMW we know that this isn’t always the case. Sometimes it’s demoralising. All the dresses feel wrong. You aren’t wearing the right underwear. Both you and the sales assistant genuinely work up a sweat trying to wrestle you into a fluffy meringue number…
Well, we don’t want it to be like this, we want it to be relaxing and fun and at the end of the day – we want you to come away with a dress you feel BEAUTIFUL in. So we asked our lovely Fashion Pack members for their top tips for wedding dress hunting. Who better to advise you than the actual designers themselves?
We’d love to hear your dress finding stories and tips too – did you find ‘the one’ or was it more of a slow burning love? Any dress hunting horror stories? Do share below!!!
Let go of all expectations, you don’t know what shape will make you feel like a queen.
I’ve been designing wedding dresses for over 20 years, and what I’ve learned, is that the way a bride feels about her own figure is as equally as important as the design itself, which is why I developed a construction to make a bride feel sensational!
Bridal gowns are unlike anything else you have worn before, the corseted structure and the way the fabric is draped holds your body very differently to the way your day to day clothing does. If you are concerned about lumps and bumps, they are smoothed away, or want a bit more definition, a wedding dress can give you that.
Be opened minded to the fact that those hips you usually hide, will make you feel like a knock out in your dress.
So before you decided to be hungry for 6 months prior to your big date, or take a trip to Harley Street, remember the dress can do all that for you. You are beautiful, exactly the way you are, in this very moment.
Keep an open mind, listen to the stylist in the boutique as they are experts and will know what will suit you, your style and body shape.
Don’t compromise on the perfect fit.
Don’t try on more than 10 gowns, trying on too many gowns will only leave you confused. Let the boutique stylist help guide you into finding the right style for you from a small selection…not 100’s.
Set your budget but always have the emergency ‘OMG I have to have this dress’ fund! (This is usually Mum)…
Don’t get too obsessed by Pinterest. If you obsess too much on how a dress looks in a picture you might be disappointed by how it looks on you.
Only take one or two trusted people with you – too many people and opinions can make it very stressful. Don’t be afraid to break from tradition – there’s no ‘bride laws’. You can wear whatever colour, dress, style etc and look whatever way you want on YOUR DAY!
Do your research before hand, on what kind of styles/shapes you prefer but also don’t become blinded by this. Sometimes taking a chance and trying on something completely different helps a bride to find the one!
To find the dress of your dreams its important to start with the shape, choose a shape that flatters your figure and gives you confidence. Once this has been decided you can then concentrate on the detail, such as fabric, neckline and accessories.
It’s important to visit a few different boutiques so you can compare quality and fit. Make sure you find out what’s included in the price of your gown, as sometimes the fittings will be extra. But most importantly pick a dress that you adore!
Have a hair trial in the morning to get yourself into the zone. Go with your heart! If you love it then go for it no matter what anyone has to say.
Wear good pants and a strapless bra, but definitely no fake tan!