Choosing Your Wedding Style for Your Big Day

If you are like most women, you’ve probably dreamt for countless hours about walking down the isle in your beautiful wedding gown to be met by your dashing groom. But now that you and your partner have finally set a date, it has suddenly become surprisingly difficult to pick the right clothes and accessories to make this dream wedding come true. Should you go for an elegant look or something simpler? How about a more traditional style? Or something more unique perhaps? And what about your groom? Choosing the perfect outfit for your wedding can be an overwhelming task. Here are some ways you can make it easier:

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Wear Something That Suits You

When choosing your wedding gown, it could really help to first scan wedding magazines and websites to get a better idea of how you would like to look as a bride. There are primarily five types of wedding dress based on the shape of the body: sheath, empire, ball gown, A-line, and mermaid (or trumpet). Each of these styles is better suited for particular body types. For example, a pear-shaped body usually looks best with an A-line gown, while a ball gown can look very well on a tall figure.

Next, you’ll have to decide on the length and shape of your neckline, bodice, sleeves, train, and veil. These are not minor details and can greatly affect how well you look on your wedding dress. In general, you should highlight your lovely features, while take attention off your less-attractive ones. If you have a full bust, you might want to consider a square neckline or a strapless dress; if you have broader shoulders, stay off halter and off-shoulder necklines. Imagine, too, how you will look with your accessories on.

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What about your groom, you say? Well, the simple truth is that men are not that difficult to dress, or they are not as concerned about their outfit as their brides are. Nowadays, in a Singapore wedding, the groom normally wears either a tuxedo or a three-piece suit, depending on the level of formality of the wedding and its motif. In most cases, you only have to make sure that what he wears doesn’t come in contrast with yours. Lastly, consider your own comfort: choose outfits that you will be comfortable wearing for the whole wedding.

Match Your Outfit with the Setting

What you wear on your wedding should complement the style and concept of your wedding. Whether you choose a very formal or solemn ceremony, or a more laid-back, playful wedding, what you wear on the big day need to be in harmony with the time, mood and location. If you’re exchanging your vows in a candlelit cathedral, wearing a sundress is probably not a bright idea. And if you’re having a garden wedding with just the sky above you, you really shouldn’t have your man in coat and wearing a top hat.

Now, if you are celebrating your union in a spectacular place, then you should choose an equally magnificent dress. And if you’re having the party in a classy, reception hall, then it’s only fitting to wear an elegant dress with tasteful accessories. But don’t be afraid to experiment a bit (this is where an experienced wedding planner could be very helpful) and go for less-than-conventional attires. If you’re having your wedding at the beach, then you can just wear a top bikini with flowing white pants while he wears a white Hawaiian shirt and trunks.

Always Go For Style Over Fashion

You may be tempted to pick a trendy dress, but try to avoid the urge as much as you can. Aside from being pricey, trendy dresses can outdate your photos years after your wedding—you don’t want to appear out of style when your future children browse your wedding album. Pick a classic style dress or a simple looking one with minimal details, so it’s easier to accessorize and make your own look out of it. Sheath dresses are a good option as the smooth and silky material looks timeless and simple, and it drapes nicely over the body. For fuller figure brides, you can never go wrong with A-line dresses. Tastefully incorporate your own style with your chosen dress to make it look even more unique.

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Let Your Personality Show

Despite some of the suggestions above, you shouldn’t feel very limited about your options on what to wear on your wedding. Regardless of the location and setting, it’s easy to incorporate your own personal style into the ceremony – and it’s all in the details. By wearing peculiar and personal accessories, you can add an accent to your wedding and show your personality at the same time.

If you and your groom are avid athletes, why not wear trainers on your weddings instead of the traditional leather shoes? Or if you’re a bohemian couple, let your individuality show and amend your own outfits. In Singapore, with its very culturally diverse population, it might be a great idea to address your roots by wearing an ethnic accessory or by wearing outfits with both traditional and modern inspirations. As a rule of thumb, just wear something that you are comfortable with and that reflects who you are, but also stylized enough to show just how singularly important your wedding is to you.

A gorgeous wedding gown style doesn’t have to be of current fashion or a signature piece. Looking beautiful in a dress is about feeling confident and comfortable and wearing something that flaunts your best asset and flatters your figure. Hopefully with these four tips, it would be less stressful for you to look for the dress that will bring out the best in you.

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