You will be the centerpiece of your big day and your gown will get all the attention it can get! Your wedding is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to look your best, and we’re sure all you brides-to-be out there will want the perfect gown for the occasion. You made the right choice to read this article first before making the dive — it will save you a lot of hassle, and perhaps from disappointment too! So here’s Perfect Wedding’s guide to choosing your perfect wedding dress.
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1. Factor in All Costs
We know having a wedding is expensive, so be diligent and calculate all the costs involved in getting your wedding dress! This includes your headpiece and veil, which could amount from $60 to even $600 depending on the types you choose. Don’t forget shoes, wedding jewelry and lingerie as well! These would easily add a significant amount to your budget set aside for your wedding gown. In addition, most gowns would require alterations, so keep these items in mind!
2. Consider Your Body Shape
Finding a dress that you love and flatters you well can be tricky, but it’s definitely worth the effort. Find out your body shape and see which style of dress would suit your figure. For example, if you are apple shaped, you’ll look leaner in an empire cut dress as it highlights the smallest part of your body and camouflages the parts you wish to de-emphasize.
3. Style, Fit, and Colour
Your wedding dress should not only flatter you, but also match your wedding theme and venue. Keep in mind that lightweight cocktail dresses are ideal for outdoor weddings, while structured full-length wedding gowns work well for church or cathedral weddings. If you want to be less traditional, your dress’ colour is the right element to play with. Instead of choosing a pure white dress, you can go for a pale pink or champagne-coloured wedding gown.
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4. Make Time For the Hunt
We know Singaporean women are a busy lot; most have full time careers which take up 5 days off the entire week. But if you can, try to take time off to search for the wedding dress of your dreams. Chances are, you will probably get more of the salesperson’s attention and time, as compared to going down on a weekend. Also, you would have more time to go to different shops to check out the full range of dresses they have, which means a higher chance of spotting your perfect gown.
5. Saving Tips
If you don’t need an extravagant gown, remove hand-made lacework or beading dresses from your choices. Hand-made gowns are usually much more expensive than regular gowns due to the time and effort required to make them. Consider wearing your mum’s dress if it fits your size and style. This could easily save you hundreds from renting or buying a gown. Choose a simple yet elegant veil and headpiece, or request to rent them instead of purchasing.
6. Underneath Counts!
We recommend selecting undergarments which are close to your skin tone. This would eliminate the chance of them being seen through your dress! You wouldn’t want your lingerie to play peek-a-boo on your most precious day!
7. Ask for Opinions
Whether you’re looking for a dress online or fitting in a local bridal shop, be sure to have a trusted person with you for a second opinion—either your maid of honor, any of your bridesmaids, best friend, or your mother and sisters. Bring someone who’s fashion taste you like and someone you know would be honest and direct with you. Ultimately though, you should just hear their advice and the final choice should be up to you. If you love a dress, but they don’t, they should be able to give you an acceptable reason why you have to choose another one.
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8. Be Open Minded
When looking through bridal dresses, don’t eliminate any one at first look. Try on different types of dresses—you never know which one will look the best! You only have this one chance to experiment, make the most of it! Trying on different styles of gowns allows you to make a better and more complete decision. After seeing yourself in the dresses and getting the opinions of your friends and family, then you can slowly eliminate which ones do not fit your style and size. If a salesperson recommends a style that you don’t really fancy, give it a chance anyway and try it on! Many brides have fallen head over heels in love with a dress which the salesperson had to convince them to try on.
9. Choose Your Own Style Over Fashion
If you choose a dress that’s very trendy, understand that it might make your wedding photos look very outdated. Instead of choosing a wedding gown simply because it’s trendy, choose one with a classic that would make you look and feel beautiful always. It’s better to add your own style to a simple wedding dress by accessorizing it rather than to purchase a wedding outfit directly from a bridal catwalk and regret it years later when you browse through your wedding photos. When looking for a wedding dress, always remember that fashion changes, but style is eternal.
10. Stay Positive
You may be looking for that perfect one for months, but never lose hope and settle for something less just because you grew tired of the hunt. Don’t pressure yourself; take a break for a couple of days and resume the search with energy and enthusiasm.
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Finding the perfect wedding dress can be a bit overwhelming. However, if you know what to do and you have a clear game plan ahead of time, this can be the most fun and pleasurable part of wedding planning. You only get married once, so do whatever it takes to get that dream wedding dress and make that dream wedding happen. For more insights on how to choose your wedding dress, keep a lookout on Perfect Weddings.
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