Worried about your wedding gown decision? Are you afraid of wedding gown regret? Regret is real for many brides. Many brides look back at their wedding photographs and wish they’d made a different choice. It’s all too easy to find a dress in the moment. One that you love right now, but will you still love it in the years to come?
Here are our tips on making the right choice.
Classic silhouettes never go out of style. Think Kate Middleton, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.
The designer of Kate’s wedding gown, Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton, was kept secret until her entrance into the Westminister Abbey
The gown that Grace Kelly wore to her wedding to Prince Rainier was designed by MGM costume designer Helen Rose, who also made Elizabeth Taylor’s first wedding gown. The gown was created by thirty-six dressmakers over a six week period, with 25 yards of silk taffeta, antique rose-point lace and pearls.
In 1954 Audrey Hepburn married actor Mel Ferrer in a full skirted Fifties ballerina-length gown by Pierre Balmain. She also wore a rose flower crown in her hair.
These gowns and style icons are still talked about today.
Traditional fabrics are your mainstay. Quality fabrics that create classic silhouettes and stand the test of time are a easy choice. Think lace, organza and tulle.
Know your style. Don’t pick an alternative design just to be different. Be true to your style and what suits your body shape. Try on different styles, even if you think you know exactly what you want. Sometimes the gown that looks plain on the rack look stunning on the body. And conversely, the gown that looks stunning on the rack doesn’t suit every bride.
Colour it up. Don’t forget that the white wedding dress was a relatively recent trend instigated by Queen Victoria in her marriage to Prince Albert in February 1840. Of course this trend is still followed by the majority of brides today but breaking the rules has become more prevalent again in recent years.
The full look. Don’t forget your accessories. Too much can be OTT, so test out your extras. One statement piece often looks best with simple, complementary jewellery, and if your gown is heavily beaded or sequined, simple is definitely best. Then there’s your flowers…
Whatever you choose, remember, it’s your day and you should get to wear your dream gown your way.