How do I choose the perfect wedding dress?

Choosing the perfect wedding dress can be a daunting as well as exciting experience – there is an amazing array of different styles in bridal shops these days, and there’s the added pressure of knowing that the bride is always the centre of attention! 

But fear not – there are a few simple things to bear in mind when trying to find your dream wedding dress.

What is your personality type?

If you are naturally quite flamboyant and outgoing, a full-skirted dress with a train and lots of diamante and sparkle might be just your thing. If you are of a quiet, shy type who feels nervous about being in the limelight, try a simple column-style dress with more delicate embellishments.

What type of figure do you have?

With such a wide range of styles now available on the market, a good bridal store should have dresses to flatter all figures. The trick is to keep an open mind and try several different styles until you find something that suits you. If you feel comfortable doing so, take a friend or family member along with you who you know will give you an honest opinion about what looks good on you.

What is your skin tone and hair colour?

The tradition for white wedding dresses goes back as far as Queen Victoria, but these days brides-to-be have a bit more choice… Pure white is often not very flattering and so ivory is very popular, but also consider champagne, pale pink, silver or gold. The latest ranges from top wedding dress designers also include darker colours, such as ruby red, and even black!

Where are you getting married?

If you’re going abroad we recommend that you choose a dress that will travel well, and if you’re going to a hot climate try and avoid heavy fabrics and large underskirts which will feel stifling in the midday sun. Likewise, for a winter wedding, consider a long-sleeved style (very popular again thanks to Kate Middleton), or a shrug or bolero.

Most of all, remember that the staff in wedding stores are there to help you find a dress that you look fabulous in, and which will be comfortable to wear. Choosing your wedding dress is a big deal but it should be an enjoyable experience, and it shouldn’t break the bank! For a fantastic range of cheap designer wedding dresses (including plus size) visit Perfect Wedding Outlet in Shotton Colliery.

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