Every bride knows in advance what kind of dress she wants, but don’t forget that every model is not for every woman. Some dresses show your better sides, while others , unfortunately, bring out the parts of your body that you would rather for them to stay hidden. Surely, you know what your advantages are and you won’t wear a dress that doesn’t make you look ravishing. The cut of your dream dress (if you have it) will be the first one you’ll try, but try some others, you might be surprised! Take a look at some wedding magazines so you have an overview of what’s out there. Maybe you’ll see a model that you wouldn’t think of in the first place, but it’s exactly the one you’re looking for.
You should order a dress (regardless of whether you are buying it, renting it out or having it sewed) ideally about four to six months before the wedding in order for you to have it on time. In any case, the dress should be finished six weeks before the big day in order for you to have enough time to pick the shoes and other accessories that go along. Of course, most salons have a wide variety of accessories so it’s possible to find everything in one place, but it’s not a bad idea to take a look around, maybe you’ll find the perfect combination in two or more spots.
If the dress was passed on to you or you bought from someone who already wore it, look for a good tailor who will make small adjustments in order to make it fit perfectly. If you’re buying the dress out of a catalog, thoroughly check your size number (forget the numbers, check in the catalog – they can vary dramatically in Austria, Germany, Italy, France, UK or USA). The chance of buying the wrong size directly at the salon or when renting it out are smaller since you are going to be able to try dress immediately, but, once more, you’re supposed to find the perfect fit, not the one that matches your specific size number. When you get the dress, try it on and also do it three, two and one week before to wedding – maybe you’ll lose or gain a few pounds while planning the event so take into consideration the possibility that maybe you’ll have to adjust the dress to your new look.
If you are certain which material and cut would suit you best, here are some tips:
For shorter and slimmer women: in order for you to seem taller, pick a dress with a natural waist line with a crimped bottom part that will give you both height and curves. You can go with chiffon, satin or lace materials.
For taller and curvier women: satin, chiffon or lance on a “princess“ dress or an A-cut dress should bring out your best attributes while hiding some imperfections
For taller and slimmer women: wrinkles and frills on the dress will “tame“ your height. A satin or lace dress with a natural waistline should suit you perfectly.