How to choose your Wedding Dress...

 A wedding is such an exhilarating time. It’s the union of two people becoming one: mind, body and soul.   It is two families coming together to write a whole new chapter. It’s a rite of passage into a whole new realm of possibilities and a whole new life. The air is filled with an ambiance of love and excitement, as stories are shared of how they met, and where he proposed.  Such a special time! 

However, after the novelty wears off and the reality sets in, the next question that arises for the bride is “Eek what do I wear?”  Finding that perfect dress is paramount for a lady on her special day; she wants to have that fairy tale moment that all little girls dream of. The one where she is a princess surrounded by the ones she loves, has a beautiful wedding and lives happily ever after with her prince.   

So where does one start? 

This can be a very overwhelming time for a bride.  It is already stressful as hundreds of details swarm around in her head. The one thing she wants to be sure of is that on her special day she wants to look fabulous!  Here are a few pointers for finding that perfect dress as well as choosing the right dresses for your bridesmaids. 

Know what suits you

Choosing  the right dress

The first step to finding that perfect dress is to “know oneself.”  By this I mean you should have an idea of what you like, what you are looking for, and the type of dress that compliments your body type. What you wear should not only be a statement; it should have some semblance of your personality in tow.

 Which Body Type are you ???

A vision of beauty in the pefectly chosen dress

Dare to be the unique individual that you were created to be.  But if you do not often wear dresses, or if you just do not know what your personal style is and what type of dress to look for, it’s ok.   Be willing to experiment with  a new look, a dress that highlights your assets and minimizes those areas that you are not quite so crazy about. 

For example:  If your arms and shoulders are your best feature, choosing a strapless dress, or an off the shoulder dress is a great choice for you.  If you have an hour glass shape, choosing a dress that is fitted to the body like a mermaid style dress, or one that has a wrap or ruche effect at the side of the waist is a great choice.  If you have a tiny waist, choose a dress that highlights your waistline, but yet is proportional to your lower half.  If you are self-conscious about your hips, you can never go wrong in a great A-Line dress with an amazing neckline; this will take the focus off the bottom half and draw attention to your other beautiful features. 
















Choose wisely who you take with you when go to buy your gown 

 The second step to finding that perfect dress is to “know your friends.” Choosing the right person to take dress shopping with you is pivotal. It can make for a wonderful experience or your worst nightmare. Whether you are travelling abroad to find a dress, or coordinating with a local designer or bridal store; it is in your best interest to keep the number small.  This is not a good time to take the whole bridal party. 

One thing’s for sure; you can do without the additional stress or pressure of everyone’s opinions.  Remember the saying; “too many cooks spoil the broth,” it’s real!  Too many opinions can leave you even more unsure and confused.  The last thing you want is to be standing there on your wedding day in a dress that you are less than comfortable in; and wishing you had not allowed someone to talk you into a dress that you do not absolute love. 

Choose someone close to you who knows you well, someone who is a close friend or relative who will encourage you and tell you the truth, but still respect the fact that at the end of the day it’s your decision.  Allow the professionals at the bridal store to help you find what works best for your body type.  When you try on that dress that fits every aspect of your personality and looks phenomenal on you, you will know.

Your Bridesmaids

    Now that the stress of finding your perfect dress is out of the way, 

you can focus dressing  your bridesmaids.  



     Shopping for your bridesmaids can be a challenge because you have so many different body types and          personalities to consider.  However, in choosing the perfect dress for your bridesmaids, here are a few                     things to think about:


    1. Choose a colour that you like, and that will be complimentary to all who                 wear it. 

    2. Consider the various body types and shapes of your bridesmaids, and                    choose  a dress that is figure flattering for all involved. Use the guidelines            for choosing the right dress for the right body type as outlined earlier. 

    3. Narrow the dresses down to two choices, the best fit will determine the               best choice.


The Choice!

Seeing the bridesmaid’s dresses on before you make a final decision is imperative. If you are shopping overseas you can invite your Maid of Honour etc. to go with you, to help you with the dress selection, so that you will see which of the two dresses works best.  

Dresses have a funny way of looking beautiful on the mannequin, or on the size 0 model in the magazine, but differently on a real figure. Thus, you want to be sure that it is well suited for your body type, and fits as fantastic as it looks.  

Finally it is important that you find the time to gather all of your bridesmaids together to try on their dresses, and to view the amazing one that you have chosen. Remember, you may not be able to please everyone, but at the end of the day it is your wedding, and you have the final say.  Your bridesmaids will respect your choices, if they don't the maybe we need an article on how to chose your bridesmaids.

       Whether you are a bride or a bridesmaid or just attending the wedding, these pointers are guaranteed            to help you find that perfect dress and have you looking fabulous on that special day.  Follow these              pointers and make sure your wishes are clear, and never lose sight of the fact that it’s your day, your            dress, so own it! Love it! 

Kathy J, from KAJ STLYES 


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