Normally, the final decision comes between two totally different dresses. At that point, I would ask the bride two questions: "What do you want to say at your wedding?" and "How do you want to look for your groom? Sophisticated?Sexy? Like a Princess?". For example, my boyfriend will expect nothing less than over-the-top from me when I walk down the aisle. If I do end up choosing a more sleek and fitted dress, I half expect him to ask me when I get to the altar if I forgot my dress. haha.
Pictured above are some great dresses that I've found (clockwise from top left: 1. Vera Wang, 2. Not Listed, 3. Anne Bowen, 4. Allure (it's a convertible dress! so you can wear it long for the ceremony and short for the reception), 5. Sarah Danielle Destinations)
Some tips to remember:
- Ordering your dress: It takes on average, six months for most companies to deliver your dress unless they already have it in their warehouse (which is rare). Some companies will do rush orders, but a good rule of thumb is to start looking for a dress as soon as the ring is on your finger(unless your planning on having a long engagement). Strapped for time? All hope is not lost! You can go with a stock dress(one that is in the store) which may end up saving you money since most stores markdown last season's dresses to make room for their new arrivals.
- Choose a dress that complements your body type!: I cannot stress this point more than enough. You will feel confident and beautiful and everyone will know it. Besides, who really wants to have to worry about falling out of their dress or wearing a whole Spanx suit of armor?
- Budget: If you have one, tell the bridal consultant! There was nothing worse than having a bride fall in love with a dress only to find out after she had tried it on that it wasn't in her price range.
- Keep an open mind!: Try on a range of different styles.Many times, the dress you least expected to like will end up being "the dress of your dreams".
Happy dress shopping!