July date? What summer wedding dresses to wear
July and August are the most common months for weddings. With hopes and dreams of a perfect blue-sky day and warm weather, it’s easy to see why many brides set the date for the big day during the summer. So, what should you wear? Well, we all know the weather can be slightly unpredictable at times! We recommend going for a garment that has the option of a bolero. Not only does this protect your shoulders from sunburn, it also keeps you covered up if the day turns chilly. Natural fabrics are a must. Silk is a great choice as it is breathable – perfect for combating the sticky weather. But, what makes it stand out is its shiny properties. When the sun is at its highest point, you’re guaranteed to dazzle as you walk down the aisle. Don’t forget hoops! If you always dreamed of a long draping skirt, don’t worry. Try to get a hoop stitched into the lining of your petticoat. This keeps the fabric away from your legs, keeping them free and allowing them to breathe.
January date? What winter wedding dresses to wear
Always dreamt of a white wedding? Getting hitched in the winter could be an enchanting experience. But there are quite a few things to consider when looking for a gown. Finding a dress to wear on your special day, whilst combating the freezing temperatures, doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. Pay attention to the silhouette. Sleeves are a must-have on winter gowns. Combine this with a delicately embroidered back and you have an elegant combination of beauty and practicality. Always consider that at some point you will have to pose outside for photos. Satin is the perfect fabric because of its rich and heavy properties, and luxurious appearance. Winter is also a time for sparkle. Crystal beads, sequins and pearls are the perfect accents that pay a subtle tribute to the season.
5 handy tips for bridal gown shopping
Buying a dress is usually a once in a life time investment, therefore take your time before making a decision. Before you brave the shops, make sure you study everything you need to know prior to purchasing:
- Don’t bring an entourage to the salon:
Although it might be tempting to bring all your besties along to see you strut your stuff in the finest gowns, but too many opinions could end up in you choosing a garment that matches their tastes and not your own. Enlist one or two close friends or family members, as they know you best and will be honest if the dress just isn’t you.
- Shop for your body shape:
Try not to focus on your weight and more on the shape of your silhouette. As with most weddings, the stress and strain of planning may have an impact on your figure, but don’t determine this as the deciding factor of what outfit you choose. Concentrate on finding shapes that highlight your best features, and you’ll find a dress that you’ll love and more importantly, feel amazing in.
- Plan your budget:
It’s a waste of time if you pursue a dress that is way out of your price range. That time is best off browsing the amazing alternatives that you can afford. But don’t forget, the cost isn’t just for the gown. Be wary that it may need to be altered, or if you have ordered from a specialist retailer, taxes, delivery costs and accessories will add to the cost.
- Match the setting:
We all know that you’ll be the centre of attention at your wedding, but the last thing you want is to wear a dress that makes you look totally out of place. Wear something that compliments the setting of your venue, whether it be a light and airy garment on a beach in the Bahamas, or a princess style dress at a fairy tale castle. Trust us - the resulting photos will look fabulous!
- Be open minded:
A lot of the time, when the bride enters a wedding salon, she discounts a lot of dresses at first sight, without even trying them on. Some say no to strapless, some say no to embroidery, but in reality, they don’t realise they look great in them. Listen to the shop assistant. They have a wealth of experience in recommending garments. If they suggest something that you are uncomfortable with, give it a go and you may be surprised with the results!
Undergarments & accessories
We all know the dress is the star of the show, but what you wear with your gown is just as important! Incorporating accents such as figure shaping lingerie and jewellery can elevate your look and add personality. Firstly, ensure the jewellery you are wearing matches the colour of your dress. As a general rule, a pure white dress goes best with silver, platinum or pearl detailing. Try to avoid gold as it clashes with bright white hues. Gold works so much better with classic ivory. Why? It adds an extra dimension to the richness of the fabric.
When it comes to earrings, always base your decisions on your choice of hairstyle. If you're letting your hair down, studs will do. If you go for an updo, try something more dramatic, like a pair of danglers. And finally, given that you will be mobile during the whole ceremony, make sure that whatever you choose feels comfortable and secure, as there will be a lot of action from the aisle to the reception!
Tip: Don't over-accessorise!
Don’t go overboard on the bling! Accessories add a unique touch to your look, but one too many can overdo an already-embellished gown. Before you start buying, take note of the noticeable features of your gown and then work your jewellery around them. If it’s embellished at the neckline, opt for a pair of drop earrings instead of a necklace. If it’s more minimalist in style, then go for a statement necklace.
For the undergarments, it will depend on the silhouette of the dress. If your garment has a plunging neckline, then opt for lingerie or shapewear that has a cut-out at the neckline. If you have a close-fitting style, then opt for undergarments that will smooth out your lower stomach – we’d recommend shapewear with boy shorts or a thong bottom. If you’re going for a classic strapless neckline, then a gripped strapless bra is a good option. These are firm on the inside and provide more support against slippage since it grips under the bust. If possible, go for one attached to a corset for added comfort and stability.