Choosing the perfect wedding dress
Your wedding day needs to be perfect, and as the bride-to-be, choosing the right wedding dress is one of the key decisions you will make in the run-up to your big day. Whether you are planning to get married in a church or a registry office, have a beach wedding or a city ceremony, we have some advice to help you find your dream dress. The most important piece of advice we can give is to choose a wedding dress that reflects your personality and personal style so that you feel completely at ease and utterly beautiful on you big day.
The traditional wedding
The traditional wedding dress is all about romance - in creams and ivories, silks and satins, beading and lace. Indulge your feminine side with a beautiful long dress, and accessorise with a bridal veil, a fascinator or tiara. Keep jewellery simple – or perhaps even ‘borrow’ something from a friend or family member. If you’d rather hide your arms, consider a matching wedding bolero, shrug or cape.
The city wedding
Looking for a modern twist on a traditional wedding ceremony? Keep your wedding dress sleek and simple – channelling shapes from the 1920s and 1930s – or try a shorter 1950s style dress for a pretty, feminine look that is flattering and easy to wear. Keep accessories simple with a tiara or fascinator, and don’t forget to finish it all off with a pair of fabulous wedding shoes.
The destination wedding
Getting married overseas? Match the dress to the climate – after all, you don’t want to be wearing a heavy, embellished wedding dress if it’s going to be hot and humid on your wedding day. Before you fly, make sure you have a dress carrier for your wedding dress, and check with the airline in advance – they may be able to let you hang it with you when you fly, or at least treat it with extra care when packing it in the hold. Give your dress time to be hung up when you reach your destination too – it may take a few hours for the creases to fall out. And finally, make sure your hotel has a steamer for on-location touch-ups.
The beach wedding
Shorter wedding dresses like the Daisy Embroidered Dress work beautifully for beach weddings, or consider a longer dress in a lighter, floaty fabric – such as our Elspeth Embellished Wedding Dress. If you opt for a dress with a train, make sure you have a bridesmaid or another obliging wedding guest to help you with it. The heat and salt air mean a veil can be a good solution for potentially difficult hair, too. If you are planning to get married where the temperature drops in the evening you may want to consider a gorgeous cover up to throw over your shoulders.
The right wedding dress for your shape
- Flowing, longer dresses can be very flattering on fuller figures.
- Rather cover your arms? A matching cover-up such as a bolero, shrug or cape could be the answer.
- Draw attention to a neat waist with a fitted waistband or tie belt. Our Flora Embroidered Wedding Dress has an elegant pearl detail satin belt to clinch in the waist.
- Don’t forget to try your wedding dress on with shoes similar to those you’re going to wear on your wedding day to get length right.
About the Phase Eight Wedding Boutique
As well as a range of beautiful wedding dresses and bridal accessories, we offer a range of flattering bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride outfits, occasion hats and fascinators, and wedding guest dresses and outfits.
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