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.
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.
A good starting point is to think about which style of wedding dress is right for your shape. Here are some tips:
- Flowing, longer dresses such as the Carmelia Wedding Dress 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.
- 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 the length right.
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.
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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. The traditional wedding dress is all about romance - in creams and ivories, silks and satins, beading and lace. If you’d rather hide your arms, consider a matching wedding bolero, shrug or cape.
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.
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 treat it with extra care when packing it in the hold.
Shorter wedding dresses work beautifully for beach weddings. 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.