How to choose the perfect wedding dress for your body shape
Your budget may or may not stretch to hiring someone to help you pick out the perfect dress for your big day, but would a professional put you in a totally different dress to the one you would choose? Here are some top tips from stylist and personal shopper Caroline Shaw on picking the right frock for you.
Decide on how much you can spend on the dress and accessories and to it. The average spend is around 10% of the total wedding budget. This will then determine what types of bridal stores or ranges will.
Do start trying on dresses early - a year to nine months ahead is the best time to start looking.
The most important factor in finding the dress of your dreams is to find the perfect silhouette that flatters your body shape and accentuates your personal style. Don't be tempted by the latest trends as you will want your photos to be timeless.
Do be open-minded and try on various styles as once a dress is on it can take on a different look and shape.
There are three main styles for wedding dresses to choose from:
The Princess Dress - a fitted bodice and a full skirt . This is great if you are tall or have a curvy bum.
The Fit and Flare - this is fitted at the top and around the bottom but flares out towards the hem .This is good for creating curves but avoid this style if you have a wide waist.
The Sheath Dress - This is chic and simple and suits most figures.
Always focus on the detail at the top of the dress as it's what is remembered most and is the most photographed part of the dress.
Why use a wedding stylist?
Choosing your wedding dress and accessories should be a fun and enjoyable part of the planning but all too often the bride ends up being fraught and overwhelmed. Friends and family can actually add to the stress buy offering a multitude of opinions. The wedding stylist has the experience and knowhow to give expert and objective advice and take all the stress out of the process.