What style of wedding dress do you want to wear?
Isn’t this like the ten million dollar question? The thing you ask yourself as he’s slipping the engagement ring onto your finger? “Eek! What am I going to wear!”
Just a little later you find yourself standing above wedding pattern books (well, it’s a good place to start) trying to imagine how the wedding dress splayed all over the page on a glamorous model might look on you. Do you do a line, the vintage gown, the strapless number, the halter neckline, the scooped neckline, pleated skirt, puffed skirt, knee-length, floor-length – the options are endless.
Perhaps the best advice I was ever given, was to visit a bridal hire shop and try on endless styles of dresses, until you find one that makes you look, well, like the bride you want to be. Which is easier said than done. Let’s not forget that just about every bride starves herself into next year to wear at least one dress size down from the usual. Which might explain why the average wedding dress hire shop has only the weeniest dresses, better suited to a nymph than your average woman.
here are a few style descriptions to help you get going:
- The ball gown – this is the Cinderella dress
- The sheath or column – this is more or less what Charlene wore when she married Prince Albert of Monaco, but it’s versatile and flattering for most women
- The mermaid – it hugs you all the way to the knee and then splays outwards
- The a line – princess style, it flares into a skirt that forms an A shape (very versatile)
- The halter – lovely, it wraps around the neck and leaves your arms free
- The empire – raised waistline that sits just below the bust and the dress flows from there
Happy Wedding Planning!