17 Wedding Dress Diagrams That Will Simplify Your Shopping
Buying the dress just got easier.posted on April 18, 2015, at 9:41 a.m.
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1. Consider factors like budget and location, among others.
If you’re dying for a ball gown dress, you might want to reconsider a beach wedding. Plan out your priorities so you don’t get overwhelmed while shopping.
2. Make a budget checklist.
And don’t forget to allow some room for expenses like alterations and a hair and makeup trial (they can sneak up on you).
3. Work backwards from your wedding date to create a timeline.
If you’re buying from a bridal salon, give yourself eight months or so to find and order your dress.
And you’ll definitely want to do a final dress fitting between two weeks and a month from the big day in case there are any final alterations.
4. Know the wedding dress basics.
For your dream dress, think about: neckline, silhouette, train, and fabric.
6. Decode neckline styles.
And think about what kind of neckline makes you feel most confident; you don’t want to feel self-conscious about a strapless dress while doing your Naomi Campbell walk down the aisle.
7. Get familiar with fabrics.
Think about the season of your ceremony (do you want a lighter or a heavier fabric?) and your preferred texture to narrow down some options.
8. Get the right fit.
One smart bit of info? You may need fewer alterations with a corset dress because you can adjust the fit yourself.
9. And know how to properly measure yourself.
Getting the right measurements can make a huge difference if you’r shopping online or buying vintage.
10. Think about color.
Stark white can look very striking on a darker skin tone, while ivory can add warmth to fairer skin.
11. Decide on a train.
It can be 10 feet long or not at all.
12. Pick your sleeves.
Perhaps a romantic juliet sleeve? Or maybe a modern illusion will do the trick?
13. Or maybe you want a specific type of bodice?
An embellished bodice is sometimes preferred by bustier brides. Try a few on and see if you like the effect.
14. Figure out what you should wear underneath it.
Because you’d hate to splurge on a beautiful bra that creeps out of the sides of your dress.
15. Pick out the perfect veil.
Would you rather a simple blusher for a city hall wedding? Or do you want to go all out with a cathedral veil? Some brides forgo the veil altogether.
16. Think about veil fabric.
Would you rather go shimmery or matte?