When it comes to planning your wedding it can be a bit bewildering choosing a wedding dress. With the wide range of different styles and design of wedding gown available, finding the one perfect dress may prove to be a bit of a challenge for you. When you go out shopping for a wedding dress a good way to start narrowing down your choice of gowns is by thinking about how formal or casual your wedding likely to be, what time of year it will be taking place and most importantly - what sort of budget you have available.
Predictable, formal weddings will usually require an elaborate and more expensive wedding gown. These types of wedding dresses will commonly be made from heavier, more elaborate fabrics such as satin and will have a floor length dress which is complemented by a train and veil. If your wedding is likely to be held in the summer or during a warmer month then it would be wise to replace by a much more lightweight dress made of materials such as taffeta. There is no need for sleeves as these can simply be replaced with arm length gloves which can be removed easily. These types of more elaborate formal wedding gowns are usually accessorised with beautiful earrings and necklaces which include real jewels. Obviously these types of wedding jewellery will be best for those with a more generous budget; however you may be able to find suppliers who will hire out jewellery to help you lower your outgoings.
For those who are planning a wedding on a more modest budget an informal style of bridal dress is perhaps best. The advantage of taking this route is that it gives you that much more freedom of what style of dress you can wear. You may decide that you would like to try a shorter style of dress if you are having a wedding in the summer and it may also give you the opportunity to experiment with different colours and patterns. You also have the option of wearing a hat, which would otherwise not be suitable for formal gowns so you can simply disregard trains and veils altogether.
As with all other types of fashion, styles of wedding dresses have also changed immensely over the past 20-30 years. Whereas high necks and puffy sleeves were once popular 30 years ago, you will find that most common designs are strapless. The ball gown skirts of yesteryear have given way to the more elegant flowing designs that create more graceful, flowing lines on the bride. In recent years the popularity of wedding hats has waned somewhat, with an increasing trend being for ladies to wear elegant hair clips or flowers to informal and semi-formal weddings. If the task of walking round weddings shops feels like something of a chore then you may wish to flick through some bridal magazines first or alternatively you could also search for online retailers of weddings dresses and jewellery to get some ideas.
Trevor Richards writes on behalf of Queens & Bowl, UK retailers of Harriet Wilde