When you start looking for your dream wedding gown, you may be taken aback by the loads of styles, colors, and lengths from which to choose. Unfortunately, many brides fall victim to the three main wedding gown fashion faux pas: they get caught up in the moment, make a last-minute decision, and, in the end, ultimately regret picking the dress. After all, buying a dress is a commitment in itself; once you order that wedding dress, it is yours. And, unless you are not on any sort of a budget… that dress is what you will be wearing at your wedding, like it or not! Keep these three main tips in mind and you will end up satisfied and feeling beautiful when you walk down that aisle.
Dress length: The length of your dress is very important to consider. Once you find a wedding gown you love, make sure to get it hemmed correctly. If the skirt is too long, you stand the chance of stepping on it all day or night. Or, it could result in a bride’s worst nightmare: tripping and falling. Consult a professional seamstress and be sure to have the dress adjusted to accommodate the size heel you will be wearing for the ceremony. Also, if the gown is too short, it just looks ill fitted. This is especially noticeable of it is a ball gown (but consider all silhouettes). You don’t want to look like you are waiting for a flood!
Wrong color: If you are going with a traditional white or ivory, take note that there are many, many shades of these colors. Choose the color that best compliments your skin tone. For example, if you are very fair skinned, stay away from stark whites—they will only wash you out further. If you have an olive skin tone, stay away from an ivory gown that has too many yellow undertones. Brides with darker skin can pretty much pull off any color, and white is particularly striking. Your bridal consultant is a great person to talk to about dress color. Don’t be afraid to ask their advice.
Wrong style: Ladies, always keep the formality and venue of your wedding in mind before purchasing a dress. The wrong wedding gown style can completely ruin the look and feel of your wedding. For example, if you are having a simple, casual garden wedding, go with a more simple dress—not a ball gown. If you are having a black-tie affair, stay away from shorter styles and “beach” type wedding gown styles. Everything needs to work in harmony.