I’d like to share some wedding dress advice based on my clients’ own experiences – tips that real brides have shared about what they learned + what they loved about their gowns!
One // The level of formality should coordinate with your venue. Getting married outdoors? Then a simpler or lighter dress might suit you well, something you won’t get too overheated in or get caught on grass, twigs, etc. if the festivities will be taking place in nature. Think flowy chiffon or cotton, and even lace details for some added elegance if that is your style. A gown for an indoor occasion could be more formal, depending on both the space and your personal taste.
Two // Remember to choose something you can move in + love, all at the same time. Consider where you might be walking or adventuring on your day – if you need to be able to climb stairs or sit comfortably, it may be best to choose something fitted at the waist but more free flowing at the hips. On a typical wedding day, brides wear their gown for 10-12+ hours, so you’ll want to make sure you can breathe and be a happy bride.
Three // Choose materials that you love for the feel + texture, and keep an open mind to options. Dresses not only come in every size and shape, there are also seemingly unlimited materials used to construct these one-of-a-kind gowns. Be sure to try some on, get a feel for the fabrics and decide what feels right for you. As in tip One, make sure the dress style also speaks to the style of your venue.
Four // If you’re uncertain of what you want, try bringing 1 or 2 trusted family members or friends with you to a dress fitting. Avoid bringing too many, but 1-2 close confidants can help you in choosing the perfect dress. Since you trust their fashion opinions and choices, they might offer some great insight and moral support to help you make a decision.
Five // Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? Consider having a gown custom made for you! Monirose, for example, is a talented dress designer located in Madison, and makes stunning custom gowns for brides. There are also other options including professionals and seamstresses all over the state. Bottom line – don’t settle for something off the rack if you have a different vision in mind. If you know what you want, you can have your dream gown created for you.