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Planning a wedding can be stressful and a bit of a whirlwind but one of the guaranteed fun parts of planning a wedding is going wedding dress shopping! We asked one of our fab brides for her tips on finding YOUR dress for the big occassion.
"There is no limit to how many shops you can visit, no limit on how many dresses you can try on, so soak up the experience and have fun with it! I had never tried on any weddings dresses before and after working at a wedding show for 8 years, I can tell you the temptation was always there!
When I first started to think about wedding dress shopping I had four main questions on my mind:"
1) So where to go?
"Asking friends who have got married recommendations is always a good thing! Wedding Shows - go to a few of them as they have a big selection of shops with different styles and you can speak to them and get a feel for the service before booking an appointment, plus you can see some of the dresses and how they twinkle under the lights on the catwalk!"
2) How much is it going to cost?
"My first round of wedding dress shopping I decided to use this to have fun and find my style, even though I knew roughly what I wanted, it's important to rule everything out and make sure it suited my figure. I tried the big poufy ones, I tried mermaid ones, I tried lace, satin, white, ivory, with sleeves, without sleeves, sweetheart neckline, sparkly, plain you name it, I tried it on! This allowed me to find a style that suited my body shape and also allowed me to get comfortable and confident in the shops, but also helped me figure out my budget so for the next round I was fully prepared, focused and knew what I was looking for."
3) Who do I take with me?
"This was easy for me as I always wanted to have my bridesmaids - who are also my sister in laws - and my mum with me, however this isn't always as simple and easy for everyone. The thing to remember is that everyone has an opinion and not everyone's opinion is the same and having 7 opinions coming at you is going to take away the fun and enjoyment very quickly and confuse you and what you want, so try to keep it at a minimum and make these people the people that know you and your style most but who also opinions you value the most."
4) How do you know when you've found 'The One'?
"Everyone kept telling me that I would cry when I found 'The One', but for me this wasn't the case. I kept thinking something was wrong when I didn't cry at the dresses I was trying on, but when I knew, I knew. I knew I had found my dress when I couldn't find anything wrong with it; I felt comfortable in it, I could dance in it and I knew when I looked back on photos I would fall in love with it again and again, to me it was perfect!"
My main tips are...
Heart presenter & Essex favourite Mark knows how to get the party started. So here's his ultimate 'Club Classics' wedding playlist!
Tune into 'Club Classics' with Mark Wright from 7pm to 9pm every Friday and Saturday night on Heart.
Show is open from 10am to 4pm on both the 25th and 26th.
Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road,
Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9NN
Whether you're interested in attending or exhibiting, We'll get back to you promptly.
For further information, whether you are a bride or an exhibitor, contact Jane Ellis on 01245 524519 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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