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...
So you’re now engaged, you’ve celebrated, you can't stop staring at that gorgeous ring, you’ve started to get used to the fact that you are the Bride to be and now a Fiancée so what next?
Well you need to find a place to hold the wedding, this sounds like the best place to start!
1) Firstly, you need to establish what kind of theme you want
This will then help with the venue. There are now so many options out there from barns to country houses to skipping England all together for a beach and some sun!
2) So what kind of wedding do you want?
Do you want a big wedding or a small wedding? Do you want to do everything yourself or do you want parts included in the venue like caterers, DJ etc? Do you want to get married at the venue or do you want a church wedding? Do you want to get married in this country or had you always thought of going elsewhere for your wedding? These questions will help you in building your theme together and bring your ideas to reality! Plus - it’s a fun way for you and your fiancé to work together!
We wanted a rustic theme so a barn was perfect for us, we have big families so we always knew that it was never going to be a small wedding! We also wanted a church wedding and we didn’t want our guests having to travel too far so we put a radius of no more than a 20 minutes from the church. We went to visit around 8 different venues, we looked at venues that we had to do everything for and then venues that had some bits included, we worked out and compared the two budgets and then looked at what option would be less stressful. We decided that we didn’t want the added stress of doing absolutely everything so we opted for a venue that did the catering and had a wedding planner to help you on the day - but you could still add all your own touches to it!
Finding a venue can be almost as hard as finding a house and you get the same feeling you get with a house you will know when you have found the right venue for you both.
Just remember this is about you two and your dream day together so remember make sure it’s your kind of perfect!
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