A dress should also suit your skin tone. Many would say the paler the complexion, the warmer the colour should be. While darker skin can work really well with pure white.
Bear in mind that not every dress is going to suit every bride. Your body shape should be taken into consideration. If you already have a dress that you really like and that maybe you have received compliments about then it’s an idea to get a similarly designed wedding dress. If you’re tall then a long, flowing gown would be good whereas a short or petite bride is likely to look better in a trumpet style outfit. Ask some of your friends (or bridesmaids) to come with you when you are still choosing. It’s difficult to be objective on your own so ask them to be totally honest and make a mental note of their positives and negatives! They could even bring along a camera to take photos of yourself in different gowns. You could also use the photos of your chosen dress to pick out your shoes and coordinating accessories. I think that you should go with your gut feeling too because you’ll know when you’ve found the right one.
Dresses come with widely differing price tags and weddings can be expensive so it’s important to stay within your budget. Remember that you can still put your dress to good use after the big day (if you’re not going to trash it) by having it altered by a tailor or a seamstress. This does depend on the style of the dress and if you have worn something more simple then this may an option. It can be shortened or even dyed to transform it completely. Another choice is to have it made into a christening gown for your first baby. Though trashing it is probably more fun!
Above all, never forget that you are going to be a princess for a day and that your wedding photos will be the unique record of that so whatever dress you choose, knock’ em dead and look the best you’ve ever looked!
5 recommended shops to choose your wedding dress in Surrey:
Harrington & Cleur Bridal Boutique
33b South Street
Telephone: 01372 742870
Exclusive dresses and internationally renowned designers only 30 minutes from central London.
The Wedding Service
29 Stafford Road,
Surrey SM6 9AP
Tel: 0208 6699145
A leading bridal wear stockist with over 300 dresses in stock.
1 Old Woking Road
Tel 01932 344633
Experienced and friendly bridal advisors with exemplary service.
52 Church Street
Tel 01932 846 812
Highly experienced makers of bespoke wedding gowns.
The Bridal Barn,
Unit 56, Smithbrook Kilns,
Tel 01483 276766
Beautiful, handpicked, stylish gowns from £150 to £1500.