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The definitive step-by-step guide to preparing for your wedding dress shopping

Wedding dress shopping is one of the most exciting wedding planning tasks for a bride. We like to think of it as a wonderful and unique journey where brides explore diverse options and finally find a magical dress that transforms them into the beautiful brides they always wanted to be.

However, the path to finding this one and the only perfect wedding dress is not simple. It is fraught with challenges and the options are endless. So, it is essential to plan for the task and avoid drowning in the endless variety of dresses presented to you.

This is where we will help you!

This step-by-step guide will prepare you for your impending wedding dress shopping and the task will not overwhelm you.

Over the next chapters, we will tell you what to expect at each stage leading to wedding dress shopping. We will also tell you how to navigate potential issues so you can enjoy the shopping experience, just like you deserve to.

Let us begin!

Step 1: Factors to consider when shopping for your wedding dress

Are you unsure of how to begin planning for wedding dress shopping?

Don’t worry, for we know exactly what will help you set your shopping criteria. These are practical factors or constraints, that directly affect your dress decision. Start by considering these factors and you will be able to narrow down your search. So, here they are!

Venue and theme 

Have you decided on a wedding theme yet? Your chosen theme will determine your venue choice and directly impact your wedding dress selection. We’ll tell you how.

Imagine you have your heart set on a beach wedding in summer. Would it be practical to wear a heavy satin gown with an elaborate train to this venue?

No!

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Trends we love: Glamorous wedding gowns with gorgeous details

Every bride has her own idea of how she should look on her wedding day. While some brides prefer to keep it simple, others prefer a glamorous look on this special day in their life.

If your wedding vision has grandeur, glamour and glitz written all over, you need a wedding gown that matches. The good news is that this isn’t too difficult to find as the bridal fashion world is teeming with new designs every season. So, brides have a world of options to choose from. After all, your wedding day is the perfect occasion to look not only gorgeous, but glamorous as well.

Over the years, we have seen a fair share of gorgeous wedding gowns make their appearance on the bridal fashion scene. Although classic dress designs are always in-style, it is surprising how even the tiniest glamorous details in a wedding gown can make a big impact. Hence, you do not need too much to look sexy, stylish and sophisticated on their big day.

Here are our favorite gowns from our bridal collection at Best for Bride. As you make your way through our listing, tell us which of these gowns is your favorite.

The look: Mermaid gown with off-the-shoulder straps

The designer: Mori Lee

The details: The Mori Lee Wedding Dress 2880 stands out as a masterpiece gown for a modern bride. With an embellished off-the shoulder strap and a thinner strand of embellishments along the shoulder, the neckline is sexy and full of details. Again, silver embroidery with crystals stud the stark white bodice with a stylish sweetheart neckline. The embellishments in the bodice contrast with the pristine white finish of the gown. Finally, the dress is well-structured too and has a magnificent train. Overall, this is a dress that is modest, but stylish with a subtle element of glamour.

The look: Strapless lace gown with ruffled mermaid skirt

The designer: Mori Lee

The details: The Mori Lee 2879 is a dress that packs a punch. With a fitted silhouette, the bodice flares into a ravishing ruffle skirt with waves that cascade like foam in an ocean. The dress also features a sweetheart neckline, and the fitted bodice features a rich scattering of lace appliques all the way down to the ruffled skirt. At the back, the dress closes in a strand of fabric coated buttons. And this button strand courses down to the train. Finally there is a stunning train that is as attractive as the front of the gown. Furthermore, the intricate detailing in this dress makes it one that needs few to no accessories.

 The Look: Plunging V-neckline on strapless A-line gown

The details: This is a choice for the bold bride, with a V-neckline that dips deep in the center. Not only is it supported by spaghetti straps, but the neckline is also safely confined within an illusion layer. This simple feature will allow you to avert a potential wardrobe malfunction on your big day. Nevertheless, the deep neckline will not go unnoticed and is a glamorous element. The entire bodice has a scattering of dainty floral lace clusters. Also, there are smaller lace appliques that continue beyond the scintillating waistband on the net skirt. The dress has a beautifully detailed back, with thin embellished strands stretching out from the center. The dress extends into a beautiful train at the back, perfect for making a stunning impression.

The look: Low cut sweetheart neckline with empire waistline

The details: Chiffon is a dreamy, romantic fabric that drapes dreamily and emphasizes the natural curves of a beautiful bride. This one is ideal for the bride with a good figure. The low-cut sweetheart bodice is embellished with a scattering of crystal details along the length. Adding extra glamour to this area are criss-cross ruchings adorn the bodice and form an empire waistline. The dress has a fitted A-line silhouette beyond the waistline. Soft ruffles in chiffon flow down into a gathered split overlay skirt. Although simple, there are few exquisite details that enable this dress to create a lasting impression.

The look: Embellished illusion sheer over satin sweetheart gown

The details: Wispy fabric forms a stunning sheer layer over a soft satin fit and flare gown that closely follows the natural figure. It also has a sheer layer that extends from the neckline into full-length sleeves with beautiful embellishments at the wrist. The crystal details also form a high collar necklace detail that contrasts in texture with the luxurious satin in the rest of the gown. Equally bewitching are the back details of this gown. Intricately designed crystal details stretch along the center of the gown. The central satin button strand extends from the top of the collar all the way to the end of the train, as it adds a stunning detail to the design.

The look: Satin sweetheart gown with embellished halter neckline and cut-away back

The Details: Traditional sweetheart satin gowns get a contemporary make-over in this gorgeous gown with few, but effective details. However, the mystery of this dress actually lies in the back, and not the front. The sculpted bodice leads to a skirt that flares out at the knees into a godet skirt. Here, the sweetheart bodice is supported by embellished halter straps, even as a matching waistband decorates the natural waistline. Although all these features are impressive, the most glamorous detail about this dress is the dramatic cut-away at the back. The embellished halter neckline straps extends into a thread along the center at the back, and ties to the cut-away back detail. Finally, the dress has fabric covered buttons that continue down from the waistline to the end of the chapel length train.


The Look: A-line satin wedding dress with halter neckline and embellished waistband

The details: Look your dramatic best on your wedding day in this flawless gown with a touch of retro charm. The halter bodice ends in an embellished waistband at the natural waistline. More rhinestones, crystal and silver beaded embroidery add stunning details to the neckline and waistband of this dress. Further, the dress flows into a gently gathered A-line skirt. Overall, this dress has a clean, polished elegance that contrasts beautifully with the textures in the adornments. The full-open back detail is also quite sexy and stylish. A satin button strand stretches from the waistline all the way down to the end of the gorgeous chapel train.

Look: Lace-studded sheath wedding dress with scoop neckline and spaghetti straps

The designer: Sophia Tolli

The details: No silhouette is as stunning as the sheath in defining your natural curves in a sexy way. Feminine, romantic and stylish, the Sophia Tolli Y21660 is a dreamy lace wedding dress with a touch of subtle glamour. Thin illusion hand-beaded spaghetti straps support the wide scoop neckline and add definition to the bust. Intricately detailed exotic lace appliques adorn the bodice and thin towards the edges at the waistline. The dress also features a plunging low-scoop open back which extends into crystal embellished borders on either side. Dainty clusters of lace form a scalloped hemline, that enhances the beauty of the elegant sweep train.

The look: Off-the-shoulder fit and flare lace gown

The Designer: Sophia Tolli

The details: Stunning floral lace clusters adorn the entire length of the Sophia Tolli Y11634 Lorraine. The off-the-shoulder neckline detail ups the glamour quotient and it flows into a sexy sweetheart neckline.  The dress also features hand-beaded lace appliques that stud the entire bodice and skirt in tasteful fashion. Additionally, the back has shoulder straps that continue into a soft sheer layer and then into a chapel length train with lace overlay. Trumpet silhouette defines the natural body curves in style, and creates the illusion of height.

The look: Sheer lace applique yoke and grand ball gown

The Designer: Sans Pareil

The details: Show off your bold, bridal side in a dress with the dramatic finish of a ball gown and glamorous details like a sheer bodice. The Sans Pareil 982 has a bodice that is entirely fashioned out of thick lace appliques, and extending into lace studded shoulder straps. While the bust area is concealed, the rest of the bodice shows off skin, but with subtle style. The same details continue into the back as well, and the majestic chapel train completes the beautiful effect. Although it uses cohesive details throughout, the dress is a very dramatic one.

The look: Sheer lace bodice with illusion neckline

The Designer: Sans Pareil

The Details: Another majestic creation from the Sans Pareil collection, this dress also features a sheer bodice with a concealed bust. Lace appliques stud the neckline of the dress forming a beautiful necklace. Matching appliques with a dramatic luxe finish create a peek-a-boo lace effect throughout the bodice. It also has a softly gathered skirt with gentle pleats in A-line style that completes the dress. There is additionally a corset back that looks ultra-feminine and very attractive against the lace embellishments.

The look:Heart motif on embellished bodice with intricate rhinestone embroidery

The Designer: Sans Pareil

The Details: Here is a dress that proves glamour can apply to modest dress choices too. Here, this Sans Pareil 930 has a fully covered bodice with a high scoop neckline. Swirls of luxurious embellishments fashioned out of crystal, rhinestone and silver beads spiral all over the sheer overlay yoke. These spirals subtly form a heart-motif in the center, that creates a signature effect which can only be noticed from far. The bodice continues into a misty tulle skirt that is very bridal.

The look: Glamour in the back

The designer: Mori Lee

The details: You needn’t confine your glamorous look to the front of your gown. After all, if you will be wed in a house of worship, it is likely that your guests will get a good look at the back of your dress during the ceremony. So, how about spicing things up at the back a little? The Mori Lee 2876 is a dress that does this with pizzazz! The front of the gown features a sweetheart neckline embellished with lace and with beaded straps that extend into a halter-style neckline. However, the true surprise lies in the back of the dress. The entire back has crystal embellished floral spirals that extend from the center into a flourish of petals that spread outwards. This is a detail that is going to keep your guests enchanted throughout the ceremony.

The Look: Astonishing details in the back of the dress

The designer: Mori Lee

The details: Just like the previous Mori Lee beauty we saw, the 5474 Mori Lee gown is another ravishing beauty that has a surprise in the back. What appears to be a beautiful lace appliques encrusted front extends into a sheer yoke at the back. On this yoke, amazing strands of floral appliques flutter out from the center in an outward fashion. The barely-there sheer layer has an effect that resembles embellished appliques hanging in the air. This signature element adds an air of uniqueness to the dress. Adding more excitement to the overall design is a thin fabric-covered strand of buttons that extends to the derriere. Although the rest of the gown also contains rich and luxuriant lace appliques, these details pale in front of the glamorous back details that the gown features.

All the dresses featured here belong to our bridal dress collection at Best for Bride. Every season brings in its wake newer and newer surprises for brides to choose from, and the dresses featured here are some of those that made the mark and continue to be hits among brides. So, if you are on the lookout for a glamorous wedding dress, tell us which of these would you love to pick. And this isn’t all we have for the glamorous bride. You will find many more dresses like these in our wedding collection.

To take a closer look at all these wedding dresses and also see more of our collection, head over to the bridal gown category on the Best for Bride website. With amazing discounts and offers all the time, Best for Bride is the one-stop destination for budget-friendly, stunning wedding dresses that complete your bridal vision. Check out our services and inventory details online, or book your appointment with us today to enjoy all we have to offer.

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4 tips to help you decide who should go wedding shopping with you

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Wedding shopping is an experience that every bride should enjoy. We, at the bridal shop, try our level best to pamper our brides like princesses, from the minute they walk in. Although we do our part to make it a positive experience that you will cherish, you should remember that your bridal entourage has an equally important role in determining how your visit goes. A supportive bridal party can make your wedding shopping exciting, while a group that disapproves or criticizes most of your choices can ruin the day.

It is always refreshing to see an excited and buoyant bride walk in our door, and equally apalling to find her disheartened and confused when her entourage criticizes her choices or tries to take over the appointment. This is why the bride should carefully choose her entourage, and make sure it has the people who will help her make the right decision. Here is how to make sure you take the right people.

Take as few people as you possibly can

When the number of people accompanying you increases, so does the number of opinions. Don’t feel obliged to call all the people you think would like to go. Only ask those who can really help you. Two or three are good enough, as long as they can do the job well.

A good shopping buddy will be encouraging

How many times have we seen people make faces at the bride or say something horrible, when she comes out in a dress that she thinks is right? This is enough to cloud her mind, and make it certain that this isn’t the right one. It is best to avoid those who are too judgemental and make you miserable with their opinions. The last thing you want is to lose your self-esteem and confidence, based on their opinions.

They should be mindful of your budget

Your wedding dress budget should be sorted out before you go shopping, and your buddies should be those who can agree with dresses that fall within it. Don’t take along people who cannot respect your financial limit and force you to try a dress that is over-budget. If you end up liking it, it will only disappoint you that you cannot afford it.

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Your shopping companions have previous wedding experience

Renee Strauss, in her article on the Huffington Post mentions that brides can benefit from choosing someone who has been to enough weddings, to help you decide how practical any dress you wear, would be for the type of ceremony you will have. Having been to many weddings, it is likely that she will have a fair idea of how a feature may be helpful, or how it may cause difficulties if you were to wear it. Also, if there are cultural constraints on your wardrobe, this friend would be indispensable in helping you rule out features that won’t work, and those that will be right.

This has hopefully cleared the air on what you should remember when choosing your entourage. For more tips and information on wedding shopping, download our free e-book on What to expect at your Bridal Appointment.  Visit us at Best for Bride for all your wedding shopping needs, and we assure you the experience of a lifetime.

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Top Ten Most Expensive Wedding Gowns [Infographic]

These elaborate wedding gowns are sure to make you in awe of their beauty while crying at the price tags. These dresses aren’t for your average bride, but it’s ok to drool over them a little bit.  Just don’t drool directly on the dresses or you’ll pay a steep dry cleaning bill.

Top Ten Most Expensive Wedding Gowns
Top Ten Most Expensive Wedding Gowns

#10 Imperial Pearl Syndicate Gown – $100,000
The cheapest on the list, who wouldn’t want a gown made with 100,000 pearls?  This gown weighs a whopping 27 pounds and is made from silk and satin.  This beauty took eight dressmakers and two months to create.  Hope the bride didn’t get cold feet and ditch the wedding.
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#9 ‘Bach Ngoc Xiem Y’ Wedding Dress – $117,000
This dress is made of white silk and satin and is adorned with 222 diamonds and 100 rubies.  If you ever make it to Hanoi, you can check it out at the Ruby Plaza.  Just be sure to wear your sunglasses or you may go blind from the reflection off the diamonds.
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#8 9,999 Carat Gems Wedding Dress – $158,874
A wedding dress with 10,000 carats of gems has to cost a ton as well as weigh a ton.  Poor bride will have some back issues after wearing this gem-laden design.
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#7 Platinum Wedding Dress – $250,000
Platinum?  While this red and silvery gown is beautiful, seems like this over the top wedding dress would get a bit stuffy and heavy to wear.  It’s on display in China’s Anhui Province if you ever get out that way.
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#6 Mauro Adami Wedding Dress – $372,564
This silk wedding dress is sewn with platinum thread.  The beautiful embroidery is just one small detail adding to the gown’s elegance.  While any bride would like to add this to their dream list, most will come to reality real quick after looking at the price.
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#5 Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress – $388,088
Many people are enamored with royalty, and the big royal event in recent history was Prince William and Kate’s nuptials.  The big question before the marriage was “who will design Kate’s” wedding gown??  Sarah Burton was the winner and she created a beautiful, but pricey, masterpiece.
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#4 Danasha Luxury Gown – $1.5 million
This gown was a creation of Danasha Luxury and Jad Ghandour.  While seemingly no-fuss, the dress holds 75 carats of hand-picked Antwerp, Belgium diamonds and 250 grams of 18-karat gold.  Any buyer would need to break open a lot of piggy banks to own this dress.
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#3 Peacock Wedding Dress – $1.5 million
This gown veers way off course from the traditional wedding gown.  Created with 2,009 peacock feathers and painstakingly sewn together by 8 different artisans. Vera Wang created this in 2009 and was premiered at the Nanjin, China wedding expo.
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#2 Yumi Katsura White Gold Dress – $ 8.5 million
This gown carries a hefty price due to the 8.8 carat green diamond centerpiece.  It also boasts 1,000 pearls, and a 5 carat white gold diamond.  The material is crafted with white gold and fine silk and satin.  Any bride would feel like a fairytale princess at her wedding wearing this gown.
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#1 The Diamond Wedding Gown – $12 million
The most expensive wedding dress on the planet.  This gown was fashioned in 2006 from the finest fabrics and features 150 carats of diamonds.  It is currently on display at the Ritz-Carlton del Ray.
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