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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 only perfect 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 of 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!

Such a wedding dress will look inappropriate and it will also be uncomfortable.

Instead, you will have to limit your choices to dresses made from light fabrics in simple silhouettes that are comfortable for the venue and weather. Such dress choices will also tie your look to the theme of your wedding.

Budget

Wedding dresses are expensive. Nevertheless, there are options for every budget.

If budget is a constraint, you will have to stick to affordable choices. So, this is another factor to plan before you go shopping. Latest designer wedding dresses will be super-costly, while ones from previous seasons are usually cheaper in comparison. Keep this in mind when you go shopping.

Body shape and personal preferences

It does not matter how expensive or amazing a wedding dress is. It will not look good on you unless the silhouette flatters your body shape.

So, you should look for dress styles that flatter your assets and distract from less attractive parts.

If you are either plus-size or petite, you may have to tailor your wedding dress search to suit your specific requirements. Not all bridal salons stock dresses suitable for plus-sized or petite brides. So, call ahead to check whether options are available and you won’t waste time at places that don’t stock collections in your size.

It is also important to choose a style that feels comfortable since you will be spending several hours in your wedding dress. Steer clear of dresses that make you feel conscious, restrict movement or are too bulky to handle.

So, you are now aware of the different factors to consider before you step into a wedding shop.

Next, let us look at another key step of preparing for your wedding dress shopping—choosing the right time to shop.

Step 2: Choose the right time to go shopping 

Is there such a thing as right timing when shopping for your wedding dress?

Yes! And this is very important when making your shopping plans. We’ll tell you why.

When you place your order with a bridal salon, they pass your details to the designer. The designer then starts creating your wedding dress from scratch. Since wedding dresses are elaborate garments, the entire creation process takes months.

Once the dress is ready, it will be sent to the bridal store. However, it is not yet time to take the dress home.

You now need alterations to make the dress fit perfectly. This can take another month or so.

So, the entire process from when you place your order to taking the fitted gown home can take anywhere between six and nine months. So, this is how early you should finish your wedding dress shopping once you fix your wedding date.

If you shop too late, you jeopardize your chances of getting the gown you love. Although some designers undertake rush orders, they charge extra for it. And imagine the disappointment if the gown you love cannot be created at short notice and you must settle for something else.

Shopping too early isn’t wise either. New collections come out every six months. So, if you shop too early, you may miss looking at the latest trends.

Play it safe and plan your wedding dress shopping six to nine months before the wedding. This should leave you enough time to sort out everything and take your dress home in the weeks leading up to your wedding.

Step 3: Plan the wedding dress budget 

Your wedding dress is one of the costliest items in your wedding budget. Be clear about what you can afford to spend on it before you go shopping and you can avoid upsetting the rest of your wedding plans.

To come up with a realistic wedding dress budget, you should first understand wedding dress pricing and associated charges. Let us look at what they are in the following section.

Understand wedding dress costs

Most brides spend between $400 and $1700 on their wedding dress.  However, there are dresses that are more expensive or cheaper.

In any case, you should have realized that wedding dresses cost more than regular dresses. Wondering why this is so? Here are the obvious reasons.

  • Wedding dresses use expensive fabric. Most silhouettes also have several layers of fabric. This larger quantity of high quality fabric contributes to the price.
  • Wedding dresses involve intricate details like embroidery, lace appliques and beading. Most of these details are done by hand. The labor and time involved in creating such stunning gowns adds to the price.
  • Wedding dress construction is different from that of regular dresses. Internal boning is used in many designs and the structure has several layers of fabric. This involves more effort and hence the higher cost.
  • Finally, wedding dresses by famous designers are more expensive due to the designer tag accompanying it..

These factors justify the higher costs of wedding dresses. More details on why wedding dresses are so expensive is available here, on the Southern living blog page.

One important thing that you should know when buying a wedding dress is that your expenses aren’t limited to just the cost. There are some unavoidable additional charges that you will incur, and here they are.

Unavoidable additional costs—accessories and alterations 

Apart from the price of the wedding dress, expect to spend some money on the following.

Alterations and fittings: When you order a dress, you pick a size that is closest to your actual measurements. This means that once your dress arrives you will need custom alterations to have the dress fit to your exact measurements. These alterations are additional expenses. The actual cost will depend on the extent of changes needed. More information on wedding dress alterations are available in the following video.

Accessories: Your bridal look is incomplete without the right accessories. This includes your wedding jewelry, shoes, veil, head-piece and undergarments. You will have to set aside a part of your wedding dress budget for this purchase as well.

Here is a video that outlines how to accessorize your wedding dress.

For more tips on choosing your wedding day jewelry, take a look at this video we created for the purpose.

Dry cleaning and preservation: Whether you decide to keep your gown after your wedding or sell it off, you must have it professionally cleaned after your wedding. Otherwise, the quality of your gown will deteriorate over time and it won’t be suitable to hand down or sell. So, factor in this cost as well.

Now you should have a better idea of how to calculate your wedding dress budget and all the factors to consider.

What if you are on a tight budget?

Although wedding dresses are expensive, there are still ways to save money on your wedding gown. Read on to find what your options are.

When your wedding dress budget is small 

How nice would it be if you could shop without limitations for the wedding dress of your dreams!

Unfortunately, this is impossible!

When price is a constraint, there are some ways to maximize your wedding dress budget and find a fabulous dress for a bargain price.

  • Limit your dress selection to dresses that fall within budget. Resist the temptation to try on dresses that you cannot afford to avoid disappointment.
  • Remember that the more details a dress has, the costlier it will be. Choose from simple styles for better prices and dress it up with statement accessories to complete the effect. Low cost accessories like beaded belts, vintage veils, sparkling jewelry and shrugs can enhance your overall bridal look.
  • Look out for sales at bridal boutiques, where you can find great deals on wedding dresses. At sample sales, boutiques sell their stock at discounted prices to make space for new collections. You can score fabulous gowns at bargain prices at such sales.
  • Mix and match bridal separates to create your unique look at an affordable price. This not only lets you stay within budget, but is a modern and smart approach to wedding dress shopping.

The wedding dress budget is a critical factor concerning wedding dress shopping. Once you figure it out, it is time for the next step which is researching your options.

Step 4: Do your research 

A little planning goes a long way, and we want to make sure you are well-equipped with all the information you need to make the right choice. So, we will tell you all the different things you should analyze, understand and note down before you set foot in a bridal store.

Understand essential wedding shopping lingo 

When you attend your wedding shopping appointment, you will hear terms like mermaid, fit and flare, empire, butterfly sleeves, illusion necklines, organza, tulle and more. Do you know what these terms mean?

If not, spend some time trying to understand wedding dress lingo, so you aren’t lost and confused at your wedding shopping appointment. Here is an easy glossary of wedding dress jargon for the uninitiated.

Wedding dress necklines:

Apart from the silhouette, the neckline is another distinctive feature of any wedding dress. Apart from the square, round and V-necklines, here are the other types of necklines seen on wedding dresses.

Strapless: Bodice cuts straight across the bust and there are no supporting straps or sleeves

Sweetheart: Strapless style where the top part of the bodice resembles a heart.

Bateau: Designed in the shape of a boat and reveals collarbones, as it extends from one shoulder to the other

Illusion: Sheer or see-through neckline over underlying bodice. Often embellished with lace or bead accents.

Single shoulder: Features a single shoulder strap and reveals other shoulder

Queen Anne: Neckline rises at the back of the neck and it has a V-neckline or scoop in the front

Halter: Straps wrap around the neck revealing a low-cut back and deep armhole

High neck: Neckline sits above the collar bones

Off-the-shoulder: Sleeves fall off shoulders to reveal décolletage and collar bones

Spaghetti straps: Thin straps support the bodice on either side

Silhouettes

Here are the most common wedding dress silhouettes.

Ball gown: Structured bodice and ample skirt with layers of fabric that fall to full length.

A-line: Fitted on top and flares away from the body at the waistline, resembling the shape of an A.

Sheath: Column-style dress that outlines the natural curves

Trumpet: Fits snugly along the bodice all the way down to the hips, from where it flares out into a full skirt. Also known as the trumpet

Mermaid: Silhouette structure similar to trumpet, but skirt begins below the knee creating a more dramatic effect

Sleeves

The terms full sleeves, half sleeves and three-fourth length sleeves are self-explanatory. Apart from these, there are other types of sleeve styles as follows.

Cap sleeves: Barely cover the shoulders and top of the arms, revealing the arm hole

Bell: Fitted sleeves that taper into a bell-shape as it reaches the wrists

Juliet: Fitted at the wrist and puffed in the area between the shoulders and wrist

Waistlines

Basque: V-shaped defined waistline

Empire: High waist that begins just below the bust and continues into a full skirt

Dropped Waist: Bodice extends to beyond the actual waistline

Wedding dress trains

The length of fabric that extends beyond the wedding dress contributes to the overall impact and adds to the attractiveness of a dress. Based on length, the following types of trains exist.

Sweep: Short train that just brushes the floor as you walk

Court: This train extends to a foot beyond the hemline

Chapel: Longer than the court train and usually measures three to four feet length from the natural waistline

Cathedral: Dramatic train that measures over six feet from the waistline

Royal: Long train that flows to twelve feet or more length.

Wedding dress fabrics

Fabrics like chiffon and crepe are lightweight and soft. Satin and silk are also soft, but have a distinguishing sheen. Taffeta is heavy with a lustrous sheen. Organza and tulle are stiff fabrics used in structured gowns. A variety of lace also appears on wedding dresses. Find out how to identify each type of wedding dress lace in our article here.

Although we have covered most of the terms you will come across when you go shopping for your wedding dress, this list isn’t exhaustive. If you would like to learn more of these terms and in greater detail, here is an article on the Brides website to help you.

Now let us move on to the next important part of your research—identifying your body type and suitable wedding dress silhouettes.

Identify your body type and shortlist best dress silhouettes

We already mentioned that not all gowns look good on all body. To improve your chances of finding a dress that is right for you, you should first identify your body type.

There are four body types: Triangle or Pear, Inverted Triangle or Apple, Hourglass and straight or Rectangle. Each body type has its own characteristic features.

Triangle or Pear: Small bust but wide hips and waistline that lacks definition.

Inverted Triangle or Apple: Broad shoulders and a slighter lower half.

Hourglass: Well-balanced upper and lower halves and defined waistline.

Straight or rectangle: Similar proportions in the upper and lower halves and waistline not well-defined.

The right wedding dress will flatter the positive aspects and hide less attractive traits of your body. So, find your body type and later use this information to choose the right dress silhouette for it.

This post on Who What Wear will help you use your different measurements and correctly identify your body type.  Check it out!

Here are some practical silhouette suggestions for each body type.

Triangle or Pear: Hide the larger proportions of your hips and waistline with A-line gowns and ball gowns that flare out at the waist. Avoid the trumpet and sheath, since these styles accentuate the hip and stomach area.

Inverted Triangle or Apple: A-line dresses and ball gowns with thick skirts that nip at the waistline are suitable for this body type. We do not recommend the trumpet and for this body type.

Hourglass: If you have an hourglass figure, you can carry almost any wedding dress silhouette with ease. Aim to show off your curvy figure and slender waistline with dresses that closely follow your natural curves.

Straight or rectangle: Increase your feminine appeal with ball gowns and sheaths that create the illusion of curves. Avoid fitted styles like the mermaid and dropped waist dresses that enhance the straight contours of your body.

Find the right place to buy your wedding dress 

Remember what I told you in the beginning about factors that affect your wedding dress selection?

Based on your personal preferences, specific needs and budget constraints, decide where to shop. The following are the options available to you.

Bridal salons: The traditional place to buy a wedding dress, you can enjoy a one-on-one session with a dedicated consultant who will take you through your choices during your appointment slot. Bridal salons have a variety of designer collections, and you can try dresses based on the ideas you communicate to your consultant.

Trunk sales: The perfect option if you want dresses only from a particular designer. New collections are introduced to such customers at highly reduced prices, so you can choose a dress at a lower price than you have to pay otherwise.

Sample Sales: This is when bridal salons sell off old stock to make space for new collections. The dresses in this case are either floor samples or those in the store inventory. So, there will be limited sizes and you may have to clean the gown before using it on your wedding day.

Consignment shops: This is the perfect place to find designer dresses on a discount. Good consignment stores will have dresses that are good-as-new, available at a fraction of the cost of a similar original gown.

Online: Consider this option if you have no way to shop at a real store. Online wedding dress shopping is risky and many brides have terrible experiences when choosing this route. This post sheds some light on why online wedding dress shopping isn’t a wise idea.

Compile all information and shortlist your options 

A quick question—What do you think was the idea behind all this wedding dress research?

It was to collect all relevant information and use it to narrow down choices to the right selection criteria.

As you do your research and understand about wedding dresses, collect and compile information on dress styles and features that appeal to you. Start a Pinterest board and start collecting pictures of dresses you like.

Don’t worry if you seem to fall in love with all the dresses you come across when you first begin. To narrow down your options, ask yourself the following questions

  • What features of this dress are suitable for my wedding theme?
  • What makes it suitable for the weather at the time of my wedding?
  • Why is this dress a comfortable choice for my wedding?
  • What is the stand-out feature of this dress that is most appealing?
  • Will this dress flatter my natural figure and best features?

Soon enough, you will see a pattern emerge and this will help you identify what dress features appeal most to you. This information will be of valuable help when you go shopping.

Step 5: Get ready for your shopping session 

By this stage, you have all the information you need and are ready to go shopping. So, here is what is left to do.

Choose your entourage

Your wedding dress is the most important dress you will ever choose, and you must make this decision wisely. So, invite two or three of your closest family members or friends to help you. The reason we tell you to limit the size of your party is because too many people will do more damage than good. Take along only those whose opinions really matter to you, and who can actually contribute to your decision

Book your appointment

Find a convenient time and date for your shopping appointment at the boutique you choose. Preferably have your appointment on a weekday when the salon will be less crowded.

Get everything you need for your appointment ready

Make sure that you are prepared for dress shopping by carrying all that you need for the day with you. Wear clothes that are easy to change out of . If you will be wearing heels on your wedding day, carry a pair to your shopping appointment. For more tips, visit this post. 

Understand what to expect at your bridal appointment

Every bridal dress shopping appointment is different. The better prepared you are for what to expect, the more likely you are to have a productive and pleasant shopping experience. We suggest that you read the information here, to obtain a fair idea and prepare well for your shopping trip.

Set your expectations correctly

It is easier to find the perfect gown when you are flexible and open-minded. You will have experienced bridal consultants directing you, so listen to them. Try on their suggestions even if it isn’t something you would pick. You may be lucky and find your dream wedding dress this way. Trust me, this happens all the time!

Remember that you may not always find your wedding dress on your first trip to the store. This is perfectly normal. Be patient and flexible and you are sure to find the perfect dress that completes your bridal vision with perfection.

As you prepare for your wedding dress shopping, don’t forget to visit our bridal gallery at Best for Bride for inspiration. Find an immense variety of jaw-dropping designer collections in every price range and with every feature you may seek in our collection. Shortlist your favorites and get ready to go shopping. With expert consultants, excellent infrastructure facilities and all associated services under one roof, Best for Bride is the best destination for you to find your wedding gown, whenever you are ready.

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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 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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Wedding dresses with features that Wow!

To look amazing on your wedding day, all you need is a spectacular wedding dress!

Although there is a universe of wedding dresses, not all of them are alike. A wedding dress that doesn’t flatter your build will not help you, however fantastic its features may be. So, keep in mind that your choice should be a dress that enhances your best features. Give due importance to your comfort and fit, and then look at the factors that can make a gown stand out against the rest.

While many wedding dresses qualify as “just another dress”, there are certain features that make a statement. So, how do you find one that will have your guests spell-struck? Let us look at the features in a wedding dress that are worth a “WOW!”

Stunning illusion necklines

Illusion necklines are the rage this season. Choose a dress that has stunning details in lace or with embellishments in crystal or metal beading and it will impress! It is not only the neckline, but the details on the back also, that play a crucial role in transforming a dress from good to Fantastic!

Take a look at this stunning Mori Lee tulle ball gown with a decadent illusion neckline.

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The stunning display of embellishments on sheer fabric, starts at the neck and continues down the bodice. The effect is amazing. The dress also features a beautiful illusion back that is perfect from every angle.

Oversized motif that grabs attention

A striking motif which is executed with perfection is hard to miss, and it enhances the overall effect of a dress. It could even be a detachable accessory that adds to the visual interest and transforms an average-looking wedding gown into an exquisite one.

In this elegant Mori Lee 2724 Chantilly lace gown from the Spring 2015 collection, the embellished heart-shaped applique at the bust is the one factor that makes the dress one stand out.

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Drama of a signature element

Who can resist the allure of a stunning signature element that adds oodles of glamour to a wedding gown? Choose a dress with a uniquely attractive feature that pops out, and nobody will be able to take their eyes off you.

Notice the impressive waterfall of laser cut organza ruffles in this 2685 bridal gown from the Mori Lee 2014 Fall Collection. A stunning skirt like this is dramatic and will forever be remembered as a phenomenal wedding gown.

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Opulence of silk

Silk is considered the epitome of luxury, and it is hard to beat the richness and royalty of a dress that shines with a silky flourish. Dresses in Larissa Satin or Duchess satin look elegant and classic, and when these are embellished with further details, the effect is mesmerizing.

This Mori Lee 2722 bridal gown in Larissa Satin not only features the glossy shine of silk, but its beauty is further enhanced by the pleated details in the bodice, the scintillating waistband and the cascading layers in the skirt.

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For more details on these wedding dresses that Wow, as well as for simpler choices, visit our collection at Best for Bride, and be prepared to be amazed!

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Wedding dress guide: Which white is right?

We look great in certain colors, while some colors just don’t look right on us. This is the concept that seasonal color analysis is based on. It allows us to recognize the colors that best flatter our skin tone, and thus enables us to tailor our wardrobe to contain these shades. By doing so, we eliminate the colors that do not enhance our natural charm. Instead, we focus on dresses that the seasonal color analysis specifies for our skin type.

This analysis is based on a four-season color palette, where every woman is assigned one of the four seasonal groups depending on her complexion. So, every woman would fall into one of the four categories—winter, summer, spring or fall. There are specific colors designated to each group, and the colors that belong to your group should suit your compleion.

The season you fall under is based on your skin undertones and how your complexion and hair coloring go together. Wedding dresses are usually availale in different variants of white, such as ivory, champagne, diamond and off-white. If you know your season, it is easy to choose the right white for your wedding dress, so it will best enhance your natural features.

The right white for each season

If you are a winter, your features are characterized by a striking contrast between your hair, eyes and skin. Dresses in white with blue undertones look best on you. Stark white is the ideal wedding dress color.

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Women in the autumn group have golden or copper skin tones. White with yellow or gold undertones, such as Ivory and Champagne are suitable for these women.

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Ladies in the spring group will have bright clear skin with a peach tone. An off-white shade or those of ivory and cream look best on these brides.

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The last group, summer, has low contrast coloring between their skin, eyes and hair. Soft, grayed white such as diamond white is the ideal choice for these brides.

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When you don’t know your season

If you don’t know your season, you may not find it so straightforward to determine the right white for you. In such a scenario, here is some extra help.

The darker your complexion is, the crisper and brighter your white should be. Choose stark white with a sheen, such as seen in fabrics like satin and silk. Don’t opt for stark white if you are very fair, as it will make you look pale.

Ivory and champagne are whites with yellow undertones. So, they look slightly off-white, but not too yellow or cream. These are the colors that you should choose if your skin has yellow or olive undertones. This will also suit women who are very fair.

For those of you who are unsure of which white to choose, a safe bet is natural or diamond white. This looks pretty in the wedding photos, but isn’t as pale as stark white, nor cream. So, it looks good on almost anyone.

Most wedding dresses are available in more than one shade of white. So, once you have chosen a particular design, choose the white that suits your complexion, and you will have found the best choice.

For more valuable wedding dress shopping tips, visit us on Best for Bride.

 

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A guide to choosing the right sleeve length for your wedding gown

Wedding dresses come in all sizes, shapes and patterns. To choose a suitable wedding dress, there are a number of factors that the bride has to pay attention to. One of these is the sleeve-length. The right length is not only important in determining your wedding day look, but also in helping you feel comfortable and confident.

Additionally, the sleeve length suggests whether a dress is suitable for the type of wedding you have planned. For example, strapless gowns are not usually modest enough for traditional church weddings.

Let us now take a look at the various types of sleeves that wedding dresses feature and what characterizes each of them.

Cap sleeves: These cover just the uppermost portion of the shoulders and look like an extension of the neckline. There is no fabric under the arms, and the sleeve actually resembles a wide strap. While adding a modest touch to a dress, this sleeve still keeps the dress modern.

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Spaghetti straps: Resembling thin ribbons, these straps offer support to the upper section of the gown while being slender and looking sleek. When scintillating elements are used on the straps, it adds a touch of modernity to a wedding dress.

Sleeveless and strapless: Sleeveless gowns have fabric at the shoulder and this supports the bust, whereas strapless gowns are held up by internal support. The gown starts close to the bust, and hence is lower in the case of a strapless gown. It is necessary to find the right fit so the neckline doesn’t keep shifting.

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T-shirt sleeves: These may be flat or puffed, and the length that falls between a cap-sleeve and a three-fourth sleeve. It offers modest coverage and the length of the sleeve draws attention to the bust.

Three-fourth sleeves: The sleeve slightly extends to below the elbow, and is slimming. Three-fourth lace sleeves have a vintage touch, and they can be classic, without looking too old-fashioned.

Long-sleeves: Either done in a narrow fashion, or else to loosely cover the entire length of the arm, long-sleeves are formal and often feature buttons at the wrist which make it easy to wear.

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Butterfly and bell sleeves: These sleeves fall gently over the arm and loosely fit the entire length. While bell sleeves flare out at the wrist, butterfly sleeves ripple and flutter and can be of any length. They add a touch of detail at the arms, and are usually fashioned in lace with floral motifs.

Juliet sleeves: A classic favorite with designers, it features a puff at the shoulder which continues into a fitted long sleeve at the wrist.

When choosing the length of your wedding dress sleeves, consider the effect you want to create. The hemline of the sleeve directs attention to the part of the body where it ends. So, if you want to look taller and slimmer, opt for longer sleeves, while if you want to draw focus to your decolletage, shoulders and arms, choose sleeveless or strapless. If you love a gown, but it doesn’t have sleeves like you wanted, you can consider adding a sheer or mock bolero to add the sleeves you want, or have sleeves added in the same material as the dress has. It is only a matter of customizing your wedding dress to suit your taste.

For more valuable wedding dress tips and advice, and to choose your wedding dress, visit us at Best for Bride.

 

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Tips to prepare for your wedding dress shopping

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Wedding dress shopping is fun and exciting, but it can also be overwhelming if you don’t know what you want. To find the right wedding dress, you may first have to look at hundreds of options. So, don’t hit the stores till you have narrowed down your preferences to a select few. Plan in advance and your wedding shopping will be productive and enjoyable.

This article will help you understand how to prepare for your bridal boutique appointment, so you can make the most of your experience.

Begin early

There are three main processes, when it comes wedding shopping –determining the type of dress you want, finding the right bridal boutique and finding the dress. The entire process may take anywhere between 6 and 12 months. A little research before shopping will make it easier and much more effective.

How to start?

While some brides know exactly how they want to look on their wedding day, others may not have a clue on where to begin. Don’t worry, we’ll help you get there.

First, find a silent spot and sit down with a pen and paper. Close your eyes and imagine your wedding day. Do you envision yourself as a traditional bride in a classic white wedding gown? Or do you picture yourself as a fashionable, stylish bride in a modern wedding dress?

Depending on your preferences, write down a few describing words for the gown you have in mind.

Now, look for dresses that match your idea. Browse through online wedding gown collections and photos in bridal magazines to find inspiration. Save these for reference, and make notes on what you like and what you don’t in a particular dress.

Ask your friends for suggestions on what would look good on you. Once you begin doing this, you will slowly zero-in on the features you want, and eliminate those you don’t. You should soon be able to shortlist suitable silhouettes, type of sleeves, neckline and length. It’s now time to move on to the next step.

Fix a budget, find a boutique

The worst thing that can happen when you go shopping, is to fall in love with a dress you cannot afford. So, fix the maximum amount you can spend on your wedding dress and make sure you stick to it. Budget for accessories like veils and shoes too.

Now, find a boutique that carries the dress collections you like. You can check online or call them to confirm availability of these collections. Although you can buy a dress online, remember that you may not be able to judge how the dress would look on you till you actually try it on.

Book your appointment and go shopping!

Once you finalize the boutique, fix an appointment with them on a day when you have plenty of time to shop. If there are any particular dresses that you liked, inform them so they will have it ready when you arrive.

Take a friend or two with you, when you go shopping. Limit the number of people who accompany you, as too many opinions will only make the decision difficult. Choose someone who is fair in judgement and will give you an honest opinion.

Now, all you have to do is attend your appointment and find your dream dress!

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Bridal Dress Fashions

Planning and carrying out a wedding is tough. Invitations, guests, refreshments, the cake, and all the other members of your wedding party take up so much time, and if you’re like me, everything needs to be just so. If you ask any bride the hardest part about planning a wedding, they won’t say it will be picking the First Dance song, nor will they say it will be what flavor of cake to have. No, the hardest part for any bride is the biggest part of the whole shindig: the dress. Do you want one that’s short? Long? White? Colored? Sleeves? Sleeveless? It seems impossible, but we’re here to help!

Fashion changes so often, and every season brings new ideas, more creative designs, and fresh outlooks on clothing. Here, we’ve detailed the hottest, newest trends to come to bridal dresses this spring.

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Off-the-Shoulder Necklines

Recently, bridal style has favored cap sleeves and one-shoulder dresses, but that will be replaced this year with the off-the-shoulder variety. Looking at the style, it’s no surprise. There is a princess-like quality to the style. Anyone else thinking of Beauty and the Beast? The off-the-shoulder design also gives the bride a greater range of movement, and it’s a perfect draw between sleeveless and straps.

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Color

White dresses will forever be the first pick for brides, but this year, spring is coming in with new colors! Light blues, grays, and even mint greens are making their way into the wedding world. White and cream are beautiful, and the long-held belief that they represent the purity of the bride will never fall out of style, but we can’t deny that the little splash of color is just as refreshing as it is stunning.

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Tulle

Move over silk and lace, because tulle is the new fabric that’s sweeping through the fashion world. Whether used as a beautiful, light-weight overlay or for a full and flowing skirt, tulle is going to be all the rage this spring. It’s the perfect accent material, and will add a brush of class to your wedding dress in a way that no other fabric will.

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Capes

That’s right, ladies. Capes aren’t just for superheroes anymore, though who can deny that a bride is a superhero in her own right? Whether you want to mix it up this year, you want a little extra covering, some added lace, or you’re just going for the dramatic effect, a cape is the perfect addition to your wedding dress. It adds a certain flair, and a bold notion to your big day.

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Collars

Necklines have steadily been rising over the past few seasons, and now they’ve been shifted into full-blown collars. This is an extremely regal and beautiful look, accentuating the neck and shoulders flawlessly – no matter what body type you have. With lacy sleeves, collars can bring out the design. With a sleeveless dress, a collar can give a little added support, plus bring attention to the elegant design. They are as versatile as they are lovely.

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Sleek

Poof is going out, and the sleeker, slimmer version of wedding dresses from the 1920s and 1930s are coming back. History repeats itself, and that holds true for fashion as much as it does for everything else. These frame-hugging dresses are typically paired with smooth fabric or made to dazzle in the lights with jewels and sequins galore. Think flapper, only classier. Sexy, chic, and gorgeous.

 

Styles come and go. They fade in and out like the ocean’s tides, and sometimes it can be just as difficult to keep your footing in the ever-changing fashion world as it can be to keep your footing in the waves as they pull you back towards the sea. Thankfully, Best for Bride is always around to help you find the best dresses that keep up with the latest fashions. No matter what you’re looking for, you can find it there.

Be beautiful, brides.

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How to Choose the Right Wedding Dress for your Body Type

In all the excitement and stress involved in planning your wedding, one of the most crucial things you will need to buy is your wedding dress. The first thing you should do is to figure out the right gown for your body type. You will need to learn the wedding dress terminology and trends. Here are some tips that will help you choose the right wedding dress for your body type.

Empire: An empire gown does not disappoint on most body types but is quite flattering for a bride who wants to enhance her bust. On the other hand, ladies with large busts would also go for the empire dress as its traditional square can cover well their large breasts. This dress also works well for pear shaped figures, as it is lenient on the legs and hips. Because of space in the tummy area, it also ideal for brides who are pregnant.

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Mermaid: Due to its body-hugging cut, the mermaid suits best brides who are confident and comfortable in their own body. It works on slender, tall and short figures; however, ladies who appreciate their curves can walk down the aisle with dress as well.

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Ball Gown: While most brides would look amazing in ball gown, the cut is great for slender or pear shaped ladies as the full skirt emphasizes the waist and covers the lower part of the body. Furthermore, this style creates an hourglass appearance as it accentuates the waist. If you are not tall enough, note that the skirt size can overwhelm a short frame.

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A-Line/Princess: The A/line gown is an ideal option for almost every bride. Its full skirt covers the lower body and creates an illusion of curves on a thin frame. If your main idea is to go slim, the princess style is a great idea that extends lines coming up with a slimming effect as the eye will mainly focus on its length.

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Column/Sheath: Although this wedding dress style is timeless, it is not quite flexible compared to other styles as it only works for lean brides. Petite figured brides might appear taller and longer in a column dress, but there is no space to hide the problematic areas. Also note that some column gowns are very slim and tight and may prevent movement on the dance floor.

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Your wedding dress will be among the many choices that you will make when planning your wedding, but it is a very crucial decision that will definitely determine how you will feel on your big day. So go for a dress that fits well, flatters your figure and makes you feel beautiful. For more information you can log on to www.bestforbride.com