Greetings, bridal enthusiasts! Welcome to the ultimate guide on wedding dress alterations in Toronto, where we’ll reveal the secrets to attaining that dream fit for your wedding gown. Believe us; there’s no better feeling than gliding down the aisle in a perfectly tailored dress. Prepare for expert advice, insider knowledge, and a sprinkle of fun throughout our journey!
When it comes to your special day, finding the perfect wedding dress is just the beginning. Ensuring your dress fits like a dream is crucial to achieving a stunning bridal look. That’s where wedding dress alterations come into play. This article will explore the most common alterations brides often require to achieve that flawless fit. From hemline adjustments to bodice alterations and beyond, we’ll guide you through the top choices to make your wedding dress truly yours.
The best things in life don’t always come cheap. Are you on the search for your dream wedding dress, but struggling with the price attached to it? Well, you aren’t alone!
Wedding dresses, especially designer wedding gowns can be very expensive. It may seem ridiculous to spend a major chunk of your wedding budget on a dress that you will wear just once in your lifetime. However, your wedding is also the most important occasion of your life, and you cannot afford to look anything but stunning on this day.
After all, how you look like a bride on this day will forever be etched in everyone’s memories. As wedding planner Ashley, of The Graceful Host, mentions in this Style Me Pretty Article, all eyes are on the bride. And your guests will definitely remember “The Dress.” So, what you choose to wear on your big day is a very important decision.
Fortunately, there are many ways to find a dress that is drop-dead gorgeous without breaking your budget. Let us take a look at the various ways in which you can find such a dream wedding dress when the cost is an important constraint.
Jewelry and accessories play an essential role in your bridal look. It is thus vital that you plan your shopping well, so they enhance your overall bridal look. For only then will all the elements come together cohesively and enable you to look gorgeous.
Although jewelry and accessories are an important part of the bridal outfit, most brides consider them an afterthought. This is one of the first mistakes to avoid. Plan your look well instead of just going shopping and picking up something that you think will work well with your dress. Think of the different options to enhance your features, show off your dress and complement the theme. This will help you narrow down your jewelry and accessories choices better.
Here are some clever tips to help you understand how to choose the right wedding jewelry.
Always buy your jewelry and accessories after the dress
It isn’t uncommon for brides to end up buying a dress that is totally different from what they envisioned. In fact, we have lost count of the number of times a bride comes shopping with a definite idea of what she wants and walks out with a dress that she never imagined she would buy. This is why we suggest you shortlist the features you want to see in your dress. You can then look at dresses that satisfy most of your preferences if not all. Remember that you may end up going on an unending search to find a dress that satisfies every one of your requirements unless you have it tailored. Hence we suggest you first pick the dress, and then move on to looking at jewelry.
Let your dress be the guide when picking jewelry and accessories
The right type of jewelry and accessories work with the wedding dress, not against it! Brides who strike the right balance between the dress and the accessories look amazing. So, as a general rule of thumb, choose simple accessories if your dress is opulent. Heavy and flashy accessories are suitable if your dress is simple with few features that stand out. Look at the neckline, sleeves, how heavy the skirt is and work in the bodice to decide what would look appropriate to balance out your look.
Look online before you go to the shops
Most jewellers and accessories vendors list their inventory online. You can also find plenty of inspiration on the internet, on Pinterest and on bridal websites. It is a good idea to browse through the different available designs and identify the options you like most. Since you may not be used to wearing elaborate head pieces, veils and tiaras before, gathering information on what would suit your style, facial features and taste is a good idea. An online search will help you understand what is available. Visit various jewelry websites to use offers and discounts that will help you get a better deal for the money you spend on your accessories.
Choose your outfit properly when you go wedding shopping
The neckline of your dress is a significant factor to consider when picking jewelry. The entire effect will be ruined if your accessories clash with the neckline. To avoid this, wear a dress or top with the same neckline as your wedding dress when shopping. This way, you can understand how the necklace, earrings and veil will look with the wedding dress neckline. Also choose a light or white coloured top, to get the actual picture of how the jewelry will look against your dress. If you wear a colourful dress, the colour of the stones will show up differently than it would against white.
You needn’t buy if you would rather rent
Just like wedding dresses, wedding jewelry isn’t cheap. If you are a person who loves jewelry and will most likely use your wedding gems after your wedding day, it is a worthwhile investment. However, if you don’t usually wear jewelry, renting is a better idea. Many wedding dress rental shops also rent out wedding jewelry. You should be able to find accessories that match your wedding dress with this option. The shop you rent from may ask you to put down a deposit when you take the jewelry away. However, it is the easiest way to look great on your special day, at minimum cost.
Match the stones and metals
What we mean by this is that you should keep the effect cohesive. When you shop for wedding jewelry you will have various options like rhinestones, pearls, colored gemstones and more. Try to achieve a cohesive effect by choosing the same type of stones for each of your accessories. Similarly, be careful about mixing different metals as it can look cluttered. Don’t mix and match too much or you will ruin the overall effect. Even if the pieces look good on their own, they will not contribute to your look if they are all too different.
Know the best combinations for the white of your gown
Wedding gowns come in different shades of white. There’s bright white, champagne white, ivory, candlelight and ecru. Other metals look good with the different whites mentioned here. Pearls and metals with silver finishes are best with pure or bright white. Off-white colors like ivory and candlelight work well with gold and silver. Champagne looks good with rose-gold embellishments and jewelry. Ivory and ecru have yellow undertones and are good with yellow gold. You can also look at the embellishments in your gown, as a guide. If your gown has crystal and silver embroidery, choose the same colors in your jewelry. Similarly, if it features gold or pearls, following the same in your gown for a cohesive effect is best.
Re-purpose traditional jewelry for a contemporary look
If you have heirloom jewelry that doesn’t entirely appeal to your taste, accept it saying it doesn’t fit your style. Nonetheless, don’t wear it as it is if you aren’t fond of it. Instead, consider whether you can re-purpose it to suit your modern taste. Many jewelry shops offer this service. So, you can transform your family heirloom into a modern design with their assistance. Decide what you want the heirloom piece to be transformed into. Don’t limit yourself to making small changes. Brides have changed necklaces into earrings and bracelets, and strings of pearls into hair accessories. Ultimately, the important factor remains that the sentiment is still there, while you can wear jewelry that is more your style on your special day.
You don’t have to wear one of every accessory
The last thing you want to do is look cluttered with gems. Too many accessories and jewelry will make you look too busy. The different things you wear will then drown in sparkle and not be visible. The better option is to wear just the pieces that are actually necessary. It is a good idea to have one focal piece of jewelry and one or two more pieces to complement it. If your wedding dress is simple, make your focal piece big and bright for more sparkle. If it is an ornate gown, keep your jewelry simple and light to get the look right.
Please think of how photogenic your gems will be when you choose them
Although your accessories may look fabulous to your eye, it isn’t necessary that they will photograph equally well. Specific stones may have a dull finish with an old and faded look in photos. And intricate finishes may not show up in pictures. So, pay attention to how your jewelry and accessories will reflect on the camera. We suggest that you take some pictures to test how they look when clicked and only then make your final decision.
Be bold, go for color
Although there are many options, not all brides are comfortable in anything but a white wedding gown. If you aren’t sure but love colour, explore the variety of colourful gems to add that pop of color to your outfit. Take a chance with color, and you may be pleasantly surprised. Colored gemstones accentuate the beauty of any outfit. They are a perfect choice for the bride, especially if your wedding has a color theme. Colored gems allow you to incorporate the color theme into your wedding attire. Choose sparkling stones like sapphires, emeralds and rubies for a radiant effect and gems like jade, turquoise and coral for a casual wedding theme.
Don’t forget to check how you look from every angle
Don’t focus entirely on how you look from the front when choosing accessories! Remember that you will be facing away from your guests during the ceremony. So, use this opportunity to show off some extra style. Use dainty hair accessories that pack a punch from the back, or include a sash that has a beautiful tie-back that will impress. Additional accessories can help you look good from all angles. So, choose wisely.
Avoid extreme trends
Your wedding photos are images that will be frozen for eternity. Your generation and future generations will never forget you by how you looked on your wedding day. Don’t appear dated in them by choosing jewelry that is too trendy and will go out of fashion in no time. Classic styles are always fashionable and, hence, a safe choice. However, if you want to try out contemporary designs, do so by all means. Just ensure that they aren’t entirely new styles on the wedding fashion scene.
Make the most of package deals
The bridal ensemble takes up a huge chunk of the overall wedding budget. One way to make your money go further is to opt for package deals that give you more value for the money you spend. For example, bridal shops often have big discounts on jewelry and accessories if you buy it along with your dress. This will allow you to find the accessories for your big day without breaking the bank. At Best for Bride, we often have deals on accessories purchased with the wedding dress. The alternative is to have a flat percentage off the dress price. When you compare both options, you will realize that buying accessories as part of the package will help you save more.
Everything depends on your personality
We mentioned a number of rules here. However, no rule is set in stone and everything finally boils down to what you like. If you want to bring on the bling, do so! Or if you aren’t satisfied with the just one statement piece, wear all that you like and plan the rest of your outfit to balance it out. If you don’t favor jewelry, keep it simple and find basic pieces that suit your taste. You should be comfortable with the choices you make, as this is what will reflect on your wedding day. As long as you love what you see, you won’t regret your choices later.
So, tell us how you have planned your wedding day look? What are the accessories you chose and what did you base your decision on?
At Best for Bride, you can find amazing wedding gowns as well as superb accessories to enhance them. Everything from the veil and tiara, to jewelry and shoes are available in-house and online, so you can pick your choice easily. Check out our website to learn more about what we have for brides like you. Additionally, you can also find out about the special package offer we have on accessories that are purchased with the wedding dress. For more wedding tips and advice for brides, stay tuned to our blog page.
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