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The Definitive Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing for Your Wedding Dress Shopping

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!

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Bridal pant suits, tiered skirts and other unique wedding dress styles we love

One of the best things about wedding fashion is that it is constantly evolving. Although the traditional layered wedding gown is still popular, bridal dress designers also impress us with unusual and unexpected trends for brides who want something different for their wedding day. The latest trends in wedding dresses are so unusually interesting that I wouldn’t be surprised if many of them would continue to be favorites season after season. Take the 3-D floral trend for instance. It made its appearance several years ago, and still continues to be a big hit. This charming design feature has been played with in different ways, extended to other motifs of nature and even tried out in colors and bigger proportions. And one thing is clear, the trend is here to stay.

There are many more design features that have been bookmarked by many brides and wedding fashion enthusiasts, long before they set their wedding dates. Let us explore this list of the unique and interesting wedding dress styles that are anything but traditional, but impressive enough to stay.

Bridal Pant Suits

With same-sex weddings growing common these days, bridal pant suits which rose to fame in 2014 continue to be favored by many couples. It is not only for lesbian brides though. There are many brides who choose them for their practicality and style factor. In fact, the chances are high for any bride who isn’t used to wearing dresses to choose a pant suit over a poufy wedding dress. And the modern designs are stylish and dressy enough for the bride to look special on her big day. One of the most popular choices is divided skirts, where the pant suit looks super-chic and very bridal. Well-tailored suits with elegant embellishments are equally attractive. We have also noticed the unusual pairing of the pant suit with the very feminine veil as the accessory of choice for a “tradition meets modern” bridal statement.

Two-in-one wedding dresses

We have lost track of the number of times we have been asked for dresses that allow a bride to easily transform from a traditional bride at the wedding ceremony to a stylish diva for the wedding reception. Two-in-one wedding dresses are our go-to solution in such situations. Dubbed the two-fer, these dresses feature an overlay skirt over a figure-fitting silhouette like the mermaid. The overlay skirt is often elaborate and richly layered, so it has the appearance of a rich ball gown. This is usually perfect for a traditional wedding ceremony and a princess-look for the bride. Post the wedding ceremony, all the bride has to do is take off the overlay skirt, and she has a new look for the reception. Much easier than changing into a whole new gown, don’t you think? Also, it is more economical than spending double on two gowns.

Tiered wedding skirts

Tiered wedding skirts are the happy balance between ball gowns and modern wedding dress styles. They have the drama of the ball gown, but are more sophisticated and look contemporary. Tiers can be seen mostly on A-line and fit and flare silhouettes like the mermaid or trumpet. They are beautiful in every fabric, although they are common in lace, satin and tulle. Tiered skirts are often paired with sweetheart and strapless necklines, that add to the dramatic effect. They may also be embellished with scalloped details at the edges or ruffles. Designers have also tried unusual embellishments like feathers and fringes in tiered wedding skirts. However, these choices are better suited for bold brides than conventional brides.

Muted shades of pink

Ever since blush became a widely sought-after bridesmaid dress color, muted shades of pink have stolen many a bride’s heart. Blush, in particular, is a favorite as it has a delicate, feminine charm. The color is soft so many brides can safely choose it in their bridal dresses and not deviate too far from traditional white. Another charming factor about this color is that it looks good on most complexions. It is also the perfect base color for lace details like floral icons and others to pop up against. Blush renders itself beautifully to both modern and vintage wedding dress designs. Whether it is in a ruffled wedding dress skirt or a modern minimalist silhouette, this dainty color as well as other subtle shades of pink are big hits in the bridal world. We do not see them disappearing from the scene anytime soon.

Plunging necklines

Definitely a choice for the bold and daring bride, plunging necklines are no longer the fashion statements of celebrities on the red carpet. Plunging V-necklines, daringly low scoops and deep keyhole designs are all hot trends on the bridal fashion scene. The widespread interest in the reinvention of these styles and number of collections featuring this detail simply tell us that more and more women are choosing to sport this bold style feature in their wedding dresses. To avert any potential disaster, all that is necessary is to add a sheer modesty piece to the neckline. Nevertheless, after the daringly low back details that were once a hit on the bridal scene, plunging necklines are a hot and happening thing. Plunging necklines are often featured with straps or sleeveless dresses that add a finishing touch to the glamorous detail.

Asymmetrical hemlines

Interesting elements like high-low wedding dress hemlines instantly add a touch of drama to the bridal look. This is a feature that has not just gained favor in the general fashion scene, but has influenced wedding fashion as well. High-low hemlines may be used in short or long gowns. It can also be added as an additional feature that appears over the regular wedding skirt. Asymmetrical hemlines usually involve more fabric to create the flowy effect, and are commonly paired with A-line dress styles, sheaths or fit and flare silhouettes for maximum impact. This is a great choice for casual-theme weddings where the bride wants a dress that isn’t too formal, but looks bridal enough all the same.

Off-the-shoulder neckline

A sexy dress feature that allows the bride to show off her well-toned shoulders and collar bones, the off-the-shoulder neckline looks beautiful on wedding gowns. The exposed shoulders and neckline balance out poufy wedding dress skirts. Off-the-shoulder necklines are very feminine, and may be paired with any dress silhouette. When paired with ball gown skirts and A-line dresses, it has a princess look, whereas it looks stylish and modern when paired with sheaths and fit and flare silhouettes. The neckline may either feature short sleeves or be combined with long full-sleeves for a vintage look. This neckline feature has been added to both lace gowns as well as satin and silk wedding dresses. It may also be paired with a draped bodice or an embellished one in different designs.

Illusion details on sleeves

Illusion necklines were and continue to be a bridal favorite. Although the sleeve length has varied from full-sleeves to strapless styles and those in between, there are always brides who want to look modest and sport wedding dresses with sleeves that cover their arms. Then, there are also those brides who want sleeves because their arms are too thick or too skinny to show-off. Illusion sleeve details are a happy middle ground between fully covered and very modest styles and the strapless style that reveals arms all the way from the shoulders to the fingers. Illusion sleeves are usually executed in lace, and have a delicate feminine appeal. This is a feature that is great for formal wedding styles and looks good on both slender and curvy brides. The details may range from intricate lace structures to widely dispersed and scattered details. It can also have embellishments or be simple.

Modern minimalist

Less is more for the modern minimalist bride. Non-fussy, uncluttered wedding gowns do not have to be simple and boring. Instead they can be stunning and splendid, despite the simplicity. Minimalist wedding dresses allow brides to draw focus to other aspects of their wedding trousseau, like their jewelry and accessories. Sleek and simple modern silhouettes usually focus on enhancing the natural beauty of the bride by drawing attention to her best assets in an obvious way. The most popular silhouettes are fit and flare and column, that either snugly fit the body curves or create the illusion of more curves than the lady possesses. Minimalist dresses may also feature selected embellishments that are vivid and stylish. This is a great pick for the bride who wants her personality to shine through the attire she sports on this important day in her life.

Defined waistlines

More brides today are determined to get in shape and look their best on their wedding days. And when they have great bodies to show off, it is only imperative that they draw attention to the smallest and most attractive of their assets, like a slim waistline. Wedding dresses with emphasized waistlines are just as popular as accessories like bows, sashes and waistbands that define the waistline clearly. This feature is common on not only poufy wedding dresses, but the demarcation of the waistline is even incorporated into fit and flare dresses where there usually is no clear waistline. One of the most interesting factors about defining the waistline specifically is that it gives the dress a youthful appearance. So, although dropped waistlines and empire styles are still sough after by many brides, dresses which highlight slender waists and even draw attention to it are favored by brides who are in good shape in time for their wedding.

Fantastic back details

This is one trend that we simply cannot get enough of. Every year, wedding designers outdo themselves by presenting us with wedding dresses featuring fantastic back details. The mysterious charm of an ornate back detail is unbeatable, and it is a must-have for every bride on her special day. From fabulous illusion detailing to tasteful lace cut-outs, embellished details, low-cut backs and keyhole designs, details in the back easily impress. It is also an interesting way of showing of your sexy side without worrying about a wardrobe disaster. To highlight back details, the bride must ideally choose a hairstyle that doesn’t cover up the essential details. It may also be hidden when you wear a veil. So, if you choose a dress with a fantastic back, make sure to take off the veil after the ceremony and give it the attention it deserves. Fantastic back details are also stand-out features in bridal and couple portraits. So make sure your photographer pays attention to this detail, if your dress features it.

Over the recent years, many trends have appeared and disappeared. While going with the trend is fun, remember that your wedding dress will be the focal point in your wedding album in years to come. It may perhaps even be passed down generations, and you always want to look classic and timeless in them. We believe that the trends we listed here today, are those that will help you look stylish. In short, these are the trends that are bound to be repeated time and again, and never go out of fashion.

So, tell us which of these dress features do you like the most? Have you chosen any of them in your wedding dress?

And for more wedding dresses and a fantastic selection to make your pick from, check out this link to our wedding dress collections at Best for Bride. From traditional and vintage to modern and contemporary dresses, we have all the dresses you can dream of. Book your appointment with us today, and visit any of our locations in Canada to make your wedding dress dreams come true. And if you are a bride from outside Canada, try our online shopping option for a reliable experience.

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How to choose evening dresses for different seasons

One of the things we look at when choosing an evening dress is whether it flatters our natural figure. Apart from finding a dress that flatters your figure, it is also important to choose one that is appropriate for the weather at the time you will be wearing it.

Social events happen all round the year. So, the perfect dress for one season may not be the right one for another. Having said this, we must tell you that there are no hard and fast rules on what should or shouldn’t be worn during a particular season. Nonetheless, choosing a dress that is suitable for the season will ensure more comfort and colors that look right at the time.

Here are some style tips to help you choose the best dress depending on the weather at the time.

SPRING

Spring is one of the best times of the year, weather-wise. The days are pleasant after a cold winter. The natural landscape takes on bright colors, and you can draw inspiration from this when choosing your dress. This is also the time when many events are held outdoors, making the most of the pleasant weather and attractive scenery. So, your dress for such events should preferably be lightweight.

Here are some points to consider when choosing a dress for a spring-time event.

A cover from the cold: While a warm wool coat may look out-of-place at a spring-time event, the weather can still be windy this time of year. So, we suggest that you choose a dress with short sleeves to keep your shoulders covered and warm. Cap-sleeve dresses or three-fourth sleeves are great to cover up your arms, while allowing you to look smart and stylish too. The other option is to choose sleeveless or strapless dresses, and carry an accessory like a stole or shrug that you can wear it if gets chilly.

 

Smart necklines: Spring in general has a casual, fun feel. So, instead of looking overly dressed up and sophisticated, the better option would be to look smart. Off-the-shoulder necklines, halter necks and slits in skirts add thrill to a dress. So, explore these options.

 

Simple silhouettes are best: Simplicity is stylish, and minimal no-fuss dress silhouettes pack an instant impact. The sheath and A-line are better than ball gown and fishtail styles, when you choose a floor length gown. For more impact, add sparkling accessories. If you choose shimmery fabric in your dress, avoid bling elsewhere, so your look isn’t too cluttered.

Stylish skirts with interesting hemlines: Soft, breezy skirts in chiffon, voile and organza with a lot of liquidity are ideal for spring. Asymmetrical hemlines make a skirt casual, yet stylish in an instant. Cocktail and tea length dresses would normally be better choices than full-length gowns.

 

Flower power: Flowers are synonymous with spring, and they are the perfect print for spring dresses. Choose dresses with soft floral designs on them as an ode to nature, and look fresh and feminine.

Soft and neutral palettes:In spring, soft muted colors are a great choice. Take inspiration from the colors of the natural scenery, and choose hues with touches of blue and green in them. Soft pastels, pinks, yellows and greens are suitable for this weather. You can also consider intense floral and nature prints on light backgrounds, if patterns are your thing.

SUMMER

Summer starts with warm weather, and then goes on to become hot and humid. Base your dress choice on the intensity of heat you expect at the time of the event you will be attending. During the first half of summer, choose heavier and elaborate fabric, but transition to light, breathable and airy fabric as the weather becomes hotter.

Here are some tips to help you choose your summer event outfit.

Relaxed dress code: Summer is the time to dress down, get rid of layers and stick with minimalist dress patterns. Focus on colors instead of design details. Look to bright flora and fauna for inspiration. Even at an evening party, it is best to choose an outfit that is more informal than strictly formal. It will not only feel comfortable, but will look good too.

Strapless and sleeveless for indoors, but full-sleeves for outdoors: As the temperatures rise, we wold all prefer to shed layers and stick to the bare minimum pieces of clothing. However, if the event you attend is outdoors fully covered tops are recommended to stay sun-safe. You can still choose fabulous designs that don’t look frumpy, by keeping colors light and the design balanced in the silhouette.

Time to play with pattern: Polka dots, chevron, stripes, floral prints; any pattern looks great in summer and is apt for the season. This is the time to pick vibrant colors and rich prints that look cheerful when the sun shines on them.

Short hemlines are in: Short hemlines are best in summer, for obvious reasons. Experiment with different lengths, varying from above the knee to ankle length. However, avoid full length gowns as they look out-of-place in this weather.

Simple silhouettes: A-line skirts and column style dresses are great in this weather. Sheer and illusion necklines and sleeves feel great and refreshing. Avoid layering unless it is in fabric with a smooth drape, or you can end up looking bulky.

Make sensible fabric choices: Cotton, satin, tulle and organza are ideal for summer events. It may be a good idea to avoid satin finishes and silk as these stain with sweat and can look terrible when it does.

Light and bright colors look good: Stay away from intense dark colors, as they are overly warm for the hot weather. Instead stick with light, pleasant colors or tropical colors that pop. Oranges, yellows and reds are all great for this time of year.

AUTUMN

The weather becomes cooler, as winter is near. Warm and cozy outfits look good in autumn, and you don’t need really warm accessories as you can still walk around without feeling too chilly. Here are some fashion tips to consider when choosing your autumn evening dress.

Jewel tones and prints are a hit: As the weather becomes cooler, increase the intensity of color in your chosen outfit. Deep jewel tones are wonderful, and can be paired with metallic accents for a sophisticated and stylish effect.

Aim for style and elegance: Just like outdoorsy looks are great at summer and spring events, style and elegance are statement signs for autumn and winter. Formal gowns in earthy or intense colors are perfect for formal events, and they can either be cocktail length or full-length. Accent colors like orange, brown and red work well with most neutrals.

Choose longer sleeves: As the days grow shorter, let the sleeves grow longer, for both practical and style reasons. High necklines like bateau, scoop or half-collar styles with a V-dip in the center are refined and sophisticated.

Elaborate silhouettes work well: This is the time when both long and short dress styles work well. You can either choose bold and elaborate embellishments with short hemlines, or long gowns with plenty of details. Layer up with a gown that adds volume to your frame and it will look just right in this weather.

Luxe embellishments: Hand embroidery, elaborate crystal work, sparkles and gems are all appropriate in autumn, especially when they are paired with deep, intense colors. Other accents that look good in this weather include ruffles and feathers. Animal prints, Aztec prints and leafy prints are other prints to choose from.

Experiment with necklines: With the weather relatively pleasant, you can consider all types of necklines for this season. While off-the-shoulder necklines and strapless styles are fun and flirty, fully covered high necklines, cowl necklines or those that skim the collarbones and expose no more look polished and perfect. In case it gets too windy, you may like to carry a stylish accessory like a pashmina wrap, that will not only look stylish but will also be a practical solution to stay warm when outdoors. Similarly, add style to your outfit with interesting footwear like knee-high boots that are in-keeping with the weather at the time.

WINTER

Winter is the holiday season, and there will be many functions to attend. This is the time when you should go shopping, so you have a great dress for every occasion that comes up. Refined elegance and bright colors should be the highlight of your look, so you look festive and blend in with the colorful extravaganza that is typical of winter partying. Here are the dress ideas that are good for winter.

Bring on the sleeves: Winter is the season when long sleeves are a good option. However, you can also choose shorter sleeves or sleeveless styles, as long as you have an accessory like a bolero or sash to cover up your shoulders and arms when you step outdoors. Illusion necklines and sleeves are dramatic and chic, perfect for the ambiance at a winter party.

Bold and modern accessories: Dress up a simple silhouette with big and bold accessories. Winter is the time to choose dramatic jewelry and makeup. Think in terms of gold, sparkles, pearls and colored gemstones which are big enough for a statement effect. For a modern look, it may also be fun to add an accessory like a belt or sash that adds greater impact to a simple color and design. Finally don’t forget a shawl, cape or jacket to stay cozy in, when traveling to and from your event venue.

Unexpected elements are fun: There are simple ways to add more oomph to an outfit. This includes ruffles, scalloped lace lines where you least expect it and powerful motifs as embellishments. A short skirt with an abundance of ruffles is youthful and interesting, while a two-piece dress with ruffles at the waist renders an informal touch to a formal dress.

Prints in one color tone: Although monochromatic color schemes are popular in winter attire, you can experiment with prints, as long as they don’t look like they belong to the summer. Prints in intense colors and with smaller motifs spanning over the entire length are the ideal choice. Don’t forget to mix it with plenty of plain colors for more drama. Alternately, look to shimmering fabric for an overall effect that isn’t cluttered. Color blocking with autumnal colors like browns and red are also a good idea.

Thick and flowing fabric: Layered dresses and thicker fabric are perfect for winter. Not only does this keep the cold at bay, it also helps you look dressed up. Voluminous skirts, embellished sleeves and decorated necklines are best sported in winter. Fabrics that work in this weather include velvet, velveteen and silk. The smooth finish of silk makes it ideal for night-time affairs.

Dressy silhouettes: The trick is to balance your overall look with a silhouette that complements the color of the dress and the embellishments on it. For a simple silhouette like the A-line or sheath, make sure you look good with the right choice of bold accessories to go with it or with a dress that is embellished aplenty. However, this is the time to sport modern silhouettes like the mermaid, as it is appropriate for the weather and looks glamorous. Ball gowns are good on women who want more impact with the dress and not bother too much about accessories.

At Best for Bride, apart from wedding dress collections, we have a wide variety of designer evening dress collections to satisfy all your expectations. Take a look today and you are bound to find many that will catch your eye. Dressing up for any event, be it in any season, has never been easier!

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Wedding Dress Shopping Etiquette: 14 Things You Need to Know Before Your Appointment

Wedding Dress Shopping Etiquette

Wedding dress shopping is an exhilarating experience for a bride. But, as her bridal gown is one of the most expensive dresses she will wear in her life, this can also make her nervous. Fortunately, you will have your entourage and bridal consultants to help you make your dress decision. And, as with everything wedding-related, there are specific etiquette rules that you should stick to when shopping for your wedding dress too. Let us take a look at what they are.

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