Many times, even as a young girl, women dream about their wedding day and the perfect gown for the occasion. So it’s not too surprising when we see a young lady who is about to become engaged come in to pre-shop for wedding gowns. Sometimes, we are the first stop on an anxious bride to be’s shopping list. Sometimes the bride comes in a couple of weeks before the wedding (reminder, special order gowns can take 3 to 4 months to come in so please don’t wait too long). We love the thought and time that goes into choosing your gown. But when is the right time in the process to pick your gown?
Looking around for ideas is great but we recommend that you get your venue selected before you get too serious in your gown shopping. Why? The setting of wedding will play a big role in what will be most appropriate to wear.
If you are getting married in a church then something more formal perhaps a satin gown with sleeves and more coverage might be more appropriate. You might also want to choose something with a little more coverage (some churches have guidelines on this) and beautiful cathedral length veil coming down the aisle might just complete the picture.
However, if you are getting married in an outdoor, or more rustic setting, you might want to go with some vintage lace, distinctive coloring and with less of a train. A more modest veil or headpiece might also be manageable in an outdoor setting. The gown you choose will need to work in the space where you are getting married and conversely will dictate the direction, styling, colors and mood that the rest of the wedding party will wear.
Planning a destination wedding, on the beach? Then you probably will want something of a lighter fabric, softer, flowing perhaps and might want to consider a shorter train or no train at all. The less formal the location, the less formal the gown. So a huge ballgown with a petticoat and long veil probably won’t work for this setting.
As you can see, your location will have an impact on your gown choice. Have your location picked but still not sure what to wear? No problem. Book an appointment with one of our experienced consultants and let them help you with idea’s for your venue. With more than 40 years’ experience they are sure to have some great idea’s they can share with you. And don’t forget to book one of our two free private bridal suites for your appointment and find out what it means to be a Brides House Bride.
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