Dressing up...

All wedding blogs are full of posts about the DRESS! Arguably the most important part of the wedding (bar your man) of course. Dress shopping experiences differ massively across the board, with some women absolutely loving the opportunity to carry out their long-held little girl fantasy of trying on a numerous dresses and twirling in front of the mirror, whilst others find it an arduous and exhausting way to spend time.

During these 'dressing up...' pages I will be aiming to break down to the wedding dress experience for you, from dressing for your body shape to where you might choose to buy your dress from. The options and choices are endless and if you plan it around what suits your body and your personality, it can be a really fun part of the wedding planning process.

To start with here as some of the pearls of wisdom I learnt along the way:

Try lots of different styles on, from this you will get an idea of what suits you and most importantly what you feel comfortable in.

Think about the kind of wedding you are having and what kind of dress would suit the occasion, I was having a civil ceremony with an aisle of about 50 metres, a big dress just would have just looked and felt wrong.

How do you want to feel on your wedding day? Do you want to be able to dance the night away in short sassy number, or do you want to feel like elegant in a fitted mermaid style, or be a princess in a beautiful big dress? Knowing this will help dictate what style of dress you should choose.

Don’t go dress shopping with too many people, they'll only distract and confuse you with a million opinions, instead take one or two people whose views you trust.

Don't feel like you have to conform. If your legs are your best asset and you have always wanted a short dress then go for it! If you don't want to wear white and fancy wearing a coloured dress, do it!

Consider getting a dress made (more on this in a later post); it isn't as expensive as you might think and that way you get exactly what you want. If you're anything like me then you often have an idea of what you want in your mind; this is your chance to make it a reality.

Remember, there is nothing wrong with off-the-peg, some people are a bit snobbish about it but there are some beautiful dresses out there, and you can always get it altered to your exact measurements.

Consider the High Street; Coast and Monsoon have some beautiful dresses at really reasonable prices. Look out for the high street post coming soon).

Set a budget and stick to it. If you know you are willing to spend x amount, why oh why are you looking at dresses which cost double that. You'll only fall in love with one and then have the ensuing dilemma about what to do.

I hope these tips go some way to help, let me know if you have anymore to add.

BelleNoirBride X x