You’ve been dreaming about buying a wedding dress since the very first time you draped a white pillowcase over the back of your head. But now that you’re finally ready to walk down the aisle you’re not quite sure what type of bride you’d like to be. Should you go with a traditional look? A modern one? Or are you more of a bohemian? And what about your groom? Is he a tuxedo and bow tie kind of guy? Or is he more comfortable in linen pants and a blazer? Whether you choose a formal candlelit ceremony, a spiritual setting or a laid-back island style, here are a few tips for dressing for the occasion.
Find Your Inner Bride
Before you start shopping for your dream wedding dress in Australia, take a minute to close your eyes and envision yourself as a bride. What do you see? Are you wearing a full ball gown with your hair in romantic ringlets? Or are you outfitted in an ethereal, flowing wedding dress, with loose hair sprinkled with flowers? Write down six adjectives that best describe how you want to look and feel on your wedding day, such as summery, traditional, princess, sexy, sophisticated, over-the-top. Then have your groom do the same and compare notes. If you’re thinking full royal regalia and he’s thinking beach wedding and Bermuda shorts, you may have your work cut out for you. Try using a religious custom, an aspect of the way you met or something near and dear to your hearts – swing dancing, horseback riding, the ’20s – to set the mood instead.
Wedding Dresses dos and don’ts
Do: Tie your look to your wedding location. If you’re having a traditional ceremony with a formal reception, opt for a classic, timeless gown style (like an A-line or ballgown with a square neckline). Getting married outdoors in an afternoon garden ceremony? Consider strapless sheath wedding dresses made of a light material like silk-gazar. If you’re marrying in the sand on an exotic island, a flirty tea-length gown with festive shoes (or even barefoot!) is the ultimate non-traditional wedding attire.
Don’t: Let your wedding style dash your dreams of the perfect gown. If you have your heart set on a fun, sexy gown but you’re worried it’s not appropriate for your ceremony site, consider carrying a sash for a more demure look during your ceremony.
Don’t: Forget your bridesmaids! It’s your big day, but you definitely want to share the moment with your closest friends. If you are looking for inspirations and vendors of bridesmaid dresses, we’ve got it all covered. Browse through our gallery of bridesmaid dresses or head straight over to our directory of dress shops across all of Australia.
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