So you’re engaged and ready to hit up the local bridal shop with your ladies!
While it may be tempting to rush to “say yes to the dress”, fair warning of the endless options you’ll be facing if you don’t make an effort to narrow down your search beforehand.
Lucky for you, the below wedding dress shopping advice from the knowledgeable folks over at Wedding Forward beautifully illustrates, through infographics, the countless choices you’ll encounter during the hunt for your dream wedding dress. That way, you’ll be prepared come shopping time.
See more after the cut!
For the Bride
Ready to say yes to the dress? Not so fast. Before you step foot inside any bridal store, know your body shape!
Trust us, it’ll save you time and unnecessary headaches from having to try on dresses across multiple silhouette categories (A-line, Empire, Ball Gown, Mermaid, Sheath) before you learn which silhouette is right for you. Only once you’ve pinpointed your body type can you begin a pleasant, laid-back search to find the best wedding dress style for YOU.
Whether you’re petite, plus-size, athletic-built or hourglass, all bodies are beautiful. Our wedding dress shopping advice to you is to truly own your figure by rockin’ a wedding dress down the aisle that works with your shape, rather than against it.
The options, however, don’t end at your silhouette. Oh no. Next up, you’ve got a neckline, sleeve, waistline and back to determine.
Again, you’ve got to think about your body type. What are your most/least loved assets? Love your twins and hips but hate your arms and back? Then choose a dress with a sexy dip and dropped waistline but opt for long sleeves and closed back.
Now for the icing on the cake… your veil!
From the veil length to the shape to the fabric, our wedding dress shopping advice to you is that you’ll want to choose a veil that complements your wedding dress’s material, texture and stylistic elements.
If your dress has beading, try a veil that also has beading to really bring out this detail. Similarly, depending on your wedding location and the look you’re going for, you may want to wear a lovely, long Cathedral length veil or birdcage net shape for a more retro vintage look.
For the Bridesmaids
Looks like you’re all set! Now, your ladies need a hand.
Whether you realize it or not, your bridesmaids will pretty much act as your frame on your wedding day. Both literally (in your wedding photos) and figuratively (when you’re exchanging your vows).
Hence the reason why you should make sure your ladies look and feel as lovely as you do with bridesmaids dresses that not only flatters their figures but complements your look + theme.
Another piece of wedding dress shopping advice is to show off each of your bridesmaids’ unique personalities with the infinity dress style concept — one dress worn multiple ways.
Twobirds Bridesmaid is at the forefront of this trendy wedding fashion concept and the infographic below by Wedding Forward illustrates 8 out of the 15 different ways your ladies can style this dress on your big day.
Last but not least, ladies, don’t neglect your locks!
After all that hard work shopping for your dream wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses, you should make sure your wedding day hairstyle gels nicely with your ensemble. More so, the neckline of your outfit.
Believe it or not, certain hairstyles actually suit some necklines better than others, sure to create an overall more balanced look which will translate beautifully in the wedding day photos.
WeddingLovely and Wedding Forward teamed up to bring to you this partnered list of wedding dress shopping advice through infographics. Visit Wedding Forward for more inspiration + great advice!