If you’re getting married this summer, buckle up to spend the next few weeks picking your brain, twirling around with the idea for which bridal wedding dress to choose this summer.
It is going to be the most special day of your life (no pressure!), and we are as much concerned as your best friend that you end up making the right choice. While we cannot travel from one bridal salon to another offering opinion on which piece suits you the best, we decided to come up with an even better idea!
We drafted these six steps for you to follow before you start your bridal dress hunt.
Trust us; this is the first thing you need in your wedding survival kit. Save it, pin it, print it and plaster it on your bathroom door.
1. Listen to Your Gut
Your gut is telling you to start early with the dress hunt, and you probably think that it’s way too soon. Putting off the (actual) wedding preps might be one way to lay off stress. It’s all about planning vs. execution.
You may be looking around on the internet, pinning photos of bridal gowns here and there but not physically making a trip to the bridal store.
A great way to start is social media, all that research pays off later. It is probably the first thing we’d suggest you do for inspiration.
With a few months to spare, it is one of those times when you should listen to your gut.
Bridal gown specialists suggest ordering your dress eight to twelve months before your wedding so that you have a good margin on time to try and make any adjustments.
Don’t have enough time? No worries.
Many bridal salons offer a rush-service, although that might require an extra fee. Many salons provide ready-to-wear designs in different sizes.
2. First Comes The Fabric
When choosing a bridal wedding dress for the summers, you have to go for a lightweight and breezy fabric with minimal layering. You can use lace, chiffon, or silk-organza. A chopped off midi-skirt can work great on a beach wedding like Penny from The Big Bang Theory wore on her wedding.
3. Less is More
When planning a summer wedding, there is one non-negotiable rule: Less is more. You won’t feel comfortable with layers of fabric draped over you. Sun-kissed makeup looks amazing but sweat will surely not!
If you must go for layers, keep the fabric light and airy. Check out this effortlessly chic flowy gown that can be used as formal wear later too.
4. Thank you, Meghan Markle
Thanks to the wedding of the year, Meghan Markle has left upcoming brides quite puzzled. The Duchess of Sussex chose to wear a gorgeous plain gown that had minute (but perfect) details. The simpler the bridal gown is, the harder it is to hide any flaw as there is no applique or lace to hide behind.
So, if you’re stepping into the Duchess’ shoes, expect your dress to be tailored to perfection.
Fun fact: Meghan Markle has a piece of her dress that she wore on her first date with Prince Harry to be sewn into the wedding gown to keep the tradition of carrying “something blue.”
Aren’t they cute?
5. Dare to Be Different
We all have watched the hit movie 27 Dresses, right? From the scuba wedding dress to the Gone with the Wind-themed bridal gowns, those brides went ahead with their dream wedding and probably never regretted doing that for even a single second.
That is the beauty of how you can play around with the theme for your wedding dress. It can be anything from the Game of Thrones: Red Wedding to May the Force Be with you kind of a party. Your dress will set the tone for the day.
Don’t be afraid to play around with the idea of coming up with a completely original wedding gown. It doesn’t even have to be traditional. Take a look at the runway models featuring bridal gowns for the upcoming year; it has some great transformations (read: deviations) from the customary style like adding a pop of black color, wearing a jumpsuit inspired wedding dress or opting for a single piece with a sheer gown.
6. Rock Your Embellishments
Nothing is stopping you from getting all glam’d up on your special day. Pearls are so in style right now, and you can top off your dress with lace, applique or sheer fabric. The placement of embellishments should make your silhouette stand out as it does for this fine piece.
Read the whole thing? Good. You’re ready to dive into this wedding dress hunt business.
Remember, your grandchildren will be someday be watching your wedding pictures and making snooty remarks on your fashion sense. Give them something nice to say, alright?