The Perfect Gown
The best place to start your search is in bridal magazines or at the bridal fair. Bridal magazines are a great resource because you can remove the pages of the gowns that you like best. A typical bridal magazine contains between 150 and 300 pictures of gowns. Among those you will find strapless, backless, form-fitting, full skirt, floor length, cathedral train, no train, plunging neck lines and ultra-conservative traditional styles among many others to choose from. Deciding on the perfect gown can be difficult to say the least, so here is how to simplify the process.
As you browse through your magazines and find a gown you like, tear out the picture. Do this throughout the entire magazine. Whe you are finisher, sort through the dresses and categorize them by style. Did you choose ten dresses that wer form-fitting and only two that were princess style full skirt? What is the most consistent neckline you were drawn to? Length? Do you prefer a simpler gown or do you like the more ornate? The process will quickly help you identify the looks you like.
The Bridal Shows
The next best resources are your local bridal shows and events. Bridal shows usually hold a fashion show and area bridal shops model many of their new arrivals. Remember to take a pen and paper because most bridal fairs do not allow cameras.
Things to take shopping
Bring any specialty bras you already have, such as backless, strapless or push-up. This may save you from buying one unnecessarily. Another item you’ll want to take are bobby pins, you’ll use these to secure headpieces as you try different styles. You will also want to consider the hair style you are planning for your wedding day, and arrange it in a similar fashion. This will give you the full effect of the gown and headpiece together. You’ll also want to take a pair of shoes that are the same heel height you will be wearing on your wedding day. Lastly, don’t forget your camera. If the bridal shop allows it, take photos of the gowns you are considering. These photos will make great scrapbook memories.
Narrow it Down
Narrowing down your choices gives you a starting point. However, you may find that the style you love isn’t as flattering on you as you had hoped. Move on to your next choice until you find the gown that is perfect for you. Remember to consider not only the style but the fabric, season of the year, budget, alterations, and delivery date. Avoid fads. Pick a dress, not with features you like or are “in”, but with features that look good on you. Here is a list of several bridal shops in Boise, McCall, Salt Lake, Seattle, and Twin Falls.
Formal, Semi-Formal and Informal
For an informal wedding, a street-length gown with small bouquet is typical. You would not have a veil or train for this gown. When the style is semi-formal, you could wear a floor-length gown with a short veil and train. Your flowers would be a small bouquet. For a formal wedding, a floor-length gown with full veil, long (cathedral) train and large cascading bouquet is appropriate. Of course, weddings can be anywhere in between these guidelines.