You’ve found the one.  Now it’s time to find a wedding dress that will take everyone’s breath away.  It’s out there, waiting for you!

Your dress is as individual as you are, and it makes a statement about your style and personality.  Choosing the right gown can be overwhelming, but if you give yourself time, and have a good strategy, you will have great success.  Here are some key points to help you get started.

First, narrow your search by trying gowns on to determine the best shape and style for your body type.  Whether it may be an A-line, trumpet, mermaid, ball gown, tiered skirt, basque, or silhouette, you need to see the gown on to ensure it is flattering to your body.  Make an appointment with a bridal salon like J Bridal, who has multiple designers and styles. Bring in any photos of dresses you have seen in magazines or on line so that the salon can match the same type of dress for you to try on. Once you have the gown on, your will know immediately if it is the dress of your dreams. 

It is important not to get too overwhelmed on your first few salon appointments, so take only one or two trusted family members or friends to help take notes on the gowns you like best.  All too often, too many opinions can lead to disaster, and your dress shopping can seem hopeless.  Remember this is about you!  You can narrow your search down to the final one, and plan a “reveal” party at the salon to make it special for your bridesmaids and mother of the bride.

Another crucial component is the color of the dress.  Do you look best in white or ivory?  Choose the color that enhances your skin tone.  Also play with different fabrics like lace, chiffon, silk, satin, along with different textures, drape, and cut.  On one of my dress shopping trips to New York, I was able to meet several couture designers, who gave me some great tips for matching the perfect dress for different body types.  Here are just a few to share:

  • Want to look long and lean?  Stay away from ball gowns, and choose a silhouette.
  • Fit-and-flare gowns won’t drown petite shapes, and are great for accentuating hourglass curves.
  • A-line gowns minimize your hips and shrink your waist.
  • Side draping and lightweight fabrics are romantic and slimming.
  • The key to creating curves is to choose gowns that have flared skirts, diagonal draping, and daring necklines.

Almost all gowns take a minimum of 6 months to arrive after ordering, and will have alterations to follow.  Give yourself as much time as possible to avoid any stress.  Once your gown arrives, it will most likely need alterations, especially the bustle if you have a train.  As a seasoned wedding planner, I have sewn more dresses than I can count because the bustle wasn’t added, or something came undone on the dress.  It is so important to go over the dress in its entirety at your final fitting to ensure that everything is perfect.  Make sure to review how to bustle the dress with your bridal consultant, and if you are a client of Rackel Gehlsen Weddings & Events, we take care of all of this for you!

For more helpful tips, contact Rackel Gehlsen Weddings & Events at (480) 560-1456 or go to WWW.RACKELGEHLSENWEDDINGS.COM