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Q. I'm really keen for my dress to reflect my personality and our day's relaxed vibe. What can you suggest?
A. Zoe Dowle says: It sounds like you'll want your shopping experience to be as relaxed as the atmosphere of your big day, so my top tip to begin with is to do some research into which boutiques stock your style of dress, make appointments with two or three and take just a couple of guests with you. There seems to be a trend toward brides bringing large groups of friends and family with them to try on dresses, which can be unproductive, overwhelming and best avoided.
When you arrive for your bridal boutique appointment the consultant will start by asking you some questions about your big day. For example, based on what you've told me already I'd be keen to know what sort of venue you've booked and how you'll be styling it. I should imagine your vision features a boho vibe complete with firepits, hay bales and fairylights. In which case, you're sure to want to move freely on the day, without being restricted by an overwhelming dress. So, I'd be inviting you to join me in looking through my collection of stylish, relaxed, fashion-forward dresses. Something like this refreshing gown, Cosette by Watters would be absolutely ideal for you.
Zoe Dowle,Brides by Zoe
Finding the dream dress
Q. How to find the perfect dress...
A. Zoe Dowle says: Trust is one of the most important factors when choosing the suppliers for your wedding. You'll be tapping into their expertise and building relationships with them right up to, and including, the special day itself. This trust also applies when looking for your wedding gown. So, making sure that the bridal consultants at the boutique are knowledgeable of the designers and dresses they carry, and are able to answer all your questions, is essential. It's also important that the consultants are prepared to listen, getting to know the venue and your requirements.
Research is key. Once you've booked your venue, and know what your theme is going to be, you'll then be in a good position to start looking for your dress. Make contact with your local bridal shops prior to booking an appointment to discuss their collection in a bit more detail. In many instances, gowns may be able to have the odd tweak. So, with a little imagination and support you may have already found the one.
Zoe Dowle,Brides by Zoe
The spice of life
Q. My best girls' figures are all wonderfully different, so I've no idea what styles we should be looking at to flatter all of them. Can you help?
A. Hayley Freeman says: Today's brides are much more concerned with how their bridesmaids feel in a dress and are keen for them to be as comfortable and confident as possible on the day, so we've worked hard with our designers to make this a reality. As standard members of the bride tribe can choose a different gown to suit their own shape and taste, all in your chosen hue. We also have a large selection of customisable bridesmaids' dresses, which can have their necklines changed, be made with or without sleeves and, if necessary, have any detailing altered so that the gowns have matching attributes. What's more, all of our dresses have a fantastic bodice structure and our seamstresses work with the ladies to fit the gowns, ensuring your bridesmaids feel their very best on the big day.
A touch of sparkle
Q. My dress has very clean, simple lines and I'm looking to add some sparkle with my accessories. What would you suggest?
A. Jeska McGeehan says: Add some sparkle to your look by incorporating a little twinkly something in your hair. Depending on your hairstyle you could add a hair vine, tiara, hairband or even some delicate diamante pins for shimmer throughout. You could even pop on a sparkly belt should you wish. You could also try a detailed veil with simple Swarovski crystal edging or a beaded lace edge adding a little extra something to your look. And don't forget your shoes! A full on sparkly shoe or the addition of a detailed clip to even the plainest of footwear can be transformative. Add as little or as much glitz as you dare, allowing your inner sparkle to shine through. That's the joy of wearing a plain dress with clean, simple lines – you really can accessories it to your individual taste, even changing the look from day to night.
Q. What styles would you suggest to suit my pear-shaped figure?
A. Victoria Walton says: What we find with our gorgeous pear-shaped brides is that they'll tend to be looking for one of two things: a gown that flaunts her curves on the lower half, or a gown that disguises them. Should you wish to go with the first options, the shape to go for would be a fishtail. The trick to this look is finding a skirt that balances out the curve of your hips. Typically though, pear-shaped gals tend to go the latter option – disguise. In this case we'd recommend an A-line silhouette or ball gown as both accentuate the waist while the skirt flows over the lower half of the body. Our first pick would be Eliza (SKY160) by Eddy K Sky Collection. This A-line gown is perfect for this body shape as the bodice has more detail than the skirt, drawing the eye away from the area you wish to disguise. Since this silhouette takes you in at the waist, the full skirt will balance out your figure beautifully. The beading on this bodice, including the illusion back is exquisite while the sequin-embellished skirt will twinkle in every direction while you dance the night away!
A stitch in time
Q. After much searching I've found a dress, but I'm still not totally sure that it's everything I'd dreamed of. How can I make it mine, and what's the alterations process?
A. Caroline Alexander says: You bought the dress because you liked it. It's not until the bodice fits properly and the length is correct that you'll see the true beauty of it. Remember, you're the main focus of the day, and your dress is there to complement you - not the other way around.
Your shoes are the next most important things to decide on. Wearing these, you'll be able to look at the dress and see whether it's proportionately right for you. At that point, you can decide hair up or hair down. If you're petite and need to gain height because your dress has a full skirt, then go for hair up.
The alteration process usually starts with the bodice. If the bodice is too long, then the shoulders need to be lifted first. Once the bust is sitting in the right place, the side seams and the bust area can be taken in where necessary. It's only then that you can tackle the hem level. The petticoat needs to sit on top of the foot, and then the outer skirt needs to be between one and two centimeters off the ground at the front between the two front-side seams. The number of visits to the studio depends upon how much work there is, but in most cases, it's around three.
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