Dress shopping, it is a highlight for some and for others the most dreaded part of wedding planning. Regardless of which category you fall into these tips will help make dress shopping practical, simple and of course fun!
BE TRUE TO YOURSELF
First of all be true to yourself when picking your gown. Everyone has an opinion and for sure you will look to your entourage for insight. But never let yourself feel pressured to pick your gown or go with something that isn’t you.
Choosing the wrong dress based on the influence of others has been one of the saddest reasons behind the many bridal alterations I have done. Don’t let your timeline, discount deadlines or the opinion of others compromise who you are and your decision about your dream dress.
Dealing with the Fear of Getting Started
Sometimes getting started can also be overwhelming just because, let’s be honest, we don’t wear gowns like these on a regular basis. However, if you don’t have a set style or shape already in mind when starting out, keep an open mind. Remember that gowns always look different on than they do on the hanger. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen a bride “just give it a try” and end up falling in love with the gown.
Another thing you have probably heard already is talk about what gown shapes suit which body types. And while there is some truth that gown styles can be body type specific, don’t be disheartened if you think your dream gown won’t look good on you. In my experience it is much more important that the proportion of a gown suits your body, as alterations can always be made.
You will know something isn’t right when a gown you loved on the hanger just doesn’t do anything for you. Though the gown may be gorgeous on display, let me reassure you that you are too! It’s just not your perfect match.
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Having a made to measure couture wedding gown really caters to you in every way. Sometimes it is as simple as adjusting where the waist falls by one inch to change a gown, taking you from “a pretty girl in a pretty dress” to “Wow, that dress was made for you!” No pun intended. In all seriousness though if you are petite and want to be a princess but feel swallowed by the dresses, or maybe you would love to go strapless but think your bust is too big for that; these are all things that can be accommodated with a custom gown, rather than trying to alter one off the rack after you buy it. I can’t stress this enough, proportions are everything.
If you are buying a ready made gown you will need alterations. If you need to stick to a specific budget for your gown be sure to check what local brides typically pay for this so you can plan for it. It is never nice to invest in a gown thinking it fits your budget only to find out that before you can wear it, it will cost x number of dollars more for customization.
Prepare for Alterations
It is never too early to make arrangements for alterations after you have chosen your gown. It is important to note that most weddings are scheduled with summer dates; and therefore alteration vendors may not be available. It is also important to keep in mind that the stress of weddings can easily contribute to fluctuations in your weight, so I recommend booking alterations within the last four months of the wedding. If however you do get them done early, try your gown on again two months prior and again a week before. You don’t want to take it out on the day of your wedding only to find it doesn’t fit right anymore.
If you are in love with multiple gowns, don’t worry, you aren’t the only one. There are hundreds of beautiful gowns out there. I always ask what is your venue like? And what time of year is your wedding? You don’t only want to look gorgeous on the day, but you want to enjoy your wedding as well. Your dress needs to be comfortable for this. Customizing the gown to best fit your needs, style, fabric and construction is something that can be accommodated with a custom gown. Whereas with a ready to wear dress it’s more about looking for the best options available to fit the categories you need.
Dress shopping should be one of the most fun experiences of your wedding planning journey. With these expert tips you’ll know just what to look for. Now it’s just up to you to make it happen. So book some appointments, grab your girls and have some fun!
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Chelsea is a talented dress designer and seamstress. Her gowns are one of a kind, hand made in Canada with incredible care. Chelsea cares about quality, about using ethically produced materials, and about personalizing each dress for her one of a kind clients. Connect with her on Facebook or Instagram @redvelvetbridaldesign or through her website www.redvelvetbridal.com
Chelsea started her first sewing project at the age of eleven. The love of fabric and the use of her creative talents were awakened. She designed and sewed her first formal gown at thirteen. This opened a whole new world of possibilities. She continued to pursue her passion by designing and drafting her own patterns, always with an emphasis on formal gowns. “It never ceases to fascinate me what shape you need to make in a 2D medium to create the right look in a 3D form.”
After high school, she secured employment at a local bridal boutique as their exclusive seamstress. Chelsea learned problem solving and gained experience with different styles and fabrics by doing alterations. However she noticed a need for a more individualized option for brides looking for more then the statuesque.
Wanting to pursue her dreams of design, Chelsea moved to Germany to further her education by attending school at Anna-Siemsen-Schule Textil und Bekleidung. She choose this program because of the comprehensive training in every aspect of the design posses, start to finish. She also worked with a designer as an apprentice seamstress at a bridal boutique in Hamburg in conjunction with her program. She excelled in her program and graduated with honors from the apprenticeship program and holds the certificate of a fashion seamstress.
In 2015 with seven years experience in the bridal industry, Chelsea’s dreams came true as she started her own label showcasing her unique and high quality designs. Keeping every aspect of design, production, fit and customer satisfactions under her careful eye is extremely important to her. “It doesn’t matter how good a design concept is, if the execution is off at any point the whole look will suffer. I want my studio to be the place you go to get a gown that makes you feel as stunning as that favorite pair of jeans you had no other has ever been able to compare to.” The joy of helping brides find what they are looking for and making there dreams come true, is the force that drives her.