Wedding Dresses...how do you pick? / by Alana Moran

Wedding Dresses!  Oh where do I begin….so many things I can say about dresses.  There are so many different dresses out there it’s often hard to know where to start when looking for one.  I ordered my own wedding dress online right from the designer as I couldn’t find anyone local who had anything like it as I liked the ruffle look…..that was 5 years ago….now ruffles are everywhere.  I guess I was ahead of the times…lol.

The question is how do YOU find the right dress?  Here are some things that can help:

#1 – Know what you want to look like on your wedding day.  Do you want to look like a princess in a big dress, do you want to seem whimsical in something that is flowing, do you want a train that goes on for miles to make a big statement…or maybe you want a short dress.  Are you looking for lots of bling or something more understated?  It’s your day and your vision….a great stylist can help you achieve this.

#2 – Know your BUDGET and make sure to tell the stylist when you arrive!  There is nothing worse than finding a dress you LOVE only to be told it is WAY out of your price range.  Don’t look at a Ferrari when you can only afford a KIA (no offense to KIA).

#3 – Ugly on the hanger doesn’t mean ugly on you!  Whether you are short or tall, thin or not, it doesn’t matter…there is a dress out there that will make you look and feel fabulous!  Sometimes it is a dress that you didn’t think would look good on you.  It doesn’t hurt to try it on…let’s be honest, dresses look totally different on our bodies then it does hanging on a hanger.

#4 – Remember it is YOUR day.  As great as it is to get the opinions of your family & friends you must remember that you are the one who has to wear the dress.  You are the one who will look at your photos 10-20-30 years from now and you have to know that you picked the dress you loved….no matter if your mom didn’t like it as much as you.

Those are some of my tips for finding the perfect dress for you.  Now let’s look at a few dresses that my brides wore this year.