Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Choosing the right wedding dress to suit your body shape

If like Kate Hudson and Ann Hathaway in Bridal Wars you've been dreaming of your wedding day since you were a little girl, then I know you want your wedding to be perfect in every way and that includes choosing the right wedding dress.

wedding dresses from Bridal Wars (starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway,mermaid wedding dress style, ball gown wedding dress style
Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway wearing different wedding dress styles in Bridal Wars. Anne is wearing a mermaid style wedding dress and Kate opts for a classic tulle wedding dress by Vera Wang, a ball gown wedding dress style.

Choosing the right wedding dress
Choosing the right wedding dress is one of the most important decisions in any woman’s life as if you get it wrong you can be regretting that decision for the rest of her life. Remember, these are pictures you will be looking back on for decades to come. So just imagine looking back on those pictures years from now. What do you want to see? – an error in judgement or a testament to never having looked better.

Questions to consider
Your choice of wedding dress hinges on so many factors. So here are some questions to ask yourself. What is your budget? Is it a formal or informal wedding? The answers to these questions will certainly help influence your choice of dress and narrow your selection of wedding dresses as the choice is endless. Is it a traditional wedding? Will it be in a church or registry? Are there any dress requirements for the church? For instance does the church frown on over exposure of skin and body parts at the alter? Is your wedding in spring, summer or winter? This will inform the choice of fabric for your dress.

wedding dress from sex and the city worn by charlotte on her second marriage We see Charlotte from Sex and the City wearing a more conservative mermaid style wedding dress for her marriage to her greek husband in a traditional greek ceremony.

If you are having a tropical wedding on a Caribbean beach or a summer wedding then you do want to go for lighter fabrics. Another question to ask yourself is "Is it a themed wedding?" For instance a vintage themed wedding may call for a vintage wedding dress like Angelina Jolie's in The Good Sheperd movie.

angelina jolie's wedding dress in the good sheperd movie, vintage wedding dress
Choosing your wedding dress
If only we could all be given a designer wedding dress by Vivienne Westwood. But if I am honest, of all the wedding dresses Jessica Parker modelled in the vogue fashion shoot of the Sex and the City Movie, this was not the best suited for Carrie. For me it was over the top and the hair with the bird simply made her look like a witch. Sorry, the look just bordered on scarecrow for me and did not appeal.

vivienne westwood wedding dress worn by carrie bradshaw of sex and the city
Carrie Bradshaw in Vivienne Westwood's satin ball gown wedding dress worn by actress Jessica Parker on Sex and the City The Movie

Choosing the right wedding dress for your bodyshape
Body shape is the next important factor in choosing your perfect wedding dress style. Once you know your budget, type of wedding and body shape you can then set about finding wedding dress styles that play up your assets and camouflage those parts that you would rather not be focussing on every time you look back on your wedding photos. Assistants in the wedding dress shops can more than help you with that but so that you ensure you have at least one objective opinion, carry along a friend or family member who you know will tell you whether a dress suits you or not. "Too many cooks spoil the pot" so don't take along a group of friends. It's a bit like a paint party you never get the desired result.

Wedding dress styles
Wedding dresses come in 6 traditional body shapes or silhouettes. You have the sheath dress which is simple and elegant like Vanessa Williams wedding dress in Ugly Betty. A close fitting unstructured shape usually in soft flowing fabrics like crepe or georgette. This sheath dress slightly borders the definition of a mermaid dress in the the hem.

vanessa williams from ugly betty in a sheath wedding dress style

For brides with small waists or those wanting to camouflage wide hips and large thighs then the A-Line or Princess shape dress may be best suited for you. The A-Line or Princess shape wedding dress comes with fitted vertical seams running from the shoulders down to a flared skirt to create an “A” shape.

traditional ball gown wedding dress worn by julia roberts in runnaway bride

wedding dress worn by monica in sitcom friends, a line wedding dress
Small busted brides may opt for the empire line wedding dress with a high waistline and a seam just underneath the bust. This shape wedding dress can make petite brides like Amanda Seyfried from Mama Mia look taller.

amanda seyfried wedding dress in mamma mia, vintage wedding dress, empire line wedding dress style
For those traditional church weddings the ball gown wedding dress is a favorite. If you are a bride with a slim waist or full hips then this wedding dress style is good for accentuating small waist and hiding full hips. The ball gown wedding dress is fitted at the body with a floor-length skirt.

traditional ball gown wedding dress worn by Charlotte in Sex and the City
Charlotte in her first marriage to Trey wears the ball gown wedding dress. Kate Hudson's is indeed wearing a ball gown wedding dress in Bridal Wars which is totally transformed by adding a simply velvet sash detailing at the waist.

Kate Hudson's wedding dress worn in Bridal Wars designer by Vera Wang

If you want to add curves on your wedding day then try the mermaid or fishtail dress as worn by Anne Hathaway in Bridal Wars. This is a narrow fitted dress with a flared hem and can resemble the sheath dress worn by Vanessa Williams above. A fabulous stlye wedding dress for petite brides to look taller and add curves to tall, slim brides.

Finding a wedding dress maker
If you find a dress that suits you but is over your budget, you can opt to find a dressmaker who can make it at a fraction of the cost. When it comes to making wedding dresses, referrals or word of mouth is best used in finding a good dresser maker who specializes in wedding gowns. Know your dress maker's style limits and don't go for more than is within the skills limit of your dress maker

designer wedding dresses by oscar de la renta and vera wang Designer wedding dresses by Oscar de la Renta and Vera Wang for the more casual or informal wedding dresses. Picture from http://www.stylemepretty.com/

Very important, start your search for your wedding gown early so that you do not feel rushed into a decision because time is running out. Look at wedding magazines, visit the wedding shops try on different silhouettes i.e shapes of dresses to see which suits your body shape best. Most importantly buy a wedding dress that fits and not one sizes smaller with the hope of loosing tonnes of weight. If you intend to lose weight then start looking but wait until you have lost the weight to buy your perfect dress and don't regain the weight before the wedding.

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