One of the biggest decisions that
you'll have to make as a bride to be is choosing your
wedding dress. Your wedding dress should show off
your individual style, beauty and grace whilst flattering
your figure and making you feel so confident that
this emanates through into a bridal radiance and glow.
However the quest to find the ultimate bridal outfit
can seem pretty daunting, especially if you just
don't know where to start your search or worse still,
don't even know what you're looking for.
Professional hair and make-up artist
and Bridal designer Minal Shah draws on her 15 years
of experience within the Asian beauty and fashion
industry to offer her expert advice on what to consider
when choosing your dream wedding dress.
Minal has a unique blend of skills which we believe
are unmatched in the wedding industry - she weaves
together fashion, hair and beauty expertise, which
make her insights and advice highly invaluable for
any Asian Bride to be as she can envisage a "Total
Look". Her knowledge has enabled her to combine
the worlds of Beauty and Fashion and approach bridal
designing in a new and innovative way.
Your Dream Shaadi is delighted to share Minal's
advice on what to consider when choosing your wedding
outfit(s), condensed into seven steps easy-to-read
1. CLARIFY YOUR VISION
Before you start shopping for your dress, you should
have a vision of how you want to look. There are
so many look that you can achieve as a bride with
your dress and makeup. Pick a look that will truly
reflect your personality and personal style. Something
that you feel comfortable wearing which is truly
you. Don't be afraid to deviate from the norm, its
important that you go for a look that is truly you.
You'll need to take into consideration the time
of year you are getting married. It won't be practical
or warm wearing an elegant halter neck dress in
winter! This will keep you from buying a dress that
won't feel right on the day. This will also determine
any seasonal beauty products you may want to consider
using to prep your skin so that your makeup lasts
2. DO YOUR RESEARCH & CREATE A MOODBOARD
Looking at different wedding magazines and wedding
portals is a great way of finding inspiration.
Tear-outs of photos that you like and stick them
into a scrapbook or mood board, so you can show
your ideas when consulting with your designer. I
suggest having one mood board for each outfit in
Try and whittle down your choices to at least 10
of your favourite dresses to show your designer
so you both have a clear idea of what styles of
dress you prefer.
If you are having your dress custom made, take
your visuals and be specific about what you want.
Ask your designer whether your chosen designs will
flatter you and your body shape. You may also want
to do the same with any make up, hair styling and
jewellery looks you like.
3. SET A REALISTIC BUDGET
Your wedding dress will probably cost more than
any other garment you own. But a stylish and graceful
dress doesn't necessarily mean spending more than
you can reasonably afford. It's important to establish
your budget before stepping into a bridal store
or visiting a fashion designer and then sticking
to it. Temptation is difficult to resist, and you
may fall in love with a dress that will greatly
exceed your budget
For bespoke dresses, the price is
usually determined by the amount of detail involved
in making it, which can range significantly. Find
out what options are available to you within your
budget, or what your budget will be able to afford
you for your custom made gown. . A good designer
will often be able to adapt an outfit outside your
budget by suggesting ways in which to make it more
4. BODY PROPORTION
We all have parts of our bodies that we don't like.
Dressing your body to enhance all the parts that
you want to draw attention to is simply a game of
proportion. Don't worry about the parts of your
body you don't want to draw attention to, it's all
about using lines and light to accentuate your best
Most women want to look taller and thinner in their
dress. The key thing to remember is horizontal lines
widen, while vertical lines elongate the body. Diagonal
details cut the width of the body and move the eye
to another area of the body.
Don't forget it's not just about how your body
looks, take into consideration what your beat facial
feature is and see how make up or even elements
on your dress and jewellery, such as the colour
and jewellery shape, can play up to these.
5. DRESS APPROPRIATELY
For those of you who are having a religious ceremony
it may be required for you to be dressed modestly.
It's important you find out exactly what would be
appropriate to wear, so you can incorporate new
features into or around your dress. A halter neck
blouse for a religious ceremony may look really
sexy but could have your mother in law aghast -
find out well in advance what's appropriate.
6. TRY THINGS ON
Try on a variety of dresses. A dress you've seen
on a mannequin or someone else may not flatter you
as well as you thought. A dress that looks limp
on a hanger could turn out to really suit your body
After assessing your dress in a three-way mirror,
see whether the dress feels good on you, how comfortable
it is and whether it gives you that ethereal bridal
glow and confidence boost.
7.SEEK USEFUL OPINIONS
A great way to make bridal wear shopping relaxed
and fun is to bring someone along who will enjoy
sharing this experience with you and knows your
sense of style. Ideally this should be someone who
is a decisive decision maker but won't necessarily
force their views on you but will help you come
to a decision. But bear in mind, the more people
you bring the more opinions you will have, which
can confuse you from what you really want.
Make use of the bridal designers expertise, they'll
be able to suggest the best cut and design to suit
your shape and skin tone.
Remember the experience of creating and buyng a
wedding dress shouldn't be stressful. Enjoy your
time and make the most out of the most fun shopping
experiences of your life - after all you've been
dreaming about this for years, haven't you?!