Buying a designer wedding dress can seem like an intimidating process. Since designer wedding dresses are often more expensive than other wedding dress options, it is very important that you get exactly what you want. Having to choose neckline options, cut, fit, length, color, trend and fashion considerations, you are often left wondering where to start. Choosing your wedding dress should be a fun and enjoyable process. Taking time to learn the facts before you start can make the entire process more enjoyable.
How do you know it’s a Designer Dress?
There are many characterizations, including the quality of the dress, the fabric of the dress, and the cut and fit, that are all hallmarks of a designer dress:
- A good quality dress will last a lifetime if you take care of it. If your wedding dress is going to be an important keepsake for you, choosing a designer gown is a great idea. Look for a designer wedding dress that is well made, with strong stitching on seams, beadwork, and other details.
- Designer wedding dresses are made from luxurious fabrics such as chameuse, chiffon, peau de soie, organza, and tulle. Your dress designer will often choose fabrics that not only look great on the dress, but also look great on you. The right fabric, as well as the right cut and fit, is what makes a designer dress fabulous.
- A well-fitted gown makes you look great no matter what your shape. The right gown, carefully cut and fitted by a good designer, can emphasize a small bust, minimize a large bust, slim down your hips, or emphasize your hips! It all depends on what you want the dress to achieve.
Purchasing your Designer Wedding Dress
If you have decided to purchase a designer wedding dress, the first task you should do is research. Bridal magazines are great and the internet is an invaluable goldmine of information. Many designers now have an online presence and you can go straight to the source and look at dresses online.
Once you have narrowed down your choice of dresses, it is time to decide what retailer you want to shop from. Online searching can help to find great designer vendors in your area. Most boutiques that sell designer dresses will have consultants that can help you with the decision making process. Make an appointment to ensure you will be able to meet with the consultant at your convenience.
When buying a designer wedding dress, approach it as if you were buying a new home. Do not buy the first dress you try on! Even if you think you have fallen in love with your first ensemble, try on a few different dresses, perhaps at several different stores, to make sure you have seen enough of a selection that you can confidently choose your perfect gown.
Once you have narrowed down your choices to one or two dresses, it is a good idea to visit the store once or twice more, on different days, to try on the gown.
Add a Splash of Color to a Designer Wedding Gown
White is not the only color in town when it comes to designer wedding dresses. These days there are some simply gorgeous options in off-white colors such as steel, silver, glossy grey, and more. If you want to make a really bold statement with your designer wedding dress opt for choosing your favorite color instead of sticking to traditional white or neutral tones.
Many brides will want to stick to the traditional white and avoid being bold and different. If you would like a gorgeous white dress but want to add a splash of color somewhere, there are some great ways to do it. Talk to the designer or a professional dressmaker for tips on how to accent your wedding dress. Options including non-permanent color accenting may be an alternative you are interested in.
Choosing Accessories for a Designer Wedding Dress
The right choice of accessories is another great way to add color and make your designer wedding dress even more unique and special. Add subtle color with your shoes, jewelry, a pair of elbow-length gloves, or hair accessories. These are all ideal because you will not be interfering with the dress itself. If you suddenly decide, on the big day, that the color is not quite right, you can simply leave off the gloves or choose alternate accessories. If you decide to go this route, choose a second set of accessories in softer colors, to use as alternatives if you do change your mind at the last minute.