Choosing the Perfect Wedding Dress for You

Perfect Dress Simone Meyer Bridal DesignImage Credit: Kyle Krige Photography

Every woman wants to look and feel like the most beautiful bride on her wedding day. Choosing a wedding dress is often one of the most stressful things on the to-do list for a bride-to-be. It’s not only stressful, but also a very emotional part of your wedding planning process. Reality very silently, but very suddenly creeps up on you, and you realise that you are soon to be a Mrs., and your wedding day is no longer just a dream of something yet to happen in the very distant future.

If you are getting married (or you are having a dress made for any other occasion), this article is for you.

When choosing a dress, keep these helpful hints in mind:

  • Determine the amount you are willing to spend on your dress, and let this help you decide when and where to look for it.
  • Take only one person along when trying on dresses (if this is at all possible). Every person is different, and too many opinions will only make you feel confused and disheartened at the end of the day.
  • If you are having your dress made, try on dresses anyway! It hardly ever looks the on you the way you have imagined.
  • Try to take a dress that will be comfortable and practical for you to wear. If it annoys you to pull up a boob tube dress in general, remember your wedding day will be no exception.
  • Make sure you are wearing the correct underwear, especially when it comes to your bra. The right support is very important.
  • You do not always have to cover up the areas of your body that you do not like. Simply attract the attention away from those areas by accentuating your best assets.
  • Take the dress that feels like you. You will be spending the whole day/evening in it.
  • Choose a wedding dress that suits your body type. If this is done properly you will accentuate all your best assets and hide your flaws.

How to determine your body type:

Body ShapesImage Credit: Mooi Troues

Hourglass:

Your bust and hips are well balanced and you have a beautifully defined waist. Your upper body is proportionate in length to your legs. This is the body type that most women wish they had.

Inverted Triangle:

You have broad shoulders, and a wider back, which are not in proportion with your slim hips. Your waist is subtle and you have a tendency to gain weight in your belly and upper body. This is also known for being a ‘swimmers’ body type.

Triangle:

The triangle body type is better known as the Pear shaped body type. This is one of the most common body types women have. It is defined by the fact that your hips are larger than your bust and you have a definite waist.

Rectangle:

This body type is also known as the ‘ruler’ or the ‘straight’ body type. This means that your hips and bust are balanced and your waist is not very defined.

Apple:

Your hips are broader than you bust and shoulders and you have a full midsection. Your waist is undefined and the widest part of your frame. You also have proportionately slender, shapely arms.

The best dress choices for your body type:

Hourglass: Just about any dress will work with your figure. A mermaid or sheath gown will show off your curves.

Inverted Triangle: Balance out your broader shoulders with a mermaid gown (sleeves/straps will work really well), a ball gown or a shorter wedding dress.

Triangle: An empire or A-line dress will balance out your curves nicely, by drawing more attention to the top. A ball gown will also look great – don’t be afraid to play around with the length of the bodice.

Rectangle: To add the illusion of curves, an A-line or sheath dress will work really well.

Apple: An A-line or empire style dress will create the illusion of balance for your body type.

Above all, the most important thing to remember when choosing your wedding dress is to have fun! Enjoy each moment and take it in – this memory has to last you a lifetime.

Examples of wedding dresses:

Mermaid gowns are perfect for hourglass figures, as well as the inverted triangle body types.

Mermaid Dress Simone Meyer Bridal DesignImage Credit: (left to right) Lilac Photography

This A-line dress will be perfect for the triangle or rectangle body shapes.

A-Line Dress Simone Meyer Bridal DesignImage Credit: Michelle Wiese (left), Moira West (right)

This empire style dress works really well with the triangle, rectangle and apple body types.

Empire Line Dress Simone Meyer Bridal DesignImage Credit: (left to right) Moira West

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