Bride Guide – The Dress

The dress.

Here’s my second chapter of the Bride Guide – The Dress. Having had a winter wedding, a summer wedding and a few others in between I thought my experience and tips may help those of you ladies planning your dream day.  And, if you’re not then hopefully you will read on regardless. I think you’d agree that for most brides the dress is one of, if not the most important part of the wedding preparations. It is the moment when we finally get to go dress shopping.  We get to live our 5 minutes of the fairy-tale; or in my case 5 hours.

Having had 3 wedding dresses (and that was just last year – Ha!), I’ve experienced the full ambit.  From the designer made-to-measure to the high street off the peg and everything in between.





So here’s my advice for when you are choosing the dress:

1) Make sure it’s appropriate for your location.  By the time you’re making your dress selection you’ve already decided on the location. Refer to chapter 1. There’s no point going for that barely there Galia Lahav number if you are getting married in Scotland in February.


2) Go with someone who will tell you how you really look. It’s easy for everyone to get carried away.   And it is hard to criticize a bride-to be while she’s there in her moment of glory.  One of my best friends came with me while I tried on my New Zealand wedding dress.  It had been altered 10 times – no exaggeration.  There was a language barrier in the store and I was high on the bridezilla scale on that particular day.  I walked out of the fitting room. Well, shuffled out actually, as it was so tight and my friend raised an eyebrow and said “you can’t wear it like that”.  And that is the kind of honesty you need. So, choose that friend who tells you how it really is.


3) Set a budget and tell the sales assistant before you start. That way you get to try dresses on that you know you can afford. As a guide they say the dress should cost 10-15% of the total wedding cost. Nobody told me that one before I started!


4) Start shopping early; as if you need me to encourage you. They recommend 9 months before. Of course that depends on the dress, your location and where the dress is coming from. So, just be sure to allow yourself plenty of time. One thing is for sure – it will take much longer than you think. My New Zealand dress was so rushed. I had my final fitting the day before we flew. And, it still required further alterations when we arrived in New Zealand. So, get shopping!


5) Take loads of pics. For some reason the shop assistants are reluctant to let you do this. In their delusion I think they fear you’ll rush off and buy a copy-cat dress off e-bay or better still, try and make one. Let’s be honest, it’s hard enough to tie-die a t-shirt let alone labouring over a sewing machine making a wedding dress. So, take loads of pics, selfies, get your girls to take some. And, ask the shop assistants too because they are pretty good at it even though you’d never guess.


6) Remember to take your shoes.  If you haven’t yet chosen your shoes on dress day, which is highly likely, I bought 4 pairs. Take a pair that are close in height and style to what you think you will be wearing to take those steps down the aisle.


7) Last, but most importantly of all, enjoy the experience. Take your mum, your future mum-in-law and your ladies with you. Spoil them. Make them feel involved and part of your special day. Hopefully you will only do this once so make sure its memorable.



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Happy shopping.

Love Piper x


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