Vintage, Princess, Ballgown, or Lace – What’s your Signature Style?

Starting your search for your perfect wedding gown is one of the most exciting aspects of getting married. It can also be the most intimidating. With so much choice and so many designs, where do you even start?

The popularity of wedding reality shows has not done much to help project an accurate representation of wedding dress shopping. They all show elated brides finding ‘the dress of all dresses’, of having that ‘feeling’ that a particular dress is the one. Almost always, the mother is weeping tears of joy at just how magical and stunning the bride looks.

Of course, all brides want to look amazing on their big day, but don’t put too many expectations on your dress shopping experience, and don’t assume your heart will know when it’s right – use your head too.

Signature Silhouette
To make your shopping experience as enjoyable and stress free as possible, consider what your signature style is. Are you a glamour puss who’s drawn to sexy glam wedding dresses with plunging necklines and exposed backs? Or are you vintage-inspired and like floaty 1940s lace and button up back dresses? Perhaps you’re a classic princess and love all things sparkling and puffy. There are hundreds of styles out there, so do your homework first to give you at least some direction when you walk in to a bridal store.

Outside the Wedding Box
But don’t forget to try on dresses that aren’t your usual style. How a dress looks on a hanger compared to how it looks on your body can be completely different. Be daring and try something new. You’ll never know what might make you look and feel gorgeous. You could think you were a strapless, sweetheart neckline kind of bride, but end up falling in love with a Carrie Bradshaw-esque fashionista gown with bird feathers as your headpiece!

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