How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Dress

04 Jan 2016

Your wedding dress is likely to be the most significant dress you will ever wear, and finding ‘the one’ is a momentous occasion, and not a decision to be taken lightly. Bridal boutique Sass and Grace of Hampshire reveal the bridal trends to look out for in 2016 and give some top tips to remember when choosing a style that suits you.

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Unless you’re Angelina Jolie and used to frequenting the red carpet, most of us have never worn a dress that either looks like a wedding dress or costs as much as a wedding dress. Choosing the perfect dress is a big decision, and there are many aspects to consider so you look and feel fabulous on your big day. Sass and Grace bridal boutique, based in Winchester, Hampshire, makes the process a little easier.


Comfort, comfort, comfort
Every bride wants to look like a million dollars on her wedding day, but it’s important to feel like a million dollars too. Being comfortable in your dress will also make you feel confident, which will make a huge difference to your day. Your wedding dress should complement your body shape and suit your figure, and most importantly you should feel yourself. 


The big question – straps or no straps? Like many good bridal boutiques, Sass and Grace stocks add-on straps if you find the perfect dress, but would prefer the support of straps. Sass and Grace also stock designers which allow dresses to be customised, so your wedding dress can be completely individual to you. You could choose the top of one dress and the skirt of another, as long as it doesn’t compromise the overall look.


Bolder, braver brides are definitely moving towards colour. We don’t mean the bold blacks and radiant reds of the catwalk, but the subtle hues of golds, nudes and peaches, which can really flatter a bride and complement skin tones. Accessories are a great way of introducing a hint of colour too. If a dress has a warm gold underlay, then rose gold jewellery adds a perfect finishing touch.


Illusion backs
2016 will be the year of lower and more intricate backs. Remember, while you are looking into your groom’s eyes and saying your vows, your guests will be staring at your back, so give them something to look at. There are many different styles and details to choose from at Sass and Grace, and you may want to team your dress with a veil – they feel fabulous to wear. Sass and Grace will be able to advise you on what type of veil will work best with your dress.


3D Florals
Be it a few delicately placed flowers with fluttering petals, or a bunch of beautifully crafted posies this is one very wearable fashion and looks good on everyone.


Sheer skirts
Before your mum gasps in horror at the thought of you walking down the aisle, you can be reassured that most wedding dresses can be worn with underskirts, to hide any visible outlines. Under-dresses can be nude to give the hint of a fleshy outline, or white for a more traditional look. Sass and Grace stocks both and can advise which looks best with your chosen dress.


Have fun and listen to advice
Dress shopping should be a really fun part of your wedding planning. Think about who you want to take with you: take one or two close friends or family members who know you well to your first appointment so you aren’t overwhelmed with lots of different opinions. Keep an open mind and try on lots of different styles so you are sure you have chosen the one that feels right for you. Sass and Grace has expert stylists who get to know their brides so they can best advise them. They have seen lots of shapes and sizes, and if they’re suggesting a specific dress for you, humour them, try it on, you might just be pleasantly surprised.

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