Shopping for the dress of your dreams can be a lot more stressful than you might have anticipated. There are unlimited options and people to give opinions, and it can all get a little overwhelming. Here are a couple of tips that you can try for yourself to handle wedding dress shopping anxiety like a pro.
Know What You Want
No matter what people have to say to you, remember, it is your wedding, it’s your big day. It’s important that your outfit reflects you and your soul. No matter how many opinions you get, ensure that you don’t compromise unless necessary. People will try to introduce you to the latest trends and designs but it’s important that you remain true to your heart’s desire. The only validation that is important and should matter is yours.
Your Mom’s Opinion Is Not the Final One
Yes, for some of us, validation from our mothers is very important. But girl, remember, this day is never coming back. If you think your mother is too opinionated and can cause you anxiety, you might want to take your friends and siblings along rather than her. You can also try and make her understand why the kind of dress you want is important to you. Landis Bejar, founder of AisleTalk suggests that brides try to talk to their mothers in the “I-statement.”
Take Your Biggest Supporters With You
You have your bridesmaids, your parents, your close family, and so many more people who want to be a part of the wedding dress shopping spree. But, the more the merrier mantra might not always work in your favor. When it comes to clothing, everyone has their own ideas. From the neckline to the fabric to the length of the dress, everybody has something to say. Therefore, make sure that you choose wisely who will accompany you, and be tasteful and kind when letting people know.
Carry a Snack With You
Sounds weird? It’s not. Looking for the right dress can take hours of wandering across the city. This is why it’s important that you always have a grab-and-go snack with you. Something that would not create a mess and can be fulfilling at the same time. Also, if the shopping goes longer than you anticipated, make sure you take time to take your lovely ladies for a quick lunch.
Choosing the right wedding dress is a task. There are so many options, from the fabrics to cuts, to the length, that dress shopping often leaves brides frazzled. To make things simpler, here’s a rundown of some popular wedding dress silhouettes that you can opt for.
A-Line is a universally loved silhouette that you can’t really go wrong with. This wedding dress has a fitted bodice with a flared-out skirt, like the letter A. A-Line wedding dresses suit all body types, and their shape makes them the best choice for pear-shaped and curvy brides!
If your aesthetic is minimalistic, and ‘less is more’ is your mantra, then a slip dress might be the one for you. The silhouette is chic and sophisticated, making it a perfect blend of glam without doing too much. You can always add more detail to your simple slip dress, like back detailing or a code neck, for the oomph factor.
If you’re looking for something traditional with a nod to the modern, then the tea-length silhouette is the one to go for. The vintage charm and the tea length of the dress make it an unconventional choice but, for some brides, it’s the perfect way to showcase their style. The best part? The dress has a recyclable quality, and you can easily wear it even after your wedding.
The mermaid cut is a popular choice amongst brides because of its chic and elegant shape. The silhouette is fitted all the way from the chest to the knees, at which point it flares outward till the end. This type of dress puts emphasis on the waist and the hips, making them the highlight of the outfit. With this type of dress, the right shapewear can make a wealth of difference. The conventional choice looks absolutely gorgeous and is a choice to be considered.
Just as the name suggests, this silhouette is for brides who want to glide down the aisle like a princess. This dress has everything – volume, drama, and of course, the feel of a wedding. The fitted bodice and the flared-out skirt make for a dress to be remembered forever. Such silhouettes are especially good for bustier and slim-hipped people. A tip for if this is your style – keep your other embellishments in the dress to a minimum as the skirts are additions enough by themselves.