Bridal gown shopping is no easy task considering we as women don't shop for wedding attire as often as we do everyday wear. Shopping for wedding gown's is in a complete different realm of shopping experiences. The decision of a brides wedding gown is comparable to naming a child; you can only do it once! Let's get down to the basics!
Possibly the most important aspect of bridal shopping is knowing how bridal sizing works! Designer wedding gowns run much like European sizes, so when a bridal stylist says a size you don't typically wear don't be alarmed! Different designers even vary in their sizing, some may run smaller than others. A small range of sizes can fit into fit and flare, mermaid and sheath styles. A larger range of sizes can fit into ball gowns and A-line styles. Most stores will have tools to give you the idea of what a gown will look like in your size. Be knowledgeable on what sizes the stores you have appointments with might carry.
Once you have chosen a gown your stylist will take your measurements and show you on a size chart what size you will be according to the designers size chart. Ultimately the decision is yours to make, in many cases brides are losing weight and trying to look their best for the wedding but the best piece of advice is that a seamstress can always remove fabric but only has so much to let out if you choose a smaller size.
Gown color is a matter of personal taste and even tradition. Many shades have been introduced to the bridal industry as the years have gone on. White became popular after Queen Victoria married Albert of Saxe-Coburg in 1840 and later took religious meanings after 1920. As the years went on of course, changes and advances in technology raised so today in photos a true white becomes florescent in photos.
When you stray away from shades of white and ivory you allow the lace to pop and really become a statement on the dress. As you can see below with the various shades the lace does stand out more on the darker shades rather than on the ivory gown in the middle.
Every dress will be taken to alterations unless you have a sweeping train and have an absolute perfect fit. Most gowns will need a bustle (post-ceremony pick-ups to allow for free movements without dragging) there are some designers who have a built in bustle inside the gown. Many designers include nifty additions inside their gowns such as boning to create an hour-glass shape, buttons to allow removable straps to be popped on, and even across the body straps to prevent shifting. When you are looking for your dress come as you are without shape wear because this could potentially throw off measurements. If your gown does not have the support you are looking for it can always be added. So many tweaks can occur through alterations, be sure to ask your stylist if something can be done in an area you may be questioning.
Most of all, let the experience of trying on gowns be a fun one! Let your stylist know openly and honestly know all bases - your vision, budget, style, and main concerns!