1. Do think about the back
Remember this is what your guests are going to be looking at as you walk down the aisle.
2. Do look at the detail
The devil is in the detail – if you decide to opt for something classic, look at lace and beading to really bring out the wow factor.
3. Do go for romance
It is supposed to be the most romantic day of your life after all.
4. Do experiment with footwear
If you are not brave enough to wear colour, think about being playful with your footwear.
5. Do find the right white for your skin tone
There are so many different tones, it can get a tad confusing. Do you go for brilliant white, off-white, ivory? Pale skin favours yellow-based ivory, while medium skin tones can take creamier colours.
6. Do match the veil with the style of your dress
Your veil must match the dress – both in style and tone, so make sure to try it on during your wedding dress fittings to make sure you get the right one!
7. Do feel comfortable
The cardinal rule.
1. Don’t forget the drama
It is your wedding day after all. Don’t be a wallflower – remember this is your day to shine.
2. Don’t underdress
A bride must absolutely never be less glamourous than her guests so think about the type of day you’re going to have, and your venue, and choose a dress which fits into the tone.
3. Don’t forget to tie your style in with the location
If you’re going to have a beach wedding, then a less structured dress would be appropriate; if you’re going for a vineyard wedding, then boho chic but if you’ve chosen a standout venue, consider something more classic.
4. Don’t be afraid of colour
You don’t have to ignore brighter shades just because it’s your wedding day. If you’re not ready for full-on colour, accessorise with elements which give your look that pop.
5. Don’t ignore more classic styles
Don’t feel you have to take up the latest trends – especially if you’re not sure if they suit you. The photos of the day will remain on your shelves for many, many a year and you don’t want to look back and say: ‘What was I thinking?’
6. Don’t overlook the silhouette
Your wedding dress style has to fit like a glove – literally and visually. Think about your body shape and decide which type of dress will fit best. Don’t go for a look which may look good on the model but does not say ‘wow’ when you put it on.
7. Don’t hesitate to go short
We know that wedding dresses are traditionally long, but you should consider going shorter if it’s going to make you feel comfortable. Short dresses will help you twirl on the dancefloor and there will be no awkward toilet moment – double win!