8 Tips for finding your Perfect Wedding Dress with posh Yasemin’s Gowns Bridal Boutique
Aside from settling on your guest list and sending out your ‘save the dates’, one of your first steps of planning your wedding is to find your dream wedding dress. We’ve blogged our “Top wedding dress trends for 2015” but here we look at the actual process of finding your perfect dress. So we have brought in the lovely Jo from Yasemin’s Gowns Bridal Boutique based in West Sussex to share her tips and expertise on finding your perfect dress for your perfect big day. Take it away Jo!
Featured Dress: Wyomia by David Tutera for Mon Cheri. Lace, Tulle and Organza over taffeta Available in sizes 0-26
What can we expect to see a lot of in 2015? This season is all about the back of a dress as well as the front … The dress has to look just as good from behind as well as the front being perfect. Think lots of embellishment and keyhole styled backs to dresses this season.
Dress: Elsie by David Tutera for Mon Cheri. Lace and tulle ballerina length A-line dress with an illusion and lace back feature.
Schedule your first appointment: We recommend starting your search as soon as you get engaged! Custom order dresses can take approximately 20 weeks to arrive. We would suggest you start searching 12 months prior to your wedding date to allow you adequate time to find your dress and allow for any alterations. Most boutiques operate on scheduled consultation appointments to make your experience more personal and to give you a stress free relaxed atmosphere.
What to bring to your first appointment: Nothing except your biggest supporters (ie. mother, sister, friends etc) and an open mind. Here at Yasemins Gowns we can advise you on exactly what styles will suit you best and will suggest dresses to try on along with your own selections.
Reiti dress by designer Ronald Joyce. Perfectly structured bodice with beautiful organza detailed skirt.
The Selection Process: Your first appointment includes an initial informal chat about your wedding planning, ideas and thoughts to particular dress styles you like. Once you have browsed our collections and selected some dresses you like we will take you through to our dressing area to try these dresses on. We suggest you try 6-8 dresses to see what styles and features you like where we ultimately narrow down your selection to your dress! Once you have chosen your dress we then discuss and accessorise your outfit. Brides are never planning on finding their dream dress at the first appointment but it does happen in the majority of our appointments.
Choosing a style for your body type: There are several different dress styles that are available. First the most popular style is the A-line (flares out gently to create an A shape) which looks great on every body type. Next is the ball gown (fitted bodice with large skirt) and it looks best on tall girls as well as girls who are heavier on the bottom. Another favorite is the Fit & Flare or Fishtail (fitted through bodice and hips and then a gradual flare out). This style fits great on anybody with curves our trying to create curves. It does not work well on brides with a larger waistline. Finally, the Sheath (a straight cut that hugs curves) is a classic, simple style that works great on tall and thin girls. Ultimately we are believers in wearing a dress that makes you feel confident. It’s not always about matching up the “perfect” style for your body but instead about what you feel good in.
Dress: Charlene by David Tutera for Mon Cheri. lace appliqué tulle and velvet belt in Ivory /Stone
What to budget for your dress: The standard budget is around 10% of your overall wedding budget but this is a personal choice depending on your budget and what other factors to your day are important. Some brides like to spend more on a decent photographer. It truly is what the bride feels comfortable spending and here we cater for all budgets.
Designers for ranging budgets: Here at Yasemins Gowns we stock the majority of our bridal dresses from popular designers such as Ronald Joyce which range from £300 to £1700, Mon Cheri ranging between £900 to £1875 and Alfred Angelo whose dresses range from £600 to £1300. So we really do cater for all budgets. We also offer discontinued dresses at super low prices starting from £100 for those brides on tight budgets.
Dress: Ria by Ronald Joyce. Another perfect structured bodice dress with a pretty satin and organza layered skirt.
Don’t forget Alterations: Alterations may be needed on your dress so please factor in time for this when searching for your dress. Alterations costs vary depending on what needs to be done but typical hem and train lift alterations start from £10. Our experienced seamstress has over 35 years behind her and can do whatever is necessary to make your dress a perfect fit for you – nothing is too much trouble!
Fitting: Once you have chosen your dress we will book you in for your first fitting appointment 3 months before your wedding date. Most alterations are completed in 2-3 appointments.
Thank you so much Jo for your styling tips for new brides to be! Check out Jo’s Sussex based boutique Yasemins Gowns Bridal Boutique