Your wedding day is a huge moment. A colossal once in a lifetime occasion you’ll remember for the rest of your life. It’s also photographed a ton, by everyone.
As you’re probably already aware from looking at old family photos, it doesn’t take much for the emphasis to go from, “look how much fun they are having, how beautiful,” to “what the heck are they wearing?!”
So, how do you get it right? How do you knock it out of the park, find something timeless and gorgeous that transcends harsh judgment of future generations?
Let’s dive in.
How do you find the perfect wedding dress?
You’re not just picking a dress; you’re picking the dress. It needs to be something that speaks to you. Something you’re comfortable in, that alludes to your style and aesthetic. A dress so flipping gorgeous you’re a sight to behold, leaving a trail of tears and gasps as you glide down the aisle.
Even the best shoppers sometimes feel lost searching for a wedding dress. Wading through a maze of endless shades of white. Parting seas of taffeta, chiffon, lace, and silk, puffed sleeves, bodice sleeveless…
The best way to jump start your search is through the process of elimination. Cross off anything that doesn’t speak to you.
The goal is to be left only with what you love. Yes, narrowing it down to one (one!) dress is arduous, a painful gut-wrenching task. But it’s necessary, and possible.
Here are some tips to make the process easier:
- Create a Pinterest board or look-book of dresses you love
- Figure out which silhouette and cut of dress you love the most
- Think about your vibe, the feel you’re hoping to elicit
- Pick a few words to describe that feeling, enchanting, romantic, sharp, sophisticated, soft…
- Consider how best to convey you in a wedding dress
Pick a budget that you’re comfortable with. Remember, just because something is expensive, doesn’t automatically mean it’s going to look better than a more budget friendly option.
When it comes to shopping and trying on dresses, remember you don’t have to do it alone.
Gather your bridesmaids, and before you descend on the boutique let everyone accompanying you know the gist of what you’re looking for. The criteria you’ve narrowed it down to.
That way if the selection is overwhelming, you and your team can divide and conquer. Sweep each rack, and pull the finest dresses that match your description.
Where do you find gorgeous bridesmaid dresses?
Your dress is the most important, there’s no argument there. But you can’t forget about your bridesmaids! They’ll be flanking you throughout the ceremony. They’ll be lined up beside you, grinning in every pic. You want them to look great, and of course, wear something that makes your dress stand out.
To find the perfect bridesmaid dress (and don’t forget mother of the bride and mother of the groom!) you want to employ some of the same criteria you used to find yours, as it pertains to vibe and the overall theme and aesthetic of your wedding day.
Additionally, you want to pick a color that blends with your theme.
Bridesmaid’s dresses can be a little tricky; chances are your bridal party has different styles, taste, and comfort levels when it comes to dressing up. Then, working out a budget that works for everyone usually further complicates matters.
The best way to navigate this is to find a store that offers a large selection of bridesmaids dress options. A place that houses a vast collection of dresses to suit every shape and size with a color palette containing so many hues, even Picasso would squeal.
You probably also want to be able to try the dresses on in person, as well as shop online.
Bella Bridesmaids is one of the few options that meets all this criteria.
Browse hundreds of their designs online, narrowing your selection down by designer (they feature top names in the biz), style, price, and more.
They have boutique locations throughout the country, so when your bridesmaids are ready to try a few on, use the search feature on their website to find the nearest boutique location.
They have jumpsuits and pantsuits too, and have such a big selection, even your future mother-in-law will be impressed.
How do you pick men’s wedding attire?
Traditionally, the groom and his groomsmen wear the same attire – usually tuxedos or suits. However, it’s totally fine to implement slight variations, for example, the groom could wear a different color dress shirt.
Choose tones that play into your color scheme, and pay attention to fabrics. Most suits are made from wool which gets pretty warm. If you have a summer wedding, linen suits are an excellent alternative, they’re lightweight and breathable.
Let the cut of the suit and accessories, such as tie or bow tie, suspenders, or waistcoat all play into the look. Don’t forget – shoes and hats are details that accentuate any vibe.
They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. By devoting a little more time and effort into selecting wedding attire, your photos will be a reminder, proof, of what an absolutely perfect day your wedding celebration was.