Tip. Unlike the ball gown skirt, body hugging designs such as the column/sheath dress can constrict your movement, including the ability to sit and dance as comfortably as you would wish on your big day. If you want a highly-constructed column dress, you may consider one that has enough stretch in the fabric or a slit in the back that will allow you to move more freely.
Designers all over the world continue to create unique and beautiful wedding dresses for brides getting married this year. They are taking some chances with some new looks, as well as bringing back some classic styles such as bows and sleeves. Before choosing your wedding gown, take into consideration factors such as the type of venue, possible weather conditions, and the comfort of the dress.
Most structured gowns have a built-in bra, but if you need extra support, ask your tailor to sew your favorite strapless bra into the dress, says lingerie expert Jenny Altman of I Love a Good. Don’t have one? “Va Bien is the only brand you need to know,” she says. “They make seamless bras, bustiers, bodysuits, and shapewear for all sizes and in low-back, plunging, and full-coverage styles.”
The sales contract you will sign to finalize the order is designed to protect both you and the retailer. It will, of course, include your name, address, phone number, and method of payment. Your wedding date and last acceptable date for delivery of the gown should also be included. Be sure to allow time for portraits and/or alterations in the last acceptable date. The sales contract should include the manufacturer’s name, style number of the gown, size and color you are ordering, a description of the gown, and a picture reference, if available, for designer wedding dresses list the designer’s name. A reputable retailer should not keep this information from you. It should not be acceptable to allow a store code in place of the actual manufacturer name and style number. At the bottom of the contract is the disclaimer or “fine print”. Be sure to read this and ask questions if you have them.
Buying a secondhand gown will often save you big bucks. Try Once Wed or a consignment boutique that operates like a traditional salon. Our Story Bridal in New York, for example, sells once-worn dresses by top designers at up to 60 percent off retail. It even has a tailor who can help with basic alterations or special additions, like an illusion sleeve, says cofounder Ana Perez.
Equally as important as silhouette is the style of your dress. Do you love the ornate detail of a lace wedding dress? Or is a simple white wedding dress more your style? Our assortment of unique wedding dresses has something for everyone. Beaded gowns let you show off your glamorous side, while tulle lends a whimsical touch. Boho wedding dresses with lightweight fabrics, special details, and effortless silhouettes are some of our most popular styles.