While the ring symbolizes the vow entered into during a wedding ceremony, the bridal dress is what really makes the bride feel like the star of the show.
With so much meaning attributed to this piece of garment, the prospect of finding the right one can feel like an impossible task. With the added pressure to be picture-perfect on the big day, you’ll need all the help you can get when looking for a wedding gown in the UAE that will suit you best.
At Esposa, we understand your situation and, more importantly, we are here to help.
To make shopping for the perfect wedding dress easier, below are six essential tips every bride-to-be must follow:
1.) Set Your Bridal Dress Appointment Early in the Day
Whatever you do, never schedule a bridal dress appointment in the afternoon or near the end of the day. Instead, set it in the morning, as soon as the shop opens.
If possible, make it so that you’re the first one in the store. This way, you can get help from an energetic bridal shop attendant who hasn’t yet been drained by millions of concerns from clients. Coming early can also ensure that you have her full attention and will make your wedding dress shopping less stressful since the place will also be less crowded.
2.) Schedule Your Appointments Early
Aside from setting appointments earlier in the day, you also need to schedule it months ahead of your wedding. This is particularly helpful when you’re trying to avoid the peak season.
As much as possible, book an appointment on weekdays as there are many more people heading to wedding stores during the weekends. Plus, you’ll need to scour the market for the wedding dress of your dreams at least eight to ten months ahead of the event, especially if you’re intent on having a customized one for the occasion.
Doing so can also help you avoid rushing into a decision and avoid regretting it later on.
3.) Focus on Finding the Perfect Silhouette for You
Details like pearl buttons and well-placed ruffles are important. However, if you are to pick the right dress for you on your big day, the first and foremost thing you must decide on is your dress silhouette.
Before you begin nitpicking on the details, choose the best silhouette that will attractively flaunt your assets and hide features you’re not so proud of.
If it’s your first time hearing the term “silhouette,” all it is is the outline of the dress. Put simply: it is what you see in a gown after just a single glance.
When dress designers start with a project, the first thing they think about is the silhouette. You should do the same when looking for the perfect bridal dress.
Avoid getting caught up in current trends and focus on you: your personal style, your facial features, and your figure. When choosing a dress silhouette, you mustn’t base it on how good it looks on the model or mannequin. Instead, pick one that suits your figure best.
For example, a sheath silhouette is a good choice for women with a slim figure, as it hugs the body in a way fitted jeans or pencil skirts do. Meanwhile, mermaid or trumpet silhouettes tend to cling to certain parts of the body, particularly the chest, torso, hips, and thighs. This makes them perfect for brides with an hourglass figure.
An A-line silhouette, on the other hand, is universally flattering but works best in minimizing the hips, thighs, and midsection while drawing attention to the upper half of a woman’s body. As for an empire dress, it exudes a regal vibe and has a cut that can create an illusion of tallness. It also helps to disguise the belly, hips, and legs — that is, if you’d rather not emphasize these.
4.) Research Wedding Dresses Ahead
To make your bridal shop hopping journey shorter (and a lot less stressful), it would be best to research wedding dresses way ahead. Browse pictures of real brides online and read wedding and fashion magazines. This should help you get a clearer picture of what dress styles you prefer.
After doing so, start making a mood board that will help you compare every option you’re eyeing. Take note of designers you keep going back to and follow them on social media. This way, you’ll get more information and styles (not to mention the potential for promo codes and flash sales) from them.
5.) Set a Price Range
Whether or not you have unlimited funds for your wedding, setting a price range is a helpful practice to help narrow down your options. In some cases, it could also make it easier for you to allocate your budget based on your priorities for the wedding.
But how can one figure out the right price range? After identifying a few gowns that you love, check their prices online, and compare their worth to the amount you’re willing to pay.
6.) Be Ready to Commit
We don't want to add to the pressure you’re probably experiencing now, but rather than going to a bridal store to “just look,” you must enter with the hope that you will find something special. This is because assuming that you’ll walk out of the shop empty-handed is equivalent to setting yourself up for that very same possibility.
Instead, commit to finding the perfect gown for your special day. Remember that “the one” that fits your criteria perfectly will always be there, even if it doesn’t seem apparent at first.
The point is to believe that you’ll find it. Otherwise, you’ll only be wasting your time and effort.
Be Your Best on Your Wedding Day
A wedding dress signifies a woman’s transition to married life. It holds so much value to the bride, making the task of finding the perfect one a bit daunting.
At Esposa, we are here to help you dress your best on your wedding day.
We’re committed to making it the most memorable time of your life.
Visit us today or explore our virtual shop to find the bridal dress of your dreams.