Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping


Wedding dress shopping is probably one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning. It is an occasion we daydream about long before our wedding day. We know the wedding dress will say everything about the season, time of day and atmosphere of our wedding. Figuring out the important details of our wedding dress can help us plan everything else. These tips for wedding dress shopping should help you find your dream dress.

Wedding Dress Shopping for the Silhouette

There are basic wedding dress silhouettes that can help us narrow down our selection. The issue with narrowing down the silhouette has much to do with our unique body type. Searching through catalogs of pictures with the perfect dress on the model does not always mean it will be the perfect dress for us. Before booking your wedding dress shopping appointment, take a few measurements and think about your perfect look.


Keep a few dress secrets in mind on your wedding dress shopping journey. Trumpet, mermaid and sheath dresses look best with slender and hourglass shapes. Ballgown and A-line dresses compliment curvy and boxy frames. A longer torso in the dress gives an elongated and slender effect. A voluminous skirt will make the bride appear shorter. Beyond silhouette, you will need to make numerous decisions about sleeves, neckline, back, fabric and train. This requires that you consider the features you want to enhance or hide.

Wedding Dress Shopping Online

Many brides are wondering if it is possible to do wedding dress shopping online. This question is a good question for good reason. The sizing of wedding dresses does not always coincide with the size of our pants. Online images also make it extremely difficult to determine the texture and volume of the fabric and how it will fall on our body. With these challenges, why is there a huge shift towards wedding dress shopping online? Believe it or not, there are some simple steps to making online purchases a convenient success.


If you are wedding dress shopping online, read reviews. When you fall in love with the perfect dress, scroll all the way down to the reviews. This is more than just counting stars. Many reviews contain images of the dress on the hanger and on the person. These images are of real people in real lighting in the absence of the destructive photoshop illusions. Images provide the most honest reviews so you can build expectations accordingly. Pay attention to the seller’s comments and customer reviews about being true to the sizing. Many reviews and wedding dress descriptions contain information about sizing to help you make an informed purchase. A little big is better than a little small when it comes to wedding dress shopping. Create a relationship with a seamstress to make any needed adjustments as it gets closer to the wedding date.


Wedding Dress Shopping and the Theme

Whether you picked the dress to match the theme or the theme to match the dress, the dress and the theme are undeniably related to one another. Imagine a romantic summer garden affair in a long sleeved ballgown. For obvious reasons you might want to pick a ballgown with shorter sleeves in the summer. Imagine a Beauty and the Beast wedding theme and then walking down the aisle in a white trumpet wedding dress. Your wedding dress is an opportunity to provide a center to your theme. We all know Belle has a yellow ballgown, but you might choose a shimmering champagne or gold and still hold true to your theme. Cinderella has that majestic blue dress that shimmers with the magic of her fairy godmother. A Cinderella inspired theme would be missing something without the Cinderella dress. Your wedding dress can be some creative variation of the fairy tale and still hold true to the theme. However, it is important to keep your theme in mind when wedding dress shopping.


Wedding Dress Shopping to Match Your Venue

Just as the theme should correlate with your wedding dress, so should your wedding venue. The perfect wedding dress should always match the theme and setting of your wedding venue. Wedding dresses are not bound to the traditional white. Modern wedding dress trends prove that bold colors like red and black are making classy statements. Whether you are creating the fairy tale of Cinderella or “The Great Gatsby” roaring twenties speakeasy, the professional designers at Crystal Ballroom Saint Augustine are the finest in the art of designing and creating a wedding venue to match the perfect dress.

Bring your imagination with the dress of your dreams to the picturesque Crystal Ballroom Saint Augustine. Vow to your true love in this elegant wedding venue that is set just around the bend of World Golf Village. Let the in-house designers create your fairy tale moment with the fine pieces that will write the romance into your happily ever after story. Coordinate the elements of your table settings from a selection of napkins, linens, overlays, runners, chargers and elegant centerpieces. Select from beautiful candelabras, vintage manzanita trees, tall floating candles, gorgeous lanterns, and huge floral arrangements. Discover what sets this romantic venue apart from the rest.

Schedule your VIP tour at Crystal Ballroom Saint Augustine, and begin designing your fairy tale to match your dress.

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