How to Choose Wedding Gowns
By Emily Sutton
When choosing a wedding gown, it is important to try on a variety of silhouettes and styles to narrow down the selection. Find the perfect wedding gown with fashion advice from the owner of a couture bridal boutique in this video on wedding attire.View Transcript
I'm Emily from Mia Bridal Couture in Houston, Texas and these are my tips on how to select a wedding gown. Selecting a wedding gown can seem really overwhelming when you first get started. But don't worry. Start by looking out at some websites, as well as magazines. Don't get too caught up on one particular dress; but more search for a trend of things that pop out at you and you naturally gravitates to. Taking these notes into the consultant that you work with will give them a good feel for your personality as well as your vision for the dress. From there, start with the little information about the designer's that you're looking at and have the consultant walk you through what's available in the store. They'll be able to pull a few things for you based on silhouette. Now this is really important. You know your body and shopping for wedding gown is very similar in ways to shopping for a regular dress that you wear on an everyday basis. Certain things work on certain people. Being aware of these details and comfortable with yourself and the certain silhouettes that work on you will help you find something that's going to be flattering and perfect for your body. Also, be open to trying on a little bit of everything. Things look so differently from the hanger to the body. So when you're coming in to shop for your wedding gown, keep the group that you come in with relatively small and people that you trust. You don't need a ton of opinion; yours is the most important. Maybe your mom and a bridesmaid; mom and sister; grandmother and aunt; anything like that to give you a few opinions but keep it a close knit group. Also, thin about the price that you want to spend; the look that you're going for and the silhouettes and work on your body. All of these things are going to give you a little more direction and what can seem like an overwhelming decision. Keep it fairly simple in the numbers that you choose and don't let yourself get too overwhelmed in the dressing room. You can always go back and look through; you don't have to pull everything at once. And narrow things down. You have to get to one love. A list of fifty likes is not going to help in finding your one dream dress. Make your goal at the end of that very first day of shopping to have three favorites and come back soon after you have those three favorites so things stay fresh on your mind. Keep that decision time short, that'll make things easier and also making your gown decision earlier will help so many decisions in the rest of the wedding process. I'm Emily and these are my tips on how to choose a wedding gown.
About the Expert
Emily Sutton is a wedding gown specialist and part-owner of the Mia Bridal Couture. She is part of a team of women passionate about providing a fresh approach to the Houston bridal experience. Mia Bridal Couture's goal is to bring the idea of being stunning and unique back to the forefront of bridal fashion. Each designer showcased at the salon has been thoughtfully considered and selected. The result is a unique and distinct collection of gowns from acclaimed designers, exclusive to the area.
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