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30 Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

Wedding season has started! Or rather, engagement season has started…which means gown shopping! Be it a big white Cinderella dress or a demure saree, the excitement is still the same!

Follow some of our shopping tips to make sure you not only get your dream dress, but to make sure you have as much fun as possible! It only happens once!!

1. A Wisely Chosen Entourage

‘I’ll come dress shopping with you!’ Will be something you hear a LOT during your time as an engaged lady and you’ll probably say yes to all of these requests. However choose wisely because as nice as it is to hear the ‘oohs’, ‘aahs’ and ‘oh my god you look fabulous!!’, it might better to hear a real opinion. You want to take the people who will be brutally honest with you. Your mum, your sister your bridesmaids…these are the people you want to take.

2. Give Yourself Enough Time

When to start dress shopping is crucial as you don’t want to start too early whereby seasons change and you like something new, but early enough to give yourself time. 8-10 months before your wedding should encompass both of these.

With a bespoke designer you have a little more flexibility. If you are getting your dress designed ask your designer how much time they need and factor this in.

3. Know Your Seasons

Know when the retail industry will go on sale. Do your research and you could save yourself a lot of money. The high street goes into markdown almost every 5-6 weeks, so take this into consideration. You don’t want to buy your dream dress only for it to go on sale the week after.

4. Remember New Collections

Not impressed by what’s out there? Don’t panic. As above, if you know your seasons, you know when the new collections come in, so it is ok, to go back to a store more than once to see if they have anything new. (Checking when this will be with the managers wouldn’t harm)

5. Bargains

There are SO many exhibitions, sample sales, shows, warehouse sales etc, that you could potentially find yourself busy every weekend. However you could potentially knock hundreds if not thousands off your dress. If you can handle the crowds, this could potentially be for you.

6. Weekday Appointments

Saturdays are the single most busy day in any bridal boutique. If you want in quickly, go for a weekday appointment. You’re likely to get better service and more focussed staff.

7. Be Inspired

If you are like me, you know exactly what you want and have done since you were 5. If you aren’t part of this craziness then start getting inspired. Get magazines, look at catwalks, get on Pinterest! Get a feel for what’s out there.

8. Be Open to Change

Like me you may know exactly what you want and have done since you were 5…but what if it doesn’t suit you. Be open to let your ideas go if they don’t work for you. Go in with an open mind and come out with a dress!

9. Take a Quick Terminology Lesson

Do you know your A-lines from your trumpets? If so well done! But seriously pattern talk is another language..brush up to make your life easier. (I’ll be writing a post on terminology next to help!)

10. Search Your Wardrobe

Take out your best dresses, your best and skirts..they’re your favourites for a reason. Try and decipher similarities in shape/ fabric/ colour to know what you like. You’re already one step ahead in this than you think.

11. Bring Your Knickers

If you’re planning on wearing a specific type of underwear, Spanx or otherwise, bring it with you to make sure you get the full picture.

12. Full Primp

Do your hair fully and face lightly, to the best of your ability for this. It will help you gain a better idea of what you will look like. You don’t want to realise you hate the straps of your dress on your wedding morning when your stylist puts your hair up!

13. Own Your Experience

There will be a lot of ‘I did this’ and ‘I did that’ and whilst some of it may be helpful you want to create your own experience with your own ideas. Hold your ground and remember its alllll about you!

14. Take a Seat

I say this in every fit session to every client…sit down in your outfit. It may be the perfect waist cinching corset dress whilst you stand up…but when you sit down it crushes your lungs, all the seams are coming undone and you can’t breathe. Probably not what you were going for..

15. Buy Now, Alter Later

If it fits you now..buy it! Every bride has weight loss plans and most brides lose weight without even trying, but as every boutique, designer, seamstress will tell you, it is easier to take a dress in than to take it out.

16. Size Does Not Matter

Bridal attire is always smaller than your average clothing. So don’t be offended if they hand you a size or two bigger than you are…and who cares about the size?! If it looks good then why worry! (and you could always cut the label out..)

17. Chatter, Chatter, Chatter

What you want and what your mouth thinks you want, may be two completely different things. You may say you want something simple and elegant..but actually you want a tulle filled giant princess ballgown. The best way for a designer to be able to give you dresses you’ll like is for them to get to know you, so go ahead…gossip to your heart’s content!

18. Take Some Music

Dancing is just as important as sitting down, take your best songs and dance to them in your dress. (It helps if your entourage do it with you..maybe even a few moves from a slow dance to check you won’t trip on your trails)

19. Take Photos

Pretty self explanatory here…take lots of photos. You probably won’t get to take the dress home with you because of alterations, cleaning etc..so you’ll need to lots of photos to continue the rest of your shopping. (And to remind you just how beautiful it is!)

20. You May Not Cry

Your dress is not unlike your future husband…did you burst into the tears the minute you saw him because you knew he was the one? Probably not. In the same way you probably won’t burst into tears because you’ve found the dress and it may take you a few tries but you will know it is the one for you. (But if you’re anything like me you’ll probably be crying before even entering the boutique…potentially even tearing up thinking about dresses.)

21. Try Everything On

Ask your consultant or designer to give you a few props; heels, veil, tiara etc. It may just seal the deal for you.

22. Budget

Be very clear and up front about your budget. It will help your designer make sure you are getting the very best of what you want and ensure your dress has all of the main design aspects you need. It also helps you not get too carried away.

23. Take Snacks

These appointments can and will take some time. Take stomach reinforcements…you do not want to be making these kind of decisions on an empty stomach..(remember what happens when you go to the supermarket hungry…)

24. Return Policy

If you reeeeealllly can’t make the decision but you cannot part with the dress, find out the return policy, spend some time with your potential dress and then make the decision.

25. Back Up

 Always plan a back up. Always.

Your dress may not arrive in time, the package could be detained by customs, the dog shredded the train, you spilt coffee on it….I could go on…but in the interest of perhaps not stressing you out, I won’t. The point remains that anything could happen to your dress so just make sure there is an alternative.

26. It is Just a Dress

I can’t believe I am saying this, but it is just a dress. Just clothing to get you through the most important day of your life; the day you marry the man you love (although if and when he utters these words to you himself, you may reconsider the future alliance).

27. There’s No Magic Number

You could try one dress, you could try 50 dresses, there is no perfect number…keep going until you find it or get it custom made.

28. Try it On

Even if you are getting your dress designed specially for you, try on something similar elsewhere – take all the best ideas and give them to your designer. This will help them create your perfect outfit.

29. Corsets are Quick

If you are short on time, go for a corset. They don’t need altering and look amazing! (you can also wear these more in life than you could a wedding dress)

30. Have Fun!

Its your wedding day, you’re shopping for it…could there be anything in the world more fun?! (rhetorical question)

Enjoy shopping!

.x.

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The Aashni & Co Wedding Show

This time last week I was in the presence of Indian fashion royalty. Held at The Dorchester Ballroom, I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the Aashni & Co wedding show, featuring all of my favourite designers, possibly the most incredible floral displays I’ve seen to date and a bridal beauty demonstration. I was surrounded by the most gorgeous pieces and their creators! (To say I was excited would be a huge understatement)

The designers featured were: Anamika Khanna, Anushree Reddy, Arpita Mehta, Ashima-Leena, Elisha W, Jaipur Gems, Kotwara by Meera Muzaffar Ali, Manish Malhotra, Monisha Thahryamal, Nikasha, Pallavi Jaikishan, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rimple and Harpreet Narula, Sabyasachi, Shehlaa, Sonali Gupta, Tarun Tahiliani and Varun Bahl. (I know…breathe..)

The day started fabulously with a much needed coffee en route to The Dorchester. As soon as I entered the ballroom, I was completely overwhelmed with the amount of elegance and glamour facing me. The whole show was decorated with absolutely stunning floral displays by Zita Elze, with an entrance display that was just magical.

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I realised I was surrounded by some of the most incredible pieces I had literally ever seen!

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Shehla Khan

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Tarun Tahiliani

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Once this had all sunk in, I wandered into the exhibitors area and it was just so much more than I had ever imagined. The designers were in their own stalls, surrounded by their garments and freely talking to the public. It was endearing to see my idols humanised for a day!

Having found the ability to breathe again, I headed off to find and speak with the designers. Here are some quotes and pictures from the most amazing day.

I absolutely LOVE Anushree Reddy's work, the florals and prettiness poured into all of her designs, is something that has inspired me since her first collection.

I absolutely LOVE Anushree Reddy’s work, the florals and prettiness poured into all of her designs, is something that has inspired me since her first collection.

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Anushree Reddy: It is great to be able to be here and visit a city and meet the brides who buy my work. We need to experiment with different markets and you only learn by going there.

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Sabyasachi: I love helping young people, so when Aashni came into my store and told me I had to make a collection for her store I couldn’t say no. I was young and starting up once too, I like the confidence in young people.

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Photo credit – OneTimeFashionista

Manish Malhotra: My collection here today is basically bringing back the classic red. I like taking vintage and heritage culture and giving it a modernising nature, which is easy to wear and personality driven.

Another stunning banquet display

Tarun Tahiliani: My first show at the Dorchester was in 1995. It was the first show I ever did and it was one of the most beautiful, magical nights. When I heard the venue for this event was the Dorchester, I had to do it just to do something a little different. It is wonderful being here. I had no idea it would be such an incredible turnout. It has been wonderful speaking to brides and the audience here

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Aashni with her royal fashion entourage

Aamir Naveed and Ambreen hair and makeup demonstration

Aamir Naveed and Ambreen hair and makeup demonstration

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Tamara Al Gabbani; brand ambassador for Jaipur Gems mid interview

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Needless to say…I was a very happy me by the end of the day!!

Shop the designers at Aashni & Co

Happy Sunday

.x.

Oscar De La Renta – A Bridal Inspiration

Following the sad news of the passing of the amazing Oscar De La Renta, I thought it only fitting to showcase his 2015 Bridal collection.

De La Renta has led a truly inspirational design career and has been one of the biggest bridal names within the fashion world, not to mention an icon in ready to wear fashion.

Oscar De La Renta – 2015

The 2015 collection comprises of the perfect use of embellishment and embroidery against clean, crisp silhouettes. Just amazing!

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The us of lace within the collection is minimal, comparative to the use of material, creating the perfect angelic bridal look. e725fe7f-737f-45cb-823e-38bb7c80b004This open empire trail skirt has to be one of my favourite cuts from this collection. So simple yet so effective. d031aea8-e467-4f47-b7b2-65b8a3a0dc7dI absolutely adore this embroidery. Threadwork is a huge passion of mine within my own bridal designs so this gets a huge thumbs up from me. d9db6b6e-b42a-495e-957b-b7a204c81a31A full padded skirt. YES. A gorgeous lace overlay yoke. YES. Love! a465d22d-966b-4665-b5cc-3f17686d6894No I don’t just like this because the new Mrs. Clooney wore it. The only designer to make a short wedding dress ooze elegance.66648922-de95-40b6-bf0b-62b9e727985a b56b2c77-4ecf-49d8-9c61-dad9825698eb b15374ff-c75e-4328-aacc-8a680ad77212 beach dressThe perfect beach wedding dress. Front split, lace and a bohemian bouquet…beach anyone? 112047b3-1103-4556-80cb-a49fd274751b27226a52-2b01-4460-9bbb-fa592c254427 3262b234-3dd8-4a13-848b-2c856bbccf7b 252faccf-b59f-4c47-93f7-cedc6b978c82 17e552e2-550b-485b-8954-38857db273ee 4acf889d-57a8-4628-83bc-1d3451a730afThe cut of the corset is so beautifully structured, this shape would be amazing on any figure! 02c926a2-acff-4c54-8036-a447f7be3fd0 1a104f33-0dc2-4b48-998f-f9b175189eeb 0c377fc0-e744-4472-ac15-cdb1c0628ae2

The De La Renta brand is infamously known for its simplicity and elegance. This gorgeous collection proves only this. I can only hope a 2016 bridal collection was in work.

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