When it comes to choosing your wedding dress it really should be a fun and exciting experience, after all this is the dress you’re going to be married in (yay!) and who doesn’t love bit of shopping. However, all too often I hear stories of unhelpful boutiques, badly fitting samples, unsupportive bridesmaids and the weight of expectations that add up to a less then enjoyable experience.

Jesus Peiro sequin metallic wedding shrug

Kobus Dippenaar via Morgan-Davies Bridal

There are varying thoughts and opinions on how you can improve the whole experience out there so I’ve gathered some great advice articles from a few of the top UK weddings blogs to guide you.

A great place to start is the Rock My Wedding downloadable guide to Choosing Your Wedding Dress it includes helpful drawings and explanations of different dress shapes, necklines and fabrics with shopping tips from well known UK wedding dress designers:

In a similar vein but with a few alternative options is Rock and Roll Bride’s Choosing you Dress, part of her “How to plan your wedding” series.

As with all areas of your wedding you need to have a budget in mind for your wedding dress. For advice on how much a wedding dress costs, this 3 part series on Bridal Musings looks at wedding dresses for under $1000, mid range wedding dresses and couture wedding dress options with top tips on how to find the dress of your dreams in your price range.

red haired bride with up do in Jenny Packham Callie dress

 

Jenny Packham dress via Morgan Davies Bridal

Once you have an idea of the style of wedding dress you want and costs it’s time to start shopping!

Here are some top tips from Rock and Roll Bride: The bridal shop experience and how to come out alive; Wedding Dress Shopping Top Tips on Bridal Musings and the curvaceous bride’s guide to dress shopping on Love My Dress.

Not long until your wedding then take a look at this article from Love My Dress on Wedding order times and if you’re on a budget and considering shopping in the sample sales then this article on How to decide if sample dress shopping is for you from Love my Dress might prove helpful .

As part of my full wedding planning service I can recommend bridal dress designers and wedding boutiques that will be the right fit for you and your budget and arrange your appointments. I can also accompany you to your appointments too if you’d like some extra support and impartial advice. Get in touch today for further information on my wedding planning services.

Credits: Photography by Fiona Kelly