Choosing a bridal gown is a big deal! But be realistic – read these tips to find your perfect gown

Choosing a bridal gown is a big deal! But be realistic – read these tips to find your perfect gown

Choosing your bridal gown is a day you will remember forever.   A once in a life –time opportunity but there is so much choice, it can sometimes be overwhelming. Supposing you choose one and then find one you like better?  How do you know which is the one for you?  Proposals have compiled a list of useful tips to make it easier for you to find the perfect gown for your wedding day.


Always, always set a budget.  If you do not have a guideline, you will inevitably look at gowns outside of your price range.  This can lead to huge disappointment.  Settle on a figure and be assured that there are lovely gowns in all price ranges.


Before you start trying on wedding gowns, do some research. Cut out pictures from magazines. Look on the Internet and Instagram to find inspiration. Take note of what family and friends wore for their wedding. Work out which styles would work best for your figure and body shape. Gain an understanding of different styles and fabrics and what you would feel confident and comfortable wearing for your bridegroom.

Your style and venue

What are you looking for?  Do you want traditional, classic, understated, contemporary or quirky? Think of the venue you have chosen and imagine how your style of dress will work in that setting.  What works well in a church may not work so well in a registry office, where space may be at a premium.  Country weddings and marquees will invariably involve grass and a certain amount of walking from venue to reception.  Are you a bride who loves to ‘go wild’ on the dance floor? All these factors will have an influence on your wedding gown.


Allow sufficient time to choose your wedding gown.  There is nothing worse than feeling under pressure to make your decision and you may also have to allow time for alterations.  As weddings are booked so far in advance, remember that if you buy your gown a long time in advance, you may have to consider where it is going to be stored before the wedding. Ideally, you want to collect it near to your wedding date.


When you are getting married will have a huge impact on your selection of wedding gown.  Heavier fabrics and sleeves for winter weddings. Soft, floaty and romantic for summer days.  Spring and autumn can incorporate something from each season.

Wedding Team

Take someone with you when you are trying on wedding gowns. Make sure it’s someone whose opinion you can trust. You may wish to take all your bridesmaids and your mother and sisters. Or your brother or male friend, with a good eye for style and fashion. But remember it’s your wedding.  Proposals will be able to offer you impartial advice and have the expertise to help you with your choice of gown.

Be prepared

It’s always a good idea to try on wedding gowns when you have done your make up and have some idea of how you want your hair.  This will give you a good idea of what the overall look will be when you are wearing different wedding gowns.  If you turn up in your jeans with your hair tied back, it might be harder to make a decision. It’s also a good idea to wear the undergarments you will be wearing on your wedding day.  This will show you how they work with your bridal gown.

Shoes will affect how your dress falls and the final length of hem.  Take these to your fitting and Proposals can advice whether your dress needs any alterations.

Try and incorporate these tips in your wedding planning and choosing your perfect gown will be a delightful, enjoyable experience.

If you want any help or advice about choosing your wedding gown, please do not hesitate to call Proposals on

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