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Posted 24/09/2021

How To Pick The Perfect Wedding Dress NZ

How To Pick The Perfect Wedding Dress NZ

The minute the engagement is announced, the questions about your wedding dress will crop up. It’s true, ‘The Dress’ speaks to people’s imagination.

You, on the other hand, may be looking forward to this part of the wedding planning, but there is just as much chance you’re dreading the thought of having to figure out which dress is The One. After all, there are very few occasions in life where your dress will matter this much. But no need to fret. We’ve lined up some simple tips that will help you figure out how to pick the perfect wedding dress.

Maybe there is one particular style of dress you already have your eye on. Or you may not have the faintest idea about the wedding gown of your dreams. Either way, trying on many styles is the best way to get a feel of which dress will create the ‘Oh my God you look phenomenal!’ response.

How to pick the perfect wedding dress?–Practical Considerations

But before we delve into the likes and dislikes of the different styles of wedding dresses, there is the context to consider. In the end, you want to create a cohesive feel for the entire day. The good news is that it will give you some direction to start from.

Whether you are settled on a glamorous, bohemian, classic, vintage or relaxed wedding vibe, it will influence the style of your wedding dress.

But of course, there’s also the practical to be considered: what time of the year have you set your wedding date? How about the location?

Maybe you decided on a beach wedding? In that case, you probably want to skip the long-sleeved dresses with a massive train. If you settled on a church wedding, you may decide it’s not appropriate to bare too much skin.

How to pick the perfect wedding dress?–Settling on a Wedding Dress Silhouette

When mulling over how to pick the perfect wedding dress, chances are good you will feel drawn to a certain silhouette. But of course, you wouldn’t be the first future bride to walk into a bridal boutique with a certain style of dress in mind, only to walk out a few hours later with a very different idea.

You want your dress to suit your personality, but just as much, you want the best wedding dress for your body shape. For many brides, this is the daunting part.

Despite the insecurities you may have (We all do), a good bridal consultant will know exactly what styles and silhouettes will make everybody turn heads on your wedding day. Make sure you check out the wedding dresses section on our website for some recommendations in your area.

How To Pick The Perfect Wedding Dress NZ

Popular Styles of Wedding Dresses in New Zealand

  • The Ball Gown:  This is definitely one of the most romantic silhouettes. If making a statement is on your mind, this is an excellent choice. The ball gown has a fitted bodice and a very full skirt. It’s a great choice for pear shapes. Because the structured bodice cinches in the waist while the voluminous skirt balances out small hips and a full bust, it will also make a splash for an inverted triangle body shape. Embellishments add drama and glamour, but can be too much for a petite frame.
  • The A-line Dress: This silhouette has been popular throughout the decades for very good reason. The A-line is slim on top; sometimes with a boned bodice. It’s fitted at the waist and then softly flares out. As a silhouette it flatters a lot of body shapes. It's especially dashing if you need to work with wider hips and thighs but don’t want to go all-out ballgown. This is also a great option for athletic brides who want to create a softer, curvier look.
  • The Sheath Dress: This less-is-more silhouette immediately gives a modern vibe to your bridal look.  It also works well for a bohemian style wedding. This style hugs the body from head to toe, creating an elongating line, especially suiting petite brides. The fact that this style is so fitted however, means it’s one of the more unforgiving styles.
  • The Mermaid Dress: If you’re wondering how to pick the perfect wedding dress that shows off your fabulous figure, and you love a bit of drama, the mermaid dress might be for you. Following the line of the hips and flaring mid thigh to below the knee, this silhouette loves the hourglass figure. On the other hand,  because this style emphasises the waist, it’s not a great choice if your stomach is your largest feature. 
  • The Trumpet Dress: The trumpet dress is a sensational look for a classic style wedding. It highlights the natural waist, but unlike the mermaid dress, it has a more subtle flare below the knee. This fit-and-flare style is ideal for slender brides and hourglass shapes. 
  • The Empire Dress: The empire dress is the master of camouflage for apple shapes. With a waist line that sits just below the bust, it easily hides a shorter waist or a heavier lower body. Tall brides who want to downplay their height may want to stay clear of this style. 

And Also...Some Clever Tips and Tricks to Choose a Wedding Dress That Turns Heads

  • An asymmetrical diagonally running waist line or some diagonally placed embellishments can help hips and waist look smaller.
  • Consider a dropped waistline if you have a short waist and love the idea of a ball gown.
  • Small chested brides can play up their décolletage with some strategically placed embellishments to draw attention to other areas, or use a shiny fabrics to make their bust look fuller. A sweetheart neckline or padded halter neck flatter a smaller chest. And of course, you can flaunt a plunging neckline; something only a small-chested bride can get away with.
  • Busty brides want to look for a well-structured dress for extra support. A V-neckline to frame your face or a boned and well-designed strapless dress work totally in your favour. A bateau neckline is another flattering option. Avoid a high collar or spaghetti straps.
  • The diagonal lines of a one-shoulder dress add inches to your height.
  • If you have an athletic figure and like the idea of a sheath dress or a mermaid/trumpet dress, using a belt creates the illusion of a more defined waist. A round neckline softens broad shoulders.
  • Remember, there is a white tone that flatters every skin-tone and it doesn’t have to be stark white.

All sage advice aside, more than anything, you want to stay true to yourself. Wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident without playing it too safe for your big day.

Click here to find the best wedding dress for your body type. You’ll find a wide variety of options. Maybe that is gown from a well-known wedding dress designer like Maggie Sottero, maybe your aim is to find the perfect wedding gowns from a local wedding dress designer or custom made dress crafted in a local workroom. 

Happy wedding dress shopping!

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