Say Yes to the (Right) Dress – A Guide to Wedding Dress Shopping by Alexandria Events

 

Last week I met the lovely Rebecca, physician one of the designers at The Farnham Boutique, and it got me thinking about ‘the dress’…

  

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When you think about it, the concept of a wedding dress is utter lunacy.  Most of us spend more on this dress, that we’ll only wear ONCE in our lives, than any other item of clothing in our  wardrobes, and on top of that, they are typically white (ish), the most impractical colour in the world – all it takes is one drunken uncle and a glass of red wine and it is game over. So why do we do it? 

Some women (myself included) have dreamt about wedding dresses since childhood, I even went to a fancy dress party as a bride when I was six….I’ll dig that photo out some time so you can have a good laugh at me! Others only begin to get excited about the prospect of them once they are engaged, and planning the big day. And for some, the dress search is just something else to tick off the list.  But one thing that we all have in common though, we want to look, and feel, amazing when we’re walking down that aisle.

So this got me thinking of the process, and having gone through it fairly recently myself, here are my ‘top tips’ on making it as enjoyable as possible…

1. An obvious one here, but BE OPEN MINDED, most brides will tell you that they had an image of their dream dress, and then chose something completely different!  Even though you might think you’re a  ‘Kate Middleton’ you might be a ‘Kate Moss’. You never know until you try it on. Be brave! 

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2. Don’t get upset if you don’t find ‘the dress’ straight away. It can be tempting to start panicking when you start hating each dress that you try on more than the one before. THIS IS NORMAL, we are all different shapes and sizes and what suits you might look bloomin’ awful on the next girl. You WILL find something that you look gorgeous in. Don’t panic buy, don’t cry (in public anyway), just keep looking, keep trying on, and keep smiling.

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3. Decide on the kind of wedding vibe you are going for before you start looking for dresses. Think about the kind of wedding you are planning, if you’re having a low-key, festival-style day, you might not want an enormous ball gown with a long train. Similarly, if you’re getting married in a posh hotel, your barefoot,  bohemian, floaty number might look out of place.  Having said that, if you fall in love with a particular style – go for it! It is your day, do what you want!  

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4. Wear the right undies. Wedding dress shopping not the time to get your sexy lingerie out, (even though you’ll  probably have more seeing you in your knickers than any other time in your life!) It is all about the flesh coloured, seamless, no VLP pants, and a really well fitted, strapless, nude bra – trust me, you will look so much better on the outside, if you are well supported underneath. Once you have more of an idea of the style of dress that you want, you can start thinking about the need for basques/shapewear etc. but for now – get out the granny pants! 

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5. Think LOCAL, there are probably a number of fabulous bridal shops on your doorstep that you just haven’t noticed before because you haven’t needed to. In my area I love The Farnham Boutique and The White House, in Alresford, what they both have  in common is a truly personal feel and excellent customer service (as well as gorgeous gowns!). From when you walk in the door, you are made to feel a million dollars, and this makes a difference to your whole experience By all means, check out the big names as well. but give your local high street some love too. 

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6. Do take your time, don’t let yourself be put under pressure to make any decisions or part with any money if you’re unsure. Most bridal shops are wonderful and far too professional to do this, but some can be pushy, so stand your ground, and tell them that you want to think about it. It is your decision, your money, and your wedding – take control!   

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7. Enjoy yourself! Take your loveliest friends or family, people that will be honest with you, and who want to find the dress of your dreams as much as you do. Try not to take TOO many people to your first appointment, it can be overwhelming to have all of the different opinions in one go, and you really need to concentrate on yourself and what YOU think, at least while you are narrowing down styles. Once you have got a general idea, invite more people along, have fun, and crack open the champagne! 

Hope this helps! 

A xx

 

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Alexandria’s Afternoon at the Chanel Atelier

For me, salve one of the best things about being a bride-to-be, about it has been allowing myself to become slightly  obsessed with all things beauty. So when I was given an exclusive invitation to the Chanel Makeup Atelier, for myself and three of my best girls – how could I say no?

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It was an afternoon of pure bliss at Chanel Covent Garden, after arriving a little flustered, (and 20 minutes late – thanks for that District Line…) we were taken down to a private basement area, given glasses of gorgeous homemade lemonade, and greeted by the delightful Jennifer who would be looking after us for the day.

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The idea of the session is that a professional makeup artist creates a ‘wedding look’ on the bride, and her three friends copy it on themselves. Everyone has their own table full of goodies to work with, including skincare products too, like cleansers, moisturisers, and primers (there is a lot of focus on skin-prepping – which we learned is very, very, important!). My sister was particularly impressed by the gorgeous little Chanel notebooks and pencils that we were given to write down all of the products we were using (her stationary obsession rivals my makeup one!)

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For someone who loves makeup, but has questionable technique and limited skill herself, this was an incredibly useful session.  I found out that I have been applying eye-cream the wrong way for the past five years, that contouring is possible without knowing how to create a Kim Kardashian-esque zebra face, and that brown liquid eyeliner is my new best friend.

Even though I am not doing my own makeup on my big day, the idea behind this session, is that if you would like to DIY, it is possible with bit of practice. The look that we created together was simple to do, yet flawless, and is truly something that I feel confident that I can replicate at home.The session costs £50 per person, but is redeemable against products, so it is really excellent value for what you get out of it. To book an appointment you can call 0207 240 2001.

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