Bridal Fashion Basics – How to Get Started
Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. You have the proposal, set a date or time line, look at gorgeous diamond rings and begin to dream of a beautiful life together with your sweetheart. Once the dreamy haze of happiness lifts a little, brides to be are often hit with a blast of reality that can often cause months of stress and tension – that is the wedding planning!
One of the most important aspects of planning your dream wedding for many a woman is her wedding day / days attire. Your wedding is the one time you have full permission to feel and look like an utterly resplendent princess and most brides have visions of dressing up to the hilt! Some women grow up with ideas of what they want their dream wedding to be like, how they would look and what they would wear. They have a clear picture of what they want to wear and start thinking about it years before an engagement even happens.
If you are a bride to be and are fretting about your bridal fashion and have no clue where to start, here are a few basic pointers –
Fix a budget – Bridal fashion usually does not come cheap! Add to that all the finery you may want to wear or are expected to wear and the bills can really blow a huge dent in your bank balance. When you are starting the wedding planning and budgeting process, make sure you allot some time to carve out a general budget for your clothes and wedding finery as well. Figure out what you can comfortably afford at the moment and how much you will realistically have to spend. If you manage to fix a budget well in advance it will also give you ample time to build up more savings towards this aspect of the wedding, if you feel the need to do so or have your heart set on something that you know is currently out of reach. Also having a clear idea of what you are fine spending will help keep you away from looking at and falling in love with stuff you just cannot afford.
Make an inspiration board – People use inspiration boards for all sorts of things from getting ideas to design a line of clothing to getting ideas when decorating a home. Why not use one to help you with your bridal look as well! Start by browsing through pictures and images of weddings and fashion and pick ones that draw you in. It doesn’t even have to be wedding related but also images you find beautiful like a particular flower or a gorgeous scenery. This will help you in honing in into the kind of aesthetic, colour palette and kind of wedding you want. You may also be surprised to find what you like is totally different from what you thought you would!
Start doing a little research – Even if you have a while to go, when confused about your bridal fashion and style it helps to start looking at different clothes and accessories available nowadays. Look at different boutiques and stores, the designs and work out there, get a feel of fabrics, colours and more. You can even look online for inspiration. From diamond rings to your wedding jewellery set to the main outfits to your trousseau, start searching for things that you would like. Besides, if you start with a decent amount of time on on your hands, it will give you wiggle room to get things custom made and designed as well.
Go with what speaks to you – Trends in fashion come and go all the time and bridal wear is a huge market. Even if you are keeping an eye on the fashion pulse, ultimately go with what you are most comfortable in, not necessarily what is ‘in’. Choose silhouettes, colours and cuts that make you feel utterly fabulous and turn you into that glowing and happy bride you want to be!
Rasha C is a wedding planner. She loves helping people plan their weddings, right from finding the perfect diamond rings to organizing the ideal honeymoon. She loves her job and believes she has found her true calling.