Is this your lucky year? Are you getting married? Are you nervous?
While for most of us the festive spirit has reached a momentary halt, for you the excitement must have just started to build up. Getting married is a once in a lifetime affair (well! For most of us), and getting it not just right but perfectly right is a pre-requisite to all brides-to-be.
If you thought choosing the right man for getting married is the toughest choice, wait till you start shopping for your wedding ensemble. It is one of those occasions where you are treated like a celebrity and all eyes are bound to be upon you, and thus it is only fair that you pick the best wedding dress and walk through the aisle looking picture perfect.
Dressing up for your wedding is not just about picking the right wedding costume; it’s also about picking the one that best suits you. Before you make that big purchase, consider these factors:
Decide on the budget that you are willing to spend on your dress. Remember, your wedding dress is one of the most important parts of your wedding day, and will also become the memory of a lifetime. Thus, a few thousands should not be a hassle. At the same time, keep in mind that with the dress you’ll need footwear, jewelery, cosmetics, a clutch or sling bag, and hair style. All these things put together may cause more than just the dress. So decide on the total budget you wish to spend on the complete ensemble and separate the money for the dress.
Tip: always keep a leverage of a few extra bucks as you never know your perfect dress may just be a thousand rupee more than what you planned.
- The Dress:
The Season – Before you decide what to wear, keep account of the season you are getting married in. Wearing heavy clothes in summers can do what wearing open dresses will do in winters – blunder.
The Type – Indian bridal wear are typically limited to sarees, lehengas, and salwar kameez. Decide what you wish to wear for your wedding. Unless you are culturally or religiously bound to adorn a typical type, you can try to experiment with either of these.
The Color – Just because your best friend wore baby pink for her wedding doesn’t mean it may suit you. Pick a color which not only suits your skin tone but makes you look bright and classy. Remember, trends aside, the combination of classic wine red and bole green is still a popular choice amongst many including some of our B-town celebrities.
The Fabric – You don’t want your wedding dress to be either body hugging or too loose. Thus, it’s important that you choose the perfect fabric according to your body type and also the season.
Tip: Before buying the actual dress, research online for the latest trends or wedding dresses as per your body types.
- Always ask for a second opinion:
There has to be one such person whom you totally trust in terms of fashion. It could be your mother, sister, brother, aunt, designer, or even a colleague. Be sure to try the outfit in front of them once before you make the final purchase. You may not be a huge fan of second opinions but in cases like this, they are highly important. They tell you things which you may be overlooking. It gives your dress a fresh perspective and boots your poise in cases when you confidante seconds your choice whole-heartedly.
Tip: Before you choose who gets to rate your dress, ensure that the person has an elegant taste and sophisticated style and knows what s/he is supposed to do.
- Try till you are sure:
Start shopping for your wedding dress months in advance. It is highly likely that you would have to customize the dress as per your measurements. It is also possible that you need to alter the fittings more than once. Don’t be hesitant if you do. It’s perfectly okay to have the dress altered as many times as you want until you are sure that it fits you perfectly. Don’t forget – it’s your special day, and getting a tailor made wedding dress comes with it.
Tip: Try the complete dress at least a month in advance to rectify any last minute alterations.
- Be comfortable:
There is no harm in wanting to follow the latest trend but don’t go out of the way to do anything which you’re not comfortable with even if it’s what others insist. Remember, wearing a saree generally is one thing, however wearing a heavy Benarasi along with a chunni, jewelry, cosmetics, hairstyle, headpiece, and foot wear and staying in it for almost 8-10 hours while smiling away at everybody and posing for the photographers is another. The most special occasion of your life is also one of the most tiresome and daunting event which unfailingly calls for you to be as comfortable as you can.
Tip: Avoid high heels and stick to middle sized ones as standing on them for very long can be painful for your back and feet.