You’ve announced your engagement and chosen venue, booked the photographer (hopefully Keltic Rose Photography) and now you start looking for the most beautiful dress.

We asked Adele from Bridal Wishes what advice she gives brides on choosing their wedding dress.

Usually the bride arranges to comes in to the Bridal Wishes Boutique studio in Denton Holme, Carlisle around 8 months before the wedding which gives the dress time to be made and then altered to fit.  Usually Adele recommends the bride comes with a small party, if possible a maximum of two people, as too many opinions can make it very confusing for the bride to decide.

On arriving Adele like to get to know the bride, the wedding details and the style or images the bride has in mind.    There are so many different styles and often the shape of the bride’s body will determine what works for her.  If a bride is looking to lose a lot of weight before the wedding (for example 4 or 5 stone) then what suits them now might not suit when they have lost the weight as their body shape will change.  Where possible it is best to lose the weight then arrange your first meeting.

Some of the different styles of dress are ball gown, A-Line, modified A-line, trumpet, mermaid, sheath, tea-length and mini.

Wedding dress styles

From left to Right – Ball gown, Princess, Trumpet/Fit and flare, Trumpet/Fit and Flare, A-line, Princess

Front left to right Princess and a Ball gown, followed by left to right Ball gown,  A-line and a Princess

Bridal Wishes Wedding DressesWedding dresses from left to right – A-line, ballgown with sleeves and trumpet

and finally another view of a trumpet or fit and flare dress.

Combine with that all the different neck lines and you have loads of choices.

Wedding Dress Necklines

The style of dress may also be affected by the venue of the wedding, for example if the wedding is outdoors in a forest you would probably be best avoiding a large ball gown with a long train as the dress would pick up all the leaves on the floor as you walk.

As you would expect, the budget for the dress can be a major factor in deciding which dress is for you.  Often wedding dress providers like Bridal Wishes allow you to pay a deposit, then to either pay monthly, or to pay the remainder of the dress prior to the dress being altered.

How a bride is having her hair on the wedding day can also affect the style of dress.  For example a dress with a very detailed back panel is less likely to be seen if the bride has long hair which will be down for the wedding.

All dresses can be altered to be lace-up, buttons or zip.

When choosing a dress you might want to factor in the type of shoes. This can be especially important when looking at short dresses, where the shoes are more on show.

As well as a dress you might also choose a veil, again there are many different styles as you can see from the image below

Wedding Veil Lengths and names

A bride’s veil traditionally was to disguise the bride from evil spirits that might stop the wedding, and of course, a husband wasn’t supposed to see his new wife until they were married.  The un-veiling of the bride was done by the groom and is said to symbolise that ownership had changed hands from father to husband.  Very few brides now put the veil across the face during the ceremony, but many still wear a veil.

After paying the deposit and ordering a dress  it takes four to six months for the wedding dress to be made and delivered to Bridal Wishes.  If you haven’t got that amount of time then Off the peg dresses can also be purchased with a quicker turn around time The bride is then invited to come and try on the dress and the remainder of the balance of the dress is paid off.  The dress can then go to a local seamstress to make any final adjustments.


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