D is for .. wedding dress. With the wedding dress being one of the most important wedding purchases for most brides to be this one couldn’t be overlooked!
It is believed the first documented instance of a princess who wore a white wedding gown for a royal wedding ceremony is that of Philippa of England, who wore a tunic with a cloak in white silk bordered with grey squirrel and ermine) in 1406.
However, the white wedding dress as we recognise it today is a tradition started by Queen Victoria, who wore white to her wedding when she married Prince Albert in 1840.
Most brides choose a white wedding dress to symbolise purity.
Wedding dress shopping should be one of the most special and exciting shopping experiences, here’s some tips to make it as enjoyable as possible, kindly supplied by Helen Louise of Kent bridal shop I Do Weddings, Tankerton.
- Go with an open mind: it’s great to have some ideas of dresses you like the look of, but keeping an open mind and being prepared to try different styles often lead to brides choosing a dress they had never imagined… But you will know when it’s the one.
- Keep it simple: whilst some brides enjoy going to lots of bridal shops we recommend that no more than three shops and no more than 8-10 dresses in each shop. Experience tells us more than this brides become overwhelmed.
- Accompanying parties: it’s great to involve family and friends when choosing your dress, however too many opinions can again become overwhelming. Someone who will be honest with you is great, but avoid people who will try and force you into a decision you are not 100% comfortable with. Once you’ve chosen your dress or got down to a choice of 2, then you can always make another appointment for the rest of your bridal party to see your choices.
- Good underwear: of course you want to look your best on your wedding day, but good underwear can help when choosing a dress.
- Know your budget: it is a really good idea to know what your dress budget is before you start looking, there is nothing worse than falling in love with a dress that is out of your reach.
- Most important: listen to your heart: finding your dream dress should be a unique experience and most brides will know when they have found “the one”. They get a feeling, listen to this because nothing else will compare.