Wight Wedding Blog

Photography credit Silk Wedding Photography

Looking for THE dress

So you’ve heard it from every Tom, Dick and Sally: ‘You’ll know when you find THE dress’ and something like ‘You will probably love a dress you never thought would suit you’. A minefield of emotional turmoil with some brides being completely unsure where to start, whereas others may grab it by the horns and lead it to a dress they will love to wear. The truth is there may not be a ‘THE dress’ moment with fireworks and tears, as we all see in films (depends how emotionally involved your mum and friends are that go with you).

Although I agree with the latter typical statement loosely, I think the wedding dress finding experience can be different for everyone and you should go with what feels right in the shop at the time and what will feel right and comfortable on the day.

Looking on supplier websites and at real weddings can give you ideas on the variety of dresses available and gets you thinking about which style might suit your body shape. You may even find a dress that you think is exactly what you are looking for. If you do, ask around bridal wear suppliers on the Isle of Wight because many of them may buy that particular brand in, or can get hold of it for you. Ask them if they can get it into the shop to try it on. Doesn’t hurt to ask. (A friend of Wight Wedding Days did this recently and ended up buying that dress off of the kind supplier who got it in from the mainland!)



Photography credits top left: Wight Photography, top right: Silk Wedding Photography

botom left: Chris Cowley Photography, bottom right: Jason Swain Photography

If you aren’t sure where to get started, just start. Yes that’s it, just start trying on dresses in every style and shade you like. Make sure you try on the ones you thought were nice but not you, just to confirm it isn’t what you want or even in case you find a surprise winner.

Think about your body shape and the movement you would like to have on the day. All day that is, from getting ready and into your car to dancing until the early hours. If restricted movement for dancing is a worthy payoff in your eyes to look more amazing then there will be a dress for you. Equally you may want to be able to dance the night away in a swirly and swooshy number (oh yeah, swooshy is a word) that even leaves you free to do choreographed numbers. Either way there are so many styles available to you and of course there is always the option of an additional dress for the evening.

Photography credit top and bottom : Neil Hunt Photography 

Don’t be afraid to pick up more dresses than you, your mum and your bridesmaids can carry to try on. You need to be sure and the only way of truly knowing is to get them on. The staff in the bridal wear shops are normally very happy to help you in and out of dresses, picking styles to suit you and expect a bride to come in on one to several occasions to be sure of what they want.

Also try out different colours that go with your theme because gone are the days of having to go along with traditions. Choosing white or ivory isn’t always your only option and even then you may need to choose one over the other to ensure you don’t clash with colours of the groomsmen and bridesmaids. That is if colour co-ordination is top of your list.


Photography credit left: Jason Swain Photography right: Neil Hunt Photography

Do wear heels along on the day or ask to borrow a pair of the display ones for the purposes of trying on the dresses. Unless you are tall already and plan to wear flats on your wedding day, we all feel taller and slimmer in heels, which makes the dress buying experience more pleasant and tears-in-the-changing room free.  In addition to that try jewellery, tiaras and accessories on too. Try to get the full picture of how it all looks on you and not the model you have seen on the Internet or in that magazine that might have a different hair type, face shape and body shape to you. It’s the things that surprisingly suit you that we love.

Think about your bouquet ideas and if it will cover a feature of the dress you really like. Although this will only apply for the ceremony as the rest of the evening your bouquet will either be in the hands of one of your soon-to-be-engaged female friends or resting on the top-table.


Photography credit top: Jason Swain Photography bottom: Chris Cowley Photography 

Don’t go alone – no one really enjoys being on their own shopping for such an important part of the day. It is always nice to have the opinions of people you trust to be objective and honest. Someone practical even, but not too practical or they might kill the magic (I’m one of those, can’t help it it’s the event manager in me). Your mum and that of your groom, bridesmaids and friends are always a good place to start. Don’t overload the changing room though or you could find yourself confused.

Remember that the dress you choose is an expression of you and you should feel as comfortable as possible on the day.


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