Selecting a Fairy Tale Wedding Dress

Margaret Bailey By Margaret Bailey, 10th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Selecting a fairy tale wedding dress can be an arduous, time consuming experience. Therefore, it requires thorough research and the nerves of steel to endure the process.

Elegant Gossamer & Glitter

Every woman dreams one day of wearing the much coveted, flowing, white wedding dress. The dress itself is often the main reason why so many women opt for a fancy wedding. They yearn to be the center of attention, if only for a day.

The whole ceremony should be designed to accommodate the dress. The dress sets the theme and the tone of the wedding.

It is not difficult to imagine why so many women become frazzled and often disenchanted by their search for the perfect frock.

To help ease the stresses of searching for a fairy tale wedding dress or gown, you should first have a look in mind.

Decide on a theme, or what kind of fashion statement you want to make on your wedding day. This should make things a lot easier. If you are going for a casual theme, then there is really no need to peruse expensive designer collections that cater to more elegant weddings. Casual wedding dresses could be hand-made relatively inexpensive by a seamstress if the bride has a certain look in mind.

Deciding on a theme allows brides to be more focused and it eliminates a lot of wasted time on gowns they are not interested in.

The next step, would be to think whether or not you want to wear white. Perhaps, you may want to wear off white, sheer pink or bolder colors. With fashion trends constantly changing, selecting a shade that is flattering to the complexion is definitely allowed.

Wearing the traditional white gown is always en vogue, but every bride likes to know she has options. Once you have selected a theme, and a color for your gown, you are on your way to finding the perfect dress or gown.

If you have decided on a romantic theme, and a white gown, it would be in your best interest to decide on a budget. How much are you willing to spend on that unforgettable dress?

This is a question you will probably battle with each time you try on a dress that fits you amazingly. When you select a dress that is elegant with glitz and gossamer, it is safe to say that you are going to plan a ritzy wedding.

Once you have decided on a particular look, then it is time to take the bridal shops by storm!

Before visiting the stores, take a look on the internet on some of the wedding sites, such as: and These sites will give you ideas about wedding designers and the types of gowns they create.

Therefore, when you visit the stores, you will appear quite knowledgeable about what you are looking for. This will enable the staff to help you more efficiently.

When selecting a gown, look for a style that is flattering to your body type. For example, if you are very thin, you might want to go with a gown that is billowy, and has a lot of material. You always want to accentuate the positives and hide the negative aspects of various body types.

A dress that is simple an elegant is always a sure winner. A bride wants to be noticed while wearing her dress. You don't want all the attention on the dress. The dress should complement your features.

It is best to visit different establishments before deciding on a particular designer. A potential bride should go to privately owned shops, department stores, couture shops and discount chains. If you are planning a wedding on a small budget, consider gown rentals. It is an economical way to wear the gown of your dreams.

Upon completion of your research with regard to the appropriate wedding dress and decision on a style or designer, it is time to start trying on gowns.

Things to consider while trying on gowns is the neckline, and the silhouette. Although this is based on individual taste and preference, it is always prudent to remember, that one wants to look demure and innocent on one's wedding day.

If after trying several gowns you are still confused and dazed with making your selection, enlist the help of a friend or family member. Sometimes the personnel or stylists in bridal departments are happy to interject and add perspective regarding an appropriate selection.

Here as some elegant designers that generally flatter most figures: Chanel, Rheem Acra, Caroline Herrera, and Valentino, Oscar de la Renta.

Some brides-to-be are always looking for something different, yet they still want that old fashioned "Belle of the Ball" look. Designers such as Amsale, Neem Khan, Vera Wang and Dolce & Gabbana may be helpful in creating a look that is sure to make a grand entrance.

After you have decided on a look that will steal everyone's heart, then it is time to decide on a veil that will complete your look. Some brides may prefer to have their veils hand made as opposed to purchasing it from a store. Either way, it should be unique and complete your wedding day look with style and grace.

A cathedral veil with Swarovski rhinestones or Austrian crystals add a little bit of sparkle and shine on a bride's special day. It provides a bit of traditional taste as well as contemporary glitter.

Once your dress/gown and veil have been decided upon it is time to relax and pamper yourself, leaving the mundane details of the wedding to the wedding planner. A bride wants to look fresh, glowing and magnificent on her wedding day. She does not want to show up stressed, harried and overwhelmed.

Brides who have control issues will know that it is better to relinquish the duties to capable hands instead of suffering from wedding fatigue. Every bride deserves the right to shine on her special day!

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Naturopath, Writer, Inter-Faith Minister. Currently writes a health blog on holistic healing.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
10th Sep 2013 (#)

Cool piece and a nice feedback of the brides to be!

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
10th Sep 2013 (#)

Now my brothers' wife spent $1000 on a wedding dress that would make her look like a ravishing bride only to find that her attitude in life caused my brother to walk out of his marriage to salvage his life, name and reputation because of her habits, lifestyle and behaviour which included trying to get her family males to come and hit him.
I never said a word, but didnot attend the wedding and sent them my best wishes wherein she never bothered to speak with me on her big day either.
Today, I stand with my brother and finally told him get out of there because I saw truth in what was happening from my own personal experience and to never contact her again.

It is true a bride wants to look ravishing on her wedding day/night but its just the dress for few hours whereas character, behaviour and reputation is for a lifetime.

I personally designed my own wedding dress using Vogue and Hartnell fashion catalogs along with online surfing to get a dress that was unique but at the same time prettier than anybody else's common off the rack clothes and bridal wear. I paid $150 just for the material and lining and got it stitched and done in-house.

My lingerie included a corset from Debenhams, UK and satin lace push-ups along with stocking suspenders and garters. All within $200.

Bridal Make up for two sets of weddings was $130 and three changes of attire. Wherein my other attire was made with real Gold thread on red silk on a Designer A line for my taste and liking for an Indian wedding.

My total cost for Bridal dressing was $800 with all things together including dressing my father with his tie, my husband and my brother with my own salary money.

I had a designer dress and that designer was ME and the designer is as follows:

Half Chinese collar to cover my Black beads of my traditional Indian wedding, Princess cut top to get the fit and a Victorian flare finish with a detachable trail that I just pulled off for my reception/after wedding party and all done in total lace along with a glass nylon veil.

I never gave expense to my family on the contrary, paid most of the bills for them except for the wedding cards which they did along with help from my school teachers.

I looked resplendent on my wedding day and have the pictures to show you too, infact I look younger and still the same despite 12 years and 9 months of wedded life and one child later. I am 34 years old too and look younger than my brothers' wife who spent $1000 for just the dress alone.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
10th Sep 2013 (#)

Fairytale weddings should have fairytale afterlife too if it doesn't well, it is a nightmare/disaster to life alone.
Diana was one of them to prove it along with my brother's wife and many more who are in love with the concept of getting married but end up being lousy wives after that. I just kept my life for after the wedding while I splashed a bit in photographs and videos and the venue because of my reputation in town. That is it.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
10th Sep 2013 (#)

I am still married BTW....

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
10th Sep 2013 (#)

My brothers' wedding is not even 4 weeks old, but it will be on this Sunday...

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author avatar Margaret Bailey
10th Sep 2013 (#)

Lady Aiyanna, you have made a valid point. The life you live after a wedding is much more important than the fortune spent to have one. That is why I recommend keeping it simple. Thank you for your comments.

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author avatar Retired
10th Sep 2013 (#)

Great tips. Fairy Tale Wedding Dress... It sounds magical!

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