When you get married and you are hunting for your perfect wedding dress, sometimes it is great to get some bridal style advice before the hunt begins. It is important to have some knowledge on fashion styling and what styles suit your body shape, we know that we are all different shapes, sizes and skin colour tones. For example, I would say I am pear shape- therefore I know that white trousers don't look great on me even though I would love to wear them. Culottes, a definite no no as it would make me look shorter and add more fullness to my legs. I am 5 foot 3!! So I have put together 5 Bridal Styling Tips for all our shapes and sizes and skin colour tones.
1. The Petite Bride. Spaghetti straps, low back designs anything skimpy, straight skirts, maybe a touch of layering but I wouldn't go all out and bell shaped.
2. Pear Shape Brides: That's Me!!
For my wedding I wore a trumpet style dress, however this seems to have gone out of fashion a bit. If I were to get married again I would go for a full a-line skirt and bodice, and pad out the bodice a bit!! Crop tops and pencil skirts look fab too!
3. Apple Shape Brides
Opt in for Empire dress styles, anything with a V neck or wide neckline, or something that wraps around you.
4. Rectangle Shape Brides.
Off the shoulder sleeve designs are great for rectangle shapes, and also add layers or floaty sleeve designs, ruffles or bows. Open necklines or scoops look great too and wear a bodice with a pencil skirt or a trumpet shape to create the illusion of curves.
5. Hourglass Shape Brides.
Anything with sweetheart, halter or V necklines. Curves are your assets so show them off, wear fitted bodices around the waist and go all out with a big skirt or wear a tight trumpet dress but make sure it is full at the bottom.
If you would like to come in and get some more bridal style advice, I can offer a session where we will discuss your shape and the different bespoke bridal styles. We can have a look through my books and swatches of fabrics, which will include current fabrics that are trending at the moment, for example 3d florals and embroidery is very popular at the moment, we can have a chat over a tea, coffee or Prosecco and you are welcome to bring any of your bridal party! I can also show you my bridal designs, do a few sketches for you to take home. At the end of the day you should have an idea of what works for you and your body shape. Bridal styling will help take away the stress, if the idea of visiting boutiques and trying on different styles isn't for you then I would opt for a bridal styling service email firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to helping you on your journey to find your perfect dress.
'Hollyhock' Bridal Separates
Bridal Separates: Jessica Turner Designs
Fine Art Photography: Jasmine Photography
Floral Design: Violets and Velvet
Silks and Stationary: Ollies Studio
Jewellery and Rings: Dainty London
Velvet ring boxes : Bride to Bee
'Autumn Joy' Wedding Dress
Creative Direction - KATE CULLEN for the FINE ART WEDDING BOUTIQUE
Photography - BOWTIE & BELLE PHOTOGRAPHY
Videographers - BAXTER & TED
Hair & Makeup - VICTORIA FERGUSSON
Stationery - GEMMA MILLY
Floral Design - BRAMBLE & WILD
Hair accessories - VINTAGE BUTTON BRIDAL DESIGNS + JUDITH BROWN JEWELLERY + TILLY THOMAS LUX
Cake - VANILLA POD BAKERY
Table linens and ribbons - KATE CULLEN
Wedding Rings - SARIE JOYNES BESPOKE JEWELLERY
Hand carved wooden cutlery, bowls and ring holders - THORNE & ANCHOR
Bridalwear - JESSICA TURNER DESIGNS and for the feature on Love My Dress also Sarah Willard Couture.
Model - ALEXA TAYLOR
Venue - DOWRY HOUSE
Tableware - CLASSIC CROCKERY
'Cornflower' Bridal Separates.
Bridal Separates: Jessica Turner Designs www.jessicaturnerdesigns.com
Fine Art Photography: jessicadaviesphotography.co.uk
Hair and Makeup: www.doubledutch.cc
Hair accessories: www.what-katy-did-next.co.uk
Woollens: Wilts Woolens
Model: Verity Anderson