Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The perfect wedding dress

Vera Wang’s Spring 2012 Wedding Collection

The bride is the center of attention on her wedding, and what makes her stand out the most? The perfect dress. Not just a dress. Not simply a fancy white dress. It has to make everyone go “Wooow.” It has to dazzle Mr. Future Husband. It has to be so magical you feel like you’re the most beautiful bride ever. It has to be flawless.

It has to be the perfect dress.

Designers have it so hard for us to choose the perfect dress, simply because there are too many dresses that can be categorized “beautiful” and “gorgeous” for your special day. These dresses are made from the most elegant and delicate materials such as lace, chiffon and satin, and designed with the most graceful details like embroideries, ruffles, laser-cut floral patterns, sparkles, pearl embellishments, …

Besides white, a lot of brides choose feminine colors such as light peach, ivory, cameo, lavender or pastel pink. If you’re going for bold, red is the choice. (Check out the red mermaid dress in Vera Wang’s 2013 Spring Wedding collection and you’ll believe me!) Colder colors with a hint of green or blue are not as popular, but if you aim for a different wedding theme color, why not?

The shape of the dress also varies (yup, didn’t I say it’s extremely difficult to pick the perfect dress above?). The best-selling of all categories is the princess-inspired gown, aka upper body form-fitting and dramatic, voluminous tiered skirt. This is arguably the most form-flattering dress shape, since the body-hugging part stops right at your waist line, creating an S-shaped skinny minnie figure, not to mention the lengthy, spacious, flowing skirt gives you extra room for those (wait for it) 5-inch heels (that makes you feel like a super model.

 If you’re team “fun and flirty,” you may want to consider the short, leg-baring dresses. Oops, did I say “baring”? The lace or chiffon overlay is a great way to hint the sexiness without going extra-revealing. These modern dresses are also great for brides who are ready for the dance floor!

            Next comes the… budget. If you have a wardrobe full of Christian Louboutine shoes and Celine handbags, then Oscar de la Renta, Reem Acra, Marchesa, or Elie Saab have some of the haute couture wedding dresses you might want to check out. If you don’t want to go popular with dresses from (well you know who) Vera Wang, definitely visit some of the less expensive stores such as J Crew, Topshop or Asos. Some people even get moms’ wedding dresses resized/altered, as these dresses embed a lot of wishes and memories for the new brides.

            So how far ahead should you order your wedding dress? Wedding dresses usually take 4-6 months to come in, so it’s safe to say that you should look into wedding dresses 6-8 months before the wedding date. More importantly, don’t get discouraged if every dress you like from Vera Wang has a “SOLD” tag! There’s gotta be a perfect dress for you out there.

            Below is “Twilight” Bella Swan’s wedding dress, designed by the amazing Carolina Herrera.

        Below is Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, designed by Alexandra McQueen’s Sarah Burton: