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By Dr Makini McGuire
LET'S FACE IT; men go to weddings for the food and drink and women go to wed-
dings to gawk at the bride. Despite your orchid arrangement, chocolate fondue and
hell-of-a-party, the bridal gown will be the single most talked about item of the en-
tire wedding. Women have this almost supernatural ability to assess everything
that the bride is wearing in a fraction of a second! By the time the bride has
reached halfway along the aisle, women already have their list of likes, dislikes and
"what was she thinking" laid out in perfect sequence in their heads. I'm not implying
that you should care about the content of those lists, but simply saying that the
bridal outfit is important.
The first step in deciding what type of dress you want is knowing what exists. If
you learn the styles and shapes and jargon, manoeuvring the path to finding your
dress becomes easier. Learn about silhouettes, necklines, waistlines, sleeves and
lengths. Learn textures and fabrics; silk, taffeta, tulle, organza, chiffon, lace, and
more. Learn which fabrics and silhouettes suit which body type. During this step,
your objective is to gain knowledge, not to make a decision or become a slave to
everything you read. The more knowledge you gain the better able you are to even-
tually reach an informed decision. I say this because regardless of what the dress
moguls say, you have to like what you wear. It would be futile if you follow every
piece of fashion but dislike how you look on the day.
Step two involves more data gathering! Look at many pictures of many different
bridal gowns on many different types of people. This step is to help you decide
what your style, is and keeping an open mind is very important. As you browse
hundreds of pictures you will gradually begin to hone in on your style. You may like
lace gowns or gowns with frills or gowns with 'bling'. You may like strapless or off
the shoulder or one strap. Whichever ones you like the most, save them in a folder
and review them every so often to eliminate or add more. Before moving onto step
three, you should have a good sense of what your likes are; you will make things
very difficult for yourself if you proceed to step three without knowing your prefer-
Most brides-to-be look forward to trying on wedding dresses. While you do want
to try several dresses you do not want to make a marathon out of it! It is difficult to
say how many is too many, ten could be too many or twenty could be too many,
but what is undeniable is that there is a point at which the more dresses you try
the further away you move from finding your dress. Trying on wedding gowns is
the third step and it can be a wonderful or horrifying experience, according to how
it is approached. Most of us want to be accompanied by people whose opinions
matter when we go dress shopping; some of us want to carry a whole football
team. Similar to trying too many dresses, too many opinions can be detrimental.
Remember the most important opinion is yours!
Very important during step three as well is to constructively criticise yourself, with
the emphasis being on CONSTRUCTIVELY! Neither denial nor destructive criticism
will help you. It doesn't matter how much you loved a dress on the mannequin, you
have to admit if it doesn't look good on you. You shouldn't feel depressed or embar-
rassed about this; in fact you should be happy that you have definitively eliminated
a dress and thus brought yourself one step closer to the right dress for you.
We could go on forever on mistakes that people make when choosing a dress, but
I'll just identify a few of my pet peeves in hopes that you avoid them.
Do not buy a dress that is too small for you. Just because you squeezed into it and
the zipper managed to hold together does not mean that your dress fits you well!
There is such a thing as too much cleavage. If you are well-endowed in the breast
arena, there is no need to accentuate it! We see them; trust us, we see them.
Avoid the clutter. How you accessorise your dress/yourself is also very important.
Ensure your jewellery, veil and shoes are complementary.
Remember; preparation is the key to stress-free choosing. Enjoy yourself!
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Regardless of what the
dress moguls say, you have
to like what you wear.
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