While some brides have booming Pinterest boards prepared for their big day, others often don’t know where to begin when it comes time to shop for a wedding dress — but don’t fret! Designer Hayley Paige offered up tips and tricks to make sure the process doesn’t get overwhelming — and trust us, every bride-to-be out there can benefit from these crucial pointers before she visits a bridal boutique.
While wedding dress shopping sounds super exciting the process can quickly become overwhelming. Whether you’re trying to juggle conflicting opinions or are worried about fading trends, there are a lot of factors that go into the process — but don’t stress! Finding your wedding dress should be fun and exciting, and that’s why we’ve enlisted designer Hayley Paige to offer up her expert tips for a stress-free shopping session. Read on to see what she had to say, (you can thank us later!).
Best advice for brides beginning the process?
“Grab a glass of bubbly and get pumped! This is your big sparkle moment; enjoy the process.”
If you’re a bride and you’re searching for a dress for your big day, what are your tips for wedding dress shopping?
“Avoid bringing too many cooks into the kitchen (too many opinions are distracting), keep an open mind (especially if you are already in love with something on paper/Instagram), and go in with a smile on your face! This is a happy moment, so keep it light and fun; allow yourself to be dazzled and to feel “all the feels”.”
How can one prepare for wedding dress shopping?
“Utilize Pinterest, Instagram, and the internet prior to your shopping experience, but don’t overdo it or get married to an idea/style before going into the actual appointment. Be mindful that a lot of imagery online is enhanced, fantasized, and filtered; so your vision won’t truly come to life until you are that beautiful girl standing in front of that mirror in a wedding dress.”
Is there such a thing as looking “too much”?
“Absolutely! I try to lighten the pressure by telling my brides it’s okay to be an “of the moment” bride. If you start thinking about what your future self will think of the dress in 3 or 10 years it gets complicated and pressuring. Fashion is always changing and so are people’s expectations. For that reason, go with something you love in that special moment of time, and have conviction in your decision just like you do for the love of your life!”
Are there certain silhouettes that are best for certain body types?
“From a technical design stand point there are tricks and tips on dressing for your shape. But every woman sees herself in a particular way and will want to highlight the proportion or attribute that is most exciting to her. The bride knows her body better than anyone, so I encourage her not to feel pressured by a societally driven “silhouette for your body shape.” She should go with the dress that makes her feel the most magical and flattered.”
What should brides look for if they want a second dress?
“A playful juxtaposition! I am a “more is more” type of girl, so if you are going for a second or even third dress, it’s fun to go with something entirely different from your first look. It’s a playful way of covering more stylistic territory and eliminating the FOMOOF (fear of missing out on fashion).”
What are the biggest bridal trends we could expect to see this spring?
“I believe there will be more “shades of champagne” and lots of sleeves. Illusion details with subtle coverage is the new sexy; it’s polished yet alluring!”
What alternative silhouettes could we expect to see this season?
As high fashion infiltrates more of the bridal industry and brides are willing to take more risks, I think we will see more high-low hems and interchangeable dress styles (i.e. a removable skirt leaving a sparkle mini underneath). The wedding weekend is a moment to bring your stylistic A++ game, so why not be the best dressed at all points of the weekend and have multiple wardrobe changes?
What are the newest bridal trends for trendy brides-to-be if they want to be ahead of the game?
“Sleeves are back in a big way and there are so many ways to do it without making it feel like a fall/winter look. Dabbling in color is also a fantastic way to punch up antiquated expectations. And lastly, I love an allover embellished look: something that is totally bling-blinding and so super fantastic.”