Well I guess if you’re reading this, congratulations are in order! You are embarking on one of the most exciting journeys of your life and here at our bridal boutique in Birmingham we aim to make finding your dream wedding dress as easy and enjoyable as possible.
For some brides to be, wedding dress shopping is a lifetimes dream come true, for others, it’s a fairy story gone bad filled with mermaids and princesses drowning in organza skirts!?! BUT, it doesn’t have to be!
You have probably already dived head first into Google (wedding dresses Birmingham is an incredibly popular search!) But how do you know what you’re looking at once Google has returned your 784,000 results?! Have a read of our beginners guide below… knowledge is power, and hopefully we can help get your head around the shapes, fabrics and fifty shades of white available!
A-line: Flattering on pretty much anyone. Flares to represent an upper case A from the fitted bust and waist. For example the gorgeous Ipswich from Blue by Enzoani.
Modified or Dropped A-line: Again, flattering on most shapes. Flares from the fitted waist and hips to represent a gentle upper case A. You can see the subtle but striking difference in another of our Blue by Enzoani wedding dresses, Indiapora…
Ball gown: THE classic fairytale wedding dress shape. With fitted corset and very full floor length skirt. Often most flattering on smaller busted ladies and those with small waists but don’t be put off if you’re a curvier lady, the beautiful W350 from Allure bridal is proof that no wedding dress is only for a certain shaped lady… open minds lead to dreams achieved!
Empire: Fitted bodice which ends just below the bust with long, gathered, loosely fitted skirt which skims the body presenting a high-waisted look that is a more relaxed fit than the more structured voluminous shape gowns. Particularly flattering on fuller busted, fuller waisted ladies.
Mermaid: Sometimes referred to as trumpet skirt. Very figure hugging, close cut gown which flares dramatically below the knee. Very striking effect on tall ladies, especially those wanting to show off their curves! Sophia Tolli Y21501 is a perfect example.
Sheath: Or evening style wedding dress. Very similar in appearance to the mermaid or trumpet style gown but without the flare at the bottom.
Not necessarily something that you realise you need to think about. Isn’t there just white or ivory I hear you ask! Of course nowadays, brides to be have the choice of pretty much any colour wedding dress they could imagine, however, if you are looking for a more traditional wedding dress then you will still have a slightly wider choice than you might imagine.
For darker skinned ladies pure white or a blue-white can look incredibly striking. However, pure white can be a little harsh for those fairer skinned brides to be, so you might consider looking at some of the softer shades of white. These are most commonly referred to as:
- Diamond white
- Silk white
- Natural white
Creamier tones, or off white colours are most often labelled:
These shades are slightly more yellow or golden in appearance and can be very flattering to brides with fair skin.
You can also look at off whites that have a more pink tone as opposed to the yellowy gold appearance of Ivory. Colours such as:
If you are a darker, or olive skinned lady these shades could be a perfect match for your skin tone.
Satin: One of the most common fabrics used for wedding gowns due to its versatility and durability. This fabric offers a smooth finish with a thickness and strength that makes it fantastic for more structured shaped wedding dresses such as those featuring ruching or draping. You will often see Duchess Satin as opposed to satin, Duchess satin gives a smoother finish than traditional satin. Due to the thickness of this material, you would probably avoid satin gowns if considering a beach wedding or a wedding in warmer climates.
Chiffon: On the subject of beach wedding’s, chiffon may well be a perfect choice. This incredibly light, sheer fabric is often used in multiple layers or as an overlay on more substantial fabrics to give a floaty, weightless appearance.
Organza: Similar in appearance to chiffon, organza is more substantial version of the sheer, lightweight woven fabric, allowing for a light, ethereal looking gown but with the structure and shape you might expect more from a satin gown. A nice option for weddings in warmer climates for brides to be who want a little more shape than a chiffon gown would offer.
Tulle: Tutu fabric! Light, open weave fabric with a netting look about it. A very delicate fabric that will snag easily so something to be mindful of if you’re considering heavy jewellery. Tulle gowns will give a lovely light, translucent effect typical of the princess dresses you might imagine.
Lace: Often used as an overlay or to add detail to a wedding gown. Usually named from the area in which they were produced so you may come across Chantilly – incredibly detailed open lace with clear borders. Alençon – Bold patterning on net with cord trim. Venice – perfect for winter weddings as it’s a heavier more textured lace.
In addition to all of the above, probably THE most important thing when looking for your wedding dress in Birmingham or beyond, is to keep an open mind. We get so many brides to be with a very definite idea of what they want, only for them to try it on and find it doesn’t look quite right. This is where our excellent eye and years of experience of matching brides with their dream wedding dress comes in 😉
We love nothing more than seeing the look on a bride to be’s face when she realises she has found ‘The Dress’ and we hope that if you’re a little too far away to visit us in Birmingham, we have at least helped shed a little light on the ‘jargon’ you might come across when heading out to find your dream dress for that incredibly special day.