Explore Wedding Dress Couture in 3 simple steps

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August 2016

Most women have had a general idea of what their wedding dress will look like for a long time already; probably even before they’ve met their prince charming.  However, the problem that most brides-to-be face when the day of choosing a wedding dress actually comes is the infinite range of choices that start to cloud visions and weigh down on the decision making process. Couture refers to designing and manufacturing garments to specific requirements and measurements that will be unique, beautiful and best suit your figure. 


Step 1: The silhouette 

Take a second to think back to some of the elegant dresses that you have owned over the years. Ask yourself which dress silhouette has always suited your body type the most. 

Did a sheath fit accentuate your waistline or did it add extra inches to your hips?

Does a ball gown fit hide your curves or flaunt your bust line?

Does a mermaid gown compliment your hourglass or should you rather look into a trumpet cut? Do you want a high neck line, open back or long sleeve? 

Also consider the interfacing and underlying (such as silk organza or muslin) that will not only add structure to your garment but will also change the hand of the garment to be exactly what you desire. Step 1 also includes brainstorming on colour and shades that best suit your skin type as well as wedding theme and colour scheme, so start doodling down your imagination before moving on to step 2. 

Step 2: The style

Once you have analysed your body type and taken note of your most flattering fit, you can focus on the style that will best suit your dress silhouette. It is here that you cut away chunks of different ideas and narrow your final dress idea down as much as possible.  Start by deciding on the materials that you are most interested in and think about how these materials can be incorporated into your wedding dress silhouette. 

Batiste and Chiffon are examples of lightweight, delicate and transparent fabrics that are ideal for layered tiers, sleeves or veils while faille and Gabardine are more structured and firm with a tightly-woven and ribbed finish. Charmeuse is also lightweight but has a satin-like touch, while Peau de Soie is satin-faced though has a grainy appearance. The options are endless really: knitted fabric Pique, an elastic Rayon, a crisp Taffeta, a sheer Georgette or even a thick felted-face Velvet. 

Understanding your variety of material options and how different materials can benefit or disadvantage you will guide you to the perfect wedding dress design in no time. 

You may want to read Brides: The weird and Wonderful  for some wedding style inspiration. 

Step 3: The add-ons 

The last step to creating your perfect bridal gown design is the part that incorporates your personality and identity into your wedding dress. Your image of yourself on your wedding day should be much broader here; consider components like your hairstyle, shoes and accessories as well. For example, sweetheart necklines usually work better with loose styles while buns and up-do’s accentuate open-backs and off-shoulder details more. Do you want neat and petite shoes or did you choose a tea-length so that you can show off your flattering heels? Put all of the final pretty detail ideas into place with your refined wedding dress design and get ready for a picture-perfect bridal gown! 

Read more on avoiding wedding dress disasters to prepare you for your wedding dress journey further. 

Once you have your perfect wedding dress design built up in your head, your nearest bridal gown store can help you much quicker with a range of dress selections and alterations Contact your bridal store for a more informed opinion, once you can show them that you know exactly what you want and need.