Your wedding dress should show off your individual style, beauty and grace whilst flattering your figure and making you feel so confident that this emanates through into a bridal radiance and glow.
Minal has a unique blend of skills which we believe are unmatched in the wedding industry – she weaves together fashion, hair and beauty expertise, which make her insights and advice highly invaluable for any Asian Bride to be as she can envisage a “Total Look”. Her knowledge has enabled her to combine the worlds of Beauty and Fashion and approach bridal designing in a new and innovative way.
Your Dream Shaadi is delighted to share Minal’s advice on what to consider when choosing your wedding outfit(s), condensed into seven steps easy-to-read steps.
1. CLARIFY YOUR VISION
Before you start shopping for your dress, you should have a vision of how you want to look. There are so many look that you can achieve as a bride with your dress and makeup. Pick a look that will truly reflect your personality and personal style. Something that you feel comfortable wearing which is truly you. Don’t be afraid to deviate from the norm, it’s important that you go for a look that is truly you.
You’ll need to take into consideration the time of year you are getting married. It won’t be practical or warm wearing an elegant halter neck dress in winter! This will keep you from buying a dress that won’t feel right on the day. This will also determine any seasonal beauty products you may want to consider using to prep your skin so that your makeup lasts longer.
2. DO YOUR RESEARCH & CREATE A MOODBOARD
Looking at different wedding magazines and wedding portals is a great way of finding inspiration.
Tear-outs of photos that you like and stick them into a scrapbook or mood board, so you can show your ideas when consulting with your designer. I suggest having one mood board for each outfit in your trousseau.
Try and whittle down your choices to at least 10 of your favourite dresses to show your designer so you both have a clear idea of what styles of dress you prefer.
If you are having your dress custom made, take your visuals and be specific about what you want. Ask your designer whether your chosen designs will flatter you and your body shape. You may also want to do the same with any make up, hair styling and jewellery looks you like.
3. SET A REALISTIC BUDGET
Your wedding dress will probably cost more than any other garment you own. But a stylish and graceful dress doesn’t necessarily mean spending more than you can reasonably afford. It’s important to establish your budget before stepping into a bridal store or visiting a fashion designer and then sticking to it. Temptation is difficult to resist, and you may fall in love with a dress that will greatly exceed your budget
For bespoke dresses, the price is usually determined by the amount of detail involved in making it, which can range significantly. Find out what options are available to you within your budget, or what your budget will be able to afford you for your custom made gown. . A good designer will often be able to adapt an outfit outside your budget by suggesting ways in which to make it more affordable.