Engagement season is coming to a close, and all our newly engaged brides-to-be are thinking about finding that perfect wedding dress! We already know that 2012 brides have more options than ever (with tons of new-age styles and on-trend details to choose from), which makes shopping for the dress that much more fun! But it also makes for a perilous journey, chockfull of opportunity and temptation to make the wrong style choice.
Luckily, we're here to help! To ensure your white aisle style stays perfectly on track! Avoid these nine wedding dress don'ts and you'll be the blushing bride you've always envisioned!
#9- The wrong wedding white: Pay careful attention to your natural skin and hair tone when selecting the color of your bridal gown. Brides with cool complexions look best in bright, vivid whites, while brides with warmer complexions should choose ivories, ecrus and champagne hues.
#8- Too much cleav: You may love your ta tas and your groom may... ahem, really love them. But that doesn't mean the white aisle is the place to show them off. If you're well-endowed, God bless you! But save the deep plunging necklines for the honeymoon! For the ceremony, choose a wedding dress neckline that provides a bit more coverage, or one of the illusion neckline stunners that have 2012 brides swooning.
#7- Trendy over timeless: We're always talking about the latest bridal style trends, and we truly love what's hot for 2012 (non-white dresses, prints and patterns, LWDs for the reception...). But remember who's running your show (it's you, not the trends), and think long and hard before choosing a super trendy wedding dress. Instead, choose a gown that's more classic in style, one that showcases a single gorgeous trend or two. Ten years down the road when you're looking at your wedding album, you'll thank us!
#6- Waiting for the flood: If there's ever a time to insist on the perfect fit, it's your wedding day. Coming from a tall girl who's had to "sag" everything from yoga pants to suit pants to halter dresses (to hide too short of a fit), I can tell you it's no fun. So if you're over 5'8 with your wedding heels on, you should order your wedding dress with extra length if this option is available.
#5- Battle of the bulge: Assuming you're not splurging on a couture gown and alterations are necessary, first realize that your wedding dress should be tailored with a closer fit than you're used to. But there is nothing worse than back bulge or bra bacon peeking out from the top of your wedding dress. So be realistic about your current size and where you hope/expect to be on the wedding day, articulate this to your seamstress, and make sure to leave a cushion between when the dress is finished and your wedding day (in case emergency alterations are needed).
#4- Ill-fitting seams: If you buy a low-quality gown or use an inexperienced seamstress, your white aisle look will come off as cheap. And with the rise of affordable wedding dress lines from coveted bridal designers (White by Vera Wang, Bliss by Monique Lhuillier), retailers (like Nordstrom, Anthropologie, and now Bebe) changing the way brides shop, and online sample sale sites (like The Aisle New York) changing the game of splurge vs. steal, there is simply no excuse to walk down the aisle in an ill-fitting, cheap looking dress. No excuse!
#3- Lost in loads of fabric: Petite brides, beware! If you choose a voluminous ball gown with layers of frothy tulle, you could end up looking like you're drowning in your wedding dress. Instead, choose a sleeker style that showcases your tiny frame, like a column, mermaid or fit and flare gown.
#2- Embellishment overload: Everything in moderation is good, so don't choose a dress that takes bling to the extreme. If it makes you look like a walking disco ball, just say no (unless of course you're planning a groovy 70's-inspired wedding)... and don't let beading, embroidery and crystal encrustations steal your wedding day spotlight!
#1- The immobile bride: Although many brides are changing into a second dress for the reception (so they can boogie down on the dance floor), you MUST be able to walk without assistance in the dress you wear down the ceremony aisle. I've seen many a model bride trip down the catwalk and I can tell you firsthand that it's uncomfortable for all parties involved! So if your dream wedding dress weighs a ton and has the potential to trip you up, practice, practice, practice before the big day (while wearing your wedding shoes). And if a sleek mermaid is what you choose, make sure you can sit down comfortably (and eat, preferably) once the alterations are complete.
So there you have it! The nine wedding dress DON'Ts that have wreaked havoc on brides for decades. Avoid these fashion faux pas and you'll be well on your way to the perfect white aisle look. Did we miss any major wedding dress don'ts? Post 'em in the comment section below!