I wear many hats in my life. Taylor Morgan the designer, Taylor Morgan Hartley the wife, Ms. Taylor the dancer teacher and Taylor Hartley the bridal consultant at Serendipity (to name a few!).
Well today I write to you as Taylor the bridal consultant with advice on picking your wedding dress. I have decided to make this a common thing on my blog to help brides (and people who dream of being a bride someday!) out with their shopping.
So here are my first “pointers” (of many to come) to help you when shopping for your wedding dress:
1. Be open minded
The first and most important thing you need to do as a bride is to have anopen mind. Wedding gowns do not look the same on you as they do on the hanger. Ladies, I can’t stress this enough, be open minded when shopping for your wedding dress! You will be pleasantly surprised, I promise. 9 times out of 10 when I sell a dress the bride says “I am so glad you made me try this on, I never would have picked it myself.” I am happy to report that I have picked out all but 3 of my brides dresses for them because I had them try something on that they didn’t think they would like, but I knew that it would work for them. Trust your consultant, they know what they are doing.
2. Keep proportion in mind
Most bridal boutiques have you stand on a box of some sort because the samples are made for someone around 5’10ish. So even though that “fit and flare” is looking great on your 5’5 self, when you step off the box it may actually make your legs look shorter after you get the hem you need. Sometimes the designer may have a hollow to hem option which means that your consultant would measure you from the hollow of your neck to where you want your hem line to be which allows the designer to make it more to your proportion. Keep in mind not all designers do this, but if you find yourself in love with a dress where the proportion is not right, ask your consultant if the dress has a hollow to hem option. Also keep in mind that a hollow to hem almost always will cost more money.
Bottom line: Proportion is so important. Don’t get to caught up in what silhouette you have had in mind your whole life because it may not work best for your body. Stay open minded and try as many different styles and fabrics that you can on. This will help you narrow down to your perfect dress.