Tips for Finding Your Wedding Style

Groom in black tux with bride in blush lace and organic bouquet

Photo by M2 Photography, flowers by Sullivan Owen, shared by The Styled Bride.

Figuring out where to start when searching for the perfect wedding look can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be.  Read our tips below, take note of a few key aspects of your wedding goals, and then go out and attack wedding dress shopping like a pro.

 

1. Take cues from your venue

Bride in ballgown and cathedral veil under stone arch at Ashford Estate Wedding

Photo by Rebecca Yale, Gown by Monique Lhuillier, shared by The Styled Bride

We all know the venue sets the tone for the wedding and its impact on your look is no different, so it helps to hold off on buying the dress until you’ve at least narrowed the venue down to a specific type. Book a ballroom? Get fancy. Getting married at an estate? Maybe something with a vintage vibe. Beach? A dress that moves well can be amazing in the breeze.  While you're not locked into a style based on your venue, it's a great style starting point and some cohesion between the venue and your look can set a fabulous tone for the rest of the event.

Still need a venue?  Create a Flutter Social Wedding Profile for personalized recommendations based on what you're looking for.

 

2. Try on Different Silhouettes

(From left to right) Photos by Haley Richter, Paper Antler, Lauren Schwarz 

Sometimes the picture in your head doesn’t come across the same way in real life. Even if you’re dead set on that mermaid gown you’ve been thinking about since you were 10, try on a few other options before you commit. A ballgown or sheath could surprise you.

 

3. Stay true to you

Bride and groom ballroom dancing moves

Photo by Love Me Do, Gown by Lovely Bride

You’ll be wearing this dress for a while and looking at the pics for even longer. So if you’re not sure about it or if you just don’t feel like yourself in it, pass it up. Also, think about what you want to do in your wedding dress. If you’re going to be getting rowdy on the dance floor (yaass!), try a few moves to make sure you’re not headed for a wardrobe malfunction. Other activities to consider the logistics of: sitting, breathing (really!), eating, and using the ladies room.

P.S. If dresses aren’t your thing, you could totally rock a wedding jumpsuit like this one.

Bride in white jumpsuit City Hall Philadelphia Wedding

Photo by Haley Richter, Jumpsuit by Alexis

 

 4. Consider the Entire Look

Bride in sheer cape and flowrer accessories

Photos by With Love & Embers, flowers by Sebesta Design

The dress is just one part of your look. Keep your whole vision in mind, since accessories and flowers can make a major impact.

 

5. Consult a Pro

Still not sure where to start?  Consult a Pro.  Get input at a bridal shop like Lovely Bride or dressmaker (yes, you can totally go custom).  For the most bang for your buck, attend an event like Aisle Style, an all-inclusive bridal consultation this Sunday, December 10 at Old City Collective. You can trial your hair, makeup and custom gown consultation all in the same appointment [code "Giveaway" for $25 tickets for you and two friends].

Or, for more one-on-one help, hire a stylist like Trousseau Style to help you pull together your look for your big day. As an added bonus, stylists can help with your looks for your other wedding-related events too, like engagement photos, parties, and the rehearsal dinner.

 

6. Have Fun with it!

It's all about the marriage and taking the day to celebrate it with the ones you love, so try to keep it all in perspective (sometimes easier said than done, we know).  At the end of the day, this is a party - enjoy the process + pass the champs!

Need help finding the vendors to pull off your bridal style?  Create a Flutter Social profile for personalized vendor recommendations you can trust based on your criteria.

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