Expert advice about wedding dresses

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your East Midlands Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@youreastmidlands.wedding

 

Say ‘yes’ to the dress

Say ‘yes’ to the dress

Q. I'm looking for an elegant dress that's easy to move in because I plan to dance the night away during our big day. What would you suggest? 

A. Caroline Chamberlain says: A boho inspired dress is a great look to go for if you're looking for something elegant and easy to move in. Bohemian inspired gowns are usually made using soft lightweight fabrics such as tulles, lace or chiffon, which makes them very easy to wear. They lend themselves to a more relaxed look but still very fitting for the occasion and definitely a style you can dance the night away in! A gown with pretty straps works well, as not so much boning would be needed or in fact none at all – it would be less restrictive. You'd probably want to steer clear of too big a skirt and keep it fairly slim fitting without too many layers or a big train. This sort of gown means you can put on the dress the morning of your wedding and feel so comfortable you won't think about your gown all day! This will leave you free to party the night away and enjoy the most special day.

Image credit: www.kevelkinsphotography.co.uk

Caroline Chamberlain
www.carolinechamberlain.co.uk

 

Emphasise your beautiful curves

Emphasise your beautiful curves

Q. I'm a curvy girl and would love to show off my figure on my wedding day, what styles would best suit my hourglass shape?

A. Anna Wood says: A structured trumpet or fishtail dress will emphasise your hourglass shape and show off your beautiful curves. However, if you're looking for a more subtle look an A-line dress will accentuate your waist and float elegantly to the floor. It's important with whichever style that you choose, the dress has good structure to give you support and comfort in the dress. A high back is ideal as this means that you have the option to wear a bra. If you have a large bust a thicker strap will help you feel more supported. An A-symmetrical pattern is ideal if you want to draw the eye away from certain parts of your body that you feel less confident about.

Anna Wood
www.annawoodbridal.co.uk

 

Look your best

Look your best

Q. I'm a curvy girl and want to accentuate my natural curves in a soft, romantic dress. What would you suggest?

A. Jess Seaman says: Jess says: A big tulle or satin skirt can feel amazing to swish around in but a more fitted or slimmer shape will often elongate and show off more of your curves. I'd recommend either a bias cut dress by Charlie Brear for a natural figure-hugging look or a fitted Jesus Peiro crepe dress with a soft fit-and-flare shaping.

For a softer, more romantic look, you can combine a slim-cut dress with a chiffon or lace overlay to achieve that flowing, boho skirt effect while still making the most of those amazing curves. Rembo Styling's 2020 collection includes its Embrace line, which adapts some of its low-back dresses so they can easily be worn with a bra without compromising the signature Rembo look.

One more thing, never underestimate the power of your bridal underwear to help you feel both comfortable and confident on your big day!

Jess Seaman
www.alexandra-anne.co.uk

 

Designer dress

Designer dress

Q. I want a bespoke design for my gown and don't know where to start, as I love so many looks. Can you help?

A. Caroline Chamberlain says: Having a dress made is such a lovely process. If you're thinking about going down this route, the best thing to do initially is to try on lots of styles, not ruling anything out. This will show you what flatters most and what you feel most comfortable in.

At your first appointment with me, we'd have a chat about the style you're drawn to, the style of wedding you're having and the venue as this can have an influence on the bridal gown. From there we can take a look at fabrics. I offer my brides a design package that includes a range of sketches based on their ideas and a selection of fabric swatches to choose from. This is a really good starting point for the bespoke process as it gives brides something on paper and fabrics to begin to visualise it.

It's such a personal process and a great experience, and because the first fitting is a mock up of the design, a lot of groundwork is put in to ensure the bride will love the end result.

Caroline Chamberlain
www.carolinechamberlain.co.uk

 

Romantic style

Romantic style

Q. I'd love a floaty whimsical dress for our August nuptials that's not too hot. Which styles would be best for me to consider bearing this in mind?

A. Caroline Chamberlain says: I'd suggest nothing too full or with lots of net layers and petticoats. Gowns that skim the figure as opposed to very fitted designs work well as they're less structured and feel very easy to wear. Fabrics play a huge part in the design when looking at lighter-weight gowns. Chiffons are perfect as are soft tulles, Chantilly lace and softer crepe satins. It's good to look at breathable fabrics with natural fibres such as silk, as this will help to keep you cool. Softer material drapes beautifully to create a stunning look that's very ethereal, giving you that soft, floaty silhouette.

Caroline Chamberlain
www.carolinechamberlain.co.uk

 

Gorgeous gown

Gorgeous gown

Q. We're planning an outdoor wedding with a relaxed vibe. What sort of dress should I opt for that will give me the boho look?

A. Angela Robson says: A soft flowing skirt constructed from fine tulle or soft chiffon represents the freedom of the great outdoors so it's the perfect choice for a relaxed look. Consider pairing with an intricate bodice to add detail and interest, drawing inspiration from nature with delicate floral lace appliqués or bold leafy patterns. To give an edge opt for an illusion back, which will have your guests in awe. For brides seeking sleeves, think full lace or draped off the shoulder and consider bridal gowns that are unstructured to achieve that ultimate bohemian feel. If you want to add a pop of colour, draw on natural hues of muted mocha or soft pink, blush or moscato. Finish your look with loose soft curls and natural make-up.

Angela Robson
www.iconicbride.co.uk

 

Believe in fairy tales

Believe in fairy tales

Q. I've always dreamed of wearing a princess dress that really stands out. Which designers and collections would be best for me to consider this season?

A. Helen Dickson says: At Dressplace we have some gorgeous princess gowns by several designers. Some have heavily embellished bodices that catch the light and twinkle like diamonds. Other styles have draped satin skirts with long trains that swish and sway as you move around. One of our favourites is the 5216 by Mori Lee – it's every bride's dream. It has sparkle, style and it definitely makes you swirl around with excitement. Another gorgeous design is the Mori Lee 8194, which has a fabulous secret sparkle layer under the tulle overskirt and a flattering jewel encrusted sweetheart bodice.

Helen Dickson
www.dressplace.co.uk

 

Stylishly snug

Stylishly snug

Q. We're planning a November wedding so it's going to be cold. Can you help me decide what I should wear that'll keep me warm without sacrificing style?

A. Ali Leeson says: Firstly please don't worry about the temperature. Brides rarely complain of feeling the cold, partly due to the excitement of the day and long dresses being surprisingly warm. Of course for an autumn or winter wedding a bride might want to consider a dress with sleeves. They look so pretty and elegant while lace and tulle are surprisingly warm. Alternatively, Joan Lee Ostrich Feather Boleros are fabulous and available in ivory, blush, silver and black. You can also opt for smooth feather wraps in different colours – these are lovely for your bridesmaids too.

Ali Leeson
www.bridesofbakewell.com