FAQs and 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


A passion for fashion

A passion for fashion

Q. I have a pear-shaped figure. What style of dress do you recommend to show my shape off?

A. Sophie Coulthard says: We find that every bride looks different in each dress and wants to feel special. Some people like to embrace their shape and curves, while others want to disguise them. For us, it's essential to help our bride find whatever shape makes her feel undoubtedly an elevated version of herself. For those wanting to show off their incredible shape, we would suggest a fit and flare gown with a Bardot line or some detail up top to balance the whole look. Then for the bride wanting to disguise her curves, opt for an A-line or fuller gown that cinches in at the waist for an hourglass silhouette.

Sophie Coulthard, Ivory White Bridal


Dress sense

Dress sense

Q. What styles and fabrics would you suggest for a January wedding?

A. Tina Wade says: Weddings in January can be so romantic but ensuring you're warm enough is essential to enjoying your special day.

Winter wedding dresses are traditionally fuller-bodied gowns with elegant sleeves, lace or sparkle details – just like our Rosa Clara gown called Calea. We've seen wedding gown traditions become more relaxed in more recent years, allowing more freedom in style choices.

Materials for wedding dresses can vary, and some are better than others depending on the season. Heavier fabrics are thicker and means you'll be warm while still looking amazing.

As well as the gown, don't forget about shawls and shrugs that can be a warm addition that's still stylish – fur and velvet materials are perfect for winter.

Here at Iconic Bride, we've recently opened our new bridesmaid store with beautiful dresses in warm tones for winter with red, burnt orange and emerald shades. Each one would look great with a shawl or shrug to match the bride.

Tina Wade, Iconic Bride