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


Dressed to impress

Dressed to impress

Q. What tips can you share when it comes to creating a bespoke gown? 

A. Caroline Chamberlain says: When it comes to creating a bespoke gown, the designer needs to get to know you and your desired look. It's always good to collect images representing the mood and tone of the wedding, either on Pinterest or the old-fashioned way with magazine cuttings! 

I always have a couple of initial meetings with my brides to talk through ideas, choose fabric samples and create sketch ideas. Save images of the kind of styles you like, even if it's just a small detail like necklines, skirt shapes or sleeves as this will help the design process.

You can try on dresses at this stage from my range to see what suits you best – try on lots of styles and keep an open mind. Once you have picked a style, make sure to have your intended underwear when the measurements are taken to ensure a perfect fit.

During the first fitting, you can make as many changes as needed before the fabric is cut. It's so important to always speak up and talk to your dressmaker about any worries or ideas you may have.

Caroline Chamberlain, Caroline Chamberlain Couture


Say yes to the dress

Say yes to the dress

Q. I'm having a boho-style wedding and I'm looking to add the final touches to my look. What would you suggest?

A. Anna Szumilewicz says: When it comes to adding boho-style touches to your bridal look, there are many different takes on the style to work with. But the boho roots are bonded with free, romantic souls who fell in love with nature and are into vintage ideas.

For a modern hippie-chic style, I suggest a botanical-inspired hairvine, hairpins or eye-catching earrings depending on your personal preference.

Another option is focusing on nature by incorporating flowers and leaves into the look. Or why not opt for undefined, geometrical and minimal-style patterns?

Some brides are brave and chose a boho-luxe theme and add semi-precious stones, beads and gold to make a statement look.

You can even create an eclectic mix of everything above, but the most crucial factor is wearing accessories you're comfortable in.

Anna Szumilewicz, Aureus Flos


Finding the one

Finding the one

Q. I'd love a princess style-dress, but because of my height, I'm worried I'll be swamped. What gown will suit my small frame?

A. Anna-Marie says: Princess wedding dresses come in a range of lengths and can be custom made or altered to suit any bride perfectly, depending on the designer. A princess dress can be an option for a short bride, as long as you get the sizing and detailing right. Alternatively, an A-line wedding dress, which isn't as dramatic in size can be an absolute showstopper! With the right detail and accessories, you can create the fairytale look you're aiming to achieve. Your height should never be an obstacle to finding your dream dress as long as you have the right bridal stylist to help!

Anna-Marie, Ashleigh Richards

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