Wedding dress & attire

Written by Becks

Part 1 of 2: The Dress

It is very easy to head out with a specific idea of your perfect dress, whether you have had your eye on one you spotted on Pinterest, in a bridal magazine or elsewhere. Try to go with an open mind. Boutiques and bridal shops display so many different styles and stunning dresses just waiting for you…


  • Ball Gown; fitted bodice with an enchanting full skirt that beautifully flairs from the waist down to the ground

  • A-line Dress; fitted bodice with a full skirt that elegantly flows from the waist down to the ground

  • Empire; fitted bodice with a long, loose skirt that skims and flows from just below the bust down to the ground
  • Tea-length Dress; fitted bodice with a skirt that flairs from the waist down to below the knee

  • Mini; fitted bodice with a short skirt that falls above the knee
  • Separates; fitted bodice & skirt

  • Sheath; elegant, simple style, narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem

  • Trumpet / Mermaid; fitted body with a skirt that flairs between mid-thigh and knee down to the ground

Along with different styles of necklines;

  • One shouldered
  • Halter neck
  • Sweetheart / Semi sweetheat
  • High neck
  • V neck
  • Strapless
  • Boat
  • Cowl
  • Square
  • Off the shoudler
  • Queen Anne
  • Illusion…

and styles of sleeves or straps;

  • Capped sleeves
  • Spaghetti straps
  • Puff
  • Juliette
  • Butterfly
  • Tulip
  • Three quarter length
  • Full length
  • Bell
  • Bishop
  • Halter strap…

Bridal dresses are in a completely different league from any other item of clothing you will ever wear – (seemingly with their own category of sizing). It is not until you hold a bridal dress, feel the weight, see the gorgeous details and slip it on that you will find the perfect dress for you – try a few different styles to see which one works best for you, feels comfortable and makes you feel amazing.

In a way I was almost disappointed that we found my dress in the very first bridal shop we went to (the dress I chose in the end was actually the first bridal dress I tried on as well – must have been meant to be!). As a ‘jeans & jumper kind of girl’, dresses have always been kept for special occasions (making them feel even more special) but I loved the experience of being surrounded by such exquisite and beautiful dresses, it just felt like it was over all too soon. Having said that, knowing that I had found my dress meant it was another item sorted ready for our big day – plus the growing excitement (along with all the traditional secrecy surrounding the dress!) – I couldn’t wait to wear it again…



  • Take a hair grip with you so you can tie your hair back to get a feel for the type of hair-do that complements your style of dress
  • Try the dresses on with underskirts; there are different styles available to suit your dress. Underskirts not only help to enhance the shape of your dress but the ones with hoops at the base also help to keep the main layers of fabric away from your feet making it easier to move
  • When going for fittings remember to take along your chosen shoes so that you can see if any alterations are needed

Would your dream wedding stationery be one that beautifully complements your dress? Email me to chat about a bespoke stationery design collection created just for you:  [email protected]

Part 2: Attire…continued in next post: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in your shoe…

Let me know about your wedding dress experiences!


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