I would like to get one thing straight, I am in no way close to getting married. I have a single bed in an apartment that is less than 400 square feet. My fridge is only stocked with olives and pellegrino and most importantly, I always include a definitive space between boy and friend. So when I attended the East end opening of bridal designer Lea-Ann Belter’s second Toronto shop, I wasn’t exactly looking for something to walk down the aisle in. I was however intrigued by the process that goes into picking “the dress”.
Lea-Ann was kind enough to share some wisdom she has cultivated over the years of outfitting more than 20,000 brides. With these tips hopefully you will be saying yes to the dress, minus all the television worthy drama.
1. Have an open mind: There is nothing wrong with picking out pictures of dresses that you like, but be open to trying on different styles, colours and fabrics. If you are dead set on one particular dress, you may be sorely disappointed when you try it on and it really doesn’t suit your body type.
2. Try it on: Per the above, you need to try on everything until of course, you find something you like. If having a dress made, Lea-Ann suggests trying on a similar dress to the one being designed. That way you get an idea for the fit of the finished product.
3. Dress for the feel of the wedding, not location: This isn’t real estate, so location isn’t everything. Are you aiming for elegant? Rustic? Indie? You dictate the look and theme of your wedding, not the venue, so choose with that in mind.
4. Note some upcoming trends: Lea-Ann sites colourful shoes that pop and soft lace as a few upcoming wedding trends. I think satin shoes that match the tone of your dress are a thing of the past, so don’t be afraid to think outside the colour wheel. Another bonus is that those shoes will be a lot easier to work into your everyday wardrobe.
I know finding the perfect dress sounds like a daunting task, but if you’ve already found a partner for life I would say the hard part of the search is over.