As much fun as shopping for a wedding dress can be, it can also seem like quite a daunting task if you don’t have an idea of what you want.
While you’re shopping, just remember four key words: fit, flatter, flair and funds. If you stick to these guidelines, the journey to finding your dream gown will be a lot easier.
Wedding Dress To Fit:
For Busty Ladies
Look for: A wedding dress with a scooped neckline. It will open up your face and display your décolletage without showing too much cleavage. If you love the look of strapless gowns, choose one that has a slight dip along the neckline, like a sweetheart, rather than a style that goes straight across (which will make your bust appear even larger and more shelflike).Keep in mind: Fabric on the bodice that has a sheen to it (such as organza, satin, or silk) will add volume and call attention to your chest. Material that is ruched will have the same effect.
Look for: An Empire wedding dress (When a garment is listed as having an empire it means that it is a higher than normal waist seam. The garment fits under the bust; the seam ends either under the bust or a few inches below.) Make sure the Empire seam does not start on the chest and that there is no pleating of the fabric, which is reminiscent of maternity wear. The dress should play up your shape; if it’s too loose, it will add pounds.
Keep in mind: Find fabrics like satin that provide structure, rather than anything too flowy. If you love the romantic look of airier fabrics, choose a gown with a stiffer base, then add an embroidered tulle overlay.If you’ve got boobs and want to wear a one-shoulder down the aisle, you can! Just stay away from the overly flowy toga-style goddess gowns and pick a body-con, super-structured dress.
For Apple-Shaped Ladies
Look for: A wedding dress that cinches in at the smallest point on the waistline, then flares out into a gradual A shape. Opt for a bodice with a lot of texture to it―think ruche or lace detailing―that will camouflage and fit snugly, creating a corset like effect. The most slenderizing neckline for you is one with a deep V, which will draw eyes toward the vertical, not the horizontal.
Keep in mind: Avoid trumpet Wedding dress styles, which emphasize the area where your body is widest and flare out at the legs and the knees, where you are most slender.
The traditional marriage ceremony involves the performance of certain local customs. There are as many variations of the custom according to the ethnic groups they belong to in Ghana. Two things common to the various customs are: a gathering of the extended families of the couple; and payment of a bride-price to the bride’s parents.
If You’re Tall
Look for. The strategy is to emphasize your natural shape, so every aspect of the dress―the lower waistline, a floor-sweeping hem―needs to reflect your longer proportions. If you’re wearing long sleeves, they should go past the wrist. You don’t want to look as if you’ve borrowed a gown from someone shorter than you.
Keep in mind: Because of your structure, you’ll want to err on the side of simplicity. Too many bells and whistles, like ruffles and rosettes, can come off as cutesy, particularly on a tall person.
For Petite Ladies
Look for: Trumpet, sheath, and modified A-line gowns. Find a wedding dress style with a waistline above your natural waist, to make the lower half of the dress (and therefore you) appear longer. The fabric is up to you―you can pull off a high sheen. But the detailing should be small (no huge bows) and limited to the bodice, to draw the eye upward.
Keep in mind: Be wary of dresses with a dropped waist, which will make your legs seem nonexistent, and ball gowns―it’s easy to get lost in that voluminous skirt. Also, avoid anything calf-length, which will make your legs look short.