FAQs and expert advice about wedding dresses

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your London 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@yourlondon.wedding

 

Summer style

Summer style

Q. We're getting married in the peak of summer, so I don't want my dress to feel too heavy and hot. What collections are ideal for this time of the year and why?

A. Claire Weekes says: Our Ronald Joyce dresses are very popular with brides who are getting married during the summer months or abroad.

We stock several styles that are made in a light floaty chiffon, which is great for hot temperatures as the gowns don't feel too heavy to wear and they allow for easy movement, which we find a lot of brides want to wear.

The gowns are also structured enough to be worn without a bra, which is excellent as you don't need to wear extra layers and feel uncomfortable on those warmer days.

Claire Weekes, The Wedding Wardrobe
www.waterlooweddingwardrobe.co.uk

 

Dress

Dress

Q. How to inject seasonal brights into every element of your wedding…

A. Tatiana Porembova says: On your big day you want to create a statement look with something that sets you apart and expresses your personality and adding colour to your bridal attire can do just that!

My personal favourite is adding different shades to a veil. All our bespoke dresses can have a custom-made veil created to compliment the look that can be as luxurious and full of wonderful details as the dress itself.

The simplest way to add colour would be by wearing bright shoes. The extent to which your shoes will be on display on your wedding day will depend on the length and silhouette of your gown. It can be a subtle, occasional hint of bright pink under a ball gown, or a full-on view with a shorter midi-length design.

Using coloured beading and gemstones or handmade details such as flowers or a bow are other stylish and sophisticated ways to add your chosen shade to your outfit. For a subtle touch, add a colourful lining or an underskirt to give your dress a multi-shade tone, such as blush or gold. For a cheekier interpretation of this, we could introduce bridal petticoats in crinoline for the perfect pop of colour. This works perfectly with a short hemline and would add a stunning casual vibe to an informal wedding.

Tatiana Porembova, Couture Bridal Studio
tatianaporembova.co.uk

 

Luxury bridal

Luxury bridal

Q. I have an idea of the type of dress I'd like. What advice can you give me for my first bridal appointment that'll help me find the one – even if it's different to what I'd imagined?

A. Suzannah Crabb says: The first step is to have that shape, style and feel in mind of what suits you. If you don't have an idea yet, that's ok too, as we can help you find the special one! We have a beautiful edit of versatile glamorous gowns, simple white dresses, jumpsuits and separates and would work with you to explore, try on and find that perfect piece. We would then discuss how we adapt to make this personal to you, be it different colourways or fabrics, alterations to sleeves, neckline, or length. Suzannah London's bridal pieces are charming, playful and incredibly skilful in construction. I work tirelessly with my technical team to create the most ultimate fit and feeling of a garment. The look and feel are equally important when investing in luxury.

Suzannah Crabb, Suzannah London
www.suzannah.com

 

The dress

The dress

Q. What are the key wedding trends for 2022 and how are couples planning their weddings differently this year?

A. Irina Merkulova says: I'm loving the trend of interchangeable dresses with detachable sleeves and skirts. Choosing one of these designs gives you a range of completely different looks to wear throughout your day without having to buy more than one dress.

If you're tying the knot during the cooler months, you'd be grateful for sleeves during the day, but then for your evening celebrations you can remove them. I also love the idea of the removable skirts and trains. It's surprising how different they can make your gown look. Opt for a dramatic flowing overskirt for your ceremony and then take it off to reveal a shorter or more demure skirt underneath and be ready to hit the dancefloor. Guests that have been with you all day will think you've changed into a different outfit!

Irina Merkulova, Lace and Button
www.laceandbutton.co.uk

 

Bridal elegance

Bridal elegance

Q. I want a gorgeous strapless dress but really feel the cold! How can I be warm without sacrificing on style?

A. Rim Abi Lmona says: Whilst most of our brides stay warm simply with adrenaline and excitement of the big day, occasionally the cold does sneak up on us. So, to reignite the warmth within, our Henrietta gown is the perfect solution. A phenomenally beautiful mermaid silhouette beaded from top to toe with a pattern you won't find elsewhere. This gown is super versatile giving our brides the option of having a strapless deep-v sweetheart neckline or having the addition of off-the-shoulder cap sleeves and if that isn't enough it even comes with detachable off-shoulder sleeves.

As this gown follows no rules with traditional lace or appliques, it's a dream to accessorise. Use a faux fur shrug for the evening adding a little warmth, giving a touch of class and elegance whilst not compromising on the style of the dress. Pair the gown with subtle pear drop earrings, a delicate tennis bracelet and voila, you're ready!

Rim Abi Lmona, Tala Daniel Couture
www.taladaniel.co.uk

 

Fashion

Fashion

Q. Following the last 18months, how has the wedding industry changed?

A. Becky Gunstone says: The last 18 months have been incredibly difficult for everyone, but we do think there have been positive changes which we hope will continue. Although we are strong believers in the 'your day, your way' philosophy, a lot of couples still feel the weight of other people's expectations on their wedding day. In many ways the pandemic has shaken some of that off. People were so relieved they were actually able to get married there was less pressure on exactly how they chose to do it. 

The micro wedding became a trend and now there's a huge amount of inspiration out there for couples who want a smaller day. In bridal fashion terms this has opened up lots of options as to what constitutes a wedding dress, mini dresses are really having a moment (hats off to Lily Allen) as are jumpsuits. Another trend set to continue are bridal separates and layers.

The pandemic meant lots of people ended up splitting their wedding over a few events, with a smaller legal do and then a later party, or finding themselves getting married at a different time of year or with more of an outdoor element which required an outfit rethink. Having extra layers like capes, and jackets or a swap of skirt to trousers can be a cool way to revitalise your wedding outfit either over the course of the day or over more than one event.

Greater flexibility to create the wedding day and look that you want can only be a good thing. 

Becky Gunstone, Paper to Lace
www.papertolace.co.uk

 

#OOTD

#OOTD

Q. With ever-changing restrictions, I'm not sure what style of dress to get as I don't know if we'll be having a small meal or huge party. What do you suggest?With ever-changing restrictions, I'm not sure what style of dress to get as I don't know if we'll be having a small meal or huge party. What do you suggest?

A. Becky Gunstone says: Firstly, you should wear whatever you feel happiest in, regardless of setting. You are the bride, so it's basically impossible for you to be overdressed! That said, we have totally fallen for bridal separates recently and they offer the perfect solution to this issue. By mixing and matching complementary pieces, you can change the vibe of your look from day to night, or from an intimate registry office do to a massive party. It means you don't have to spend on two totally new outfits, but you can be more flexible with your look.

Our silk crepe Santorini slip dress would look cool with a pair of boots and our jacquard biker jacket or Cloudshine t-shirt for a small, informal do. You can then keep the same slip dress but pair it with a dramatic skirt if you then discover you're able to go ahead with a bigger party – helping you make the most of swirling around on the dancefloor! You can also use accessories to switch up your outfit; adding a floor-length veil or cape is a great way of transforming a simple dress into a real statement for a larger gathering.

Becky Gunstone, Paper to Lace
www.papertolace.co.uk

 

Summer breeze

Summer breeze

Q. What dress styles will keep me cool for my outdoor summer wedding?

A. Sharon Goksaran says: Staying cool is all about the fabric. We're loving chiffon at the moment, which is a light, breezy and elegant material offering a world of versatility. A favourite for summer and destination weddings, chiffon can be overlaid with beaded or unbeaded lace, allowing for the perfect amount of glitz and glamour for any bride. It's also a great blank canvas for a bespoke dress, allowing you to create your perfect style – whether that's classic or something more modern and edgy.

When it comes to colours, you can stick to the traditional ivory or white, but why not try a soft pastel colour for a more individual look? Blush and champagne tones create a wonderfully whimsical look, giving you a soft and radiant glow.

Sharon Goksaran, Best Dress 2 Impress Bridal
www.bestdress2impress.co.uk

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