Expert advice about wedding dresses

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your North West 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@yournorthwest.wedding

 

Winter chic

Winter chic

Q. I'm getting married in December and want a dress that will keep me warm and still be stylish. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Roxanne Halenko says: * Opt for a design with long sleeves. Since Meghan Markle's wedding, it's become a popular style and will help to keep you warm.
* If your chosen dress is sleeveless, then why not opt for a faux fur cover? It looks beautiful, and you could even purchase a matching set for your bridesmaids.
* Alternatively, wear thermals under your gown. That way you can stay warm, and if you feel yourself overheating in the evening, you can easily take them off.

Roxanne Halenko
www.roxannehalenko.com

 

A pop of colour

A pop of colour

Q. I want a coloured wedding dress, but I'm not sure which hue to go for. What's popular right now, and are there any designers I should look at?

A. Sally Wood says: * There are hundreds of beautiful gowns available that will complement any skin tone.
* If your skin is olive, then look for a dress with champagne undertones. And for those of you with a paler complexion, look for blush pinks.
* We recommend Phoenix Gowns and Gown Bridal, as these designers offer a fabulous choice of hues. Both brands can work with coloured fabrics to create the dress of your dreams.

Sally Wood
www.donnaashcroft.co.uk

 

Love is in the air

Love is in the air

Q. I'm on the hunt for my big-day gown, but I'm struggling to find a style that suits me. I'm quite short and curvy, what would you suggest I look for?

A. Keeley Moore says: First things first – don't worry! There are lots of dresses that can help accentuate your curves and celebrate your body shape.
* Most bridal boutiques can order gowns up to a size 26, but there are stores that stock or specialise in designs specifically created for the more curvy bride.
* A corset bodice is a fantastic way of emphasising your silhouette.
* Don't be tempted to go too big. You don't want to look like the dress is drowning you. You can still achieve a princess look with an A-line style.
* A high neckline can elongate your body. Even simple straps can draw the eye up and make you appear taller.
* Don't be afraid to try something more fitted. A fit and flare will look great with your shape.
* Finally, and most importantly, choose something you're comfortable in. Your confidence will radiate from you if you love the frock you're wearing.

Keeley Moore
www.edenweddingboutique.com

 

Summer loving

Summer loving

Q. The venue for our summer wedding has lots of countryside to explore. What style of dress will I be comfortable in all day?

A. Gill Groves and Holly Collinson says: * Avoid certain styles, such as fishtails and ballgowns. These can be restrictive and heavy.
* Opt for soft fabrics that stretch and have a little movement.
* If you want a train, go for something small.
* Straps are a great idea if you're going to be doing lots of walking.

Gill Groves and Holly Collinson
fellsidebrides.co.uk

 

Counting the pennies

Counting the pennies

Q. We're on a tight budget, but I'd still like to find a beautiful wedding dress. Do you have any ideas on how I can cut down the cost?

A. Sally Wood says: * Look at sale dresses. These are usually in great condition and half the original price.
* At Gown Bridal, we'll help you create a bespoke gown within an agreed budget.
* Brides-to-be often forget about alternations. Keep this in mind when working out costs.

Sally Wood
www.gownbridal.co.uk

 

Lovely in lace

Lovely in lace

Q. I love lace and would like to incorporate it into my dress. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Katherine Davies and Sally Partner says: * Look for a bohemian-style dress with adorned sleeves.
* Add lace to the hem and veil.
* Opt for a champagne overlay; it will make the embellishments stand out and is on-trend.
* Create a bespoke cape or jacket.

Katherine Davies and Sally Partner
www.bridal1632.co.uk

 

Head in the clouds

Head in the clouds

Q. My fiancé is much taller than me – what dress style would you recommend for a shorter bride to give the illusion of height?

A. Gill Groves and Holly Collinson says: * A plunging neckline is a great way to elongate your torso.
* Vertical seams can make you look taller and slimmer.
* Avoid a gown that has lots of details on the waist, as this will cut you in half.
* Keep your fabric the same on the skirt and bodice.
* High heels are a must!

Gill Groves and Holly Collinson
fellsidebrides.co.uk

 

Once upon a time

Once upon a time

Q. I've always dreamed of wearing a princess dress on my big day. Do you have any suggestions of which designers and collections I should consider?

A. Sally Wood says: Most girls dream of wearing a princess dress on their wedding day. It's a beautiful style that suits all shapes and sizes. We have some amazing designs in our boutique. I highly recommend Phoenix Gowns. They offer a wide range with a choice of embellishments, including sparkles, lace, tulle and satin.
Try not to stress, and remember that there's something out there to suit everyone!

Sally Wood
www.gownbridal.co.uk