Ellis Bridals have been designing, making and dressing brides in the gowns of their dreams for over 100 years… But what makes the perfect wedding dress? What should you go for, and what should you avoid? And how do you tell which dress is the “right” one for you? GoHen recently sat down with the experts at Ellis Bridals to find out.
What’s hot for this year’s brides?
2016 is the year of the separates! Brides love the flexibility they offer, gifting them maybe a classic ball gown look for the day and then maybe a little short number for the evening! This is a big trend and one we have truly embraced with a number of separate corsets and skirts in the collection.
What’s not? Is there anything brides should avoid?
I don’t feel it’s our place to say what’s ‘not hot’ as everything is personal preference. A bride should create a day, choose a dress that makes her happy and reflects her own personal style.
Is there one mistake that most brides make when choosing a wedding dress?
Probably being too narrow minded. We hear it time and time again that brides went into a store with a particular style in mind and walked out with something completely different! Try on a few and let the store assistants objectively guide you in what looks best for your colouring and figure. You may be truly surprised by what dress you end up choosing!
Are there certain styles of dress that best suit different body shapes?
You will want to highlight your best-loved assets in your dress so figuring out what shape you are and what silhouette works best for you is quite important. These are a rough guide, so please talk it through with your store.
- Rectangle – This is all about producing curves, so add volume to your chest and hips to help create an hourglass silhouette.
- Pear – Look for an A-line, a gradual flare from a natural waist to the floor. This shape highlights the narrowness of the waist.
- Hourglass – If you’re blessed with curves then show them off! A figure-hugging mermaid will serve to only enhance your silhouette.
- Apple – Similar to the apple, go for an A-line with a clearly cinched waistline at the smallest point.
- Tall – Opt for a shape that emphasises your natural shape and reflects your longer proportions. A simple silhouette works best with a lower waistline and if you choose sleeves go for full-length.
- Petite – An empire line will help to draw the eye up and elongate your shape. A slender silhouette works perfectly.
Is there one wedding dress tip that every bride-to-be should know?
Buy your dress according to the size that you are now, even if you are planning on losing weight before the big day your body type will not change dramatically. Besides it is much easier to take a dress in than try and make a dress that is too small work.
What is the best wedding day advice for brides?
Trust in what you feel. If you can’t imagine that moment, that moment you have dreamed of in your perfect dress then move on – it’s probably not the one. You’ll know when you find the right one, you won’t want to take it off and you’ll see the reaction in your nearest and dearest around you. Prepare for things to get emotional!
What are your favourite wedding trends of the moment?
I’m really into the more intimate, relaxed vibe that brides are going for these days. Doing away with some of the formalities and when it comes to the reception opting for large round tables or long family style set-ups – with comfortable lounge areas great for after-party cocktails!
Looking and talking about wedding dresses sounds like a dream, so what’s the best part about your job?
Ha! It certainly is, Ellis Bridals is a family brand and we have been creating wedding dresses in London for over 100 years so we certainly enjoy it. What could be better than surrounding yourself with inspirational designers, beautiful dresses and finally making brides truly happy?
You can tell us, we won’t tell a soul, honest… What’s the worst song you’ve heard played for the first dance/walking down the aisle/other?
I must say I am very lucky to have never experienced one of those ‘cringe’ musical moments. I, like many others am not a James Blunt fan and one song in particular (I’m sure you know the one!) would be my absolute first dance nightmare…
Any final parting words of bridal wisdom?
Enjoy every moment. Your wedding should be about the two of you and an expression of yourselves. So don’t strive for perfection and live in the moment.