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Dressing For the Occasion

Choosing the right wedding outfit, whether itís suit hire for the groom, the wedding dress, bridal wear or a bridesmaidís dress, is a very important and often time-consuming job. Here we offer you some top tips and advice to make sure you and your bridal party look perfect on the wedding day.

Wedding Dress

On average, a bride-to-be will spend around £750 on her wedding dress. Of course a wedding dress bought in the sales on the high street will cost a lot less than this, while a uniquely designed wedding dress will probably cost a lot more. The purchase of the wedding dress is where most brides overspend, so when budgeting for your wedding it is always worth factoring in a 10 per cent overspend for the wedding dress.

Traditionally, the bride's family has always paid for the wedding dress, and for the bridesmaid dresses, but these days some brides like to buy their own wedding dress, while an increasing number of bridesmaids also pay for their own bridesmaid dresses. It is common to choose a wedding dress that suits the style of the wedding, so a huge meringue-style dress with lots of pattern would probably look out of place at a minimalist style wedding. Whatever type of wedding dress you get, choose one that flatters your shape and skin tone.

There are hundreds of different styles and colours of wedding dress to choose from and you can buy or hire your dress for the big day. Use our listings directory to find a bridal dress shop near you to help you find the perfect wedding dress for you.

Groom and groomsmen

The groom and groomsmen (including the brideís father) usually all dress similarly for the wedding. Sometimes the groom will choose to look a little different, either by wearing a different waistcoat or tie, but dressing all the groomsmen the same really does look great on the day.

Many groom and groomsmen choose to hire their suit for the day, as it is something they are unlikely to wear again. However, if you prefer, there are plenty of menswear shops that sell wedding suits. There are a number of different types of suits to choose from, such as a morning suit, which is usually worn for weddings before 3pm and consists of a tailcoat, wing-collar short, waistcoat, cravat, and top hat.

Other suits to choose from include a lounge suit, which is a more informal option and is not limited by colour or style, a black tie suit, which consists of a black dinner jacket, shirt, trousers and black bow tie, and a white tie suit, which is saved for the grandest and more formal celebrations and consists of an evening tailcoat, trousers, stiff-wing collar shirt, and a white bow tie.

Bridesmaid Dresses

Choosing a bridesmaid dress to suit several bridesmaids of different ages, shapes and sizes can be a nightmare. First of all you need to decide whether you want them all to wear the same dress in the same colour, and although this can look very effective, not every style and colour may suit all your bridesmaids. To combat this problem you could opt for a slightly different style of dress for each bridesmaid. However, if you want all the bridesmaids to wear the same dress, it is worth finding a bridesmaid dress that suits the individual with the most difficult figure first. The chances are the other bridesmaids will suit this style too.

If your bridesmaids are different ages, you might want to put the older bridesmaids in darker shades and younger bridesmaids in a lighter shade of the same colour. Alternatively, you could buy the younger bridesmaids and flower girls different dresses altogether.

Accessories

Once you have chosen your wedding dress, bridesmaidsí dresses and the suit for the groom, it is important to add the finishing touch with accessories, such as wedding flowers, jewellery, shoes, handbag, and headdress. And, of course, the bride will also need lingerie and a garter to look special for her husband on their first night as a married couple.

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