Wedding Dresses in Suffolk

wedding dress from Bride and Joy

 Choosing thChoosing the right dress for your shape   by Charlotte Smith-Jarvis

Your wedding dress will probably be the most important - and expensive - garment you'll ever buy. So choose carefully and wear a gown that accentuates your best bits, covers the not-so-good parts, and makes you look and feel fantastic.

Start looking early - grab your chief bridesmaid and head off for some serious trying on sessions.

Most shops keep only a limited number of sizes and will need to order a dress for you then tailor and fit it to your shape. This can take a few months.  The average wedding dress costs between £500 and £1,000, but if your budget is smaller you should also check out high street shops and even E-bay. You can also scour the charity shops, which often have new wedding dresses for sale.  Budget is just on of the factors to consider when looking for the perfect dress.  Think about when and where you're getting married, and which shape of dress suits your body type.  Don't choose a skimpy, off-the-shoulder number if you're getting hitched in the depths of winter, and avoid a super sophisticated style if your wedding is in a rustic setting, such as a barn. Choosing from the seemingly endless styles of dress can be daunting, so start by looking for the best fit for your shape.

Ball gown dresses generally consist of a bodice and a very full skirt.  This suits pear shapes, but will drown smaller brides and make those with a fuller figure look larger.

A-line dresses drape naturally to the floor and have a vertical seam that is very flattering. This shape is good for women with smaller frames. A hoop can be worn under the skirt to give it fullness.

are - look for a dress that has lace sleeves, a shrug or shawl that will cover them or draw attention away from them.

  • Slim brides with small busts should try empire-line dresses, which have a seam under the bust. This style is ideal for slender figures.
  • Fishtail dresses are very snug around the rear and are great for those who want to show off their curves.
  • If you are self-conscious about your arms - and many women


Low-scooped - not too prominent and suitable for most brides Halter neck - good for those with nice shoulders, but not so good for larger busts

Sweetheart - great for displaying cleavage

V-neck - draws attention away from the bust

High neck - good for small busts

Square -suits most people

Strapless - suits most people

Trains need careful thought. If you're holding your wedding reception on a country estate avoid a massive train that you have to drag around all day.

A duster train is small and elegant - ideal if the weather's likely to be wet. Chapel trains are usually 1 meter long, while a cathedral train measures 2metres.

If you really must walk down the aisle with a large train behind you, ask about dresses with detachable trains or get your tailor to build loops and buttons into the underside of your dress so that you can hook up the extra material at your reception.

Top tips

Set yourself a budget

Try on lots of different dress styles

Dresses may look better on you than on the hanger

Make sure that you can sit, walk, dance and kneel in the dress IV Wear the same underwear and shoes that you will wear on the day at all fittings

Have several fittings in case you lose weight

You may have to put down a deposit of around 50 % for I your dress

Most importantly, get the dress you want - it's you that will be wearing it! "


This article was published by the B&G magazine in the Autumn/Winter 2007 issue.  It is worth buying a copy of the local B&G magazine to read about local wedding suppliers.  The B&G magazine is published twice a year and you can find the latest issue on the shelves of local supermarkets and newsagents. For more interesting articles visit  EADT Website:

To add to this very good article, I have also tried to buy a wedding dress from a dress factory in China.  It is very cheap (in a region of $125 and $200). Just add some sew-on swarovski stones and you have an amazing dress with diamond sparkles (well, almost!)  for a fraction of the dress that is purchased locally.  BUT be aware it is hit and miss! Make sure you buy it WELL in advance of your wedding so that if you receive not what you have expected you can always go the traditional way!!  I have heard about very positive and very negative experience with the on-line shops so if you can afford to gamble a £150, try it and let me know if it was a good one!!


Meanwhile, for local reliable suppliers of the most beautiful wedding dresses check out the local wedding dress shops:

Bride and Joy of Ipswich          Tinkerbelle        Jewellery Box


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