Tips for Buying the Best Wedding Gown

Choosing the best dresses & gown for your Toronto wedding

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Choosing your wedding dress may be one of the most exciting steps you will take on your way to your Toronto wedding. We are here to help make sure that your search for the perfect wedding dress in Toronto and the area is fun and successful. Our Wedding Dress and Wedding Gown Directory features the best Toronto bridal shops, bridal stores, and dress makers offering a wide selection of wedding gowns, wedding dresses, formal wear, bridesmaid dresses, and bridal accessories.

Choosing the Style of Your Wedding Gown
Your wedding dress sets the theme of your wedding and is one of the most important purchases you make when planning your wedding. It is never too early to start looking. Load up on wedding magazines and attend bridal shows. Keep a binder of the styles you like or design details that appeals to you – a neckline, beadwork or veil. Just cut the page out and pop in your binder or file. With a big stack of magazines it may be impossible to find that picture of the perfect dress later. Looking through magazines will start to give you as sense of style and familiarize you with terms you may not have heard before. Being familiar with current trends, fabrics and styles will give you confidence when you are out shopping. A knowledgeable buyer is one who will make good choices.

Set a Budget for your Wedding Dress and Accessories
Make up a realistic budget of how much you want to spend on your wedding dress. Don’t forget to include accessories such as shoes, veil and undergarments. It is not a hard and fast rule, but generally speaking the cost of bride’s wedding dress is about 10 percent of the wedding budget.

Fabrics and Styles of Wedding Gowns

Necklines of Wedding Dresses
Off the Shoulder – The wedding dress sits just under the shoulder line
Spaghetti Straps – Thin or very thin straps that go over the shoulders to back
Bateau – “Boat” neckline slightly scooped from shoulder to shoulder
Halter – Straps go around the back of neck
Scoop – U-shape
Square – Square neckline
Strapless – No straps
Sweetheart – Heart-shaped
Jewel – Rounded
V-Neck – V-shaped

Batiste – Lightweight, sheer, delicate fabric in a plain weave. Similar to cotton, but thicker
Brocade – Heavy material with a pattern
Chiffon – Lightweight, flowing sheer woven fabric with a soft drape
Crepe – Lightweight fabric with a “wrinkled” surface
Peau de Soie – Is a medium to heavy, drapable fabric with a satin weave and de-lustered finish
Damask – Medium weight fabric with pattern formed by weaving
Dupioni – Thick, heavy 100% silk
Gazar – Sheer stiff fabric similar to organza, linen-like
Organdy – Stiffer semi-sheer fabric
Organza – Sheer fabric similar to tulle but heavier
Polyester – Man-made fabric often blended with silks or made to mimic a certain type of fabric
Rayon – Similar to polyester but more elastic
Satin – Smooth and heavy fabric typically used for wedding gowns. Comes in Silk or Polyester
Shantung – Rough textured fabric with lines and “nubby”.
Silk – The most popular fabric for wedding gowns. It soft and has a beautiful lustre
Taffeta – Crisp, rustling fabric
Tulle – Stiff netting similar to organza but stiffer and coarser

Shapes and Styles
2 Piece – Separate skirt and top
A-line – Fitted bodice with no waist, but gently flares at or near the natural waistline
Ball Gown – Traditional full skirt and fitted bodice
Mermaid – Very fitted at waist and hips then flares out at knees
Sheath – Very fitted gown almost tube-like

Basque – Waistline dips below natural waist forming a “V” in the centre
Dropped – Waistline dips below natural waistline and sits more on hips
Empire – High waistline just under bust
Princess Cut – Many gowns, especially A-lines, have no defined waist
Natural – Waistline sits between the empire and dropped waistlines.

Shopping for Your Wedding Dress

Take someone with you – even better, take two people. They will be objective and can see angles that you can’t. Try on as many dresses as you can. Try a dress that you normally wouldn’t – a dress that looks ho-hum on the hanger will often wow you when you try it on.

Plan to purchase your dress 6–12 months in advance. Ask if they will store your dress for you – it will be safe at the bridal salon and lessens the chance of your fiancé catching a glimpse before the big day. Do not buy more than one size larger – it is just too difficult to alter properly. Go back for fitting closer to the wedding day. Get details in writing – total cost, your deposit and alteration fees – if any.

Some Practical Hints about Wedding Dresses:
Think comfort. You will be wearing this dress for hours – so if it pinches or pulls when you put it on it will only get worse throughout the day.

Remember you will be going up and down stairs, sitting and dancing so make sure the dress is easy enough to manage.

Choose a fabric appropriate for the season. A heavy satin brocade is gorgeous but in July you will be sweltering.

Talk to the bridal consultant or salon owner – they do this for a living and are experts in their fields. They can suggest a dress that suits your figure and colours that compliment your skin tone. You will be shocked at how many shades of white and off-white are available!

The Perfect Wedding Guide strives to make shopping for your wedding dress in Toronto and the surrounding area a whole lot easier and more fun. And, as well as wedding gowns and dresses, you will find bridal accessories, bridal shoes, fabrics for making your custom wedding dress, wedding gown preservation service, and tuxedo rental for the men in your wedding. Elsewhere in the wedding directory you will find Toronto Area resources for everything else needed to plan the perfect wedding.

To begin browsing for the best wedding gown and other bridal attire, click on the link below: Wedding Dresses and Wedding Gowns

The Perfect Wedding Guide has been helping Toronto brides plan their weddings since 1997.