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How to Find the Best Wedding Dress for your Body

How to Find the Best Wedding Dress for your Body

We know how to help you find your dream dress so you feel amazing on your big day

You should wear whatever you want on your wedding day, especially if what you want makes you feel both comfortable and beautiful.

When it comes to wedding gowns, there are so many different silhouettes for you to choose from. So many that you may be feeling overwhelmed or intimidated by the prospect of setting foot in a bridal shop.

But don’t fret, brides across America are choosing to wear whatever style makes them feel and look their best!

To find a style it is possible to arrange an appointment at one of our wedding dress boutiques in Chicago, Las Vegas, New York, or Los Angeles but that simply is not an option for everyone.

And that is why we have compiled a list of our favorite styles for different body types and body shapes from busty, petite and pear, to plus-sized, athletic or apple. Narrowing down which style is likely to compliment you the most, will help you find that perfect dress, and start your shopping experience on a positive note.

If you feel beautiful in a dress, that is the dress you should choose, whether that dress is couture or custom designed by you at one of our best bridal shops.

Here’s what you need to know to find the right wedding dress for your body:

Petite

If your body shape is petite, you may have a hard time finding a dress that doesn’t overwhelm your frame. Too much material may feel like you’re drowning, and too much structure may hit you in the wrong places, making you appear even shorter.

A sheath dress adds length to your body and looks very chic and modern on a petite bride. Sheath dresses look fabulous in any material, but especially great in silk or crepe.

An A-line dress is lovely on a petite frame, as the clean lines can create the illusion that a petite frame is longer. Alternatively, you may choose to wear a fit and flare. Without highlighting the waist with lines, having a clean or vertically lined bodice is especially flattering.

Trumpet style dresses are a great option, or anything with an empire waist can create the illusion that you are taller than you are.

With any dress you may choose to fit your frame, the best bridal shops will be able to suggest dresses that may be perfect for you. If during your appointment, you find a dress that fits, but you do not like the detailing, you may choose to design a dress of your own.

Plus-Sized

If you are plus-sized, an A-line wedding dress with an empire waist is extremely flattering. A corset-style bodice can allow you to flaunt your curves, and you can choose how much of your decolletage that you want to show.

A corseted dress can also provide support for a larger bust, as the lines of the dress will emphasize the waist.

You may also choose a trumpet, or mermaid style wedding dress. These styles are similar, as they are fitted through the bodice and flare out at the bottom or close to the bottom. This style of dress looks great for any type of wedding but it is especially fitting for a formal wedding.

Another option for a curvy bride is a high-low hem. This style is great for a bride that wants to show off her gams. This style of dress works all year long but is great for a warm climate or summer wedding. High-Low hem style of a wedding gown is also great for dancing the night away!

One-shoulder or off the shoulder wedding gowns are also a great option for a curvy or plus-sized bride. With an off the shoulder dress, you can choose to have a more modest neckline, or you can go completely in the other direction and have a deeper, plunging, neckline.

A one-shoulder dress is very on-trend, or if you prefer, a drop sleeve can provide a bit of coverage for your arms, without having to wear a full sleeve.

With any of these styles, you can choose virtually any material for your wedding gown, which means you can wear any of the dress trends from this year. You can opt for color, lace, boho, ultra-feminine, or somewhere in between.

Speak to your bridal consultant at the bridal boutique about finding a dress that you makes you feel you are at most beautiful.

Athletic

If you have an athletic body type, you may want to wear a dress that shows off a certain part of your body.

This may mean you want to wear a short or tea-length dress to show off your legs, a sweetheart neckline dress to show off your chest, shoulders or arms, or a backless dress.

You may want to choose a more sexy silhouette, like a pretty sheath dress or figure-hugging mermaid style dress.

A fit and flare dress is a lovely silhouette for an athletic body type. Additionally, embroidery or beading work on your dress will look beautiful.

A boat neckline, a halter top, or strapless wedding gown will take you from walking down the aisle to celebrating with friends and family in style.

Sometimes it is hard to choose the right dress for your body, and even the bridal gowns you may see on the rack are not hitting the way you had hoped, or you are not seeing what you think is most flattering.

The best bridal shops will have trained consultants that work with you, your dreams and your style expectations to make your experience a good one. Don’t limit yourself to what you are choosing for your body- trust the consultant, and try one of the picks from the bridal boutique, you never know what you might love!

Busty

A bride with an ample amount of cleavage may choose to show it off, or choose to keep it a bit more modest.

Whatever your level of comfort with your bust, you may need to specially design or order a wedding gown for it to fit you properly.

Something to consider when trying various wedding dress styles is whether or not you would like to wear a bra with straps. This translates to wearing a dress with straps. You will also decide if you want thick straps or if you are able to wear thinner straps.

Many styles will flatter your body and provide the silhouette you are looking for on your big day. Your decision here will mostly depend on your comfort level.

If you are self-conscious about the size of your bust, you may want to avoid a lot of extra fabric in the chest area. You can choose a dress with a lot of extra detailing like beading, pearls, or crystals, in order to draw eyes away from your chest area.

You may want to cover your chest completely and have a backless dress. There are great options with internal boning and support that allow even the bustiest of brides the freedom of going braless on their wedding day.

Apple or Pear Shaped

Apple

An ‘apple-shaped’ body generally refers to someone that has broader shoulders, sometimes a larger bust, and bigger midsection with little to no waist, lean thighs and legs.

If you have an apple-shaped body, you may want to wear a tea-length or short wedding dress in order to show some leg.

Another great option for an apple-shaped bride is choosing a dress that has detailing around the waist, like a cinched-in waist, or a belted waistline, or even a flower or beaded detail on the waist of your wedding dress, that will provide definition.

You may choose to wear a wedding gown that shows off a bit of your upper body- like your decolletage, and minimizes your chest if that is something that makes you feel self-conscious.

Pear

A ‘pear-shaped’ body usually means that the top of the body is smaller than the lower portion.
One flattering option for a pear-shaped body is to choose separates. If your top is a smaller size than your bottom half, you may benefit from choosing a dress and skirt, or even the trendy pantsuit or jumpsuit option.

If you are looking for a more traditional take and would like to wear a wedding gown, you may opt for something that draws attention upward, like a halter dress, a one-shoulder dress, or a strapless gown.

You may also want to wear an A-line wedding dress that just skims your hips and legs.

Dress for yourself

Of course, if you are getting married, you are probably wanting to simply show your best self. You are probably also considering your audience — guests, family, and of course, your future spouse!

While these people may factor into your decision, your comfort, personality, and style should be what leads you to your final decision when choosing a wedding gown.

Wedding dress style options are virtually endless and can leave you feeling overwhelmed. But our bridal experts at Viero Bridal boutiques can help you wade through the styles and materials to find something that will work best for you.

You should buy what fits you, what allows you to move, and what makes you great.

Our bodies are all unique, and your wedding dress choice should be just as unique.

Contact us today or stop into one of our locations. We have some of the best bridal shops in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Chicago. We’ll help you find the wedding gown of your dreams.

Elegant Wedding Dress Styles for Getting Married in Las Vegas

Elegant Wedding Dress Styles for Getting Married in Las Vegas

If you are lucky enough to be getting married in Vegas, read on to see our choices for elegant dress styles for your big day

When you think of Las Vegas, two things probably come to mind: casinos and weddings. If you are visiting Las Vegas for a gambling trip, all we can do is say good luck. But, if you are planning a Vegas wedding and looking for an elegant style, you’ve come to the right place.

Las Vegas was once known for quickie weddings officiated by ‘Elvis’, and while you can still be married in a fun ceremony by the King of Rock and Roll, there are now endless options for weddings in Las Vegas.

Perhaps wedding dress shopping has got you confused already or you want some extra guidance before hitting a bridal boutique in Las Vegas

Fear not, we are here to guide you!

Whether your idea of elegance is couture and sleek, long and traditional, or short and sexy, Las Vegas is the perfect place to be married where you can express your own style in your choice of wedding gown.

What to consider when choosing a Vegas wedding dress

There are many factors to consider when selecting the best bridal gown for your Las Vegas wedding.

The Environment

While this isn’t likely to come as a big shock to most but it is worth mentioning all the same: Las Vegas is a desert.

This means that depending on the season, the temperature can reach over 90 degrees. So, those couture wedding gowns in New York that you tried on and fell in love with, may not translate. Before you decide that a dress is perfect, think about your own comfort on your big day!

The Venue

As with any wedding, you’ll want to think about the venue. This is particularly true for destination weddings.

Are you getting married at a ritzy hotel on the strip? Or you going really Vegas and getting married in a kitschy chapel?

While you can work any style into one of these spaces, you’ll want to think about what will be most appropriate.

Elegant Wedding Dress Styles for Getting Married in Las Vegas

The following wedding dress styles will provide the direction you need to nail that elegant look. Once you pinpoint the style that speaks to you, you can visit any shop, from the best bridal shops in New York to the best bridal shops in Los Angeles and find exactly what you are looking for.

Boho

The bohemian look may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about elegance, but when done right, boho is a stunner!

Comfortable, effortless, and pretty, boho dresses symbolize simple elegance.

Modern-day boho dresses are not your mother’s hippie dress from the sixties and seventies. Brides are turning to the style to match their understated wedding theme. Think of earthy colors and lots of flowers and natural surroundings.

With a boho style dress, your true silhouette is highlighted. You won’t have to worry about doing up corsets or tucking away crinolines (but they are also lovely!)

Look for fabrics that flow with your movement: embroidered cotton, crepe, silk crepe, crocheted lace, or voile.

Especially trendy, and extremely elegant are dresses that feature nude netting with a lace or crochet-look overlay.

If you choose an elegant boho-inspired gown, your color options will be in the white to ivory range. It is unlikely that you will find a boho dress with bright colors. But, odds are, if you want a boho dress, you aren’t looking for bold color anyway!

With a boho style wedding gown, the styles range from modest to extremely sexy. Long sleeves, ¾ length sleeves, and sleeveless are all commonly found with boho style dresses, so you have a variety of options for the weather (and your preference).
You may choose an open back, totally exposed, or covered with a bit of lacy detail, or choose something completely covered, leaving all the details to the front of the dress.

Understated and decidedly elegant, the boho-style dress pairs well with minimalistic makeup, and basic hairstyles such as braids or wispy, flowery ‘dos.

A boho dress for your Las Vegas wedding will complete your free-spirited theme and play perfectly with the desert climate of Nevada.

You can visit our Viero Bridal boutique in Las Vegas to see a range of options, or allow us to custom design the dress of your dreams.

Short

With the sizzling heat of Vegas, you may find yourself thinking about a short bridal gown.

Short dress styles allow you to be both cool AND elegant!

One of the biggest benefits of a short wedding dress is the ability to move uninhibited. While you may not think about it in advance, you’ll be moving a lot on your wedding day. From walking down the aisle to posing for pictures and dancing the night away, you’ll be on the move.

Another benefit of wearing a short wedding gown is the opportunity to show off a great pair of shoes. You can also play up your hair, makeup, and jewelry while wearing a short dress.

If a short dress piques your fancy, you have plenty of options to choose from. You might want a body-hugging mini dress or a flouncy tea-length gown. Choose a white dress or something more colorful that you can wear again.

Short dresses are often seen as being less formal than long dresses but that is not necessarily the case. Depending on the cut and the accessories you choose, a short dress can be every bit as elegant as a floor-length gown.

Typically, a short dress means a more affordable dress.

Las Vegas has cooler nights, so you can always pair your dress with a stole, or even wear a tiered dress to bring your look from day to night.

Color

If you are getting married in an unconventional venue, or, you just simply love being a little bold, choose a colored wedding gown.

Where better to buck the traditional and be playful with your wedding gown than Vegas?

The traditional white will always reign supreme, but brides everywhere are choosing colored wedding gowns more frequently than ever.

You may prefer muted colors like blush, or be ready to take the plunge in jewel-colored tones, you may even prefer to wear an ombre or black-hued gown; any color you choose, you will channel modern elegance.

A wedding dress in a bright hue has usually been reserved for edgier brides, so if you are wanting to wear a colored dress but fear being seen as over the top, you can choose from an array of soft pastel colors to fulfill your wedding dress dreams.

Choose from beautiful champagne or nude tones, ballet pink or blush, consider one of the year’s biggest trends and wear green in a muted mint.

Many of the dresses we are seeing in the muted tones are lavish and elegantly adorned with lace, tulle, layers, and jewels.

One of the biggest benefits of having a colored wedding dress is that it can be cheaper. You will still be a dazzling Vegas bride, at a fraction of the cost.

Your colorful gown will photograph beautifully, which is just one great reason to think outside the traditional box.

Don’t be afraid of looking too casual, you can find an elegant and beautiful couture gown or design one that suits your personality and style perfectly.

Off the Shoulder

Off the shoulder wedding gowns are very on trend at the moment, and for great reason. They fit any style of wedding, and suit any venue.

Off the shoulder looks can be sophisticated and pretty or elegant and modern. With this season’s trendy sleeved dress bordering on too hot for Las Vegas, you can wear a version of this look, while staying comfortably and stylishly cool.

The off the shoulder gown draws attention to the neck and shoulders, and depending on the level of modesty that you are comfortable with, your decolletage.

With an off the shoulder wedding gown, your options are endless. You can choose the length of sleeve, the style, and the embellishment (or lack thereof). You can choose to expose as much or as little that you would like, and choose a material that suits the style you are looking for.

Off the shoulder dresses range from modern elegance to traditionally feminine. No matter the venue for your wedding, or the style of wedding you are having, there is an off the shoulder dress that will suit.

Off the shoulder wedding gowns work with any silhouette and are ultra-flattering, making this style of dress perfect for any Las Vegas bride.

Sparkle

Las Vegas is known for its lights. You, too, can sparkle and shine in a gorgeous wedding gown. Dresses adorned with sequins, beads, and pearls have transformed dresses from simple silhouettes or elaborate ball gowns into shiny masterpieces.

You are not going to want to wear this style to a rustic wedding, sparkling dresses are perfect for chic and modern weddings and there is no shortage of opportunities to let your glam side loose in Las Vegas.

Sparkling dresses filled the runways at Bridal Fashion Week, with an ode to vintage elegance and bold glamor.

If you choose to be married in a sparkler, let your gown do the talking. Choose a simple bouquet, minimal jewelry, and clean makeup. Your photos will shine, and you will turn heads on your big day.

Let our experts help

At Viero Bridal, you can browse through our assortment of affordable and elegant bridal gowns at any one of our flagship bridal boutiques in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. We also offer handcrafted couture wedding gowns that will be designed by you with one of our experts.

Getting married in Las Vegas is a dream for many, and really, you should wear a wedding gown that makes you feel as fabulous and elegant as possible! It is your day, after all!

We want to help you create your fantasy. You have enough to plan with your venue, menu, flowers and creating a guest list — leave your perfect elegant dress to us.

Wedding Dress Trends 2020

Wedding Dress Trends 2020

We have the list of what you will want to wear on your big day!

You have your venue booked. You have an idea of the flowers you want. The next step, and the most exciting, is to buy your wedding dress.

We have scoped the latest wedding dress trends covering all tastes from couture to casual. We have seen the trends that emerged from Bridal Fashion Week and taken cues from our brides and experts in our best bridal shops from Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles to bring you only the best wedding dress trends for 2020!

If you are a bride planning a wedding in 2020, we have you covered.

Romance, fun, and whimsy seem to be the inspiration behind many of the dresses for this year, with some botanical prints and colorful gowns mixed in for good measure.

We are loving the fun bows, bare backs, and feathers. We have compiled a list of our favorite bridal dress trends for 2020, so read on to see what is hot and how you can wear it.

Ball Gowns

If you are looking for a little bit of drama, but a whole lot of romance, look no further than the ball gown style of wedding dress. Royal wedding fans will be happy to see this style remain strong in bridal trends.
Ball GownsThis silhouette works on most body types, so you can be sure to find a dress that fits your aesthetic. Try it in drapey silk for a dress that is reminiscent of Princess Diana, or choose satin and lace to be reminded of late 1940s glamor, like a young Queen Elizabeth.

You can find ball gowns in our Viero collection available at our bridal boutique in New York as well as those in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles!

Open Back

From drapey cowl-back to plunging, barebacks are all the rage for 2020 brides.

Though the open back dress can seem risque, you can choose a dress to suit your own modesty level. Backless dresses can be elegant, with intricate and surprising details.
Open Back
The front is usually understated, but only because the back is the focal point. A bride will be making two entrances, one from the front, and another from the back.

A backless dress will be a great bit of interest to your guests who will be spending most of the ceremony staring at your back.

You can find many different styles to choose from: the lace-back option will cover almost all of your back, or a strappy version will add detail to the back of your gown. The open back style of gown works best with an updo and simple jewelry.

Flora and Fauna

Ultra-romantic and fanciful, we found florals and butterflies on every runway during bridal fashion week.

Bold florals and whimsical butterflies on bridal gowns offset the classic white and cream dresses. This welcome burst of color is suited to any bride looking to make a bold statement.
Flora and FaunaThe dresses are ethereal and romantic and fit in well for a spring or summer wedding. Floral and butterfly motif dresses are perfect for any venue or style of wedding, but really stand out at an outdoor wedding.

While some designers are covering the entire wedding gown in flowers or butterflies, some are choosing to simply line the neckline or bottom of dresses. The best part about floral wedding gowns is that they can work on any body type, and be adapted for any style of wedding.

From embroidered flowers to 3D butterflies, subtle to exuberant, these floral and butterfly wedding dresses are sure to stun your wedding guests.

Floral gowns can be found all over the country from the best bridal shops in Los Angeles to the best bridal shops in Chicago and New York.

Pockets!

It seems like 2020 is the year that designers have started to keep practicality in mind when creating wedding dresses.

Imagine finding your dream wedding dress, and then finding it has pockets, too? Pockets are being designed in wedding gowns to fit seamlessly, and they are not bulky or visible to anyone else but the bride. It even gives you a place to put your hands during photos.

They hold your lipstick and cellphone or a special keepsake you want to keep close on your special day. With pockets, you can leave the clutch at home — why worry about extra accessories if you don’t need to?

We saw pockets in almost every silhouette of gown, which means no matter the style of your wedding, you can wear pockets with your dress! Finally!

Corsets

Corseted dresses have never really gone out of style.

The type of corsets may change, but bridal dresses with corsets are classic and timeless. This season, we are seeing exposed boning, but these aren’t your average corsets.

The corseted dresses of 2020 are sleek, and body-hugging, making for an elegant silhouette. We are seeing every type of dress style with a corset top, including corset tops with loose skirts and all over slim-fit dresses.

Corseted dresses are flattering on any body type, and fit any style of wedding. If you are looking for edgy glamor, a corseted dress is for you.

Feathers

Feathers are everywhere in 2020, but we saw many of them on the skirts of wedding gowns.

We have seen everything from short, completely feathered skirts to long skirts with feathers adorning just slit of the skirt.
FeathersAny way feathers are applied, the dresses look hip, soft, and ethereal. We have seen mostly ostrich feathers, which provide the light, flowy feel you may want to achieve.

A feathered gown can be dressed up or down, from elegant to casual, luxe to rustic. Feathers can add dimension to sleek silhouettes, and feathers add whimsy and playfulness to any type of wedding dress.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the feather trend, but want to add some fun to your dress, there are feather accessories that can be added to any bridal outfit, like a feather cape, boa, or jewelry.

Blush and buff

When you are really looking for romance, turn to a blush pink or buff-colored wedding gown. You may be looking to wow your guests with a head-turner, or you may want to up your romance quotient, either way, blush or buff are the way to go.

The blush color varies from barely-there pink to bordering on bright pink. Choosing buff is a great way to change the color dynamic of your wedding as it is extremely versatile. Buff colored dresses can be rustic, suited perfectly for outdoor weddings, or weddings in a barn.

Alternatively, you may be looking to add some luxury to your wedding. Afterall, buff matches champagne, doesn’t it? Either color you choose, you are sure to turn heads in your colored dress.

Check out the blush and buff dresses available from Viero at our wedding dress boutiques in Chicago, New York, Los Angels, and Las Vegas.

Honorable mentions

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention a few other trends taking shape for 2020.

Wedding suits were seen on the runways during Bridal Fashion Week, and we loved the versatility and practicality of them. We have seen suits in colorful tones, suits worn with veils, and jackets that turn into mini dresses. From skirted suits to pants, wedding suits are an elegant alternative to the traditional gown.

Puffed sleeves are back! A nod to the 80s, puffed sleeves are making a comeback, and we are loving them. We are seeing off-the-shoulder, as well as sleeker versions of the puffed sleeves of yesteryear. These gowns are romantic and fashion-forward. Look for removable sleeves, if you aren’t ready to fully commit.

Sparkles have never really left the bridal gown world, but 2020 is the year of bling. This year, we are seeing beading, metallics, and sequins all over bridal gowns. The dresses are of any style, but the shine is on, flattering brides by adding a sparkly punch to their gown.

Whether you have an idea of what you are wanting for your wedding dress, or you need help deciding what style is best for you, we are here to help.

At Viero Bridal, we can help you choose a dress from one of our in-house lines at our flagship boutiques located in Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York City, or we can create a couture dream gown just for you.

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Finding a Luxurious Wedding Dress that Is Affordable

Finding a Luxurious Wedding Dress that Is Affordable

The secret to finding a wedding dress that looks more expensive than it is

Learn how to balance cost and quality while avoiding unflattering dresses that look cheap
If you’ve started shopping for a wedding dress, it’s likely you’ve had at least one experience where you were excited to try a dress, but it looked nothing like you imagined when you put it on.

We’ve all been there. You see a piece of clothing that looks promising online or on the hanger, but it looks cheap and unflattering when you try it on.

Sometimes you know you’re dealing with a cheap knock-off, so you’re okay with admitting defeat. Other times the item, like a wedding dress, is expensive. It doesn’t make sense that it looks cheap.

Yet, once a bride has had this experience a few times, she often thinks the problem is her budget. The more expensive the dress is, the more flattering it will be.
Price, however, isn’t the best search criteria. Why? Because there are oodles of poorly made wedding dresses that are overpriced.

If you want to find a wedding dress that looks more expensive than it is, you need to look to attributes that are more directly correlated with how a dress looks and how high its quality is. Below we discuss the three most important attributes to consider.

What makes a wedding dress look expensive?

1.Styles that are modern and timeless

Whether you consider yourself a fashionista or not, your wedding dress purchase is a fashion choice. We view fashion choices in the context of what’s relevant – current trends and timeless classics. Dresses that fall outside of these categories look dated and unflattering, because they aren’t relevant anymore. Since the fashion world discounts and replaces such things, we naturally see these styles as cheap.

This seems like common sense, but many bridal shops talk brides into dated styles by calling them “classic.”

Even among true classics and on-trend dresses, you can end up with a cheap look. To avoid this, keep the following in mind.

On-trend wedding dresses should incorporate current fashion trends, but they shouldn’t be copycats of famous wedding gowns. Copycats attempt to recreate a one-of-a-kind designer runway gown or a celebrity’s dress. The problem is the replica never matches the original, especially if there’s a celebrity association. If you want an expensive looking wedding dress and your inspiration is a famous gown, look for common features instead of an entire design that looks similar.

With classic wedding dress styles, beware they won’t look timeless if they’re made from material that doesn’t work well with the design. More on this later. Another thing to consider is that some classic styles look more expensive when given a modern twist. This might mean using a slightly different cut or fabric than the original design used. Look for modern classics that have been thoughtfully tweaked.

2.Materials that work well with the dress design

Fabric and embellishments can make or break how expensive a dress looks. Fabric determines major aspects of a dress like its silhouette and how well it will fit you when properly tailored. Embellishments influence important qualities like a dress’ visual balance and whether certain features draw the intended amount of attention.

As with other types of clothing, certain materials work well with certain styles. When material doesn’t work well, a dress design that could be stunning becomes an unflattering dress that looks cheap.

But how do you know if the material is working well?

Sit and move in dresses when you try them on. You do more than stand on your wedding day. Look at how the material responds to typical activity. Does the material wrinkle easily? Does its color change in areas of the room with different lighting? When you stand or move a certain way, does the beading or fabric pucker awkwardly? Do you see any evidence of pulls forming? Does the dress maintain its shape when you stand after sitting?

It’s also helpful to learn about common wedding dress materials and their properties, so you know how they should look, feel and act. That will make it easier for you to spot poor quality materials. Or, consult a bridal shop that has personalized service and can walk you through the types of materials, what they look like, and which designs tend to use them. If a retailer can’t offer help on this topic, find another store.

High quality material that is suited to a wedding gown’s style should maintain its integrity under normal wedding activity. This consistency makes the dress look more flattering and flawless, which makes it look more expensive.

3.Craftsmanship in the dress-making process

Have you ever accidentally bought a piece of clothing with a seam or stitching that isn’t straight? The clothing always looks a little off – veering slightly sideways or coming up a bit short on one side.

Alessandra_2This happens with wedding dresses too, especially when they’re mass produced. Poor assembly leads to a low-quality look. It’s generally the result of a machine that wasn’t calibrated properly, an unskilled laborer, or using a machine for a task that requires handcrafting.

Since most wedding dress shops claim they have high quality products, look beyond their claims. It’s easy to miss assembly flaws at first, only to find them later when you already own the dress. You need to look for tangible evidence of craftsmanship to learn who’s is really selling high-quality dresses.

The good news is you don’t have to be a professional to spot assembly flaws that indicate poor quality. Simply look at things like seams, hems, stitching, how beads are fastened, and whether texture and patterns are balanced or straight.

On the outside of the dress, focus on the materials. Are the beads sewn or glued? Are any of them looser or tighter than they should be? What about the fabric? Does it have any puckers that indicate a piece of cloth was cut or stitched together wrong? Does the fabric’s pattern or grain appear to be lined up evenly? Are textures balanced?

Since bridal shops expect you to look at the outside, pay even closer attention to the inside. Don’t just check the inner most part either. Reverse dress layers and look at their back. Ask yourself if anything looks sloppy. Are the hem and seam stitches straight? Is there an overabundance of thread? Is anything unraveling? Do you see something glued that should be sewn?

If the craftsmanship checks out, the dress will look more expensive, because it’s truly made better.

How to find bridal shops that carry reasonably priced wedding dresses that look expensive

Inspecting dresses like we discussed does take extra time. You can make the process more efficient by targeting shops that have better production processes.

When you’re researching bridal shops, look for indications that the dresses a shop carries are under strict quality control. Are they produced at in-house facilities? Is handcrafting used, or is the dress entirely machine made? This may be stated directly on the store’s website, or you might have to research the brands they carry.

Once you’ve identified a few promising shops, call and ask them about the dress lines they carry and how they’re made. If the person on the phone gets annoyed or squirrely, cross that store off your list.

A bridal shop should be able to give you a clear answer. For instance, at VIERO we have wedding dress lines we design and produce ourselves at in-house facilities where handcrafting is part of the process. We also carry wedding dresses from other designers that our founder personally vets for high quality in design, material and production.

If you want a dress that looks more expensive than it is, don’t look at price alone and don’t take quality claims at face value. Look at what’s behind the claims.

When You Can’t Find the Perfect Dress

When You Can’t Find the Perfect Dress

What to do when you can’t find the perfect wedding dress

If you can’t find the perfect wedding dress, you probably haven’t considered all your options

Remember when you started shopping for your wedding dress? You were so hopeful. Hunting for the perfect wedding dress was exciting. But now it’s exhausting and disappointing. How do so many bridal shops exist when they’re all selling the same dresses?

You know you can’t be the only bride who’s ever faced this dilemma, but it feels like it. None of the salespeople you meet offer real help. Instead they try to persuade you that whatever dress you just tried on – and didn’t like – looks amazing! Friends and family encourage you to keep looking and say you’ll look perfect in anything. Sweet but not helpful!

The more time that passes, the more you worry about having to settle for a mediocre dress. You start wondering what else you could do, where else you could go, and whether there’s another option beyond the typical wedding dress shopping experience.

Good news: there is! In this post, we discuss how to improve your odds of finding the perfect wedding dress and whether a custom wedding dress is the best option for you.

How to find the perfect wedding dress in a bridal store

If you haven’t found the perfect wedding dress, make sure you’re using the best shopping approach.

You may feel like you’ve seen every dress out there, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to miss out on the perfect dress if you haven’t fully prepared for the shopping experience.

We recommend brides use a three-step process to prepare themselves for wedding dress shopping. Since you’re already shopping, we recommend you review this process below to see if you’ve overlooked any steps. If you have, use this as an exercise to create more well-defined wedding dress and bridal shop criteria. Then restart your shopping applying what you’ve learned.

  1. Understand your wedding dress logistics

    To avoid buyer’s remorse, you need to think about the context you’ll wear your dress in.
    Think about your wedding location, timing and activities. Are there any dress styles or features that won’t work, or that might work better, because of things like weather, dance choreography or outdoor obstacles?
    Also think about your body features. Which features would you like to highlight or downplay?

  2. Figure out what you want in a wedding dress

    With the logistics from step 1 in mind, find photos of dresses you like on some level. You don’t need to like the whole dress. Instead identify specific features you like and why.
    Learn industry lingo that might help salespeople understand more precisely what you’re looking for.
    Make a list of potential features you want in your dress based on your research. Make sure it’s in a format you can bring to bridal shops and share with their salespeople.

  3. Find a wedding dress shop that wants to help you

    Without the help of someone more experienced, it can be difficult to look at a wedding dress on a rack and see how it captures what you want.
    Look for a bridal shop that provides personalized service. Generally, they are the most experienced when it comes to identifying dresses that incorporate what you like.
    For instance, at VIERO, you must book an appointment to shop at one of our flagship boutiques. This ensures you have the undivided attention of someone who will listen to what you want and will translate that into the best matching dress choices.

For a more detailed version of this approach, including more shopping tips, check out our post on how to find an unforgettable off-the-rack wedding dress.

If you’ve done all of this but are still struggling, it’s probably safe to say you’ve exhausted your off-the- rack options. But don’t worry. There’s a plan B. Keep reading.

How to know if a custom wedding dress is your best option

Creating a custom wedding dress is a great way to get exactly what you want, but there are a few considerations to keep in mind. Below are questions to ask yourself before you decide a custom wedding dress is your best option.

Do I have enough time to have a custom wedding dress made?

At VIERO, our custom wedding dress process takes about 5-6 months from the day you start the process. Assuming you’ve already gathered inspiration for your dress using the process we recommended above, you’ll easily stay within this timing window.

Keep in mind that it’s difficult to create a high-quality wedding dress that is handcrafted from a truly custom design on a shorter timeline. Beware of bridal companies that offer shorter turnaround times. They’re likely to overcharge you for a low-quality dress that isn’t completely custom.

In addition to the 5-6 month window, leave yourself an extra 6 weeks for alterations. Even though your custom dress is made to your exact measurements, it’s common for brides to experience weight fluctuation ahead of their big day.

Can I afford a custom wedding dress with my budget?

Custom wedding dress costs vary depending on the design and materials involved. Some materials cost more than others. Some designs cost more, because they’re more intricate and take more time to execute.

At VIERO, we tell clients to be prepared to spend $4,000-6,000. At some ateliers, you can easily spend as much as you would on a car, but we aim for approachable luxury. We established our own in-house design team and production shop to perfect high-quality dresses at a reasonable price.

At some “custom” online vendors, you may find unbelievably low prices. Beware you’re typically paying a high mark-up on very low-quality materials assembled in an outsourced production plant with questionable quality control.

Will I be comfortable with the custom dress process?

If you’ve completed the process recommended in the first half of this article, you have a good sense of what you want in a dress. You’ve already conquered one of the toughest parts of the custom dress process.

That leaves one other thing to consider. Are you comfortable saying yes to the dress in a less traditional way? In the custom dress process, your dress options are presented to you in the form of design sketches and material swatches. First you pick a wedding dress design from sketches that were custom designed for you. Then you choose materials for that design from a variety of swatches that work well in the design you chose.

Most brides find this fun, and they love having more choices than they would in a store. Just keep in mind that committing to the dress before it exists feels different. It’s more like waiting a long time to open a present when you know what it is. It’s exciting to think about what’s inside, but there’s nothing like opening it and seeing that it’s exactly what you want.

Taking the next step toward your perfect wedding dress

If this post made you realize you hadn’t fully prepared for the wedding dress shopping experience, learn more about how to find the best off-the-rack wedding dress. And start looking for inspiration.

If you think a custom dress is right for you, learn more about the custom wedding dress process. And contact a bridal boutique that offers custom dresses.

How to Find an Unforgettable Off-the-Rack Wedding Dress

How to Find an Unforgettable Off-the-Rack Wedding Dress

With the right process, buying your wedding dress off the rack can be the best decision

What makes a wedding dress unforgettably beautiful is that it captures you. Although there may be more than one of a dress you find on the rack, when it captures your features and style in the way you want, it becomes a one-of-a-kind look. You make your dress memorable.

Unfortunately, the wedding dress industry isn’t always concerned about you. That’s why it can feel like the odds are stacked against you when you’re trying to buy a wedding dress off the rack.

Maybe you don’t know what you want. You’ve been poking around online, but the choices are overwhelming and personalized help is limited, if it even exists. Or, you’ve been to some bridal shops, but they all feel the same. The sales staff are pushy and don’t seem to care how you feel about the dresses they offer. As far as they’re concerned, any dress you plan to buy now looks wonderful.

Whether this is relatable or you’re lucky enough to be at the beginning of your wedding dress shopping, VIERO has put together a simple process you can use to find the best off-the-rack wedding dress for you.

How to Find the Best Off-the-Rack Wedding Dress

1.Understand your wedding dress logistics

To find the best dress for you, first think about the context you’ll wear it in.

Your Wedding Day

Before you start thinking about wedding dress styles, it’s important to understand any limitations your wedding day might pose on your fashion choices. Think about your wedding location, timing and activities. Are there any dress styles or features that won’t work, or that might work better, because of things like weather, dance choreography or outdoor obstacles?

Your Body

Even though you may instinctively think about what does or doesn’t look good on you, you may not know why you think that. Being specific about which of your features you want to highlight or downplay makes it easier to find a wedding dress you feel looks the best. It’s also helpful when you’re trying to choose between two dresses you like that emphasize your features differently.

Keep in mind that body features aren’t just legs or curves. They include things you might not think about as often like tattoos and height.

2.Figure out what you want in a wedding dress

To discover what you like, search for inspiration. Then evaluate it and learn.

One of the biggest problems brides face when shopping for a wedding dress is understanding what they might like and how to describe it to a salesperson. Figuring out what you want and learning the lingo for styles, cuts and materials you like is easier than you think. Just follow this process.

Keeping in mind your wedding dress logistics, search for wedding dress pictures online, in magazines or wherever you might find inspiration. The goal is to find dresses that you like on some level. You don’t need to like the whole dress. For instance, you may like the material it’s made of, but you don’t like the neckline. You might like how it fits, but its train is too long. Maybe you like the whole dress but wish it were ivory instead of bright white.

Also, don’t forget about accessories. If there is a major accessory you plan to wear, such as a veil or shawl, make sure you find pictures of ones you like, and think about how the accessory would work with the dress styles you gravitate toward.

Put your photos in a sharable form like Pinterest. If you have any paper photos, place them in a folder you can bring with you as you shop for your wedding dress.

Evaluate and Learn

Once you’ve gathered many photos, or while you’re gathering them, take notes on your specific likes for each dress and accessory picture. Sort them into categories the represent the best of what you liked: materials you like best, shapes you like best, cuts you like best, etc. Ideally, you assemble enough pictures to cover the major categories: length, shape, cut, color, materials, key features (open back, train, etc.)

Learn

Review your best-of categories and figure out how to describe what you want in each category. For instance, you may notice all the material you like is lacey and it’s all a similar lace. Try to find out if it has a specific name. This works best with online pictures. Usually, you can find a useful description if you return to the website where you found the picture.

Remember to write down the terminology you find to describe your likes. You can also use this terminology to google more images, which can help you find a dress that incorporates multiple features you want.

Set Priorities You Can Share

Now that you’ve sorted out what you like, it’s time to prioritize your wants in a shareable list.

Jot down a few bullets about your wedding day logistics and body features you want to show off or downplay.

Now add any must-haves to the list. For instance, the dress must be a bright white.

Then list your top want from each of your best-of categories along with a runner up, if you had one. For instance, you really like an open back, but you’d consider a strapless dress too.

Make sure your list includes any wedding dress terminology you learned. Also, keep in mind which pictures you would show someone if they asked about a specific thing you like.

3.Find a wedding dress shop that wants to help you

Use what you’ve learned to get help from a wedding dress shop that cares about what you like.

Once you’ve completed the previous steps, you’ll know when a salesperson is truly knowledgeable and is trying to help you achieve your goals, not theirs. You’ll have more confidence about what’s right for you.

Share your priorities with the salespeople you meet. If they don’t understand the terminology, or they bring you something that doesn’t align at all with your priorities, you know they aren’t qualified or aren’t listening. Try another shop.

Look for wedding dress shops that offer personalized service. At VIERO, this means you book an appointment to shop at our flagship boutiques. When you arrive, you have the full attention of someone who will listen your priorities and who understands how to translate your likes into off-the-rack dress choices that can be that unforgettable dress.

Without the help of someone more experienced in wedding dresses, it can be difficult to look at a wedding dress on a rack and see how it captures what you want. You risk overlooking your best option and never trying it on.

Another thing to look for in a wedding dress shop is how they advertise themselves. If the styles they advertise don’t align with what you like, they probably can’t help you. Don’t waste your time.

Look for shops that offer quality over quantity. Having hundreds of poor-quality choices doesn’t help you get the best off-the-rack wedding dress. At VIERO, we’re thoughtful about the wedding dress styles we carry in our flagship boutiques whether they are our own or from another designer. We curate the best of fresh and modern styles, including both new trends and modernized classics. This allows us to vet each dress to ensure the best craftmanship and the most thoughtful designs.

Remember You Make Your Wedding Dress Unforgettable

Once you figure out what you like, and you put that in the context of you and your wedding, finding an off-the-rack wedding dress you love is possible. But remember you need a process to make this happen. And that process needs to include you, your priorities, and someone who is experienced enough to listen to what you want and help you find it.