Every bride has their signature style, but I really struggled to find mine. I didn’t know where to start when it came to look for wedding dresses, so my go-to place was social media. I started following a few designers I liked and set up a secret Pintrest board for me and my bridesmaids to all share our thoughts and ideas. Pintrest is a great way to pull images and pin them to your ‘pinboards’ to create a collage of images to look at on one screen. I was hooked!
About nine months before my wedding date I decided to take some action and book a few wedding dress fittings to bring my ideas to life. I booked appointments in Knightsbridge and Kensington with Pronovias, Riki Dalal and The Wedding Club which showcases one of my favourite designers Berta. It was a great excuse for me and my mum to spend some quality time travelling and trying on wedding dresses for the first time.
I still had no idea what I was looking for, and after trying on a few designs I left very disappointed. Everything drowned me or looked like I had thrown on a lace curtain. One thing I did know was that I wanted some beadwork or embellishment on my dress but some designers are quite strict with their designs and templates and there was not much say in adding or taking a few things away.
I came home slightly tipsy from all the champagne we drank at all the fittings, but really disheartened. I spoke to Paul and told him I didn’t know where to go from here. He started showing is ‘his’ ideas of what he would like me to wear googling ‘sexy wedding dresses’. As cute as this was, my dress will be the one big surprise for him on our wedding day so this was all on me. He asked me to think about when I wore an outfit and felt like a million dollars, I knew straight away, it was Dawn Wards Creme de la Creme ball in 2012 when I wore a green sequinned Nadine Merabi dress. I felt like a superstar in it! It was so sexy and super comfortable, in fact Nadine actually named the dress, the ‘Zeri’ dress in her collection after I wore it. And there was my answer.
I knew then I wanted red carpet glamour, something sexy and sassy. Nadine has a huge celebrity following, dressing stars on red carpets all over the world. After having an initial chat with her, we arranged a trip down to London to select the fabric and start the dress from scratch.
I have six months to go until the big day and my fabric is still another 4-6 weeks away being hand embellished in India. Once it arrives we can get to work on the design and start the dress making process. I know I am cutting it a bit fine, but I have every confidence Nadine will do a great job.
Here are a few red carpet wedding dress designs that have become my favourite
When starting your wedding dress shopping process there are a few key things that you need to know;
- Create a mood board of dress ideas
- Know what dress suits your body shape
- Select your top 5 designers and find their concessions and flagship stores
- Be prepared to pay for your first dress fittings, they can range from £25-£100
- Take a pair of heels, veil or accessories so you can gauge how the ensemble will look
- Most dress designers offer fabulous experiences with a glass of fizz, chocolates and a personal shopping service
- Take a friend, mother or bridesmaid with you to get a second opinion and so they can take photos for you
I never thought as a little girl what my wedding dress would look like, and three months ago I was still non the wiser. Now I cannot wait to see this all taking shape now that all the other elements of the wedding are boxed off. My red carpet wedding dress is finally underway!