Expert advice about wedding dresses

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Herts and Beds Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourhertsbeds.wedding

 

Stylishly snug

Stylishly snug

Q. We're planning a November wedding so it's going to be cold. Can you help me decide what I should wear that'll keep me warm without sacrificing style?

A. Cathy Smyth says: Cathy says: Being cold could show in your photos so consider a dress with sleeves and maybe in a heavier fabric like crepe. If sleeves aren't your thing then ramp up the accessories. For the rockier bride you could opt for a leather jacket, the more rustic wedding could lend itself to a denim version or get your groom to be a gent and give you his jacket!

Traditional brides could opt for a faux fur wrap; bolero, shawl or pashmina and snuggly capes are very on-trend for 2020.

If it's your dream to be outside a lot on your day keep your hands warm with a muff or pair of gloves and the last thing to think about is underwear. You can keep yourself toasty warm with some thermal undies – not the most sexy but worth it to keep you comfortable.

Cathy Smyth
www.katejosephbridal.co.uk

 

The perfect dress

The perfect dress

Q. I'd love a princess dress but I'm really short and I'm worried I'll be swamped. What style should I steer toward to suit my tiny frame?

A. Cathy Smyth says: Finding the perfect gown for your body type can sometimes be a daunting task. If you have a petite frame it's best to find a gown that elongates your figure and a flattering A-line would be a good option. You will still get that princess look but without the excess layers. A fullon ball gown with lots of detail could drown you and can make you appear shorter than you really are.

By choosing a clean, fairly simple A-line dress you won't go far wrong. Being smaller it's always good to make sure the dress is balanced. You might need a shorter body and definitely a shorter length, so maybe go with a designer that'll accommodate this and do a made-to-measure service.

Cathy Smyth
katejosephbridal.co.uk

 

Romantic style

Romantic style

Q. I'm not sure what style of dress to choose for our August nuptials. What styles and fabrics should I consider that'll keep me cool if it's a warm day?

A. Cathy Smyth says: A summer wedding opens up so many options for the perfect dress. Floaty chiffon, lightweight tulle, beautiful lace or a soft A-line gown will keep you cool and comfortable. An open back's ideal but if you want to cover up, a light illusion back with some delicate detail is the answer – it's still sexy but covered. If you're looking for a fitted dress, you can opt for the more relaxed design with a statement soft tulle overskirt. Sleeves can still be on the wish list too in a lightweight fabric or opt for the more boho look with crochet.

Cathy Smyth
katejosephbridal.co.uk

 

Gorgeous gown

Gorgeous gown

Q. We're planning an outdoor wedding with a relaxed vibe. What sort of dress should I opt for that will give me the boho look?

A. Sam Newby-Ricci says: If you're planning a relaxed wedding that breaks with tradition you're definitely a boho bride. You won't be wearing ivory satin shoes with a kitten heel or a tiara. When it comes to the dress, think crochet, statement lace and possibly tassels. Skirts can be flowing in soft chiffon but if you're thinking of a fitted gown, opt for relaxed with cheeky splits in the skirt. Illusion or barely-there-backs are popular and plunging necklines with embroidery appliqués complement outdoor nuptials. Willowby by Watters nails this look. Always fashion-forward and affordable, this is the go-to designer for me when looking for a relaxed vibe.

Sam Newby-Ricci
www.heritagebrides.co.uk

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