My Wedding Dress | The Designer, Style & Finer Details

Wedding dress shopping was one of my favourite parts of the wedding planning process. I'm the typical girly girl who loves dressing up and when the day is spent with your Mum and closest friends then it's even better. I went to a local Bridal Boutique, tried on around ten dresses and fell in love with the third one - trying it on three times. Before long it was ordered and I waited for it to arrive back at the bridal shop. I'd fallen in love with a Mori Lee dress.

Before my first appointment I didn't really know what I wanted and lots of people had said they thought I would have gone for big and the princess but actually it was all about the mermaid style. I chose the Mori Lee 2610 Ivory Lace Mermaid Wedding dress as I absolutely loved the fitted look on me. When it came to a strapless dress I was always conscious of pulling up the bust, because lets face it I don't have much holding it up, so the illusion neckline was a huge favourite. It gave me the sweetheart neckline of the lace dress with detailed lace holding it all up.

As I've said many times before I'm an absolute magpie so I wanted something with a bit of sparkle. It's hard to see from the photos but the dress has crystal beads all over the lace that glistened and sparkled as I moved. The delicate lace has a romantic look and wasn't too big or fussy for my style. I loved that the lace was all over the dress until a point. The fishtail flare starts just above my knees and that's where the lace begins to fade out, featuring subtly in the skirt. 

One of the things that was worth considering before my appointment was how I'd want my hair. I always knew I was going to have most of my hair down, whether that was to the side or a half up style (which I ended up choosing with a hair vine). Your hair has a big impact on details like the back of the dress. My wedding dress had a deep V back with the stunning lace straps and I loved how fuss free it was but style a romantic, timeless detail of the dress. With that I had to make the decision whether to go bra-less or find a low back dress. With the help of my amazing seamstress, who had to alter my dress to be shorter and brought in, she fitted the cups of my bra. This was an amazing solution and left me feeling comfortable all day.

The dress fastened at the back with a zip and had fabric covered bridal buttons to hide the zip. This was so much easier to fasten than a lace up dress and is definitely something to consider. There's lots of little aspects of this dress that makes it figure flattering and the fact that the low V back reached the natural waistline brought the eye to my thinnest part. It's all about feeling and looking your best in your princess dress.

The fishtail style had a beautiful chapel length train which had plenty of volume but wasn't too big or long to be able to walk confidently or dance our first dance. I love how the dress looks standing on the steps for our photos and as I walked down the aisle. My seamstress added a bustle at the back so that I could hook up my dress for the evening to spend my night on the dance floor. This meant I didn't have to hold the dress with the little ribbon that's often in dresses but and also kept the shape

If you're looking for your wedding dress then check out my my advice and top tips. Enjoy the experience and don't get stressed out - it's different for everyone and the 'when you know, you know' can hit people in different ways. For me it was my smile - it grew every time I tried this dress and couldn't be taken off my face. For others it's tears. 
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