Since opening our doors, Curvy Rose has helped brides in all phases of their gown journey. Whether just starting out or searching for months, our goal is to provide an elegant bridal experience that all women deserve. All brides want to look FABULOUS on their wedding day. And at Curvy Rose we help them to achieve that vision. So with that in mind, I'd like to share with you a few tips that have helped many of our brides discover their dream gown.
Tip #1 Love the Pin Up Girl
Back in the day, posters of pin up girls were all the rage. From Marilyn Monroe to Rita Hayworth and Jane Russell, they were celebrated for their bombshell figures and gorgeous good looks. Without the benefits of Photoshop, Instagram or a reality show these women were confident, sexy and curvy as all get up. But it was the girdles, corsets and bras that were responsible for creating the hourglass look that made us swoon.
Times have changed. I get it. We live in a day where we are free to wear whatever we'd like and that includes underwear. Most of us go for comfort and that's fine for work and play. But on our wedding day, we need to step it up a notch and accentuate those curves. Investing in really good shape wear will create that sultry, romantic look you're after. Try to purchase your undergarments before making your first bridal gown appointment and bring them with you to ALL appointments.
Many people are fans of Spanx and I'm one of them. Yes, they can be on the pricey side, but they smooth those curves and that's the point. I prefer the higher power compression either in a brief or high waist shaper. Spanx also has another shaper called the OnCore high waisted mid thigh short. I've never tried them, but if you want to say goodbye to that muffin top, these are for you. All of these shapers go up to size 3X. Whether you select this brand or another, the key is compression. The tighter the thread, the more compression. One rule of thumb, if you have to shimmy to get them on, you're on the right track.
The other item to invest in is a good strapless or long line bra that hooks in the back. I'm a personal fan of the long line, but if you're wearing spanx for tummy control a supportive strapless bra can do the job too. What's great about a longline bra is that the additional boning adds another layer of compression giving you that bombshell hourglass shape.
One thing is for sure, this is not the time to cut corners. Visit a lingerie shop and get properly fitted before purchasing any of these items, especially the bra. I also recommend having your bra sewn into your dress. A good seamstress can do that for you. That way you won't have any sliding issues on your wedding day.
Another bonus--the right lingerie is SEXY as heck. Your fiance will love it, especially after the wedding, TRUST ME.
Okay I hear what you're saying, why should it take all that? If I lose 20-30 pounds before the wedding I won't have to wear Spanx or any of that other stuff. Wrong. All women have curves and those curves need to pop! Even movie stars wear the proper undergarments on the red carpet. Since you're wedding is your personal Hollywood premier, GLAM IT UP!! A smooth foundation will make everything look better, and your pictures will look AWESOME too!
Tip #2 Share, share, share
Building a relationship with your consultant is also key to finding your gown. Talk to him/her about what you like. Be specific. Do you love lace and beading? Do you want to be sexy, elegant or glamorous? Do you love illusion backs or want something more demur. Bring pictures of gowns you like and share your vision, but also be open to their suggestions.
Whether your heart is set on a trumpet, an A-line or ball gown the goal is to create the most stunning version of you on your wedding day. If your consultant recommends a ball gown rather than a trumpet, take a chance. If you still don't like their selections, tell them why. Again, be specific with your feedback. If there is a detail that you don't like or something that you would like to fix share that with them.
Bottom line, SHARE, SHARE, SHARE. As long as you love the overall style and structure of the gown, specific features like sleeves, beading, length, and even skirt volume can be changed by a great seamstress and sometimes the designer too.
Tip #3 Enjoy the process
Your gown journey should be an enjoyable experience. If you feel pressure, overwhelmed or unsupported, it's time to pause and take a break. Yes, waiting too long to order your dress can be problematic, but buying in a rush is even worse. Like the adage says, "bit by bit, life's a cinch." Don't absorb it all at once. Finalizing the shape of the gown is your first priority. Once you discover the gown shape you love, move on to style details like like ruching, lace, beading, and fabric. Take your time. Try on gowns from other designers in your price point. Enjoy being the center of attention and focus on the fact that you are marrying the love of your life. That thought alone should make you feel giddy.
Wedding planning can be stressful, even for the most organized bride. Shopping for a wedding gown doesn't have to be. Arm yourself with the right support and you'll be a wedding slayer in whatever gown you choose.