The Dress Dilemma – Help is at Hand!

Choosing your wedding dress can be a daunting experience. Some brides have dreamt of their special day since they were little girls and have it all worked out, but most women haven’t a clue what they want. The choice of gowns available is overwhelming. Everyone around a bride has got an opinion on what makes the ideal wedding dress – and they aren’t afraid to tell the bride-to-be exactly what she should be wearing!

Remember that it’s your day.  Well meaning friends and relatives will try to advise you but too many opinions can be confusing.  Before you go out and hit the shops with them, do your research online. Find out what styles appeal to you and make a note of things that you love and things you definitely don’t like. There are loads of websites to browse so you can get a real flavour of what is out there.

When you arrive at your appointments with the bridal boutiques be sure to ask for the styles you have seen and want to try on. Try to keep an open mind when you’re trying on gowns as the shop assistants will try to advise you on what styles will suit your figure best. Even if a gown hasn’t serenaded you from the hanger, it may actually look amazing once you get it on!

At Sylvan Angel Boutique we like to offer something different to the run-of-the-mill bridal styles.  Having spent time finding out what brides want, we have come to recognise that, whilst there are a vast number of bridal designers, generally the mainstream gowns available in most shops are very similar in style – and this is not what the discerning bride wants.  On the most special day of your life you want to feel unique; the most beautiful bride ever.  We can help to make this a reality.

Top Dress Trends for 2013 – The Sylvan Angel Guide

Lace – This fabric is here to stay. Since Kate Middleton’s wedding, long lace sleeves have been the thing to be seen in. Timeless elegance in Grace Kelly style; you can’t go wrong with a beautiful lace gown. A novel way to wear lace is to go for an overlay which can be removed from your gown later in the evening so you can accessorise with a glitzy belt and change your look for the reception. Claire Mischevani is a great designer to go for if lace is your thing. Her gowns ooze sophistication from every seam and the internal corset makes for a great fit.  A choice of dress shapes, lace overlays and flexibility on necklines and sleeve lengths means her gowns are fully customisable and it’s unlikely that you’ll get two brides with the same combination.  You can even go for a made to measure gown where you are fitted with a calico toile for a full couture experience.

by Claire Mischevani

Bella by Claire Mischevani

Ruffles – This detailing was prevalent on the New York Bridal Week catwalk and makes for a very sculptural gown. Frothy layers of organza, tulle or chiffon give a very romantic yet playful feel to your look.  There are lots of designers adding this type of skirt to their gowns, we like the Rosa Couture styles Kayleigh and Bureta.

Kayleigh by Rosa Couture

Kayleigh by Rosa Couture

Beading and Sequins – If you are looking for vintage glamour then this is the style for you.  All over beading and sequin detail á la Elie Saab makes for a fabulously decadent gown. Our favourite affordable designer showing this style is brand new label Eliza Jane Howell. These are gorgeous Art Deco inspired evening style gowns and are perfect for weddings abroad as well as at home in the big city.

Colour – This is back in the wake of a number of celebrity weddings such as Justin Timberlake to Jessica Biel who chose pink for her gown. Designers have started bringing back delicate colours for brides to choose from this year. Blush, gold and caramel are all featured on the catwalks.  Pastels are very much in.

Floral Embellishments – beautiful roses made from chiffon, tulle and satin are decorating the gowns this season.  Who can resist such a feminine statement?

Other styles featured on the catwalks were asymmetric, off the shoulder and illusion necklines, dramatic and sexy backless gowns, short skirts and convertible gowns.

Of course, the ultimate luxury is to design and have your own gown made.  There are not many boutiques which offer a couture service such as this.  Sylvan Angel bridal boutique is unique in that all of our gowns are fully customisable and we can create bespoke jewellery and accessories in-house.  We also offer a full couture service so you can have a genuinely unique gown for your special day.  The best thing is it’s not as expensive as you might think!

If you’re struggling for inspiration and really want a professional no-obligation opinion or simply want to find a fabulous wedding dress – then give us a call on 01332 293888 to book an appointment for your free consultation.  If you simply want to browse our collections then feel free to drop in – you are very welcome!  Check our website for our opening hours at

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