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We have to admit that the best part of any wedding (whether it’s your bff’s or your favourite celebrity) is checking out the dress.

There aren’t a lot of other times in your life where you get to dress up like a princess and parade around in a huge cupcake dress (if that’s your preference) so it’s best to make the most of it.

Choosing a dress however, is not always easy (I speak from experience).

So there are a couple things to know before you head into the wilderness of wedding gowns and naturally get overwhelmed.

This expert advice from the hosts of the new Say Yes To The Dress Asia that premiers next Friday on TLC Southeast Asia (Starhub Channel 427 / Singtel Channel 254) is all you need to get you started.


1. Stay true to yourself

Remember, the dress is something you’re wearing to mark a big milestone so it should reflect your style and personality.

Don’t just blindly follow trends because its all over social media. Pick one that reflects who you are and flatters your physique to a T.

Have confidence that your dress is out there somewhere waiting for you so don’t give up!


2. Start with the research

Many brides underestimate the importance of doing their own research before making any appointments with a bridal shop. 

It’s crucial to have an idea of what you like and dislike before hitting up the stores because no one understands your preferences like you do.

By having a clear idea of of what you want, the consultant will be in a better position to give you proper advice. 


3. Plan the wedding before you get the dress

It sounds simple, but its easy to forget in all the excitement that besides the dress, there are other factors that will come into play. 

Before the dress, decide on the theme of the wedding and take into account whether it’s going to be a day or night event or if there are any religious or cultural customs as this will determine your dress code.

Make sure to take these factors into factors into account to prevent your dress from looking out of theme.



4. Set a budget. And stick to it!

It’s not just about buying a dress, but buying the jewellery, shoes and appropriate lingerie/shapewear to form the whole look.

By thinking about the outfit in its entirety and setting a budget for everything you will be wearing from the get-go, you are more likely to stick to it and have more time to shop around for the other important accessories to complete your bridal #OOTD.


5. Bring someone you trust to your dress-fitting

You should always bring along that person who will be open and honest enough with you to tell you when a dress doesn’t look good – someone who knows what you want better than you do and understands what looks best on you. 

Tip: When trying on dresses, see how it looks in daylight or somewhere with natural lighting. This is so you can assess whether the details on the dress come through and if the nude lining matches your skin tone.


This article was first published in Cleo.