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The DOs and DON’Ts of Choosing Your Wedding Dress

by Tina Waller ( News )

The DOs and DON’Ts of Choosing Your Wedding Dress

Tina Waller is a highly experienced wedding dress designer based in Maidenhead, Berkshire and has worked with hundreds of bride’s designing and making their dream wedding dress. If you’re thinking about getting your wedding dress made, please read our dos and don’ts to help you through the process.


Give yourself enough time to buy your dress. If you are thinking about getting your wedding dress made it’s important that you visit a wedding dress designer months in advance.  I like to start the ball rolling with my customers about 7 to 9 months before the big day.

Trust your wedding dress designer.  You do not have to go and try on loads of wedding dresses to establish which one you like before you see your wedding dress designer. The designer will discuss with you certain styles that will suit your personality and body shape and will make suggestions.

Keep your options open. You might arrive at your first consultation with an idea of the type of dress you like either from a photograph or website but you should be open to other styles that the Designer may suggest. The initial ideas are just a starting point and most dresses evolve and transform as they go through the making process. There are so many different styles as well as fabrics that together with your designer you will find the perfect dress!

Ask lots of questions at your first meeting. This is the time for you to open up to your wedding dress designer and ask as many questions as you want about how the process works and what type/style of dress you like/don’t like and to provide the details of your wedding setting as this can be just as important when deciding on the right dress. As mentioned above you should ask questions of the wedding dress designer about the type/style of dress they feel will suit your frame, body type and personality. Tina Waller is a wedding dress designer and doesn’t hold back at the meeting ‘I am a bit like a detective when it comes to finding out what the bride likes/doesn’t like, the more questions I can ask the more I understand what type of dress to design to suit the bride and the smoother the process is’


Wear suitable underwear when you’re trying on your wedding dress. Bridal underwear is best when smooth and unobtrusive. Frilly, pretty or sexy can show if your dress has a slimmer silhouette and skin tone pants are a MUST. Also, ensure that you have a well fitted bra and one that works with the style of the dress.

Make one big decision at one time so that you can be certain you have chosen well. Be it the design or the fabric for example. I would always suggest you try on the accessories further down the making process. It is so important to try on accessories with your actual dress.


Feel like you must bring an audience to the meetings. Too many opinions, and thoughts can add to the stress. We suggest taking one person along with you, someone who you trust and is on the same wavelength as you. Or of course, it’s perfectly normal to go alone.

Forget to speak to your wedding dress designer about accessories. To complete your look, it’s important the accessory selection is spot on. Picking out the right veil, tiara, shoes etc.… can be equally as important as the dress selection. Ask your designer what she thinks are the best accessories to compliment your dress. The mirror can be a real friend too and together we can see what will work for you. So don’t rush and purchase at a shop or online, take your time and you may also save yourself a few pennies.

I hope these tips have helped and if you would like to find out more about our wedding dress design services, please contact me on 01628 624340 or send me an email




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