Wedding Dresses Ireland | A Guide On How To Choose A Wedding Dress

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Hello my beautiful fellow creators!

If I was to choose my wedding dress I'd be at a loss. I wouldn't know where to begin.

I suppose my Pinterest board would be overflowing. You gotta admit when there's so much beauty it's easy to get overwhelmed.

For guidance and structure I compiled a guide of most commonly asked questions. I'll answer all queries when it comes to wedding dresses. 

Follow me on this journey. By the end of it you'll be able to filter your Pinterest boards. You'll have the right set of steps to undertake on the path to your perfect wedding dress.

wedding dress styles

Boho Vintage style Wedding Dress

This style encompasses a lot of details. You'll see a lot of open backs. The top dress is usually decorated with fine detail as a must and the skirt is usually made of tulle

The overall feel of this style is relaxed and romantic. Sleeves are a popular attribute of this style and will cary the most detail on it.


Classic Dress Style Wedding Dress

Classic wedding dresses are plain with little detailing. The exact opposite of the above. 

There will be large amounts of thick high quality materials. Bust areas are tidy and designed in neat lines

Classic dresses can have a detailed back bows or paired with a tulle skirt yet keeping it very plain. 

Traditional options of this dress (think Grace Kelly and Kate Middleton) will have a lace top yet carried out in a very conservative manner. 


Modern Minimalist Style Wedding Dress

This style is similar to classic however the lines aren't as refined and the material light and thin.

This style has a relaxed cut usually with a narrow skirt sometimes with a slit at the front. 

As the material is a lot lighter it falls in relaxed folds and and isn't as tightly fit and tailored.

Modern minimalist style is light and relaxed and suits well a city bride.


Sexy Glam Style Wedding Dress

This style is the embodiment of sex appeal and passion

The garment will be rich in detail and tightly fit exposing the curves and attractive lines of the bride's body.

This is the dress for the brides who are willing to show off the curves and feel quite comfortable in doing so too.

There are a lot of low cut outs exposing the back and cleavage.

It can be both heavily decorated with bling or remain plain.


dream princess wedding dress style

The name speaks for itself. Think disney movies when imagining this style.

A full skirt with a lot of lace, sequin and pearl details

The skirt is full and begins to come out from the waist creating this beautiful princess ball gown silhouette. 

However like anything else, this style can be plain and while still remaining a princess silhouette it can have very little decorative detailing on it.


Rustic Chic wedding dress style

Rustic Chic is somewhat similar to Boho Vintage style. It embodies a lot of texture and has a relaxed feel.

You'll observe crochet, beading, fringing and even tulle. The more texture the better in Rustic Chic. 

This relaxed type of wear has different silhouettes. Sleeves or absence of them, different types of skirts create an array of variations. 

This style reminds me of a hippie style where everything goes and the main idea is to achieve the down to earth, laid back atmosphere, hence all the textures.

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which wedding dress matches your body

Deciding on a dress based on your body type can help you narrow down the choice.

However this isn’t something that will you should strictly follow.

I believe that everyone is special and you should try different styles before you figure out your own.

A detailed guide to familiarise yourself with different types of body shapes and dress silhouettes is beautifully compiled in here in a grid: Wedding Dress Body Types

 
 

Telling The Difference Between Ivory vs White Wedding Dress

I didn't know that ivory is not white, although it is very common to assume that. White is pure white and may not suit everyone.

Due to the fact that there's a lot of different shades of lets say 'white' BHLDN compiled an article on different types of wedding colours worth looking at.

 
 

Ivory wedding dresses suit people with pale skin. It will complement the skin without washing it out.

White wedding dress goes better with slightly darker, olive or tanned skin.

It's important to note that you are thinking of acquiring a tan or fake tan for your wedding day try to predict how dark you want to go.

Think ahead or even have the colour done when for wedding dress shopping. It will help you with figuring out what shade of 'white' will suit you best.

Make sure that when you’re wedding dress shopping your fake tan isn’t brand new as it may leave marks on the sample dresses.

I’ve also noticed that the darker the shade of white is, the more you’re able to see the photographic detail on the dress such as beading and lace.

When choosing a wedding dress this source explains the reason why your skin tone can make or break how well the dress complements you.

 
 

Remember, you're carrying the dress, not the other way around.

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Why Wedding Dress Is So Expensive

It may seem that just because it is a wedding dress the designers sky rocket the price of it.

However just like any other professional skill and craftsmanship the price of an item or service will be more expensive than something that is mass produced.

The price consists of fabric, the detail such as beading, embellishments, sometimes embroidery, crocheting, lace and labouring skill.

There are a lot of layers to the dresses and even if the dress is a slim fit silk dress it is the expertise that make the dress expensive.

At the end of the day it’s a one of a kind design that even if replicated will never be exactly the same as the emerging or past collections.

Remember, it is an exclusive service. Everything exclusive costs a lot of money. In particular if you want to fall in love with it for years to come.

This article gives a detailed examination with photographic comparisons on cheap vs expensive dresses and what makes them look like that.

 
Why wedding dress is so expensive
 

Wedding Dress Underwear

Referring to this amazing article on underwear I’d like to highlight a few important points about wedding lingerie. 

Don’t buy your underwear before you decide on the dress.

You mightn’t know what fit you are going for and you’ll end up spending unnecessary money or buying the wrong type of underwear.

The type of dresses that require the most attention to underwear would be slim fit. Something made of light material or thin lining.

Dresses that are fit tightly to your body revealing the curves will also require close attention to wedding lingerie.

For thin lined dresses you will need underwear that doesn’t have any folds or seams.

The article states that even with one slim fit dresses you can still wear lace underwear but make sure it’s high tech flat lace before purchasing.

For a tight fit wedding dress revealing your curves you'll need shape underwear.

Shape underwear will make sure that the body parts are all perfectly plumped!

Lingerie Shops Ireland:

 

Bridal Lingerie Dublin
Bridal Wedding Dress Underwear Kilkenny
Wedding Dress Underwear Kilkenny

Peaches And Cream

A specialised shop that provides a great choice of bridal shape wear. Nothing too Victoria Secret in there. However a great choice of reputable brands. Dublin City based shop.

 

 

 

 

Belle Femme Lingerie

Similar to the above shop. I suggest you go in the shop physically as they may have a larger selection of products on hand. I love this shop as it clearly focuses on all body types from I what I could see when looking at their advertising. Based in Kilkenny, wonderful city for a walk, a coffee and an overnight stay!

 

 

 

Cameo Bridal

A lot more focused towards brides. I should say solely on brides. All sorts of things I've never even seen before which is wonderful. Also based in Kilkenny.


wedding dress on flights

A lot of my couples are coming from the United States, Australia or other parts of Europe. So transporting a wedding dress on a flight is a common and popular quesiton. 

First of all check your airline and see how they can assist you in transporting it.

You may have to purchase an extra seat called an item seat for the dress. If you’re lucky there will be a closet in the aircraft where you’ll be able to hang the garment.

As per this article with an extensive amount of detailed tips on transporting your wedding dress, the most reinforced advice is to under no circumstance check in your wedding dress.

Even if there’s a small risk of loosing the bag in the airport, you don’t want to go through the stress of finding it. Keep your dress by your side as much as you can.

You will have to buy quality garment bags that are water proof. It will maximise the protection of your dress and decrease the chance of severe creasing.

Check the guidelines of the airline when it comes to the wedding dress well ahead of time. Call the hotel to inquire about the on site wedding dress care, such as steaming and pressing.

Ask the wedding dress company to prepare the dress for travel by packing it. The experts will know exactly what to do.

Follow this article for more tips on how to fold the wedding dress correctly or watch this video.

 
 

wedding dress cleaning and wedding dress storage

Wedding dress cleaning is something that should be a part of your wedding planning and planned before the wedding day.

The sooner you will bring your dress in for a professional clean the better.

You may be tempted to bring it into a cheap dry cleaners in the hopes to save money but think twice before doing so. 

Remember how we spoke about why wedding dresses are so expensive?

The delicate fabrics, lace, embellishments and layers need a professional textile cleaner to know how to treat it properly. They know what to do so that the stains are removed and will not cause discolouration with time.

By putting your trust in professional dress cleaning you can acquire of the dress storage that will preserve your dress correctly.

Textiles can have a tendency to change tones and colour over time. They can take in the moisture of the attic or other damp space.

Inappropriate storage can cause the occurrence of mould or holes from clothes moth. 

I stumbled upon an Irish wedding dress cleaning company that walks you through the process explaining the consequences of post-wedding day dress treatment.

They will even provide you with a wedding dress storage box! 

Based in Carlow, Bridal Gown Cleaning will bring your dress to a spotless state. I love the way they educate their clients, and in my books, that is key.

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wedding dress inspiration

I've compiled a few inspirational boards to kick you off. You'll see that I have collected boards with famous people and some quirky dresses! Enjoy!

 

Wedding Dresses Famous People

 
 

Quirky Wedding Dresses

Woooo... Now this is my absolute favourite board. I love how you can let your imagination run wild.

Appreciating so many textures, intricate designs, patterns and such an incredible skill... I can do this all day.

Enjoy this board. Let your thoughts run wild. Feel free!


Niche Wedding Dress Designers Ireland

 Vintage Wedding Dresses Ireland

I encountered a few fabulous vintage wedding dress shops in Ireland. One of them I've worked with on an incredible Inspirational shoot.

Caroline from Dirty Fabulous is like a person who brings you back in time.

She inspires with her incredible knowledge of dress eras and has an incredible skill to create the most amazing wedding accessories!

 Styling by   The Wedding Expert   | Flowers by   Frog Prince Design   | Make Up by   Rebecca O'Sullivan   | Hair by   Claire Barry   | Dresses by   Dirty Fabulous   | Venue   Rosedale House   | Suits   Dorian Black

Styling by The Wedding Expert | Flowers by Frog Prince Design | Make Up by Rebecca O'Sullivan | Hair by Claire Barry | Dresses by Dirty Fabulous | Venue Rosedale House | Suits Dorian Black

More Vintage Wedding Dress Shops:

Bella Bleu

Vintage Pearl Bridal

Full list of vintage wedding dress shops here


Custom Made Wedding Dress Designers Ireland

Que Va is by far one of my favourite bespoke wedding dress designer shops. Loved working with Caoimhe.

She's a true artist and I cannot recommend her work more.

Attention to detail, inspiration, skill and an incredible ability to read women is all combined in the owner of Que Va. I am so proud to have had worked with her.

Sarah Foy dresses have a different feel to Que Va designs. They are lighter however it doesn't seize to surprise me the attention to detail.

Sarah has a focused approach and when I worked with her he materials were ethereal and authentic.

I am glad for reaching out to her on such a beautiful collaboration.

More wedding dress designers in Ireland

 Creative Team: Photographer:  Katya Koliban Photography  Styling and decor:  Lorraine at Hand Made Weddings  Hair Stylist:  Lorraine Browne  Makeup Artist:  Hayley McGowan  Dresses:  Sarah Foy  Stationery:  As You Wish  Cakes:  The Cake Lab Bakery  Groomswear:  Richie Whelan’s Menswear  Flowers:  Petite Fleurs  Venue:  The Millhouse  Mary-Kate Lanigan (Model):  1st Optio n James O’Callaghan (Model):  Grace Model Management

Creative Team: Photographer: Katya Koliban Photography Styling and decor: Lorraine at Hand Made Weddings Hair Stylist: Lorraine Browne Makeup Artist: Hayley McGowan Dresses: Sarah Foy Stationery: As You Wish Cakes: The Cake Lab Bakery Groomswear: Richie Whelan’s Menswear Flowers: Petite Fleurs Venue: The Millhouse Mary-Kate Lanigan (Model): 1st Option James O’Callaghan (Model): Grace Model Management


wedding dresses and photography

Finally to my favourite part of this article!

Now that we have broken everything down into smaller pieces and you are informed on how to choose and post-treat your wedding dress, let’s talk photography.

Photography is the only thing that will remain after the wedding day.

The memories will last forever and it is important to know a few tips on how to make the process of memory making easier.

 

 Creative Team: Photographer:  Katya Koliban Photography  Styling and decor:  Lorraine at Hand Made Weddings  Hair Stylist:  Lorraine Browne  Makeup Artist:  Hayley McGowan  Dresses:  Sarah Foy  Stationery:  As You Wish  Cakes:  The Cake Lab Bakery  Groomswear:  Richie Whelan’s Menswear  Flowers:  Petite Fleurs  Venue:  The Millhouse  Mary-Kate Lanigan (Model):  1st Optio n James O’Callaghan (Model):  Grace Model Management

Creative Team: Photographer: Katya Koliban Photography Styling and decor: Lorraine at Hand Made Weddings Hair Stylist: Lorraine Browne Makeup Artist: Hayley McGowan Dresses: Sarah Foy Stationery: As You Wish Cakes: The Cake Lab Bakery Groomswear: Richie Whelan’s Menswear Flowers: Petite Fleurs Venue: The Millhouse Mary-Kate Lanigan (Model): 1st Option James O’Callaghan (Model): Grace Model Management

Wedding Dress Bling

A lot of people (my brother’s fiancée included... and of course me) love bling.

Sparkles and beading is what makes up for bling and makes an impression on the guests especially if it’s a sunny wedding day or a winter candle lit atmosphere. 

However take into consideration that sparkles and bling will not transfer into the photographs the way you may think.

The video will be your best bet to capture that. Although you won’t be able to see how it shines in the photos don’t get discouraged by that, it will still look beautiful.

Knowing this, however, will set your expectations right.

 Creative Team: Photographer:  Katya Koliban Photography  Styling and decor:  Lorraine at Hand Made Weddings  Hair Stylist:  Lorraine Browne  Makeup Artist:  Hayley McGowan  Dresses:  Sarah Foy  Stationery:  As You Wish  Cakes:  The Cake Lab Bakery  Groomswear:  Richie Whelan’s Menswear  Flowers:  Petite Fleurs  Venue:  The Millhouse  Mary-Kate Lanigan (Model):  1st Optio n James O’Callaghan (Model):  Grace Model Management

Creative Team: Photographer: Katya Koliban Photography Styling and decor: Lorraine at Hand Made Weddings Hair Stylist: Lorraine Browne Makeup Artist: Hayley McGowan Dresses: Sarah Foy Stationery: As You Wish Cakes: The Cake Lab Bakery Groomswear: Richie Whelan’s Menswear Flowers: Petite Fleurs Venue: The Millhouse Mary-Kate Lanigan (Model): 1st Option James O’Callaghan (Model): Grace Model Management

Wedding Dress Material

Wedding dresses come in different shades of white, like we already know the most common one is Ivory.

Please be aware of the fact that on a sunny day you may loose the details of the dress in a photograph.

As natural a light photographer I can tell you that some detail (not all!) on the dress will be lost due to the way the light works and simply because it will be white detail on a white background which is the dress.

Some wedding material like silk and sating catches the light beautifully in the photographs.

The folds will flow nicely making the garment glow from within. I love that material for that reason.

Structured lace will result in more evident detailing, think of Kate and Pippa Middleton’s and Grace Kelly's wedding dresses.

Tulle skirts create an airy, light and fresh feeling in the photos.

Tulle is especially beautiful for sunset photographs when the light creates a golden aura around it for an extra magical touch.

 

Ease of use when walking

I cannot stress this enough. Walking in a wedding dress is one of the most overlooked practicality of all.

Make sure you’re comfortable because walking from location to location can become tiresome and you may miss some awesome shots because of that. 

Although as a photographer, I am extremely empathetic with my couples. I make sure that wherever we are shooting I am not making my couples walk for miles or change locations too much. 

If you do indeed have an anxiety of being uncomfortable walking, bring your maid of honour with you to help with the dress.

It will make all the difference in the world and streamline the photoshoot saving you time.

 

 Photography   Katya Koliban  Venue   Tattersalls  Styling  Lesiele Juliet   Bridal Dresses   Alice May  Hair   Sally O'Nell   Make up   Barbara Skelton  Stationary  Appleberry Press Sweets  Delish Melish  Flowers  Flowers by Moira

Photography  Katya Koliban Venue  Tattersalls Styling Lesiele Juliet  Bridal Dresses  Alice May Hair  Sally O'Nell  Make up  Barbara Skelton Stationary Appleberry PressSweets Delish Melish Flowers Flowers by Moira

Wedding Dress Shoes

It’s one of my favourite accessories on a wedding day.

But be sure to break into your shoes before the wedding, be sure to determine whether you’ll be comfortable or not.

If you’re planning to have a wedding in a location where there’s a lot of grass and gravel, my advice is to put on shoes with a thick heal or converse (I shot a lot of brides in lush dresses and converses!)

Your feet will be the first indicator (apart form being hungry) that you’re tired and it will effect your mood.

So to achieve natural, relaxed and timeless photographs you’ll have to look after them and be comfortable above all!

 

Are you still with me? I admire your dedication! 

 

There’s tonnes of information on weddings out there and to be honest, you don’t need to memorise everything.

If it’s only one piece of advice stood out in this article, use it.

Be sure to be true to your gut feelings.

Be comfortable and enjoy the adventure of inspiration and discovery on the path of choosing your perfect dress!

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