Top Wedding Dress Tips

Caroline Castigliano spills all on the gown
Thursday , 21 July 2011
Get the look
Get the look
Get moving
Get moving
Train appeal
Train appeal
Don't give up, try on at least 10 dresses
Don't give up, try on at least 10 dresses
Carolina says spend as much as you can afford
Carolina says spend as much as you can afford
Colour comes first
Colour comes first
Do's and don'ts
Do's and don'ts

Luxury wedding dress designer, Caroline Castigliano, who’s worked with celebrities, royals – and us! – for over 20 years, reveals how to give good gown

Don’t compromise  on your vision
Start by thinking about the look you want to create. If you’ve chosen a contemporary venue you’ll probably be looking for a modern dress, while a traditional venue will work better with something classic.

Make haste
Once the date and venue have been confirmed, you should start to think about the gown. Our minimum time frame for a made-to-measure dress is five months, but many brides visit us a year in advance.

Do your research
To choose the perfect dress designer, spend time researching magazines and websites to ensure you know and love their signature look. Once you have a shortlist of your favourites, call them to make an appointment.

Aim to try at least 10 dresses
When you’re with a designer, you should be guided through their collection and you should to try on at least 8 to 10 dresses.

Be indulgent
It may only be one day but memories of your wedding will last a lifetime, and if there’s one thing that makes a lasting impression, it’s the dress. For this reason I would always recommend spending as much as you can afford.

Consider colour
Soft ivory will always work best for standard white/pale British skin tones, while pure white looks amazing on olive, deeply bronzed and black skin. Ensure you see the fabric in daylight as the colour can look very different.

Absolute do’s and don’ts
Do

  • Research
  • Once the date is set, start planning your dress
  • Include your friends and family in the experience but trust your own instincts
  • Indulge and spoil yourself!
  • Wear carefully selected accessories
  • Listen to the professionals
  • Choose a flattering, timeless style

Don't

  • Compromise on your vision
  • Choose a dress that’s too high fashion and that will date easily