12:20 Wednesday 27 November 2013

Wedding dress inspiration

Written byLeah Cassady

Finding the perfect wedding dress is a big thing for most brides so we've put together a few tips and a slideshow of some of the latest styles to help.

Sometimes you know exactly what you want, yet fall in love with a dress you never planned to look at. So it's well worth looking around and trying on different styles as there is such a huge variety of dresses available to choose from.

Here are a few simple tips to remember when looking for a dress:

  • Keep an open mind and give yourself plenty of time to take in what’s available.

  • Take advice from the experts on what really flatters you the most.

  • Layering and wrapping will add depth rather than bulk to your dress.

  • Embellishment is perfect to enhance an hourglass figure or to flatter a petite frame.

  • If you are on the petite side, a one shouldered dress will add length.

  • Ruching, pleats and appliqué detail on the bustier can help balance out a pear shape.

  • Kate Middleton is still inspiring full length sleeved gowns, but if that doesn’t appeal you could opt for an asymmetric hem.

  • Gold lace is always a lovely option for autumn while silver can also add extra drama to a winter wedding.

Here are a few gorgeous gowns to help kick start your inspiration.

Local stockists of Ronald Joyce are:

Debra Jane Bridal Wear

37 Mill Street, Stafford, ST16 2AJ

01785 242503

Fairytales by Sherry

10 George Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 1DJ

01782 616613

Margot Raybould

71-72 Victoria Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 3PQ

01902 422311

Rebecca Jayne’s at Mix-n-Match

9 Brook Square, Rugeley, WS15 2DU

01889 570689

The Wedding Parlour

16-20 North Street, Bridgetown, Cannock, WS11 0BA

01543 577567

Local stockists of Donna Lee are:

Princess Brides

25 Browning Street, Stafford, St16 3AX

01785 240081

Sheena Shaw Bridal Wear

96 Market Street, Hednesford, WS12 1AG

01543 879911

Local stockists of Benjamin Roberts are:

Beatties - House of Fraser Store

71-78 Victoria Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 3PQ

01902 422311

Princess Brides

25 Browning Street, Stafford, St16 3AX

01785 240081

Elle Louise Bridal

4 Berkeley Court, Borough Road, Newcastle-U-Lyme, ST5 1TT

01782 630300

Merry Hill Brides Ltd

1-11 Dudley Road, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, DY5 1HA

01384 480949

Local stockists of Suzanne Neville are:

Bella Sposa Bridal Boutique

Beatties - House of Fraser Store

71/78 Victoria Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 3PQ

01902 422311

Charlotte Thompson Bridal Boutique

Georgian House, High Street, Tutbury, DE13 9LP

01283 815 910

Go Bridal

78 Smallbrook Queen's Way, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 4EG

01216 343 322

Silk

The Barn at Common Farm, Bromley Hayes, Lichfield, WS13 8JE

01543 226151

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