The essentials of your bridal outfit: Where to start

Planning your wedding? We look at the essentials of your bridal outfit, to help you get started.

Your bridal outfit is probably the outfit you’ll spend the most time thinking about in your whole life. As well as thinking about it while planning your wedding, you might have had thoughts of what it will look like since you were little. It can all be a bit overwhelming when you’re trying to make your choice.

Not only do you have to choose a dress (or an alternative to a dress) but there are accessories and maybe even additional outfits for later in the day to consider too. But you can simplify things if you want less stress. Forget something old, new, borrowed or blue, and concentrate on these four essentials.

Your wedding dress (or alternative)

Obviously, the dress is the core of your outfit, and therefore usually the most difficult thing to choose. Or, if you’re not really a dress-wearer, you might be thinking about a suit or another alternative that will make you feel beautiful on your special day.

It makes sense to spend the most time choosing this part of your outfit, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. With boutiques like The Wedding Shop, you can get the help you need to find the right dress. It’s important to have someone who will listen to what you want and help you find the right match.

Your undergarments

It might not be something your wedding guests are going to see, but they will be aware of it, in a sense. What you wear under your dress is important for giving you the right foundation and helping you fit properly into your clothes.

Plus, you want something that you feel great in and that your new spouse will think you look fantastic in too. It can be especially important to get the right bra or other support, particularly if you’re wearing a strapless dress or if you have a larger bust.

Your wedding shoes

Depending on the length of your dress, your shoes might not be that visible. For this reason, some more relaxed brides simply go for something that’s comfortable to wear. But if you’re not someone who wants to wear trainers under their skirt, you need something a bit more glamorous.

Whether your shoes match your dress or not, it’s definitely worth thinking about comfort. You’re likely to be on your feet for a large part of the day. If you’re not sure you can wear your shoes for that long, consider a second pair to change into.

Your wedding accessories

There aren’t any essential accessories for your bridal outfit. Once you’ve got something on your body and your feet, you could choose to stop there. Some minimalist brides might choose to. But if you want to add a little extra, there are plenty of options.

A veil definitely isn’t a must-have, but you could wear one. If you want to keep things as simple as possible, a necklace and maybe a pair of earrings will give your whole outfit a little more detail.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by bridal fashion, but that also means there’s something for everyone. If you stick to the essentials, you can find your perfect outfit.