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The Stylist's Guide to Buying a Wedding Dress

As soon as you get engaged one of your first thoughts turns to the dress. Wedding dress shopping is one of the most fun and exciting parts of being a bride, but given the amount of choice available out there it can get overwhelming!

Stylist, fashion commentator and personal shopper Marietta Doran says doing some research and having an idea of what you want is key to finding the dress. “Always have an idea of what you are looking for. Bring photos and images from magazines of styles and dresses you like," she says. “If there's a dress you own that you like bring that with you also."

While mermaid silhouette and ball gowns continue to prove popular with brides and some wedding dress styles remain classic and timeless. “Styles and trends come and go," Marietta says, “but there is definitely a return to the traditional and classic bride. Think romance, lace, flowers and plenty of trains."

Marietta Doran (Photo: Colette, HaloPhotography)

Grooms are also veering away from the traditional black morning suit with some subtle variations:“The two-piece single-breasted suit in navy is very popular with grooms. Navy works well with all skin tones and colours, but it remains simple and chic."

If you're attending a wedding but are not sure what to wear, Marietta also has some shopping advice for you: “Vintage is very popular at the moment. Stay away from bright or loud colours and avoid styles that are too short. Accessories can up-style any outfit, while hats and wraps are a great way to re-invent a look. Alterations are also a clever way of changing an outfit you already own."

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