Getting engaged can feel like a whirlwind experience, but upon saying "yes", there are a few key things that need to be put into action. One such factor: The dress. While it’s notoriously one of the most difficult parts of the wedding-prep process, finding the perfect dress is also one of the most rewarding. And whether you can’t wait or are dreading the dress hunt, it’s not something that should be put off during the planning process. Some women might want to wait until they have the perfect vision for their gown, while some are waiting to achieve the perfect "bridal body" before shopping—but regardless of your situation, chances are the sooner you start browsing, the better.
We were curious to get a professional’s perspective on the matter, so we reached out to famous Sydney-based designer Moira Hughes for her perspective. After all, she would know best, considering her career revolves around wedding gowns, and the deadlines that they must adhere to. Her advice? Think ahead, and give yourself a solid 12 months to plan what to wear on the big day.
"Ordering your wedding gown a year in advance is completely normal—hear me out! Creating a custom couture gown takes time. Waiting for fabrics to arrive from Europe often takes months before the creation of your gown can even start," Hughes shares. But it’s not just about the creation of the gown. The designer highlights that there are other benefits to taking care of your dress early on, including less stress—and what bride-to-be doesn’t want that? "Securing your gown early means much more flexibility with fitting dates for busy brides-to-be. Most boutiques will send you a fabric sample of your wedding dress, meaning you can search for bridesmaid dresses, flowers… essentially all the styling can follow after you have found your dress. Having this time and flexibility can make the wedding planning so much more enjoyable and less stressful in the lead up to the day."
So you’ve decided to start browsing for gowns now, but where does one begin? There’s no denying that fashion is changing in 2018, and bridal gowns are no exception. "2018 bridal trends are beginning to move away from bohemian and towards a ‘new-age classic.’” the designer shares. “The timeless appeal is still there, but designs begin to incorporate a modern twist. Traditional lace is being replaced with sparkling surfaces with an emphasis on the reception part of the wedding day.” Regarding specific styles to incorporate into your gown, Hughes suggests “Layers of transparent tulles and chiffons are favoured over messy tulle, offering depth and the opportunity to showcase different tones throughout the gown.” And so far as colour is concerned, why not consider something a little off the beaten path? “A love of blush and champagne tones continue into the new year and beyond, leaning away from block whites and ivory.”
Last but not least, don’t be afraid to let your personal style shine through, Hughes says, “new brides are looking for a contemporary narrative meaning designers have an exciting opportunity to push the boundaries of design into a new era.” After all, if you’re following our advice, you’ve now given yourself one full year to bring the dress of your dreams to fruition... so why not get a little creative with it? Click through the gallery below to get a little inspiration from our favourite Moira Hughes gowns.