Expert advice about wedding dresses

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Wedding dresses

Wedding dresses

Q. My future husband and I are planning our wedding and I want the perfect dress, what styles and collection are set to be hot for 2020?

A. Caroline Vickery-Clark says: Firstly congratulations on your forthcoming wedding! Here at Caroline Clark Bridal Boutique, Droitwich, we're so excited for the 2020 wedding dresses designs, they're sure to impress. Some of the key styles and trends for 2020 are elegant simplicity, pretty necklines and extraordinary sparkle. Designers such as Aurora by Nicole and Romantica have created the most beautiful elegantly simple dresses. From completely plain mikado ball gowns to fitted crepe gowns featuring the most delicate lace, these dresses really allow brides-to-be to shine.

From Bardot necklines to V-necks and pretty spaghetti straps. These unusual and flattering necklines offer a modern alternative to the strapless gown and offering glamorous gowns for brides.

One of my absolute favourite trends for 2020 brides is extraordinary sparkle. Whether you like a little hint of sparkle or you want a dress which sparkles with every step the 2020 selection of wedding dresses feature sparkling sequins and elegant sparkle tulle. One of our favourite gowns is AUA20251 by Aurora, a beautiful tulle gown featuring the softest tulle with floral lace cascading through the dress which sparkles every time you move.

Caroline Vickery-Clark


Pinching the pennies

Pinching the pennies

Q. I'm on a strict budget for my wedding dress, however I don't want to compromise on style and quality. What would you advise I do?

A. Jo Taylor says: Having a tight budget definitely doesn't mean you have to compromise on quality. Buying off the peg whether it's pre-owned or sample can save you time and money.

This way you can often get a gown for half the original price meaning you can invest your cash in other areas of the wedding if you wish.

Bridal Reloved specialised in high-end designer dresses so you can have an exquisite, couture dress for your big day – plus recycling or upcycling a wedding dress can help save the planet!

Jo Taylor


The perfect pair

The perfect pair

Q. I'm going to be tying the knot al fresco this summer and want a dress that will suit my pear-shaped figure. What style would you suggest I try?

A. Rebecca Lavelle says: For a pear-shaped body you're going to want to opt for a dress that has a natural waistline. An A-line or ball gown style wedding dress is going to be the perfect option for this bodyshape as it will flatter your waist and create a beautiful silhouette. Opt for a dress that focuses on the detail within the bodice. An elegant lace perhaps with a sequin overlay, a pearl embellished pattern or for something a bit more sparkly chose crystal beaded embroidery.

Stick to a simple satin, English net or tulle skirt to cinch the waistline and ensure the focus remains on the bodice of the dress. Layers of fabric below the waist will disguise larger hips and balance you out.

There are may different types of sleeve you could pick that go with an A-line or ball gown dress and it really depends what you feel most comfortable in. If you're conscious of your arms you could chose an illusion sleeve, all the cover up benefits of a sleeve but much lighter for the summer months. However if you're not a sleeve fan or usually get quite hot and flustered go for sleeveless, straps or spaghetti straps.

Rebecca Lavelle