As you know, K and I got married on September 3rd in Bali. I found my designer wedding dress at Bloomfeld Luxury Bridal after a long and intensive search. But in the end, I found the wedding dress of my dreams. Today, I’m taking you with me through that journey. And I’ll share my tips on how to find your perfect wedding dress.
After K proposed last year, it took me three months before I could actually free up time to start planning the wedding. My friends and sisters declared me insane and had already started planning for me! But hey, when you’re running a business, you are in your business 24 hours a day. Of course when we hit February, I knew I had to get started. So from then, I began my search for the perfect.
1. Looking for inspiration on Pinterest
The first thing I did, was look for inspiration on Pinterest boards. Pinterest is full of wedding dress inspiration. From iconic wedding gowns to classic shapes and modern age lace gowns. It brought me a ton of inspiration. Of course going from one Pinterest board to another, for days on end, doesn’t exactly help with defining your search. Chances are, you end up with hundreds of saved dresses you’d want to see and try. But it’s a good way to see what styles make your heart beat faster and what styles you absolutely do not want to go for.
2. Determining the destination
Before you can continue your search, you have to know where you want your wedding to be. K and I started looking for various locations where we could see ourselves get married. We are very fond of London – so London was high on the list. Paris was an option as well. Paris has loads of luxury hotels with grand settings. We played with the option of a rustic wedding in Italy as well, but this didn’t have the luxurious allure for us we were looking for.
And then there was Bali. A destination we had always loved as a wedding option. But it would take our guests all the way across the world! After long deliberation, we chose for the destination we knew would fit in our idea of a ‘dream wedding’. And Bali it was.
We started planning small things for the destination. We set the date and we booked the location – a clifftop resort.
3. Researching gowns
Once the destination is set, you have a better idea of what kind of dress you’d like. If your location is grand and exudes opulence, go for a wedding dress that matches it. If your wedding is going to take place in a tropical location, go for light and breathable dresses. Distinguishing different dress styles can also help.
For Bali, I knew I didn’t want anything with sleeves. With temperatures rising well over thirty degrees, you want to go with open and light.
Open up your Pinterest boards again and start researching bridal brands to get a better idea of what styles they represent. Look for bridal lookbooks per brand and see what dresses they’re carrying in the current collection. Mark the brands you like and look for bridal shops that carry the brands.
4. Trying on dresses
Now on to the fun part – trying on dresses! Make an appointment at different wedding shops. For the first appointment, don’t go in expecting to find the dress in one day. This is your wedding dress – don’t rush it. Try on different styles and keep your mind open to styles you haven’t thought of. Bring your sisters, mother and friends for an honest second opinion.
From the get-go I knew I wanted to go for a designer wedding dress. I knew I wanted the dress to fit my personal style and taste. It had to be modern but with an edge. In the Netherlands, Bloomfeld is the bridal destination for designer wedding dresses. I booked an appointment at Bloomfeld to go for my first fitting.
From Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab, Berta, Galia Lahav, Reem Acra, Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta. Bloomfeld carries all the designer bridal brands a bride-to-be can dream of. The luxurious shop, at half an hour away from Amsterdam, is a favourite among international clients as well. My bridal fitter is A – an experienced fitter who knows how to help a bride-to-be find her dream designer wedding dress. Through a series of questions, A walks into the back and comes back to present a couple of gowns.
From a Vera Wang dress, to Oscar de la Renta and J’Aton Couture – I feel like a modern day princess in every dress. Trying on a variety of styles, gives you a better idea of what fits your body type and what dress you really see yourself wearing on your wedding day. Ultimately, my eyes stick to the look and feel of one brand – Viktor & Rolf. Its sleek and modern designs, with an strike of elegance and edgy finish are what make the dresses true statement designs.
5. Say yes to the dress
So how do you pick your dress? Don’t pick your dress immediately, but have at least one good night’s sleep over it. I sought out the counsel of my fitter A – who every-so patiently listened to my doubts and guided me in my decision. I also asked my sisters and friends for advice. Ultimately, you have to go with your guts. You know what style fits you best and what dress you are going to look ravishing in.
I went in for a second fitting – and it was then that I knew which dress to go for. It was the Viktor & Rolf ball-drape ballgown. It was just.. perfect and more ‘me’ than any other dress. With only a short time before the wedding, Bloomfeld was able to contact Viktor & Rolf to create my dress on a rush. Bloomfeld moved heaven and earth, for which I am ever grateful. Two weeks prior to the wedding, I picked up my dress. And carried it with me to Bali. I couldn’t have picked a better dress – it was the dream designer wedding dress that fit my dream wedding.
Choosing your wedding dress is a journey that can take a long time. Most bridal shops will tell you that you’ll need to order a year in advance. But even in a short time frame, a lot is still possible. The key is to find a bridal store that can accommodate your needs and carries the selection that you’re looking for. And in the end – follow your heart. If you know the modern gown with the bow detail and long train is the designer wedding dress of your dreams,..
You go for it.