How to say YES to The Dress

How to say YES to The Dress

Finding the perfect wedding dress can be a minefield. Wedding celebrant Debbie Skyrme gives her top tips on how to say Yes to The Dress to look and feel stunning on your wedding day.


Start looking for your wedding dress early

Begin your search for the perfect wedding dress well in advance. Ideally, start shopping at least 8 to 12 months before your wedding day. This will give you ample time to explore different styles, visit bridal boutiques, and attend fittings. 

Top tip: Starting early ensures you have enough time for wedding dress fittings and alterations


Research wedding dress inspiration

Before hitting the boutiques, gather inspiration by researching different styles, silhouettes, fabrics, and designers. Browse through bridal magazines, wedding websites, and social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram. Saving images of dresses you love will help you identify common themes and preferences that can guide your dress selection process.

Top tip: Be open to trying on dresses you may not have considered initially, as they may surprise you.


Know Your Body Type

Understanding your body type is crucial when choosing a wedding dress that flatters your figure. Whether you have an hourglass, pear, apple, or rectangle shape, certain dress styles will complement your body better than others. 

Top tip: Did you know that the classic flamenco style wedding dress suits EVERY body shape?


Set a Wedding Dress Budget

Determine your wedding dress budget early on to avoid falling in love with a gown that exceeds your financial limitations. 

Consider all associated costs, including accessories like veils, tiaras and wedding shoes and any potential customisation or alterations.

Top tip: Remember, there are beautiful “PRE-LOVED” and vintage wedding dresses available online and in second hand stores and charity shops.


Dress according to Location and Climate

If you're having a beach wedding, a lightweight or unstructured flowing boho style dress is not only a great look, it is more practical in the heat of the Spanish sunshine too.

Remember that you will be wearing your wedding dress for several hours, so it should allow you to move, dance, and enjoy your special day without feeling restricted. 


How to say YES to The Dress 

By starting early, researching inspiration, understanding your body type, and considering practical factors like the climate and your venue, you WILL find a dress that flatters you and you absolutely love wearing on your special day. Trust your instincts, enjoy the process and have fun saying YES to The Dress


Featured photo by kind permission of Michal Carbol at

Dress designer Teressa Ninu at


Author bio: Debbie Skyrme is "Celebrant Spain".  Award winning bilingual destination wedding celebrant officiating elopements, vow renewals and wedding ceremonies in the Spanish sunshine.