Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. This is an exceptionally exciting and memorable event to organize. Making sure that every detail corresponds and connects is part of the fun. Wedding gown shopping can be a major component of the process. With so many dress styles to choose from, how do you make sure that you find the right gown for your big day? Many brides discover that once they decide on the venue, wedding dress shopping becomes much easier.

It is important to ensure that your dress is appropriate for both your wedding location and the season. If you are getting married in the winter months, consider a cute accessory jacket, a wrap or a short bolero-style cover to keep your shoulders and arms cozy. Some brides opt for snow white fur wraps for over-the-top glamour (go with faux fur for an animal friendly option).

Church Wedding. If you are having a traditional ceremony in a church, synagogue or similar religious venue, make sure that your dress is appropriately modest. The last thing you want to do is offend your Grandma or the spiritual leader officiating the ceremony. Depending upon how conservative the setting dictates that you be, you can have sleeves on the dress that can be removed later at the reception.

Indoor Celebration. If your ceremony and reception are scheduled to take place indoors, but in a less formal space than a church or synagogue, you may not want (or not want other members of the wedding party) to feel overdressed or locked into traditional styles. Taking the time of year and venue into consideration will help you find a dress that is comfortable and a reflection of your own unique style.

Outdoor Ceremony. If you are saying your vows outside be sure to take the elements into consideration. Sun, shade, wind, rain and even snow need to be addressed ahead of time so that you are prepared. If you need a shawl or jacket for an evening or sunset ceremony, be sure to try them on with your dress ahead of time to ensure that you look and feel fabulous in all of your photos. For a bit of whimsy, perhaps you and your bridesmaids might don the groomsmen’s suit jackets for a group shot. The main thing is to have fun!

Beach Venue. Getting married against an ocean backdrop is at the top of the list for many couples. Consider the time of year you will be there. Will it be windy and stormy or sunny and bright? Are sunglasses and sandals a part of your ensemble? Do you need your dress hemmed to accommodate your bare feet instead? It’s important to consider details like these and take care of them ahead of time to keep things as fun and relaxed as possible.

Whatever style of dress you decide is appropriate for your wedding location, you’re sure to find it at New York Bride & Co. We offer more than 15,000 square feet of modern luxury, over 20 dressing rooms and a full staff every day. Come shop with us when it’s convenient for you — we never require an appointment. Also, cameras are always welcome so take all the photos you wish. We look forward to serving you soon.