Expert advice about wedding dresses

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your South Wales Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to


Dressed to impress

Dressed to impress

Q. I'm getting married next February and want a dress that will keep me warm and still be stylish. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Sian Allport says: February is a complex month. At this time of year, we look forward to spring and want to steer clear of any festive, autumnal looks. That being said, it's an exciting time to embrace all that bridal fashion has to offer. There are lots of options available that are fashion-forward yet practical.
* Statement sleeves are popular right now. Long, full, blouson sleeves in tulles, organzas, delicate flocked spots and lace all feature heavily this coming season.
* Clients have the option to make these detachable to create a different look for the evening. * Capes are a stylish option and will effortlessly cup your shoulders while also adding warmth.
* Look for light, sheer fabrics that with surface texture.
* There are also an array of shrugs and jackets available in interesting fabrics ranging from tassels to more traditional laces. These separates will allow you to customise your look from the day to evening.

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Sian Allport


The perfect match

The perfect match

Q. We're on a tight budget, but I'd still like to find a showstopping wedding dress. Do you have any ideas on how I can cut down the cost?

A. Yasmin Baig says: Don't worry – you can still find a wow-factor dress on a budget.
* Look for sample sales. You'll be able to find gowns that are in excellent condition for half the price.
* Consider visiting a trunk show. Bridal retailers often hold designer shows where brides can see the latest collections and receive discounts.

Yasmin Baig


Dressed to impress

Dressed to impress

Q. I'm looking for a showstopping wedding dress that doesn't cost thousands of pounds. Do you have any ideas of what I should look for?

A. Georgina Williams says: - Communication is key. Talk to your bridal boutique and explain your financial situation. The staff will then help you find the dress of your dreams within an agreed budget.

- Look for a sample gown. These are often dramatically reduced but still look high-end.

- Any design can be transformed with a few simple accessories. Opt for a style with clean lines and add a gorgeous belt or sash.

- Alternatively, why not create your own? Speak to your supplier and see whether they offer the service. This is a cost-effective method, and it adds a personal touch.

Georgina Williams

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