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FAQs and expert advice about wedding dresses

Here is a selection of Q&As from An Essex 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 editor@anessex.wedding

All In The Detail

All In The Detail

Q I'd really like a bridal gown with a statement back. Do you have any ideas? Are there any new trends I should look out for?
A Debbie Meads says: Back detail seems to be the sought-after look at the moment, whether it's low, illusion or very detailed, it's all about the back. To be fair, that's what people look at for the best part of the service so it stands to reason that it's important to the bride. There's also a lot of talk on social media suggesting that long veils are the must have item on a brides list and if they opt for a single tier it won't detract from the detail of the dress.

Debbie Meads, Peaches Wedding

Finding 'The One'

Finding 'The One'

Q Is there such a thing as trying on too many dresses? I have booked four appointments!
A Julie Macrae says: There is! We suggest no more than one or two. More than this and you'll risk over-shopping. There are literally millions of bridal gowns out there, so if you try on a hundred, you'll feel paralysed by choice. You'll be thoroughly dress-blind! We often see brides who have tried on too many dresses and have lost that excited feeling. These brides are usually the ones who want to make sure there's 'nothing else out there' even though they found 'the one' on their first appointment. Or a well-meaning guest insists that they go to more shops as this is the first one they've been to. If you've found your dress trust your instincts.

Julie Macrae, Serenity Brides

Fit & flare

Fit & flare

Q My fiancé is much taller than me – what dress style would you recommend for a shorter bride to give the illusion of height?
A Laura Payne says: A fit and flare gown works so well to give the illusion of height as the flare from below the hips will give the elongated and striking silhouette! Tasha from Luna Novias, as pictured, has a detailed bodice and soft train to give the further illusion from the back.

Laura Payne, Courtyard Bridal

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