capsule helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;">Buying your wedding dress for your big day is one of the biggest decisions you will be faced with. Getting it right will make you feel happy, confidant and most of all comfortable.
Start with your budget, shop around. If you go into an upmarket shop you will pay top prices as their mark-up will be more due to high rent and shop position.
If you find your dream dress, phone several shops to see if they have the same dress cheaper. Try sample sales and EBay. Remember that the dearest dress is not always the best dress.
Avoid tight figure hugging dresses. A lines would look great. You must be careful with ball gown styles as this will emphasize your hip area if it starts from the waist. A dropped waist would be better. Strapless neckline or V neck would be fine. However be careful with strapless as you will not want any bulging above/around the bust line.
If you want to emphasize your body you may want to avoid very full skirts. Again the A line dress would be flattering especially if it emphasized your waist. You would also be able to wear the more figure hugging straight styles, as again this would show your figure. Strapless or sweetheart necklines would work with your shape. If your dream was to have a ball gown style, it would probably look better with a dropped waist.
A strapless A line would be most flattering. However you could get away with a ball gown provided it is not too full, as this would emphasize your hip area. A more elongated body would be better. Most necklines would be suitable, off the shoulder, sweetheart or square. Avoid perhaps V necks and anything that will put layer and layers on your hips.
You will need to choose something that creates shape to your body. Avoid slim fitting dresses that are made from soft fine fabrics as theyu will just hang and give no shape/. Ball gowns would be flattering coming from a slightly dropped waist. Choose textured fabrics like silk dupion, taffeta or organza as they have more body and will hold its shape better. Necklines can be, sweetheart or strapless.