Picking a wedding dress is not easy, there are so many decisions to make like.. there are different models from A line to ball gown, different colours white to ivory and so many other tiny details and most importantly budget. So, deciding on a wedding dress should be one of the first things to do once the big day is set.

When there are so many different wedding dresses on the market, it is a really hard to pick one that you truly love (especially with limited budget). At least for me it was kinda hard decision. I got the dress tailored from scratch (I must tell you, it has advantages as well as disadvantages) and decided to make a major change just two weeks before the wedding as it wasn’t looking as good as I imagined. Basically, firstly I wanted something with sleeves as the wedding was supposed to be on November, however, since it got postponed to May and the tailors couldn’t get the sleeves right, then it was the time I changed it to strapless wedding dress.

How to pick the Wedding Dress


You can find your dream dress fairly quickly, but it is most likely way over your budget, you either gonna have to sacrifice and look for something else or you will just get it and be broke at the end of the wedding. It is all about prioritising your wedding wishes. Nowadays, wedding dresses are sold everywhere, especially online. They are cheap and look good on photos, but how much can you trust them? My sister in law ordered her dress online and she said it was exactly how it looked, but there are opposite examples as well. If you plan to order your dress online, go for a trusted seller not just random seller. It is your big day and you don’t want to be disappointed.

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Getting the dress tailored won’t be the cheapest option, my dress cost around £700-800 and I had a few issues with it. Think that they got the delivery booked to 9th of May when the wedding was at 7th of May, it caused a wedding crisis just before the wedding. I wish I had seen wed2be webpage earlier, they have wedding dresses from £150 to £499 and there are some gorgeous ones, which are exactly how I wanted and good thing is they have stores all around the UK. If you’re planning your wedding, I’d highly recommend you to check it. For henna night, I ordered a dress from Asos’s wedding collection, you can always check trusted sources and it looks exactly like on the photo. I wish I had ordered size 6, it would have fit perfectly then instead of ordering size 8! If you order online, don’t forget that you will have to get it tailored and getting it tailored might cost more than the price you paid for the dress.


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Not every wedding dress will look good on you! If you’re tiny like me 5’ 1” (around 153 cm), then you better try a few dresses in wedding shops if you will make an online ordering. For instance, mermaid dresses didn’t look good, so I went for a mixture of A line and ball gown. It has lace back with tiny buttons and also kinda long tail. You might consider having a tail, however, bear in mind that walking around and dancing won’t be easy, when you have people around you.

Also choosing a fabric is hard and if you want something with lace then it will get even harder. Just don’t let the sales assistants fool you, all they want is to sell something expensive without actually caring how you look in it (at least my experience).


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Once you picked the dress, deciding on the shoes and all other things you will be wearing is the next thing to worry about. If you’re short and your partner is tall like mine (6’ 1’’ – around 186 cm) then wearing high heels will be a better option. At least it will be easy to dance and also it won’t look that awkward on photos.

I went for a simple necklace and earrings, which were a present from now my husband, so I wanted to wear these pieces as they have sentimental value for me. Also, I really don’t like catchy jewellery so having something minimal was good.

Also choose a lower bouquet of your favourite flowers, don’t leave it to the last minute and get it arranged way before, so can have fresh flowers on your wedding day. If you’re not sure about which colours you want then check Pinterest or even Pantone colours, it would give you some inspirations.

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A Few Warnings About Wedding Dresses

  • If you pick a really big wedding dress, getting into the car won’t be easy (it wasn’t easy for me)
  • When you have a photo session, someone has to help you when you walk around. You wouldn’t want your wedding dress to get all green when you walk on the grass.
  • If you have to do some traditions (like wood cutting) then you will wish you chose something low maintenance
  • If you have your wedding at a different city or country, just make sure that nothing happens to the top bit of the wedding dress, especially if you’re wearing something with the lace. It is possible that the lace might mess up and the top part is impossible to iron.
  • Veil might mess up your hair, so you might consider having hair spray and a few clips around just in case you need it.
  • Last but not least, when you dance, people stepping on the dress can make you fall down (well I know it… It happened and not only one and not only to me, at the end of the night after a big fall, I ended up having a bruised hand and knee and they still hurt even after a month later)

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These are my experiences with the wedding dress, it is your big day, so don’t let anyone affect you and you choose what you want to wear, this is the most important thing. These people will always be there, so just close your ears and go for what you like.

How would you want your wedding dress to be? If you’re married, did you have any funny memories with your wedding?

Many thanks to our photographer Nadine from Augenwerke Fotografie. Thanks for everything, the photos turned out to be really nice!

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  • Yiotou_La

    Your dress is so beautiful! I remember when I went with my best friend to choose her wedding dress, and it was not an easy task. You want to try everything in the store in case the next dress is prettier than the dress you tried before and one thing I know for sure: when it’s the one, you immediately know it. When my best friend wore her dress for the first time, she was gorgeous in it, she was smiling all the time and her eyes were sparkling; we/she immediately knew that this was her dress! Thanks for sharing all this information, I will keep this post saved for when I pick my dress! 🙂


    • Thank you so much 🙂 Once you find your perfect dress, then you know it and then all other dresses don’t really matter 🙂

  • When I went shopping for a wedding dress I had no idea what I wanted. But as soon as I tried ‘the’ dress on I knew it was the one. It just felt right. I hadn’t set a budget and I didn’t have anything specific in mind, so I just went with my gut feeling and I don’t regret it for a second. Worth every cent.

    • That’s good! I had a few things in mind and non of the stores I went had it then I had to get it done according to my wishes.

  • What a stylish couple you make! I love your dress and bouquet – I went for an off-shoulder one and calla lilies

  • Ela, this post is beyond beautiful. I love your dress so much. Have a great week. Gemma x

  • You’re quite right about not every wedding dress suiting everyone – it’s just like usual clothes shopping in that respect! I have a feeling I’ll have to tear myself away from what I ‘like’ and what will actually look good on me, come the time haha 🙂 You look absolutely beautiful in your wedding dress, gosh that lace hemline is perfect…

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • I had a few things in mind and people were like it won’t look good on you so I had to look for something else. It is a really hard shopping, I had hard time trying to make a decision 🙂 x

  • When I got married the first time, I set out picking a wedding dress and was convinced I would be getting a classic, subtle piece, but instead ended up with an embroidered, big, corsage dress that I absolutely fell involve with after trying it on. The second time around was pretty easy, as I was nine months pregnant. I got a red a-line piece from the H+M sale.

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  • Gosh, Ela, you look absolutely beautiful! I’m 18 so I don’t need to think about weddings for a few years (though I’m not planning on getting married…ha!) I think the point I’ll have to keep in mind is definitely the dancing and falling down part, lol.


    • Thank you so much, May! Ah yeah definitely consider that, I was so unlucky!

  • Carina Vardie

    You were a vision, simply gorgeous! Thank you for the advice, I’ll remember it for when the time comes, especially people stepping on my dress while dancing!


  • Ashley Christabelle

    Ahhh, Ela, you look absolutely gorgeous! That is literally a wedding dress goal right there. x


  • Serene Kurd

    Eli you look absolutely stunning & you look princess like in your dress! I adore the photography and thank you for the tips on picking the perfect wedding dress! 🙂

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  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    Ohhh my goodness Ela, I’m so happy that you decided to share more wedding pics with us because you look ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! Like a beautiful princess from a fairy-tale. <3 I remember seeing a pic on your Twitter and got really excited, so I'm very happy to see more. 😀 x x Also, I think this post is super informative and helpful for anyone preparing for their big day! I doubt I will ever get to wear a wedding dress, haha, but then again, it isn't something that's very high on my priority list. 🙂 <3 x x x


  • You look stunning! Love your wedding dress ☺ love big dresses like this
    Nati xx

  • These tips are lovely, and your dress is stunning! Such a gorgeous bride! Xx


  • Alya Mooro

    Great tips! xx


  • Deciding on a wedding dress is definitely not easy but so exciting 🙂 You looked so beautiful! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  • Great tips and you look soooooo beautiful. Love your dress. You look like an angel 😀


  • I love these photos! You are so gorgeous! Beautiful couple <3
    It may take maybe more than 5 years before I get married but I'll keep these in mind. I was actually thinking of wearing something short and "boho" like. I'm a tiny person, no need for long and thick wedding dress 😀


    • Thank you 🙂 I didn’t actually want a big dress however ended up deciding on this!

  • Gorgeous pictures Ela! You look so beautiful! And thanks for sharing such valuable tips 🙂

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  • Amazing post, beautiful pictures as well, I love this blog, thank you for sharing!!!



  • gorgeous dress and such a stunning bride! Thanks for the tip! Im getting married next year and deciding for your wedding dress is hard!


  • Oh my word you’re such a gorgeous bride! How perfect is your dress! Absolutely beautiful photos-so precious.

    Katie // Words By Katie

  • Picking a wedding dress can be soo stressful! There are so many options (and opinions from other people). These tips are great!


    • It is really hard, definitely one of the hardest decisions 🙂

  • Aisha

    OOhh wooo!!! The dress is sooo beautiful !! xx


  • Sarah Laird

    Your dress is absolutely beautiful here, you look stunning! 🙂 I think every girl has this idea of what dress she wants from being very young but as you’ve explained here and as my high school English teacher told me there’s so much to consider that dream dress will change! x

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    • Agree that everyone has a dream dress, however once you start trying out then it gets all complicated 🙂 x

  • I only wore wedding dresses for our engagement and wedding pictures well, for photography. We only had civil ceremony and then a very intimate lunch and later a small dinner with close friends and family so no wedding dress was needed. It was the second marriage for both hubby and I so we decided to make it small and intimate, I guess we learned from our mistakes or so to speak. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • We had a civil ceremony too, then had a dinner with close family&friends, however the henna in Istanbul was a big one.

  • Wow, you look spectacular, and I adore these photos. I am not married yet, but I have done a lot of event planning and just finished helping out with a friend’s wedding. The idea about getting an ASOS wedding dress is an interesting one. Who knew? I am not a mermaid dress fan either, and I am tall. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 /Madison
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    • I needed a dress for henna night and I couldn’t pay another extra £700-800 for the dress so found one for £65, which is pretty 🙂

  • Ahh your pics are so gorgeous 🙂 I love all the advice you give in this post, and I will definitely use it 😀 I think you looked perfect 🙂 xx


  • Wow! Girl, you look amazing! your images are incredible. I know how hard is to pick a wedding dress, but I’m pretty sure that this post will be helpful for every women that are looking for a wedding dress! Thanks for sharing..

    Vanessa, xo!


  • Your dress looks gorgeous! I know it was a phaff to get in/out of the car but it’s still so beautiful. I didn’t know ASOS did wedding dresses as well, even though I’m single I still can’t resist browsing their selection haha x


    • I didn’t know it either until I was bored and browsing through internet. For £65, Asos dress is actually pretty 🙂 x

  • Your dress is gorgeous, and your photos turned out great! I love the Asos dress you chose as well. It must be such a stressful business, especially when it comes to budget. I don’t know how I’d want my wedding dress to be, to be honest I’d probably be tempted to get five of them and change several times during the day haha (I know it couldn’t possibly happen though) 😉

    Julia x

    • Ah if I had had the budget, I would have gotten one that I absolutely loved, however paying £10,000 for a dress is a no-go! 🙂 x

  • In college, I worked at a Wedding Shop! Budget is so important! So many didn’t like the cheaper designs and went way off budget. But in the end they purchased something they loved. And that is what is important. Great post and your husband is SO HANDSOME! >.<


    • In the end it is all about finding something you love, you don’t want to look at the photos and say “damn it was a bad decision” 🙂 He he thank you so much, he is handsome 😀 XD

  • Your wedding dress is amazing! It’s definitely gonna be a while before I start planning out my own wedding, but as per usual, I already have visions of how I want it to look. The only thing now is if I would be able to find it once the day comes. Great post!

    – Samantha

    • Thank you so much 🙂 Well even tho there’s no wedding planned, just saved the styles you like, it will be so helpful later on!

  • I’m looking at wedding dresses right now, great tips
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  • Your dress looks gorgeous Ela! I was bridesmaid a few weeks ago and I am glad all the fittings etc are over now! Never again haha

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    • Thank you so much 🙂 Everything is so stressful, isn’t it?

  • Corinne C

    Your dress is amazing and you look beautiful!

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  • You looked absolutely stunning Ela! Your dress is so beautiful and you guys are such a gorgeous couple, the photos turned out great!

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  • Getting your dress tailored is SO KEY. Mine was an entire size too big and had to be taken in everywhere. It was a long process but totally worth the money because it fit me like a glove. You look absolutely gorgeous!

    • Getting is fixed is way more hard work than getting it tailored from the scratch! Thank you 🙂

  • omg you looked so beautiful, and your dress is genuinely my dream dress! I love how big it is! haha x

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  • Andreea Birsan

    Geat tips! Loved your dress, you looked stunning! x


  • Maria

    Most beautiful couple. your weeding dress is beautiful.

  • What beautiful pictures, I still have a lot before my wedding and can still dream about buying a Chanel or Elie Saab dress. But there are great tips!

    Have a nice day!

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    • Ah you can always dream that and who knows maybe you could actually get it 🙂

  • Lovely photos!!

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  • Trang Do

    Gorgeous dress! Soo beautiful dear!
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  • I’m not a fan of strapless dresses (my boobs are too big for them) but I have to say, your dress looks so breathtaking on you! And it’s annoying to have to deal with the train but you can always get it bustled during alterations (where they make it so you can pin the train in the back so it doesn’t get dirty while walking or so you can dance without tripping). I got my dress last month, and I’m going to say it here since my fiance isn’t going to find out through your blog: It’s a bateau-neckline ballgown with all over lace. I originally wanted a 3/4 sleeve off shoulder trumpet with lace, but I’m so happy that the one I have has even more lace! However, I am planning on losing weight, and I tend to lose it in the upper body, so I’m not looking forward to spending a ton on alterations, especially with how intricate my dress is (the skirt part is pleated and has pockets), and lace is insanely hard to alter.


    • At first this dress wasn’t supposed to be strapless, however people couldn’t get it as the way I wanted it and it wasn’t looking right so two week before the wedding I said I gave up and I didn’t want the sleeves. Mum wanted me to get all over lace and I kinda regret that I didn’t get it that way, I should have listened to mum. I am sure your dress will look absolutely beautiful on you, it is a beautiful style. Alteration is the worst bit, wait for the last minute, otherwise you might need to get it alter a few times.

  • Awww I love your wedding pics! So beautiful 🙂 And you look so stunning in that dress! <3
    My dress hunt was so much easier than I thought it would be. I went to ry on some dresses for the first time, just to see what sort of a dress suited me and which ones I liked the most. That trip was my first and last of dress hunting, i found my perfect dress immediately 😀
    I too would advise to really trust the webpage if you order a dress online. The "china dresses" might sound great with their cheap prices but I can't say I've heard too many great stories of them. The quality is always rather interesting to say the least.
    Thanks for the lovely read hon<3 Have a lovely day :))
    Emma xxx


    • Thank you so much 🙂 You looked gorgeous in your wedding dress, it’s beautiful. I wouldn’t ever trust China dresses, after seeing so many photos online 🙂 x

  • Your dress is stunning, Ela…I can imagine how stressful dress hunting is. I’m not getting married anytime soon but I dream of a lace dress with sleeves.


  • Your photos are so magical and beautiful. I’ve never really thought much about buying a wedding dress, it’s not quite on the cards just yet but I’ve always fancied Marchesa!


  • Awwwww Ela, I thought the picture you released on twitter was beyond breath-taking, but you’ve gone and spoilt us! You made a super incredible bride and I’m not going to lie, that has to be the best bouquet I’ve ever seen! Hope your well ♥


    • Aww thank you so much, you’re so sweet 🙂 I hope all is going well with you x

  • You were the most gorgeous bride! That dress is absolutely stunning on you. I haven’t tried on wedding dresses before, but this is so helpful!

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  • Stunning dress and bride, that dress looks like a dream on you x

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  • Perfection!
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  • I’m only 5’1″ too and I always thought I would get lost in a dress like yours but you look absolutely stunning in it!! Thank you for sharing more pics and tips! 🙂

    • With the help of high heels, these dresses actually fit to short people too haha 🙂

  • This is such a great post, definitely bookmarking this! You look amazing too.

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  • WOW, what an amazing memory!

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  • Lovely post and gorgeous photos!!

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  • Ela!!!! These photos are absolutely stunning!!! You look so beautiful!!!! I won’t be getting married any time soon, but I’ll definitely remember your fabulous tips! Xxxx


  • Love this post. That dress is absolutely stunning <3

    Enclothed Cognition

  • this will come in handy when it’s my turn to find a dress. will be so exciting and stressful, i’m sure :X


  • You look gorgeous! The photos have come out so well, I really love your dress.

    Advaita | Blush Canvas

  • These tips are so handy! Wish I had them before I got married, especially the part where I need to think about how to get in to a car with a big dress.
    Your dress is absolutely stunning!!
    Smitten Sophie

    • Thank you! I wish I had considered all of these things x

  • Lenya

    You look so beautiful, girl. Gorgeous pics. thx for sharing with us.

  • You look absolutely stunning – a total princess! I only tried on one dress – I knew the style I wanted (fishtail) and the first one I tried was perfect in every way for me. Something I think all brides should consider is the weight of the dress – I didn’t go for a big dress or one with a hoop because I knew I would be exhausted from the weight of it but then I do have chronic fatigue so I know that it isn’t a consideration for everyone! xx

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    • Thank you so much 🙂 I wish I had considered the weight of the dress, I never thought walking around in a big dress would be such a nightmare xx

  • Erin Russell

    So sorry you fell! But dang your dress is just perfection! I love it! Your pictures are just lovely! I know being short is a complete nightmare when it comes to dresses, so I dread to think how buying a wedding dress can be a nightmare too!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    • Thank you! Thanks to high heels, I managed to look a little bit taller 🙂

  • You look stunning!! I have an idea of my ideal dress, just need a man haha!

    Parie x

  • Karina Guimarães Ribeiro

    You look so beautiful on this dress, really gourgeous!

    Karina xo

  • wow you look absolutely stunning! loving these wedding shots, congratulations once again! and agreed a big dress is limited movement, even the simple activities become super hard hehe. but so worth it!

    xx Melis

  • Ela, you are an absolutely stunning bride! I love these photos of you and your new hubby, the two of you are just glowing 🙂

    Thanks for all these tips too, I’m sure they will come in handy when a few of my friends start getting married!

    p.s. I would love to hear more about this wood chopping ceremony! Haha



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    • Thank you so much 🙂 Apparently Germans have some traditional things like wood chopping and cutting a heart out of a sheet to make couple work together, so like a team work or something like that. It was exhausting 🙂 x

      • That actually sounds so sweet! Although manual labour in a wedding dress would be difficult!

  • I love the dress! you look stunning! Great advice 🙂
    Kia x x x


  • You look stunning!! Your hair, makeup, dress.. everything looks so gorgeous! Congratulations 🙂

    I definitely won’t be getting married anytime soon haha, but this post will come in handy if I ever do!!

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

  • Ela, you look too beautiful!!! everything including your dress looks so dreamy 🙂 and the shoes look super comfortable too.

    wishing you all the happiness and can’t wait to hear what married life brings 🙂

    • Thank you so much! Shoes are comfy, my feet didn’t really hurt at the end of the day 🙂

  • big congratulation
    wishing a long an happy life
    you looked amazing and these pictures are great thanks for sharing this xx

  • Wow, congratulation for wonderful moment, both of you look gorgeous, the pictures are truly amazing, thank you for sharing!!!



  • Such beautiful photos, you look like a princess in your wedding dress! Great informative post too for all brides to be ^_^ Thankyou for sharing your gorgeous photos and I hope married life is treating you wonderfully! <3

    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe x

  • Nadia

    Your dress is stunning, hon! I am head over heels for it! You looked so beautiful on your big day!! <3 <3 <3 These are great tips for those who are hunting for their most important dress now 🙂 I had mine custom made (by a friend/wedding dress designer, so the price tag was fab!). I had a delicate lace running across the whole dress and you definitely have to be careful and gentle with that, especially during a photoshoot. Don't even get me started on comfy shoes for the wedding day! I don't get it when girls wear sky-high heels – one of my friends did and was whining all day instead of loving every minute of such a special event. Gotta be sensible 🙂
    Once again, massive congratulations to you both! You are a lovely couple <3
    xox Nadia

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  • Lovely one dear. Congratulations

  • wow, congrats! You looked amazing!


  • lovely!

  • Your dress is super beautiful and all the photos are amazing. You’re right to pick the dress that you really love because it’s you who will wear it in your most unforgettable day. Congrats!

  • Missy May

    Congratulations Ela dear. These photos are priceless and beautiful. Thanks for this tips. 🙂


  • Ellie Adams

    As someone who is currently about to start looking for a dress, this is SO so helpful!! You looked so stunning too <3


  • Deepti Karulkar

    Wow, you looked stunning on your wedding day! Such beautiful pictures. Your tips are really great! One of my best friends is getting married next year, I’ll definitely share this post with her. Its written really thoughtfully.

    I write Mademoiselle Meets Maquillage and Macaroons and I would love for you to give it a read, maybe we can follow each other?


    Deepti xx