“I always tell brides to follow their instinct throughout the wedding dress experience. But I encourage them to keep an open mind in selecting their dress.”-Monique L’huillier
Without a doubt, the wedding gown is one of the most iconic pieces of apparel a woman will ever wear. In fact, it might be just be the most significant piece of clothing she will ever wear in her life. It is precisely for this reason that many brides-to-be find themselves increasingly pressured in choosing the perfect gown to wear on their wedding day. After all, as soon as they make that walk down the aisle and saunter towards the love of their lives, they can expect every eye in the venue to be on them. With all these considered, a bride channels her endeavors into ensuring she would not only look presentable on her wedding day, but her best as well—you do not get to have so many eyes training on you every single day after all.
However, some brides who are trying to negotiate with their wedding budgets tend to cut costs by making compromises. More often than not, those compromises would mean their gowns. While this is a practical tack, it is imperative that you should be aware that there is a big difference between what looks cheap but tacky and affordable but classic. Regardless of whether you spent a lot for your gown or not, you should aim to look elegant and sophisticated. In any case, it is best if you are aware what makes a wedding gown look cheap:
1.) It is too white
When it comes to choosing a color for your wedding gown, you do not really have much choice apart from the various shades you can get from white—and even then, that would be quite tough to do. However, there is such a thing as being too white. Bright, optic white can be a tough color to pull off and if the overall dress looks and feels more graphic than soft and romantic, there is a likely chance it would look cheap—in photos and in person.
2.) Made with low-quality synthetic fabrics
This should be a no brainer. Cheap material and fabrics make for cheap-looking dresses. Wedding gowns, especially ones that look all-poufy and are of the ball-gown variety require a lot of fabric just to finish. These gowns are usually made with expensive fabrics such as handmade lace, silk and the like. To have it cheaper, synthetic fabrics would be utilized and as you have guessed it, an abundance of these cheap-looking fibers on just one gown will inevitably make that gown look cheap.
3.) It looks to sexy
Yes, you can be sexy on your wedding day. But do note that there is a stark difference between sexy and sultry. The former is cheap while the latter is relatively more acceptable. Sultry means off shoulder gowns, baring your arms and still managing to look classy. Visible corsetry, lace-up backs or fronts and extreme cleavage on the other hand are all looks and ensembles sexy brides would wear for Halloween.
4.) Your breasts have no room to breathe
We get it—you want cleavage. Yes, you can bare a little without giving it all away, the trick is not to mash your breasts together in order to give the illusion of a cleavage. The trick is to look like you fit your dress just right instead of looking like you are about to burst out of it. Remember, regardless of what you are wearing, fit is the most important thing—and when it comes to wedding gowns, it is all the more important.
5.) It has too much going on
Lace, beading, ruffles, gathered skirts, bows—your dress has it all! Why settle for one design when you can incorporate all of them into one dress right? Unfortunately, while you think it looks great, it is a little too much and may make you seem like you could not choose one design. Furthermore, your dress has no sense of cohesion and as a result, would not look visually and aesthetically appealing.