How Choosing The Wrong Dress Can Ruin Your Wedding Day

There is only one thing that makes a wedding dress look lovely, and that is the bride herself!  From her face, she radiants joy. It’s her own vibrancy that makes beautiful wedding day portraits a work of art.  If she feels uncomfortable in a dress poorly chosen to suit her style, those expressions will come out in her wedding portraits.  It is her beautiful face and expressions, as well as the romance between the bride and the groom that make a wedding portrait dazzle.  Choosing the right dress for you is of immeasurable importance.  

Below are a few things to consider when choosing one of the most important aspects of your wedding day – your dress.  Photographers may not be experts in brands of dresses, but professional experienced wedding photographers are experts in enhancing the dress, posing the bride so she looks her most dazzling, emphasizing and de-emphasizing her figure through posing to make her look her best on her wedding day.

Here are some ideas to consider:

Is The Dress In The Style You Like?

There are many things to consider when choosing a wedding dress.  First what style do you like?  You will be wearing your wedding dress all day.  Don’t choose a gown that you hate! From a ball gown, to a mermaid style dress, an A-line dress, a sheath dress, a short dress, and lastly a themed wedding dress, there are many types of wedding dresses available.  Wedding portraits by a professional experienced wedding photographer will capture each style of dress beautifully.  Research to find out which style suits you.  

Here are some questions to ask yourself as you are choosing a wedding dress.

Does The Style Of Dress Suite Your Body Type?

An experienced wedding photographer will be able to enhance and deemphasize each body style using angles and lighting.  Certain angles he will place the bride will take off 20 to 30 pounds.    Additionally, brides photographed at wrong angles can add weight where there is none.  Choosing a photographer who knows how to position you for optimization is paramount.

Choose the Right Wedding Dress Style For Your Body Type.

There are certain aspects of the cuts of wedding gowns that can emphasize or deemphasize each body style.  Whether curvy, slender, large armed, large busted or small busted, tall or short, it’s important to find a dress that covers all the important parts!  You will not want to spend the day adjusting, pulling, and feeling exposed in a wedding dress.  Feeling uncomfortable will make your guests also feel uncomfortable as they see you constantly pulling up an ill fitting dress.  These expressions might come out in your portraits, and ruin an otherwise perfect day.

Dresses For Every Body Type!

Do your research!  There are many articles out there on the internet to help brides choose a style of wedding dress that suits their body style.  For pear shaped body, many websites recommend a ball gown style dress with a fitted bodice paired with a dramatic full skirt.  For an hourglass body, a mermaid style dress, which is slim through the bodice and hips before flaring out looks stunning.  For an apple shaped body, use an A-Line styled dress.  Choose a short dress if it suits you, and kick up your heels with a cropped hemline!  Shoes will stand out beautifully with a short dress.  Lastly for a straighter figure, try a sheath style dress, a slim cut that follows the body’s natural shape.  Short dresses show off beautiful shoes and shorter body styles.

What Season Is Your Wedding Taking Place?

Another thing to think of when choosing a wedding dress is what is the temperature going to be when you are getting married?  Chances are, you will be wearing the dress all day long until the night hours as the reception party takes place.  If you are getting married in the summer, choose a dress that will breath and keep you cooler.  You will not want to be losing all your makeup before you wedding begins because you are too hot.  Being too overheated will ruin a wedding day.  

Summer Wedding Lakeview Golf Resort

Winter Weddings.

On the other hand, being too cold will make you miserable on a winter/fall wedding day.  There are many options for winter weddings.  A fuzzy furry jacket or lacy shawl can help keep a bride warm and look elegant in photographs.  Winter wedding portrait scenes sparkle with spectacular snowy whiteness with a white fur jacket.

Winter Wedding Waterfront Place, Morgantown

Is The Dress Easily Bustled?

If you are having a reception where there will be dancing, you are going to need help bustling the dress.  Be sure and know how to bustle it before your wedding and have a team in place to quickly help you bustle your gown.

What is your budget?

Chances are the wedding gown is top of the priority for your wedding.  However, think about what truly matters.  After the wedding is over, the cake is eaten, the party has ended, all you will have is the romance between the two of you, and your treasured portraits to display in your home, use as conversation pieces with your friends, and show your children someday.  Wedding portraits make the best wall art for newly purchased homes.  If you have hired an experienced professional photographer, you will have numerous portraits, from scenic portraits, bridal close-ups, portraits of friends and family to enlarge, and hang on the wall enjoying them for years to come.  Place a priority on hiring the best professional.  Chances are he will work with you on a payment plan.  Don’t skimp on the photography.  You will be heartbroken with no portraits to prize.  Read here for questions to ask when you are going to meet a perspective wedding photographer whom you are thinking of hiring.

Make an appointment at a great bridal salon.

Here is a list of bridal salons in our area who have pleased many of our brides with a beautiful and honest wedding experience :


Daniel’s of Morgantown

Coni & Franc Morgantown

The Vow Boutique

Choose A Style Of Photography That Emphasizes Details

There are many types and styles of wedding photography today. What style attracts your eye? One trendy style of wedding photography is called “light and airy”. It is a style where the photographer blows out the highlights in his portraits so that all the highlights are very bright with little low lights. With this style, detail in the wedding dress is lost because the shadows have been over exposed. If you love to see the folds, beading, lace and detail of the wedding dress that caught you heart, you will need to find a professional skilled wedding photographer who has an eye for details and does not overexpose the highlights of a portrait He will understand how to light you and your gorgeous dress so that you will be able to see the details of the lace, the cut and the beading. The “light and airy” style of wedding photography loses all of the detail.

Why should I hire Tim Ray Photography to photograph my wedding?

Contact us today!  We would love to hear from you.  Chances are we have photographed at your wedding venue and can offer ideas.  Call today for our latest wedding sales.