As wedding dress designers, we know finding the right style for your wedding dress can feel overwhelming at times. Especially when there are countless articles and online quizzes out there telling you one thing or another. Even if you were to read every article or take every quiz, you could still be left wondering what it is you are looking for. It’s going to sound profound, but sometimes taking a glance inward reveals the answers.
Are you a risk taker? Are your pragmatic? Or are you a hopeless romantic? Is it better to go shopping on your own or with a group? Using character traits associated with the Chinese astrology, we’ve compiled a list of wedding dress shopping tips.
Obviously, what we're suggesting is just that... a suggestion. You don't have to take what we say at face value. Feel free to disagree with us. Because after all, your wedding dress is an expression of you and your personal style.
The Year of the Rat
Birth Year: 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
You are a risk taker. And you adapt easily from one situation to the next. If at this moment you're still undecided on your wedding venue, look for a dress that is as versatile as you. But at the same time, one that not everyone may choose. So, consider a dress that’s multifaceted. For example, one that is both elegant and down-to-earth.
Dress Suggestions: Isolde, Yuri
The Year of the Ox
Birth Year: 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
You may not necessarily call yourself a “romantic.” You are, however, known for being pragmatic. You’re also known for your determination. So, while the dress hunt may take you a little longer than you’d like, you won’t give up until you say yes. It might take you visiting a couple bridal boutiques, but you'll find the dress. One that is both wedding day appropriate and party ready. Because why would you restrict yourself in a dress you can’t sit, dance, or eat in?
Dress Suggestions: Chika, Sabine
The Year of the Tiger
Birth Year: 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
As a Tiger, you are brave, independent, and confident. You know that you're able to go wedding dress shopping on your own, and that’s fine with you. You might actually prefer that! While you're out there shopping, don't be afraid to try on bolder designs. Because you know no matter what you can pull it off.
Dress Suggestions: Samar, Hana
The Year of the Rabbit
Birth Year: 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
As fellow Rabbits ourselves, we can attest that we love attention to detail. Like us, you’ll probably be drawn to a chic, elegant wedding dress that has details only you’ll notice. Details that make you fall in love with the dress. We are sometimes known for our quiet nature. But don’t be afraid to shout it from the rooftops when you find the dress that makes your heart leap!
Dress Suggestions: Karli, Heathe
The Year of the Dragon
Birth Year: 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Your heart is full of adventure and romance. You are indifferent to the average wedding dresses around you. Your enthusiasm for a more regal style is unquestioned. After all, you’re a Dragon. You represent royalty.
Dress Suggestions: Iman, Kei
The Year of the Snake
Birth Year: 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Your enigmatic nature will have your guests wondering what wedding dress style you will wear down the aisle. A secret you’ll keep until the very day of the wedding. You also have a strong desire for a dress that no one else has seen before. This is why you lean towards indie designers. They’ll allow you to customize a style, and even mix and match the top of one dress with the bottom of another.
Customization Suggestions: Cara (Zara top, Coco skirt), Eva (without the bow cutout)
The Year of the Horse
Birth Year: 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
You’re an energetic person. You love having the freedom to do what you like, which goes hand-in-hand with your ability to express yourself. You already know the reception is going to be a great party. Instead of one bridal look, you opt for two: a romantic dress for the ceremony and a dance-ready number for the reception.
Dress Suggestions: Penelope, Jonah (a jumpsuit!)
The Year of the Sheep
Birth Year: 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
You’re a calm and gentle soul. During your dress appointment, you'll listen intently to the guidance of seasoned bridal stylists. Your wedding dress will reflect your pure and kind heart. You’ll be a romantic vision in (silk) white... because bright white is a harder color to pull off.
Dress Suggestions: Rei, Bibi
The Year of the Monkey
Birth Year: 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
You’re a ball of energy with a curiosity for traveling the world. You’ve decided to have a destination wedding, so you need a packable wedding dress. One that will hardly wrinkle if at all because, depending on where you get married, you might not have access to a steamer. You’ll also want one that won’t take up much space. You plan to continue exploring far off lands after the wedding and you don’t want to have to lug around a large suitcase.
Dress Suggestions: Lily, Hudson
The Year of the Rooster
Birth Year: 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Your a left-side-of-the-brain kind of gal. You love expressing your creativity. Every aspect of your wedding reflects your creative and meticulous nature, and your wedding dress won’t be any different. You’ll work with the bridal boutique to customize your wedding dress. Want Swarovski buttons instead of pearl buttons all the way down the train? You got it. You want rose gold trim instead of silver? Not a problem.
Dress Suggestions: Iset, Tamarisk
The Year of the Dog
Birth Year: 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
Your conservative nature pulls you towards more classic styles. Search for lovely silhouettes that have minimal details, but ones that will withstand the test of time. And one of the best things about dresses that are minimalist, you can always add some sparkle with a belt!
Dress Suggestions: Milena, Kimi
The Year of the Pig
Birth Year: 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Don’t mistake your gentleness for meekness. You’re a romantic with a unique point of view and attitude towards your wedding dress. You're able to consider wearing a dress in something other than white. Perhaps a blush pink wedding dress. You'll also search for romantic details like lace and touches of sparkle. Unlike the Tiger, you’ll want to know the opinions of others, so you’ll make it a group outing to go wedding dress shopping. Just remember: while you appreciate their opinions, be honest with yourself if you don’t agree.
Dress Suggestions: Taj, Faven
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