Expert advice about wedding dresses

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Sussex Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to


All good things…

All good things…

Q. I'm only 5'1” and am worried I'm going to look swamped in a wedding gown! What can you suggest, perhaps to add the illusion of height?

A. Debbie Norley says: The most important aspect of choosing the right dress is that it suits your body shape and proportions, irrespective of your height. A fishtail or a mermaid-style won't suit a pear shape, yet they would an hourglass figure. Wearing higher heels could help, but I would always recommend wearing shoes that you feel comfortable in, as it'll be a long day. Try a selection of styles to see what makes you feel FAB-U-LOUS! 
That's all that matters. I've been dressing brides for more than 15 years and love helping them to find the dress and making that process easy. 

Image credit Mark Leseley

Debbie Norley


Classic elegance

Classic elegance

Q. I'm tying the knot at a fabulous stately home venue. What style of dress should I be looking for to complement the surroundings?

A. Lou Slaughter says: I love tradition, so I would embrace the simplicity and elegance of ivory satin in a ballgown or plain fitted silhouette. This Veromia (MC1338) in satin encapsulates timeless bridal elegance. A V-neck ballgown with embellished belt and straps, it perfectly combines a modern illusion back with a cathedral-length train.
Alternatively, you may want to consider the plain fitted silhouette of this stunning Mark Lesley (7267) fishtail gown with cathedral-length train and gorgeous sweetheart neckline (pictured above). It's sure to get heads turning, and the beautifully embellished belt adds a touch of sparkle. I love the covered buttons, which extend to the end of the train, bringing an element of glamour. Both of these gowns, paired with a single-tier full-length cathedral veil, create two contrasting looks, each standing the test of time.

Lou Slaughter

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