Bride & Groom
Bride & Groom
The Wedding Attire
The Bride's Gown, the Bridesmaids' Dresses and the Groom and Ushers' Attire
The Bride's Gown
Before the late 15th century, brides used to just wear their best dress. Today, shopping for the perfect bridal wear is a long drawn out process which needs to be started early. The clothes set the
tone for wedding and will be the most talked about and remembered aspects of the day. For brides, picking out her dress is one of the most important decisions she makes in her wedding planning.
It's something she has probably been dreaming about for a long time. Even if you are on a strict budge, you can still have that princess feeling as you walk down the isle. You just may have to be a
bit more creative in how you pull it off.
Shopping for a bridal gown should begin once the overall theme of the wedding has been decided upon. The style of the dress -- formal or informal -- and the season when the ceremony will be held -- summer or winter -- will set the tone that the bridesmaids.' Lighter weight fabrics and short sleeves are more appropriate for summer weddings, and evening weddings are generally more formal.
Where to you begin when selecting the wedding attire for your wedding party, not to mention yourself? Again it's all about researching your options. To get idea first of all about what you like, flip through some bridal magazines, and if you have the chance, go to a bridal fair. You can go to a regular bridal shop or if you're on a tight budget, see if there is a consignment shop in your area that carries "just once worn" wedding gowns. Also some department stores have gowns that you can buy right off the rack for much cheaper than an bridal store, but you selection is much more limited of course as it would be at a consignment shop. But you never know what you'll find, until you check it out. If time is on your side, you might check with boutiques in your area to see if the have "out of season" sales. Do you have a family member or good friend your size whose gown you could borrow or restore just for you? If money is no option, you can even have a custom gown made for you. Be sure to visit a number of shops to compare and always take a trusted friend (with good taste) along to help you who would give you an honest opinion.
Most people don't know about this, but if you're fortunate enough and the timing is right, you might be able to get a designer dress for a fraction of the cost. Designer Sampler Dresses are dresses created by the designer which brides-to-be try on in the boutiques. At eht end of the season, theses gowns ae usually sold for considerably less. If you have your heart set on a dress by your favorite designer, contact a designer boutique and ask if they are selling any of his or her sampler dresses.
One advantage of buying from a bridal store is that they such a huge selection, you can try one many styles before deciding what you want. Should it have long sleeves, lace, pearls, satin or a Queen Anne collar; It's exciting to imagine yourself in the many styles of wedding gowns available today.
The degree of formality, the season and the location of the ceremony will help you determine the kind of fabric, the length and style you choose. You and your fiancÃ© should discuss your preferences before you select your dress. The way you dress sill influence his selection. Of course he doesn't need nearly as much time to select his attire. One you have decided on yours, he can take his lead from you.
If you are planning a very formal wedding, you'll want to consider a gown made of satin, lace, or peau de soie. It should be floor length, with a long train and veil. Gloves may be worn with a short-sleeved or sleeveless dress. A formal wedding suggests a chapel or sweep-train length gown, with a hem-length or fingertip-length veil. Gloves and a hat may be worn.
An elegant short dress or a simple floor-length dress without a train is appropriate for a semi-formal wedding with an elbow length or shorter veil. And a stree-length silk suit or jacketed dress is ideally suited for an informal wedding with a shorter veil or bridal type hat.
A bridal salon can be a great help in choosing the best design for you. Openly discuss your tastes, concerns and budget. In making your selection, remember that you want to accentuate your best features and to be comfortable. Make sure you will be comfortable sitting and, don't forget dancing! Call ahead because many require appointments.
You may fall in love with a certain style, but it's also important that it flatters your figure. Here are a few suggestions according to body type.
For short women (5'4" and under)
- High neckline, empire waist
- Short sleeves or sleeveless with long gloves
- Floor or chapel length
For tall women (5'9" and over)
- Drop waist, wide belt
- Wrap-around trim or ruffles
- Off-shoulder, low neckline, billowy sleeves
Average-sized women (5'5" - 5'8")
- Almost anything
- May want to look shorer or taller to accommodate the groom's height
Full figured women
- High Waistline
- Vertical lines such as an A-line dress
- Avoid puffy sleeves, lots of fullness and clingy fabrics
Once you have made a decision, there are several things you want to make sure you have covered before you order.
- Find out the store's cancellation and exchange policy.
- Confirm (in writing) the price of the dress and the date of completion
- What is included in the price of the dress (i.e., veil, train, hoop, alterations)?
- How far in advance are fittings done and will that fit into your schedule
- How far in advance are the alterations done
- Do they offer layaway (if that is something you need)