Monday, January 7, 2008

Gown Shopping 102 - The Formal Wedding

If you're having a formal wedding, you are most likely looking for some version of the traditional wedding gown. White, ivory, or a shade of those colors; long skirt with a train; veil, headpiece, or both, etc...

You can have so much fun dress shopping! It's almost like playing princess dress-up. However, you don't want to look like every bride that has walked the same church aisle before you. Here are some tips to help you shop for your gown.

1. You CAN wear straps or sleeves! Especially in a church setting, a strap or sleeve can look so classic and elegant. I know that it is difficult to find beautiful, modern gowns with sleeves; but please ask at your bridal salon. So many designers have sleeve options, most salons do not show them for various reasons. Another option is to wear a bolero or shrug over your strapless gown. Then, you can remove the jacket for the reception.
2. Match your train to the setting. If you are getting married in a small chapel, a long cathedral-length train will look awkward. Likewise, an informal gown with no train will look out-of-place in a large sanctuary. This rule also applies to embellishments. The larger and more formal your ceremony venue is, the more gown you can wear!
3. Let the saleslady or gown consultant who is helping you know a little about your ceremony and wedding theme. This will keep her from showing gowns to you that won't work with your vision. On the other hand, she will probably be able to show you gowns that WILL work great! As I've mentioned before, humor her and try a few on. On the other hand, if she's just not "getting it"; it's OK to graciously let her know that you'd rather look on your own for a while.
4. Remember that veils and jewelry can make a more simple gown look very formal. If you like simple lines and less embellishment, have fun trying some different necklaces and veil styles to "dress up" the gown. On the other hand, if you choose a gown that is heavily embroidered or embellished, it is often better to keep your jewelry and veil simple.

September's Bride...a fresh approach to formal.

Gown pictured above is "Estella" by Maggie Sottero
Just arrived at September's Bride today!!

1 comment:

aletha @ pearls events said...

Loving the series, Tami! Keep it up :)