Since childhood many brides have dreamt about that perfect wedding gown. For some it is a long, flowing designer gown, and others want a strapless number perfect for the beach. No matter what gown you dream about, there are still some ways to make sure you pick the right dress for your perfect wedding day.
Start Your Search Early
The earlier you start your search for your ideal wedding gown, the better off you will be. It is usual for the organised bride to start their search 9 to 12 months before the wedding. This time frame allows you to look at a variety of dresses so you can find the perfect wedding dress. It also provides ample time for alterations or special orders.
Get Pictures and Think
If you already have an idea of your wedding dress in your mind, it may not be the easiest way to get exactly what you want immediately. It is better if you have pictures from magazines or advertisements to do purchase a range of bridal magazines or research on the web. Professional wedding photographers have many examples of their work on display and are a great source of inspiration. If you are having a dress custom made, try to get a sketch of the dress so that the dressmaker knows your vision.
Even after you go and pick out the dress, you may want to take pictures of the dress so that you can find accessories for the wedding and reception. Maybe you have not picked out bridesmaids dresses and you want to find the right style to complement your dress or you want to know if a bouquet style will work with the dress. Having a photograph of your specific dress will help you out immensely at this stage.
Consider Your Shape
Yes, you may want that pretty mermaid dress you saw on the model in the wedding magazine, but the style may make you look “hippy.” Even though you may like a dress, you need to make sure it fits you perfectly. Bring the most honest person you know with you for trying on gowns so you can get a real opinion of what looks good and do not allow the sales assistant to #sell’ you the dress. It is well worth knowing that ‘white’ when photographed can give the illusion of adding bulk so consider carefully dress colours – it is quite the norm to choose alterative coloured wedding dress to white, so consider being different.
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Wedding Trivia: SOMETHING "OLD", "NEW", "BORROWED", AND "BLUE"
The tradition of carrying one or more items that are "old", "new", "borrowed" and "blue" also comes from English. There is an old English rhyme describing the practice which also mentions a sixpence in the brides shoe. Something old, signifying continuity, could be a piece of lace, jewelry, or a grandmother's handkerchief. Something new, signifying optimism in the future, could be an article of clothing or the wedding rings. Something borrowed, signifying future happiness, could be handkerchief from a happily married relative or friend. Something blue, signifying modesty, fidelity and love, comes from early Jewish history. In early Biblical times, blue not white symbolized purity. Both the bride and groom usually wore a band of blue material around the bottom of their wedding attire, hence the tradition of "something blue". Originally the sixpence was presented to the bride by her future husband as a token of his love. Today, very often, it is the bride's father who places a coin in the brides shoe prior to leaving home for the church.