There are many popular sayings and beliefs about the wedding dress and its etiquette. It would be interesting for each ride to learn more about the history of wedding dresses. Even if you’re not planning on wearing a traditional gown at your wedding it would be nice to find out more interesting things of the wedding dress wear and its specifics. The origin of the white of wedding dress is perhaps the most popular and interesting subject to approach at this chapter. In time there have been many customs and practices related to the wedding dress.
One fan fact in ancient weddings was that guests would tear off a bit of the bride’s dress and take it home for good luck. In ancient Greece, wedding attendants used to pin money to the bride’s gown as a wedding gift. We all know that the first dress that was ever designed exclusively for a bride was the one worn by Queen Victoria at her wedding. Although this was a royal wedding and a sophisticated dress design, many middle class brides of that time took this trend for their own wedding.
During the Victorian times white wedding dresses were regarded as the symbols of purity and maidenhood. The bride’s chastity was a very important quality to be appreciated by a man in old times. The trend of wedding dresses continued until present days. Unfortunately, our brides are no longer focused on things like virginity. The blushing brides from the past have disappeared, almost completely. There are rarer cases of brides who want to do it all by the book and honor this beautiful and sacred tradition. Before Queen Victoria had this dream of getting married in white, brides of that time used to wear the best gown they had in their closet, regardless of the color.
The black nuance was one of the most powerful trends in bridal fashion wear back in the old days. During the medieval times, marriages were often arranged, based on financial purposes. This practice is not official today, but still in vogue. The medieval bride could be seen wearing a colored dress at her wedding. Bold and rich colors were interpreted as symbols of the bride’s wealth and social status. The array of colored wedding gowns allowed each woman to represent her family and her dowry.
Nowadays, the colorful wedding dress style is back in trend, although the bride wears it for another reason. The color of a modern wedding gown is meant to reflect the bride’s unique personality and individual style. Knowing more about the trends and customs of the past can help the contemporary bride to keep an open mind and make her own pick based on her interests and priorities.
When getting married, there are many details a bride or the wedding planner should help with. If you are looking for the perfect dress for your big day, there are some facts you should look at and ideas you ought to follow. There is no need to panic and start screaming because the market is filled with wedding dress options from which you can pick whatever you like. In these next lines we will discuss about picking a simple dress for your wedding and how to choose it depending on some characteristics.
Sometimes a less is more, so picking the right simple dress will make you stand out and not be absorbed by fabric flowers, crystals and appliqués. Remember though, that simple does not mean boring and faded; you can concentrate on details such as a delicate pleating or an interesting cut. Let’s go over all the main styles of bridal dresses and the way they should look if you want a simple design.
The A-line dress is the most popular in the last decade and is very simple to vary. An elaborate, but simple A-line dress should have a plain white skirt and the main focus point should be on the bodice. You can choose a sleeveless or a strapless design with great success and go for some embellishments on the straps or on the waist. A colored satin sash is usually more than enough. If you want to be more glamorous, a princess style dress is what you are looking for. In this case, concentrate more on the cut. Go for single color very puffy attire without any ornaments. Another option is to get a dress that concentrates on the fabric. Lace and tulle are the two fabrics that don’t need introduction and will always catch everyone’s attention. If you still want a drop of color, try including it in the accessories, not in the dress itself.
The mermaid cut is the hottest thing in wedding dresses. It is not revealing but it shows off everything. A good cut will accentuate the curves and bring out all the femininity in a body. Elegance is usually given by simplicity and wisdom, so choose a mermaid dress with a fitted bodice and a small puffy tail made from the same fabric. Go for the fabrics with a more matte uncomplicated finish rather than ones that resemble satin or lace. Leave the cut to say all! You can find all of the designs we have talked about by browsing the galleries of David’s Bridal.
Wedding dresses are and always will be a complicated subject of discussion. When choosing the dress for your own personal wedding, the search and the debating start being even more complicated. The main ideas you should always have in mind are: What kind of wedding am I planning? and What looks good on me? If you have the answer to these two questions, you will surely find the dress right away. From far times, wedding dresses have developed in looking in many ways and since 200 years ago, the way it is designed and feels on the body are the vital thoughts.
A very interesting choice of shape and style springs from the tea length wedding dress. This almost casual appearance has developed from the 1940s and 1950s sense of style. This dress was originally designed as a puffy skirt with a high waist that flows down anywhere from under the knee to the half of the calves. Since the popularity of this length has takes larger proportions, designers all over started to experiment and created lots of gowns fit for a beautiful bride.
The versatility of this type of attire is amazing: you can get it loose, flowing, fitted, with a high waist, a low one, sleeveless, with short, long or three quarters sleeves, halter, cowl neck and in many many other ways.
The types of weddings that will perfectly take in a tea length wedding dress are those having a less formal theme or a more casual attitude. One made from a soft flowing material is great for a beach party, while a fitted on the waist dress will look great in a garden event. You can buy a tea length dress as your second dress, to wear just for the reception.
The halter top and sleeveless ones have a more appealing feeling and will look fantastic in a more luxurious, but still casual, party. You can get one in any color, not just white.
To better give you an idea about this type of gown, here is an example:
The teawd025 dress from Well Bridal is the best example of a modern tea length wedding dress for a more casual woman. Even if it’s white, it has that natural feeling to it. The empire waist and the halter top will highlight your womanly curves while the A-line shape of the skirt will hide any type of chubbiness that you don’t want to reveal. Softly embellished and very simple, the price for this one is $265.11
Weddings demand a lot of devotion, attention to details and understanding from both the wedding planner and the couple. Everything has to be adapted to the season the wedding will take place, the people involved and the attitude the bride and the groom would love to share. The dress of the bride is also an important factor for the well being of the whole party and should be chosen correctly to match the other details. If planning a wedding in full winter, you should consider finding a dress that goes with a snowy theme and will keep you warm enough in any condition.
Surfing around the Internet, we have found thousands of cool looking wedding gowns, but not even half are useful for winter weddings. These dresses have to have certain features for you to feel extraordinary even in the coldest environments.
The first feature you have to look for in a winter wedding gown is the versatility. Outside will be maybe snowing heavily while inside the venue the heat system will warm you up. The ideal dress should be layered for insulating the lower part of your body, long enough to cover your legs (because you can’t wear heavy sox) and functional, not to annoy you when walking or seating down.
The upper part, the bodice, should be fitted and winter inspired. Over it you have to consider buying and using a bolero, something cute and short to keep you warm. White coats are also admitted, but the ones that will perfectly work with the dress. The best looking boleros are those made out of fur; choose one that is made out of faux fur or real one in white or a light gray.
The design is also important, winter dresses are usually shaped in the princess style or the A-line style. These designs are better because you can protect yourself from the harsh weather as well as looking like a fairytale princess.
Here is a great example for a perfect winter wedding dress that has all the above attributes. The W75QV dress from Aonel is a dress fit for a passionate ice queen, a true princess of the winter. This long and simple gown has all you need: a layered soft skirt accompanied by a cool sweetheart bodice in a simple sleeveless approach. The color of the dress is a pure white but decorated with delicate accents in darker silver or you can order it in other colors if you are not the white dress type of girl. The price for it is $172,99.11
Wedding tend to be more festive than they should be nowadays and have more of an official event feeling than a romantic uniting one. For those brides that did not forget what wedding should actually be about, the romantic wedding dresses are always waiting for the perfect gal to wear them. These dresses will always be the ones that are timeless and loved by all.
When choosing a romantic wedding gown you have a lot of freedom regarding the cut, the colors and the overall sense. The majority of romantic wedding dresses are made out of fabrics such as lace, organza and other ones that have a natural sheerness and can be easily layered. For a maximum romantic look choose a simple lace over other types of materials, but never satin or other slightly shiny materials. Details such as bows, flowers and other patterns will only enhance your appearance but don’t end up overcrowding them because it would look kitschy. Beading is another modality to accentuate the romantics of an outfit.
The cut is also a way to show off this side of you. An empire cut is more romantic than a mermaid style dress. A flowing skirt and a fitted bodice will look absolutely dreamy on anyone. Another very interesting choice would be the princess cut, what is more romantic than a dress just like in the fairytales? A cute corset with tons of small details will appear great accompanied by a puffy simple skirt. If you wish to have your festivity in a natural environment, a simple dress, short or long, with a fallen waistline, not even fitted, made from a flowing fabric will end up being the best option. To complete this look you can add a tiara made from natural flowers or discreet jewelry.
Here is a very good example of the most romantic dress I could find in online stores.
This is the dress No. #3254557 from The Limited. What can be more romantic than a simple ivory dress? The waistline has an empire cut, the bodice is wide enough not to be confused with the baby-doll cut. Under the chest, a subtle satin sash will accentuate your best features. The skirt is made from vast amounts of silk plates that form a jellyfish like impression. Another great detail about this dress is that is beautiful enough to be worn by its own, but simple enough to allow you to add an intricate piece of jewelry or a large flower bouquet.11
Not all of us want to be at the limit of art and fashion and choose to buy a more classic wedding dress, a cut that does its job without any risk. Classic will be timeless and will avoid any sayings after decades such as “What was I thinking when I chose that dress?” Moreover, classic does not mean old looking or something resembling grandma’s gowns.
The best way to remain classic si to choose a traditional wedding dress cut such as the princess cut or the A-line cut. Both of these designs work with almost any sort of body, accentuating what every woman has the best. When looking at a dress you should have in mind a few details:
First, look for natural or natural looking fabrics. These types will always remain fashionable, even after tens of years. Cotton lace and silk are the ones that have the biggest impact. A softly decorated lace fabric applied as an accent will embellish the gown making it look royal, while silk will let you move naturally in the dress.
Secondly, see if the cut brings out the best in you. An hourglass shaped body demands a lower waistline and a more fitted skirt, while a pear shaped one needs a higher waistline with a wider skirt to balance the lower part of the body. The bodice is the main attention point in a lot of gowns. A simple neckline: sweetheart or round type will do just fine accentuating your neck and your chest. The sleeves can ruin a dress if not chosen correctly. Look for a sleeveless design, simple sleeves or shoulder straps. Wider straps will make you look slimmer, while loose ones (fallen off the shoulders) will give you a more Victorian feel meanwhile balancing heavier hips.
The last thing you should be careful with is the detailing. Extravagant crystals or appliqués will look fine now but after years they won’t! Small appliqués such as classy roses will make you look great, while bands of beading or accents here and there will give you an elegant touch. The color of the dress is also essential: if you are not the biggest fan of white choose a tinted one such as ivory, champagne or light pink. Avoid neon colors or dark ones.
OriFashion has on their racks a very classic design, the Model – SG144. This white plain dress has an A-line shape with subtle pleating in the bodice and a waistline that follows the natural one. The price for it is $420.11
Wedding dresses are the vital part of most weddings; imagine how sad it would be for the bride to show up dressed in her business suit she usually wears for work or in a casual sweat pants outfit? Most brides go for a classic traditional look, but some of them tend to search for something more original, more flattering and more fun. The 1960s wedding gowns are maybe what they should look at.
That era proposed a new silhouette, a new overall idea, for the way a bride should look. The first fresh aspect was the empire waist which is more flattering for the majority of women of the world. This was approached so the hour glass shape would be highlighted. The trapeze dresses, with their looser fitting, became the must-haves. The skirts were looser and able to camouflage any chubbiness. Another essential detail was the neckline in combination with the sleeves. Because the bride should not show off her shoulders in the church, the necklines for these wedding dresses where quite simple and covering, while the sleeves had the needed embellishments for this type of attire. Round and necklines were worn with three quarters sleeves and up to the elbow fitted gloves. The more daring brides, chose a long off the body dress with a fitted bodice that shows off a wide round cleavage and wide shoulder straps; this is a style inspired more from the evening gowns that were popular in that decade.
The fabrics offered the needed freedom of design. The majority of dresses were made of lavish silk or lace fabrics and decorated with small or large bows, usually positioned under the chest, accentuating the empire waistline. Other details were the trains, which become even more popular and were created in many styles: from the classic court train that fell from the shoulders or from the waist to the more fancy cathedral train. All in all, the 1960s brought a breath of fresh air in the wedding dress industry, adding the fun and the exquisite tailoring to this field.
A very good example for a 1960s wedding dress is this vintage piece from Rusty Zipper. This organza ensemble takes in a long empire waist white wedding dress and a matching train, all made from organza over acetate. This designer wedding dress was created by Edythe Vincent and has very subtle and delightful details such as the shear lace neckline and the long puffy sleeves. The price for this wonderful dress is $400.11
Nowadays, we don’t even find the time to shop for essential to our living things, but when it comes to our wedding dress, the situation changes and we do our best to find the coolest and most elegant one. The best thing the last century has brought is the possibility of shopping on line for whatever you can think of, including wedding gowns from the cheapest to the most lavish designer ones. If you don’t have the time to go from store to store and making lots of time consuming appointments, put on a relaxing record and start searching for your dress from your comfort of your own home. Here are some web stores we recommend and the description of what you may find there.
The first wedding dresses web store is U Dreamy Bridal. Browsing through their galleries you will surely find a dress that you consider beautiful and the best thing about them is that they have prices that start from almost $100 and go up to almost $500. Their dresses range a lot from vintage inspired gowns that go with themed weddings to exquisite modern dresses that hug the body in the best way. When searching, you have options to easily find what you like: you can choose the silhouette, the color, lengths, neckline, fabric and embellishments. You can even find the accessories that work with your chosen dress and other dresses, for the bridesmaids or for special occasions. They also have separate categories for various types of dresses depending on the season or environment.
David’s Bridal is another well known store dedicated to weddings. Their dresses vary in price from under $50 (for on sale dresses) to elegant and precious over $1000 attires. You can find here short numbers that perfectly fit a summer beach wedding as well as long elaborated ones for formal traditional ones. An aspect which I loved while browsing this store is the categories: they have different departments for petit, plus size, maternity and many more, because not all women have the same supermodel body.
Our last choice for the day is a web store that is not entirely dedicated to shopping for your wedding but for dresses and clothes in general. This vintage hut is amazing. Posh Girl Vintage has on sale beautiful and authentic wedding dresses from all sorts of time periods, from the slick 1910s to 1930s to bohemian 1970s gowns. All the styles are in an impeccable shape and the web site offers you the opportunity of studying your dress online, giving all the needed details you might want to know.11