One of the most fascinating aspects of the traditional wedding ceremony and reception is that it is rich in history, and that many of the original traditions are still practiced in today’s modern world. For example, traditional wedding dresses, although they vary in style, are still worn by modern American brides.
Social Status: Over centuries past and present, traditional wedding gowns that brides have chosen reflected their social status. Wealthier brides would typically choose gowns in the forefront of fashion, made from only the most expensive materials. Brides at the other end of the social spectrum would typically wear their loveliest church dress.
Style: Wedding gown styles have varied greatly over the years. For example, the Victorian Era produced full poufy gowns with intricate designs, and in the 1920s-1940s bridal dresses were usually longer in the back and shorter in the front. Modern day styles include a mixture of designs inspired from different eras, and continue to change and progress with every season.
Color: The traditional white wedding gown was meant to symbolize the bride’s virginity. The white wedding gown is still the most popular color pick for modern weddings, but is not required. Gowns are now offered in essentially any color the bride chooses.
You’ve sorted through designer wedding gowns galore and you finally found the one that’s so you, but it’s too formal—don’t worry! There are countless ways to de-formalize your wedding gown to ensure it fits in perfectly on your wedding day.
Have you noticed that paring heels with any dress or outfit instantly makes it more formal? Opt for flats or flip flops (perfect for a beach wedding) instead of formal high heels. Of course this tip is only helpful if your wedding gown is short enough to showcase your shoes.
Throw a cardigan over your wedding gown and it will look more like an informal wedding dress. Wearing a cardigan over a shawl or nothing will make any dress look more casual, especially if it’s made from a casual fabric such as cotton. If you like the idea of a cardigan but want to class it up a bit, then explore 100% cashmere cardigans or shrugs.
Casual hair and makeup will make even the best wedding dresses look less fancy. Wear your hair down and slightly curled, giving it a loose and comfortable look. A fun trick for giving your hair that “just woke up” look that’s still beautiful is by curling your hair but leaving the very end straight. This look is ubiquitous on the red carpet for various premieres and events. As far as your makeup is concerned, choose light shades and stay away from dramatic eyeliner and dark lipstick or lip-gloss.
Designing and creating your own wedding dress is a large undertaking. It requires a lot of planning and effort, but walking down the aisle in a gown created by you is a priceless feeling. The following tips can help you as you prepare to design the dress you'll wear on the most important day of your life.
- Do your research. You could start by browsing bridal collections. The first thing you need to do before you design your own wedding dress is to spend some time browsing through bridal magazines and online collections of designer dresses. You need to look at both cutting edge designs and examples of a traditional wedding dress. The more styles, necklines, and sleeves you have seen, the better prepared you will be to hone in on exactly what you want your unique wedding dress to feature.
- Try on different styles. Go into a boutique and try on as many dresses as your patience will allow. This is absolutely essential. Perhaps you feel certain you want a strapless gown, but you happen to try on a dress with a halter style, and it perfectly flatters your upper body. Maybe you've dreamt of wearing a glorious Scarlett O’Hara ball gown, but when you try one on, you end up feeling a bit silly. These are the things you need to establish before you spend the time to design your own wedding dress.
- Know Your Skin Tone. You may envision your dress to be a bright white, without knowing that the color of your skin is much better suited to a darker ivory. In order to look your absolute best on your wedding day, you want your dress color to complement your skin tone.
Check out this supercute couple who just got married in Manchester, England. (via A Cup of Joe)
Short-skirted wedding dresses and tea-length wedding dresses have been becoming a lot more popular in recent years, and for good reason: When appropriate for a wedding's formality and style, they can be perfectly adorable!