Nicole Richie, Chelsea Clinton, and Carrie Underwood wore multiple wedding reception dresses, so why shouldn’t you? Here are some pros and cons on both sides of the subject.
- It’s fun to play different roles, and slip into multiple outfit changes, especially when it’s your time to shine.
- Your mother insisted that you wear her wedding gown, so you opt to wear it in the ceremony and then change into a gown of your choosing for the reception.
- You can’t decide! There are so many amazing bridal gowns to choose from, how could you possibly choose just one?
- Your ceremony gown is too difficult to dance in.
- The first reason you should reconsider wearing more than one dress lies in your answer to this question: Why do you think you need multiple bridal dresses? Perhaps the dress you’ve already purchased isn’t the one. Maybe you jumped the gun and bought a dress when you knew in your heart of hearts that your search for the perfect gown was not quite over.
- If your reason is that you simply want the best of both worlds; one in which you are a princess in a full ball gown, and another where you are the sexy seductress in a white cocktail dress, think of your wedding dress this way: How often do you get the opportunity to be the belle of the ball, and prance around in a full length wedding gown? Not often.
- Your wedding gown is expensive, so why not get your money’s worth?
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.
Finding the right wedding dress can be overwhelming, especially if you are on a budget. If you have your heart set on designer wedding dresses, you do not necessarily need to pay retail price for it. Here are some options for finding designer wedding dresses for less:
If you want the actual designer dress:
- Consider sharing the cost with another bride who shares your taste and your size. This seems like it would be difficult to find someone with your exact style and size, but with the proliferation of online wedding message boards and community websites like Craigslist, it is easier than you think. One thing to be cautious about is this: there are almost always minor alterations to be made even if you are the same size. If that is the case, it is best if the bride who needs the least alterations wears the dress first. Make sure that your wedding dates correspond accordingly.
- Go to Sample Sales. Many people hate the chaos and lack of privacy of sample sales, but if you know exactly what you want and do not mind trying on a dress in front of other people, then it is well worth the effort. It is best to do your research beforehand, though. You should already know your size and the style of dress you want, or perhaps even a top three that you would consider. That way, as soon as it turns up at a sample sale, you can get it before anyone else gets to it.
- Scour Bargain Dress Stores. Do not get disappointed if you go to a bargain dress store once and do not find anything. Most stores (like the TJ Maxx or Marshalls for bridal wedding gowns) receive up to 20 new dresses each day. Perseverance and patience will pay off. Eventually, you will likely come across the dress you want, especially if you are frequenting these types of stores a few times a week.
- Look for your dress online. Just remember that designer dresses do run small, so it may be better (if you are on the border line of two sizes) to go with the larger size, as many online retailers do not accept returns. (Remember that if your dress is in good condition after you wear it, and you do not need to keep it for sentimental reasons, you can also sell it online and potentially get a substantial amount back after the wedding.)
- If you want to emulate a certain designer’s look, consider having a professional seamstress make you a custom wedding dress. If you want the dress to look exactly like a designer dress but do not want to spend the money, you may have to use a cheaper fabric. But as long as the dress looks great, don’t worry; most people won’t even be able to notice! Remember that alterations alone often cost a lot, and if you have a dress designed exactly for your body, you may end up spending less than you would have spent on a dress plus the alterations.
Finding the perfect wedding gown is an important task and not an easy one at that, regardless of your body shape and size. With every body type there are varying concerns to be aware of when choosing the right gown that flatters your shape. For plus size bridal gowns in particular, the key is finding the style that flatters your specific body type.
When you’re looking for a plus size wedding dress that fits your shape, try to find photos with plus size models who have a similar body shape as you. If the style fits your vision and excites you then dog-ear that style, make a note of it, and continue looking at various styles to ensure you have options.
If you aren’t sure which styles are most flattering on your figure, then rummage through your closet and pick out your favorite dresses and note the sleeves, neckline, and silhouette. Then when you explore various wedding dress designer’s collections you’ll already have an idea of what cut and style works best with your height, weight, and curves. For example, you may look best in dresses with a sweetheart neckline versus a square neckline. Also, you’ll know if your body shape favors an empire waist, a-line, or princess seam dress.
The task of creating your own wedding dress is both commendable and adventurous. If you’re up for the journey, there are a few steps that will make this process easier. Before you delve into creating your own wedding dress, make sure you follow these tips.
- Choose your style: Instead of creating your unique wedding dress from scratch, visit bridal gown boutiques for style ideas. You’ll have specific visuals to choose from when you design your own wedding dress.
- Explore embellishments: Don’t forget about crystals, beads, lace, and embroidery when designing your wedding gown. These embellishments can transform a simple dress into something more extraordinary.
- Find the right fabric: You can find wedding gown appropriate fabric in the bridal section of most fabric stores. Call ahead so you don’t waste time and gas.
- Test run: Before you make the dress, do a test run first. Who knows, you may even end up using the test dress as your actual gown. But it’s best to sew a test dress to allow for mistakes without pressure. This way, when you create your dress you’ll have more confidence since you’ve done it once before.
- Plan ample time: You’re dress will be perfect if you have ample time to fix any issues along the way. You’ll enjoy the process much more if you’re able to take your time.
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.
Let’s face it, our wardrobe, in some shape or form, has been influenced by our favorite celebrities. So why not grab some wedding gown ideas from them? Whether you’re thinking about going with a fashion forward look or elegant wedding dress, celebrity wedding dress styles run the gamut.
Milla Jojovich Anderson designed her own wedding dress, which resembled that of a Greek goddess. This simple design was made even more elegant with a v-cut neckline that accentuated her gorgeous figure. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a Greek goddess, or even a model to pull of this style.
Even playboy bunnies have style, or at least Kendra Wilkinson Baskett did on her wedding day. Kendra wore a stunning crystal covered princess wedding dress that accentuated her bust with a swooping sweetheart neckline. If you want to feel like a princess in a fairytale then use Kendra’s dress as your template.
Gwen Stefani proved her pop star status with a custom made wedding gown that turned heads and dropped jaws. Her gown began with a white bodice that turned pink toward the hemline. Gwen blended old with new by pairing her gown with an antique lace veil.
If you’re looking for a style that is the ultimate traditional wedding gown, use Katie Holmes as your muse. Katie’s ivory silk off-the-shoulder gown was adorned with crystal embroidery.This is a fantastic style to take notes from if you love traditional styles that encapsulate classic wedding day elegance.
Before you step foot in any of the bridal gown shops you have on your list, there are a few things you should consider. As with the rest of your wedding planning, the most important aspect of this process is to stay focused on what you want and to remain organized. You’ll want to avoid walking into any bridal stores vulnerable and unprepared. Keep the following ideas and lists handy as you begin your quest for your wedding gown.
- Know your final budget: A lot of brides forget to factor in their headpiece or veil when calculating their wedding dress budget; and lets not forget about your shoes, shawl, jewelry, undergarments, and clutch. You should also factor in alterations in your wedding dress budget, since most of time alterations are needed.
- Timing is key: If your schedule permits that you shop during a weekday then do it. These hours are a bit slower at bridal shops than in the evenings and on weekends and will give you more one on one time with the sales person.
- Be open to try on anything: You really can’t tell what a dress will look like until it’s on.
- Take your time: Don’t commit to a dress immediately, instead take a day or even a week to think it over before deciding that it’s the one.
- Know the numbers game: Don’t be surprised if the wedding dress you finally pick is a size or two bigger than normal, because wedding dresses typically run small.
If you’re like most brides you’ll want to preserve your wedding gown for the rest of your life. Use the following tips to ensure your gown stays in great shape for many years to come.
- Wedding Dress Cleaning: After your wedding, have your wedding dress professionally cleaned as soon as possible. A lot of stains from dirt and sweat won’t show up until days after your wedding and could cause permanent stains if not treated immediately.
- Storage: You have two options with wedding dress storage. You can either hang your dress or store it in a box. Hanging is the best option but takes up a lot of space. If you store the dress in a box, make sure you do so with acid-free tissue paper. Line the box with the tissue paper and then fold the dress into the box. Fill your traditional wedding dress with crumpled tissue paper to preserve the shape of the dress.
- Hanging Instructions: If you choose to hang your dress, find either a padded hanger or pad it yourself with cotton. Once your dress in on the hanger stuff the bodice with crumpled acid-free tissue paper. The last step is to cover the dress with a garment bag and ensure it has plenty of space on either side to prevent wrinkling.
Your fairytale winter wedding is finally coming together; you just need to find that Princess dress you grew up longing to wear. Most fairytale wedding dresses are made with heavy fabric and a lot of it, making this style of wedding dress a prime candidate for your winter wedding attire. Lucky for you there are various types of fairytale dresses to choose from, so you won’t be left feeling like Cinderella did at the stroke of midnight.
Types of fairytale gowns
- Edwardian: This style is ideal if you want to feel like a Royal Princess. Edwardian gowns typically have an empire silhouette and intricate details such as embroidery, lace designs, as well as detailed beaded work.
- Medieval: Create a Renaissance wedding beginning with a medieval style wedding gown. Since materials used to create this style of winter wedding gown include woolen cloth, velvet, linen, fur, and silk you won’t need to worry about getting cold. This style also gives you the freedom to choose a color other than white, such as a deep red, or even black. Pair this style of wedding gown with pewter goblets and candelabras and you’ll be on your way to having a medieval themed wedding.
- Disney: Think Cinderella and Snow White for this type of fairytale wedding dress. Did you know that Disney World is the number one wedding destination in the United States since 1995? Not surprising since most girls grow up wanting to be their favorite Disney darling. For this look think glass slippers and over-the-top poufy gowns with a sweetheart neckline. The wedding dress fabric typically used to create this dreamy dress is satin which will give your dress a shimmery glow.