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Dress & Attire

Considering your dress code and attire for the day will depend on the theme, your body shape, personal tastes, jewellery, your partner and the bridal party. This is the fun part, because when you start to put the outfit together you start feeling and looking like a bride!

The Bride

Before you were even engaged chances are you’ve flicked through a magazine, seen a bride in real life, or passed a local wedding dress store. You might already have a dress in mind. But even if you haven’t given this much thought it’s now time to start devoting some time to thinking about how you want to look on your day. There are thousands of colours, styles and accessories to choose from – but don’t be overwhelmed. Just try on one item at a time until you find the perfect one.

Tip: If you’re trying on a dress in a bridal shop, make sure you’re wearing nice underwear when you go, you never know who may need to assist you in getting your dress on.

The Gown

You can borrow, hire, buy or make your gown. You’ll know the right gown when you see it. It will bring a smile to your face and butterflies in your stomach. You will feel like a princess.

There are many different styles and shapes when it comes to your wedding dress. It’s worth trying on as many different styles as you possibly can so you can find the most comfortable and flattering look.So let’s discuss some of the different looks:

  • A-Line Dresses: A dress that hugs the bodice and then flares out towards the base creating an ‘A’ shape
  • Ball Gown: Fitted at the waist and with a full flared skirt reaching to the ankles or below
  • Dropped Waist Styles: The waist seam is below the natural waist line
  • Empire Line: Slim skirt which falls from below the bust
  • Mermaid Style: Fitted all the way, but flares out from just above the knee
  • Princess Line: Fitted up the top and seamlessly flares down from the waist
  • Two Piece: The bodice and skirt are 2 separate items, but works together to form an illusion of a dress
  • Column: Completely fitted

There are also many different necklines and sleeve styles to consider when trying on wedding dresses.

Colours

White has always remained the most traditional of choices but when you think white keep in mind there are many different tones of white from white to ivory, off white and cream. You want a colour that compliments your skin tone and complexion.

But don’t let tradition stop you from considering any colours of the rainbow. You can have whatever you want.

Head Pieces & Veils

  • Tiaras
  • Flowers
  • Feathers
  • Hair Pins
  • Bows
  • Hats
  • Fascinators
  • Headbands
  • Veils – from a blusher through to cathedral length

You will need to make sure, when choosing a head piece or veil, that your hairstyle will work with your choice.

Shoes

You’ll be spending a lot of time on your feet on your wedding day, so it’s important that when choosing your shoes that you make sure they look good, but at the same time provide adequate support and comfort.

Tip: Start wearing your wedding shoes around the house weeks before your wedding day to prevent blisters and pinching on the day.

Lingerie

You want to look good all over on your day. A lovely matching lingerie set can add that special touch. Make sure that underwear is not visible through your fabric. Lingerie shop attendants will be able to advise you of suitable garments to buy.

Bridesmaids

When choosing your bridesmaid’s dresses you will most likely be focusing on a theme/colour that you’re having throughout the whole day. Make sure when choosing your dress that you keep in mind the different ages, sizes and skin tones. You can dress your bridesmaids all the same, or even have them all different. It’s a personal choice.

Tip: Keep the colour a surprise as this always creates an excitement amongst the crowd on the day.

Keep in mind your bridesmaid’s jewellery and shoes on the day as well. If you’re planning on giving your bridesmaids gifts, you may want to consider giving them earrings, a bracelet and a necklace that they’ll be wearing on the day, but at the same time treasure for years to come.

Groom

You can dress your groom in a suit right down to a simple collared shirt and pants. Depending on your location and formality of the event will depend on what style you have. You may want to have the groom in a different tie or shirt colour to make him stand out.

Engagement & Wedding Rings

Your engagement and wedding ring is a lifelong memory symbolizing your love and commitment to each other. When choosing your rings choose a style you love, but keep in mind that some trendy styles, gems and metals may date – while the classic designs and stones will almost certainly age gracefully. But the whole aim of your rings is that they suit your personality and is something you’ll be proud to wear for years to come.

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