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Tips for Selecting the Perfect Wedding Gown


Wedding gown necklines are broken into off the shoulder, spaghetti strap, halter, scoop, strapless, sweetheart, jewel (which has a rounded appearance), and the less-often seen V-neck. Waist styles are Basque, dropped waist, empire waist, princess cut, and natural. For bodice styles you will find corset, empire, halter, midriff, asymmetrical, princess-line, surplice and tank. Now with all those options, here are a few guidelines on how to best select your gown style and shade for your big day!

  1. An overall principle is to choose a gown that moves the silhouette as close to a proportionate hourglass figure as possible. For example, if the bride is short-waisted, she should wear a drop waist. If she is petite, an empire waist will elongate her frame.
  2. If a bride prefers no waist in the gown, an empire or princess seam is the best choice.
  3. An A-line skirt is flattering for most body types.
  4. Many women think they cannot wear a strapless dress; however, it is truly the easiest neckline to wear. It’s all in the fit. In order to keep the gown from sliding down, it should be altered to fit snuggly on the hip. It will not help to fit the gown tightly at the breast.
  5. When selecting couture, rather than off-the-rack, expect the price tag to be at least $5,000. Although, don’t be shocked if the cost exceeds $25,000.
  6. Crystals, stones, beads, pearls and jewels-embellishments are in these days. Many brides shop for a simple dress and have it custom embellished to turn an ordinary gown into a custom couture piece for much less than one created for them from scratch.
  7. Note that there are twelve shades of white, starting with stark white and ending in antique. When selecting your gown color, take your skin tone into account. If you are fair complected, a stark white gown could clash with your coloring. You are better off wearing ivories. If you have medium skin with pink tones, a creamier color may work best with you. If you have dark or tanned skin, go with white.
  8. Schedule a minimum of two or three fittings to get the gown perfect. Take into consideration your monthly cycle, water weight gain, and the probable temperature and humidity on your wedding day.
  9. Lace up gowns will cost less since they can be tightened to provide a better fit.

Whatever gown you select, be sure to give yourself at least six months from selection until it is needed as a good rule of thumb. Some stores provide off-the-rack, although, those are usually the discount variety options. Whatever you do, have fun, keep your stress and a minimum and have a happy wedding day!

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