Get­ting the

ONE OF THE FIRST ITEMS ON A BRIDE-TO-BE’S CHECK­LIST IS CHOOS­ING A WED­DING GOWN. SHEP­PAR­TON BUSI­NESS BRIDES AND MAIDS’ PRO­PRI­ETOR TINA RUTHERFORD HAS 40 YEARS’ EX­PE­RI­ENCE DRESS­ING BRIDES AND THEIR AT­TEN­DANTS. BRIDEANDGROOM ASKED TINA FOR SOME TIPS WHEN SHO

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A. Bri­dal wear can take 12 – 16 weeks for de­liv­ery, so al­low plenty of time to shop and look around, I would rec­om­mend any­where from nine to 12 months. Q. Is it best if a bride has firm ideas of what she wants to wear? A. Pic­tures and photos can give a general idea of what the bride is think­ing, but that doesn’t mean she will end up with that style. Re­gard­less of what they think they may like, they need to keep an open mind. A. Bring sta­ble shoes and well-fit­ting un­der­wear. They should avoid us­ing body lo­tions and fake tans so the gowns don’t get marked. I’m happy for the girls to wear make-up be­cause we put the gowns on them in the fit­ting rooms so they are pro­tected. Q. How many peo­ple should a bride bring with her? A. I sug­gest the bride brings her mother or mother-in-law and one other friend. I def­i­nitely would not rec­om­mend bring­ing a whole tribe along be­cause the more peo­ple ex­press­ing an opinion, the more con­fused a bride gets. Too many com­ments make it harder for the bride to crit­i­cally look at the dress and make a de­ci­sion. Ul­ti­mately, she must be the one who is happy; it’s not what I think, or what the oth­ers think. Q. Can you take photos of the gowns? A. Not be­fore you have pur­chased a gown, but even then I pre­fer them not to. They are not pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers and of­ten the an­gle they hold the cam­era at can lead to a dis­torted im­age. When they look at it later they can be dis­ap­pointed with their choice. Q. What are the bri­dal gown fash­ion trends for 2015? A. Beau­ti­ful corded Chan­tilly lace and guipure lace, lots of tulle and full skirts, ruf­fles of or­ganza and taffeta. Slim-line gowns, with beau­ti­ful shap­ing on the body, are also very pop­u­lar. Q. Do you of­fer brides di­rec­tion if they are un­sure or in­de­ci­sive? A. I try and de­ci­pher what the brides do and don’t like about the gowns, if they want to make sim­ple changes like add a belt that’s fine, but if they want to make whole­sale changes they are best to take that gown off and try some­thing else. In those in­stances that gown is ob­vi­ously not the right gown. Q. Once a bride has cho­sen and or­dered a gown what is the next step? A. Each bride usu­ally re­quires three fit­tings start­ing about six weeks out (from the wed­ding). In the week of the wed­ding we have the fi­nal fit­ting so when they put on the gown on their wed­ding day there are no dra­mas. All gowns are steamed and spot cleaned, if re­quired, then wrapped or placed in a bri­dal bag to take home. I rec­om­mend bring­ing a sheet in so we can wrap the gown to take it home; if we place some of the fuller dresses in the bri­dal bags they can get creased.

Q. How far out from the wed­ding date should brides start their gown shop­ping?

Q. What should a bride wear when try­ing on wed­ding gowns?

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