Gown the crowning glory

South Waikato News - - WEDDINGS -

The bride’s wed­ding gown sets the tone and style for the en­tire wed­ding and is one of the first ma­jor de­ci­sions to set­tle.

Wed­ding gowns vary from sim­ple clas­sic cuts to frothy fan­tasy cre­ations of lace, chif­fon and tulle.

Op­tions for find­ing what is ar­guably the most im­por­tant gown of your life in­clude off-ther­ack pur­chase, hire, cus­tom­made or pri­vate pur­chase.

The most es­sen­tial first step is to find the right colour for your skin tone: white is not nec­es­sar­ily best and shades vary from ivory to alabaster.

White is no longer your only op­tion, so if you’re game why not try a colour? Ac­cen­tu­ate your as­sets and don’t be afraid to ask the ex­perts for ad­vice.

Re­mem­ber, when try­ing on gowns that even if no par­tic­u­lar style ap­peals, one can be made in­cor­po­rat­ing el­e­ments from a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent looks.

The bride is the cen­tre of at­ten­tion on the wed­ding day, there­fore the choice of her gown takes a high pri­or­ity.

Se­lect­ing gar­ments for the rest of the bri­dal party is best left un­til the bride has de­cided on her gown.

It is com­mon these days for brides­maids to pay for or con­trib­ute to­ward the cost of their gowns, so it is a good idea to choose styles and colours they can use again.

What­ever the look you’re go­ing for, it pays to get plans for your gown sewn up at least six months be­fore the day.

Ac­ces­sories: Ac­ces­sories are just as im­por­tant as the dress as they can ei­ther en­hance or spoil the look.

Ac­ces­sories the bride will need to con­sider are the head­piece, veil, shoes, jew­ellery, gloves and sen­ti­men­tal pieces in­clud­ing the garter, purse or horse­shoe.

Your head­piece should com­ple­ment your gown, so try to find some­thing with sim­i­lar char­ac­ter­is­tics.

Veils flat­ter the face and give the bride an air of mys­tery and in­no­cence.

Gen­er­ally the more for­mal the wed­ding, the longer the veil.

The choice of veils and head­pieces is end­less, so take your time and con­sider all the op­tions. These could in­clude us­ing a fam­ily heirloom, buy­ing some­thing new, hir­ing some­thing cre­at­ing a flow­ered wreath or cre­at­ing some­thing that ties in with the theme of the wed­ding. Shoes should look good and most im­por­tantly be com­fort­able.

Prac­tise walk­ing in them be­fore your wed­ding day to en­able you to cope with a full length skirt and stairs or steps.

If you wish to wear a choker or other type of neck­lace and/or bracelets with your wed­ding gown, this should be de­cided at the time of choos­ing/de­sign­ing your wed­ding gown.

Photo: THE PRESS FILE

TOUGH CHOICE: Choos­ing a wed­ding dress is per­haps the most im­por­tant de­ci­sion for a bride-to-be, other than choos­ing a groom per­haps.

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