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