Bride and beauti ful
FASHIONISTAS no longer have to worry about compromising on style when it comes to their wedding – these days even bridal gowns can be cutting edge and fabulous. From the hottest colour trends to magnificent menus, Planet Wedding can truly be cool.
On the designer catwalk for spring/summer 2007, brights were all the rage and that’s reflected in some of the more unusual colours for weddings.
Stateside, orange is the hottest hue for brides in every season and in every shade from creamy peach to burnt sienna. Teamed with subtle espresso it gives a modern, formal tone, that’s strictly classy, while orange combined with kiwi is perfect for a laid-back beach wedding. Other on-trend colours include aqua and aubergine.
Shapes and styles come and go, but the fitand-flare trumpet gown continues to be the silhouette of the moment. Brides love the look of a slim shape teamed with the exaggerated bell of a skirt – and it’s wonderful for the kick of drama it adds to the altar and the dance floor.
Whether made of lace, taffeta, or a luxurious silk satin, this sexy, feminine shape provides a runway-ready look for the stylish bride.
Along with embellished belts, black accents, and oversized floral details, trumpet skirts are among the freshest looks for fashion-forward brides.
Before deciding exactly what you want from a gown, visit a number of bridal salons to check out what’s available, what suits you and what you’ll get for your budget.
Many a bride has had a rethink about her dream dress, as it’s something she’ll only wear once. And don’t forget the overall budget should also include specialist underwear, new shoes, a veil, head-dress or tiara and possibly jewellery. Depending where you buy your dress or have it made, you could also pay extra for any alterations.
Also, while it is fashionable for wedding dresses to be strapless, many churches would frown upon bare shoulders, so you may have to invest in a jacket or shawl as a cover up for the ceremony.
Telephone bridal salons first to check what sizes are available in the sample gowns you will be trying on. This is particularly important if you are larger than a 14. And don’t be surprised if, as a standard size 12, the dresses you try on are too tight. It’s quite usual for bridal gowns to come up small, so don’t panic ...
Ask if you will be allowed to browse the dresses on the rail, or whether the salesperson will bring you a selection. Good salons let you look through samples for ideas, then bring gowns to try based on your preferences. If you have specific designer names in mind, check the shop stocks these lines and ask about starting prices. It’s also worthwhile asking if the shop has shoes to try on with gowns, or if you should bring your own.
If you’ve seen a gown (perhaps in a magazine) that local shops don’t stock, you could ask one to order a sample for you to try on – although you may then be obliged to buy it. So if you’re not positive it’s ‘the one’, find out if the store can borrow a sample from the manufacturer.
When doing the research you should establish how long it takes for the dress to come in after its been ordered, and if orders can be rushed, if necessary.
Canny brides should also ask, where their bridesmaids order dresses through the same store, if they will receive a discount or free alterations.
Buying your dress should be one of the highlights of your wedding. Smart research will ensure it remains one of your happy memories.