Bride and beauti ful

The Herald Business - - The Gown - Louise Halkett

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.

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