Before going to buy a bridal gown, it is important that you know everything there is to know about wedding gowns so you can create the best look possible. Carrying on with part two, we at Perfect Bridal shall bestow our wisdom on you in regards to necklines, sleeves and the different laces that adorn your favorite gowns.
Like a halter top, this neckline has a string or a strap that ties around the back of the neck. The front of the neck can either be a plain style or a keyhole opening.
The neck and base of the throat are covered by fabric, with a keyhole opening above the chest through which a piece of jewelry shows.
Jewel is a round neckline that sits against the base of the throat.
In this style, the fabric is wrapped around the upper arms with the shoulders, collarbone and neck completely left bare.
A neckline usually associated with the asymmetrical silhouette, this neckline angles up towards one shoulder while leaving the other completely bare.
Scoop neckline curves towards the bottom half of the circle, like a scoop.
The neckline is supported without any shoulder straps or is dipped in a curved design and a fitted bodice to help support the curve.
As a basic heart shape, this neckline meets in the middle like a v-neck and covers each breast with rounded fabric. This neckline is very popular in designer bridesmaids’ dresses.
Full, round and up the shoulder and upper arm, the balloon shaped sleeve is usually worn in full sleeves and narrows down over the lower arm and waist.
Bell sleeves fit over the bicep and flare down and outwards as they proceed down the forearm. Bell sleeves are usually designed to add a classier touch to an unembellished gown.
Cap sleeves pouf up over the shoulder in a bell-sleeve style; gather under or against the very top of the arm. This style is usually chosen to achieve a sleeveless look.
This style of sleeves holds up the gown by using slim straps of fabric or bands over each shoulder.
Also known as a crisscross sleeve, this style covers the shoulder with several flaps of fabric, each overlapping the other, resulting in a petal-style tulip shape.
This style of lace uses images of flowers over the netting and completes the look by including an embroidered accent, although the choice of accent can be adjusted according to taste. A lighter version of Alencon which is called Lyon is created with a thinner cord.
Commonly used in designer dresses, Chantilly is a delicate floral lace design that uses scallops and ribbons to set an intricate net background.
Repeated floral or geometric designs that are connected or set in delicate threadwork are often designed in a large pattern in the Guipure design.
Duchesse designs are often floral or have a lacy arch and scroll design. This design is featured on raised stitching to give a more textured pattern.
Intertwined with connected threading, this lightweight design is often created with a floral motif and accentuated with intricate embroidery.
Known by many as Venise, this style is often created in geometric or floral pattern that’s not attached to any netting. This style is typically used in an appliqué design which requires heavy lace embroidery.
Although this is just a start of the terms, these basic ‘few’ will surely help you on your bridal gown quest. So now that you’re ready to shop, contact Perfect Bridal and get cracking on the search for the perfect designer gown for your special day.
Silhouettes, sleeves, waistlines, necklines, fabrics, embellishments; who knew there were so many terms related to wedding gowns? Buying bridal gowns is already a very difficult task, and with the seemingly countless list of wedding gown terms, the whole job can seem even more intimidating.
So before you go shopping for your dream wedding gown, perhaps you should brush up on some of the basic information that can help you make the right bridal gown decision, courtesy of Perfect Bridal.
A-line gowns come with a fitted bodice that is nipped around the waist to create a modestly flared, A-style skirt. This design is one of the most popular styles as it suits almost any body type.
Considered slimming for many, this silhouette is created by uneven vertical panels to add an exaggerated flare to the classic A-line gown.
The fitted bodice is attached to a long, flowing shirt which flares with the help of petticoats or can-cans to add more fullness.
Featured with one shoulder strap or layers that create an uneven or spatial silhouette, this dress mostly suits those who are looking for a gown that accentuates their curves.
Distinguished by a high waist that sits just below the bust, the empire waist silhouette elongates the body and conceals a large or small bust. This style is usually popular with pear shaped figures.
Sheath dresses are body-huffing and do not feature a fitted waist. As such, they are long, slim and unconstructed in style.
Also known as trumpet or fishtail, this silhouette hugs the body throughout and flairs out around the thighs or knees, according to your taste. The flare of the skirt is also usually exaggerated but can be designed to have a smaller flair instead. Mermaid style dresses suit tall, athletic women well, and work to accentuate their figure.
This fabric is usually the most common fabric as it is sheer. Chiffon is made from silk, polyester or cotton.
Lightweight and soft, this fabric is popular for summer weddings. However, extra care is needed for this fabric can get crinkled or crimped.
Heavy and woven, this fabric is created with a raised or sculpted design and is typically opted for winter weddings.
Sheer and translucent, this fine and textured material is made from silk, nylon or polyester.
Tulle is a stiff and sheer mesh that is made from rayon, cotton, silk or nylon.
Very popular in wedding gowns and designer bridesmaids’ dresses, taffeta is a high-end woven fabric that illuminates with a slight sheen. Taffeta is of two types; piece-dyed taffeta and yarn-dyed taffeta. The former is used as a lining material, whereas the latter is mostly used for gowns.
Available in different weights and color, satin is very commonly used in designer gowns and is glossy, smooth and densely woven.
Know enough about silhouettes and fabrics? But wait, there’s more! In the next part, we focus on laces, necklines and sleeves so you can study up on your bridal gown wisdom. So stay tuned for part 2!
If only we were all born rich! But sadly, we’re not. For those with a dream to look like a million dollars on their wedding day, this realization of not being able to afford the ultimate wedding gown can be quite a damper in the quest for a happy wedding day.
Wedding gowns are very expensive – to say the least. So before you head out to buy your bridal gown for your dream wedding, here are just a few pointers you should keep in mind so that you get the best gown possible for a good price.
You have to be realistic about your wedding gown price range, which means editing down the options you might buy. Calculate the actual cost of the gown, any cost of alterations, shipping fees and taxes. Also factor in all the other expenses such as lingerie, shoes, jewelry and veil since they can make an easy $500 addition to your total bridal wear cost.
Since you will need at least six to eight months to prepare for the wedding, shop for your dress in the first few months so that your tailor has plenty of time to make sure that your gown fits. Along with which, this time can also be a life saver for you if you suddenly spot a dress than is even more fabulous than the one you had originally picked.
Narrow down your dress style and rule out any fabrics and silhouettes that don’t work for you.
You can also ask a retailer or a bridal boutique such as Perfect Bridal to help you understand which style will suit you. Many a times, brides come to us because they are indecisive. As professionals, we help them pinpoint their bridal style within hours.
Bridal boutiques cater to countless brides so if they make a recommendation for you, don’t dismiss it with a first glance. So often, brides end up loving the dress that didn’t seem too festive on the hanger. So let go of any preconceived notions and keep an open mind and patient demeanor when buying your designer gown.
While you may think that it’s better to head with your bridal posse on a weekend, you’ll actually be picking the worst time to shop. Weekends are very busy. If you want to have a quiet atmosphere and attention from the consultant, opt for a Tuesday morning when the store is calmer. Take the whole day off and go with your closest people, instead of the whole entourage. That way, you can buy a gown without too many contradicting opinions.
Lastly, trust your instinct. If your mother is pressuring you to buy a different designer dress while your heart’s set on an Allure Romance bridal gown, opt for your own choice. Always remember; if you don’t see yourself walking down the aisle in it, it’s not for you.
With these tips, we at Perfect Bridal hope that your budget bridal shopping goes without a hitch. But if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
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For a pregnant bridesmaid, her level of anxiety becomes almost equal to that of the bride. How will she fit in her dress? How will she help the bride on the wedding day? And most importantly, how will she dance and have fun?
While we may ask you to take your enthusiasm down a notch on the wedding day, the one thing we can surely help you with is choosing the perfect maternity bridesmaids dress.
The first thing that usually goes when you become pregnant is your waist, so you might want to forget about that body-hugging gown you spotted.
Get a professional in the lingerie business to measure your waist, bust and hip so that you can get accurate readings. Although, your bust and hip measurement will be the only one that will matter, since your waist will keep growing as you move along in your pregnancy.
If the wedding is in a month’s time, account for that when you go shopping for affordable bridesmaids dresses. Generally, bridesmaids’ dresses need to be ordered early so that you can get a good idea about the measurements and fabric. However, it’s still a good idea to wait until you’re close to the wedding date to avoid any dress malfunctions.
If you’re under four months, you can choose to order the same gown as the other bridesmaids, although it should be a size or two larger. However, if you’re five or more months pregnant, you should definitely go for the maternity bridesmaids dresses. Usually, maternity dresses are available in a variety of colors, so you won’t have to worry about inconveniencing the bride.
The most flattering option when it comes to buying affordable bridesmaids’ dresses is an empire waist wedding dress.
For a pregnant woman, the empire waist provides a certain level of comfort, since you will be able to wear your dress without worrying about any snags or tears. It will also be very freeing for your growing belly.
Satin can make you sweat on a hot day, so it’s probably best to not opt for a dress of that fabric.
Instead, go for a flowy chiffon fabric, since it is very soft on your skin. In fact, you can also use chiffon to add another layer of liner to accommodate your belly.
This is very important. The reason you should order a dress with extra length is so that the hemline doesn’t reach up high on the front when you wear it. You can always hem it later, but for the meantime, choose an extra length to ensure your comfort.
As a pregnant bridesmaid, you have a lot on your hands. But with these tips, we at Perfect Bridal hope that you can use our advice to have a happy experience at your loved one’s wedding without worrying about your style or the baby.
Shopping for your wedding day is fun. And shopping for accessories is definitely up there with one of the best things to do but not for those who don’t know how to search for the right accessory.
But now that you’ve found the perfect Allure Romance bridal gown, you need the perfect accessories to add those final touches to your overall look. And for that, Perfect Bridal is here to help.
As a general rule, gold is usually worn with ivory, so you can opt for that since it highlights the creaming tint of the fabric. However, for a pure white dress, the best way to accentuate the details is by going with silver or platinum. Whereas with diamond white gowns, it is always best to go for pearls. Gold clashes with brighter white hues, but with pearls, you can use their pearly shade to make your gown look amazing. Just make sure to not look overdone. For instance, if your dress is embedded with silver beadwork, try a necklace with a silver base to highlight the intricacy.
You don’t need to wear a bracelet, a necklace, veil, earrings and a sash on top. Accessories add elegance, but going over-the-top can ruin the look of your gown.
Choose to add a more unique touch to your look. If your dress has an ornate neckline, wear drop earrings to accentuate the length of your neck instead of crowding it with a necklace. As for simpler looks, try bold statement necklaces to add the oomph factor. Do not wear designs that mimic the design of your gown, as that will look too cheesy.
When accessorizing, remember to take your hairstyle into account so that it doesn’t end up hiding your jewelry. With an up do, opt for a more dramatic look, like dangling earrings. If you’re leaving your hair down, wear small studs so that they subtly flash from behind your tresses.
A veil is an iconic accessory. With different styles available in veils, you can choose a veil that complements the look of your dress. Your veil has to match the exact shade of the gown so that there is no color blockage.
Also, if you’re wearing a dress which has an embroidered back or beading, it is always better to choose a sheer veil so that you can show off the design. Veils also come in different sizes from waltz and floor-length to birdcages, which can work well if you’re going for a retro vibe.
You can also use flowers as accessories to make your gown look beautiful and ethereal. Flowers are forever, the best way to add color to your gown. You may choose to wear flowers in your hair or around your neck and wrists in the same color as your bridal bouquet. But if you want to add a fun and whimsical touch, you can also choose to wear wild flowers to bring some vibrancy to your gown.
Accessorizing is always fun. So give yourself these options to look even the best you can be. If you want to know more, contact Perfect Bridal for some professional help with your bridal fashion dilemmas.
You can’t wait to start dancing the night away when suddenly, you notice something. The bottom of your darling Bari Jay Bridal gown looks like you’ve just trudged through the mud, even though all you did was walk about in your outdoor venue.
You realize you shouldn’t have said yes when your beau had coquettishly asked you to host the wedding in their childhood park.
But then again, maybe it isn’t the outdoor venue’s fault. Yes, outdoor venues do come with their share of challenges for your white gown, but if you’re a smart bride, you know that a little mud and dust should be nothing to be upset about. Instead, it should be something that should be thought of with some foresight, with a little help from Perfect Bridal, of course.
You may not think so, but a petticoat can really be a very useful investment. Worn under the gown, a petticoat gently lifts the hem of your dress off the ground, keeping it safe from any unsightly stains such as wet grass or dirt, etc.
A petticoat is also very useful for any stationary photo shoots since it keeps your dress in somewhat pristine shape until the ceremony and after.
If you can’t afford a petticoat then never fear. Your mother’s old bed sheets are here to save you. Wrapping a sheet around the bottom half of your gown can help save the gown from any splatters or stains that might occur. Moreover, if you’re having an outdoor photo shoot, your photographer can also cover the ground with a sheet so you can stay protected from the earth, figuratively speaking.
Bustles help secure your dress so that it is lifted well above the ground. However, bustles have a tendency to snap if you become too enthusiastic busting out your favorite move. So it’s always a good idea to attach some safety pins to the underside of the gown so that it stays in its place.
Using a fabric protector spray can also help in preventing your gown from getting dirty. The trick is to spray the hem enough that it stays protected in such a way that the part that is sprayed and the part that isn’t doesn’t become prominent. However, it might be better to just leave the spraying part to a professional so that you don’t end up with a cardboard stiff lower gown because you misused the product.
We’re kidding. But really, getting the help of your hubby-to-be or your trusted squad of bridesmaids to lift up the bottom of your gown can really help since it eliminates the chances of your dress becoming stained.
Always utilize the help of those around you. After all, that’s what they’re there for.
Lastly, just be careful. If you know that the outdoor area might have asphalt, concrete, puddles or anything that could cause stains, adjust your gown accordingly so that you can relax and have fun without worrying about the fabric.
Outdoor weddings can be fun, but only if you take certain measures. If your Alfred Sung dress does get too dirty, follow this last bit of advice; forget about it and have fun. That’s nothing a dry cleaner can’t get out the next day.
Whether you’re choosing your bridal party dresses for a beach wedding, or an elegant selection for your black and white affair, knowing how to choose the right dress can make all the difference in the world.Your dream wedding deserves all the perfect setting, from the caterers to the gown. And while you can ask your friends and family to pitch in for everything, the gown is what deserves your undivided attention.
Your wedding gown has to be perfect. It has to reflect your personality as much as your dream wishes. But for those brides who have zero knowledge about bridal wear, doing so can be a bit of a hassle. Here are some dos and don’ts of choosing your wedding dress, starting with the Dos.
There are many different wedding dress types out there, all of which you will love, so choose wisely. Details of a wedding dress are important. A simple ruffle here and a row of pearls there can enhance the wedding dress. However focus on choosing the right wedding dress before you decide on the details. Try on different dresses that suit your personal style and frame. Remember that while the trends of the season might say something else, your personal taste is what matters.
This depends on your boutique’s rules. A picture can tell you exactly how you look, and while it may be against the boutique’s rules, you can ask them if they can take the picture and delete it themselves later. Instead of relying on your reflection, use a camera and see how the dress will look from all angles. You may think it okay to rely on your mirror to tell you how you look, it’s better to look through the critical eye of a camera so you can make the right choice.
Although for a dress, it may look simple on the hanger; many times the exact same dresses look gorgeous once you try them on. In fact, when choosing a dress, try on as many as you want to see how they look on your shape and size. It is normal for a bride to take time to find their perfect gown. Just make sure that you don’t suffer from wedding dress overload, something which we will discuss in our next blog.
Well-fitted undergarments have the power to make you either look like a frump or a queen. When trying on wedding dresses, remember that you will be spending a moderate amount of time in your undergarments. Instead of opting for that old reliable grey one you’ve had for years, spend some money and get fitted for a new bra.
Looking at yourself in that new set of undergarments between gowns will make you feel happier with your overall look, which is definitely something you need when searching for the right gown.
Do you want to know the don’ts of choosing your dream wedding dress now? Then stay tuned to find out.
Winter weddings come with their fair share of bliss and problems. On one side, you have the beautiful background of white heaven; on the other, you have withered flowers, a sheer wedding gown which was not made to combat the cold wind and guests who get snowed in.
So when it comes to having a wedding in the winter season, what should you do to make sure that your big day stays perfect? Winter weddings need more than some heavy planning; they need all the help they can get. So to give you some pearls of wisdom, we at Perfect Bridal let you in on some tips to make sure that your winter wedding is exactly what you’ve always dreamed it would be!
Winter Wedding Tips
Winter isn’t exactly the peak wedding season. This means that you’ll be able to get some major discounts on many aspects of your wedding such as the venue, photographer, DJ and transportation. However, you might have some trouble getting your favorite choice of flowers since there aren’t many flowers in season during winter.
There is nothing better than embracing the winter season on your special day to make the day seem even more magical. Along with winter-themed decorations, you can also go wintry with the party favors. Add some sparkles, cookies, candy canes, a small bottle of Baileys or any cute or wintry option that you like so that your day becomes memorable for all.
If some guests RSVP ‘no’, don’t get upset. Elderly guests or those who live out of town might find the travel route to be too tedious, especially if there are any weather conditions such as icy roads or airline delays. But for those guests who do come, make sure to ensure their comfort by providing a hot drink on arrival.
If possible, try to keep the ceremony up-to-date since no one would want to travel to another location if the weather is particularly bad. Keep the venue close to where you will be staying as it bad weather will mean that you’ll be stuck in traffic if you don’t count the extra time. Also, when choosing the location, remember that it will be around the winter holidays, so you may see a lot of Christmas decorations. You can however, ask for them to be taken down if they are not to your taste.
Remember that more than you; your bridesmaids will be doing the running about to make sure that everything is on point. Make sure that you get bridesmaids dresses by design rather than color, which are easily manageable for them, and have cover-ups ready in case someone feels the heady cold feeling coming on.
And in case you’re wondering where to get the buy the right bridesmaids dress, you can simply click here to go to Perfect Bridal’s Bridesmaids’ Dress collection. If you want to know more, contact us and get the best advice from the professionals in the wedding business.
Picking up where we left off – from part one at Perfect Bridal – here are some more top bridal essentials that will be the saving grace for brides on their big day.
Having hair pins, safety pins, even a mini sewing kit is crucial, not only for the bride but for the groom as well. While the sewing kit can take care of any popped buttons, loose threads and tiny stitches for any wedding dress type, hair pins can help keep your style on point. Whereas safety pins can help in attaching and fixing any dress dilemmas.
It doesn’t matter if you’re having your wedding indoors. Hairspray can do a lot more than keep your hair in place. In some situations, using some hairspray on your face from a distance can help you in keeping your foundation stay in place.
Yes, the same white chalk that you’ve used in school! White chalk is a fail-safe way to hide any smudges or smears that may appear on your dress at any moment. You can even ask us at Perfect Bridals for some emergency dress advice for the future since we know the best tricks.
Heels may look perfect with your wedding gown, but ask any bride who has had to dance in heels and she’ll tell you all the worst stories. Wearing heels all day long is not an option, so packing some ballet pumps for your feet is the best way to stay on the dance floor all night long without having aching heels the next day.
Rather than using it for your perfectly manicured nails, clear nail polish can work wonders for any huge ladders which may ruin your stockings or tights since it will disguise the threads in the fabric and attach them firmly for the time being.
Don’t let the weather fool you! An umbrella can be very handy and keep you on the safe side against any weather elements. It won’t matter if you’re having a wedding in the city or a beach wedding; your bridal party dress has to stay perfect and dry.
There is nothing worse than getting a visit from lady Red on the biggest day of your life. However, since it’s better to be safe than sorry, keep a pack of sanitary napkins or tampons with you. This can also be pretty useful if anyone in your bridal party needs one.
And there you have it. Remember these tips for your bridal emergency kit and we assure you; you will be thanking us! For more on the perfect bridal gowns, explore our website and begin shopping!
Although these may be the bigger essentials which can make or break your wedding dreams, there is in fact another list of essentials which many brides forget about. A wedding day is one where everything can either go smoothly or can end up being a disaster. The difference between both is to know how you can take care of the emergencies to begin with.
Because we provide some of the most beautiful wedding dresses among other things to countless bridal parties throughout the years, we at Perfect Bridal know a lot about the emergencies that can arise during the special day. Here, we provide you with a list of essentials that every bridal party should keep in handy on the wedding day.
By having a cosmetic bag with some make-up essentials instead of using a makeup artist’s makeup, you will be able to quickly put on any mascara and clear away any lipstick smudges without worrying if your skin might puff up in the process.
Useful for any mishaps and spillages, baby wipes are a real bridal savior and should be an essential addition for not only the bride’s sake but the bridal party’s as well.
A tissue pack can really help on a special day. From the bride to the groom’s faraway aunt, everyone feels their tears prick as they wedding ceremony draws near. So keeping tissues with you will allow you to at least not let others see too much of your emotions.
A dehydrated bride is an unhappy bride. Water is very important since the bride can become very nervous. Also, remember that a little alcohol cannot substitute for water, so keeping a few bottles along will help the bride maintain her blood sugar.
Bad breath is embarrassing. No one wants to be a bride who people actually move away from. Keep a packet of your favorite mint gum so that your breath stays fresh. Just remember to take it out before the ceremony so that you don’t subconsciously keep chewing your gum while reciting your vows.
Want to know more? Stay tuned for part two!