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.
Protograghed by Theresa Moran
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.
More and more brides are forgoing the veil and choosing bridal tiaras instead, and why not? This is your day to shine, and you can be a princess (or queen) for a day in the right tiara. Better still, you can often find complementary hairpieces for your bridesmaids that both match their bridesmaid dresses – whether you’ve chosen long bridesmaid dresses or short bridesmaid dresses and whether they’re formal or semi-formal – and echo your tiara. It’s an all-around win.
Before you go off and buy the first tiara that catches your fancy, though, stop and take a breath. Buying wedding accessories is always fun, especially when you’re picking an accessory that will make you feel like royalty, but you have to make sure that you’re picking the right one – one that will go well with your wedding’s overall theme, including your dress, your bridesmaids’ dresses, etc.
Consult With Your Hair Stylist
Before you get your heart set on a particular tiara, make an appointment with your stylist. How she does your hair will have a lot to do with what you can and can’t wear on your head on your big day. She’ll also be able to make suggestions for a tiara that will top off your gown perfectly and hairpieces that will go beautifully with your designer bridesmaid dresses.
Choose a Tiara Based on Your Gown’s Shape
The rule of thumb is, “The larger the gown, the smaller the headpiece.” You don’t want your look to be overwhelming, so keep this in mind. If you have a curve-skimming sheath dress, you can choose a larger and/or taller tiara. If your gown has a very full skirt, you should probably choose a smaller one.
Also, if you’re choosing tiaras for your bridesmaids, whether you’ve chosen long bridesmaids dresses or short bridesmaid dresses, you’ll want their headpieces to be a bit smaller and simpler than your own.
For years, it seems, strapless gowns have been de rigueur for wedding dresses. You actually have to hunt for gowns that will flatter a busty figure or a bride who doesn’t have perfect shoulders and arms. However, really, there are all kinds of shapes and styles of gowns out there, and there’s one that will fit you perfectly.
If you’re a little bit top-heavy or you don’t particularly like your shoulders and upper arms, don’t try to make it work with a strapless gown. You’ll look and feel better if you go with cap sleeves or long sleeves instead. Even if you go with an arm-baring dress, you can cover up problem areas with a matching wrap.
If you don’t want to worry about sucking in your tummy all day, an empire waist or A-line dress will do wonders for you. You’ll be able to feel loose and relaxed, and the high waist will still create a beautiful hourglass silhouette.
If you’re petite, you might actually want to consider a shorter style of dress, as all that fabric can be overwhelming. If you want a long gown, consider something that’s a bit lighter and more figure skimming. Remember, the goal is to wear your dress, not to let your dress wear you.
If you’re pear-shaped, dressmakers and fashion experts recommend that you look for a skirt that flares out slowly toward the floor. This will balance your top and bottom. If you’re apple-shaped, the experts recommend a dress with a cinched waist at your natural waistline. This will create an hourglass silhouette instead of a round one.
Most importantly, choose a dress that makes you feel gorgeous. No matter what anyone tells you, if you don’t like it, it’s not the right dress for you.
You just have a week to go before your big wedding day. Remember that it is important to write down details and list for last minute items. Here is our timeline to help you with the last 7 days.
7 days before your wedding day
Make sure you have someone assigned to take your wedding gown to the cleaners to get it pressed or steamed. The gown should be stored hanging at full length – if the wedding dress touches and is gathering on the floor make sure that you hang it from a higher spot.
Assemble task list for your wedding planner or bridal party if necessary. Having them in charge of items such as final payments to vendors or in charge of bringing the accessories will take a load off your shoulders.
1 day before your wedding day
Pack an emergency kit. Should include:
Extra pair of panty hose
Checkbook (you may need to make the final payment to vendors)
Nail polish, etc.
Take your gown out of the bridal bag and do any necessary pressing or steaming.
Lay out all of your accessories including veil, jewelry, shoes and makeup.
The day of your wedding day
Have your bridesmaid inspect your gown, looking for wrinkles, stains or loose threads.
Make sure to wear a robe or a button down shirt before you get your hair and make up done. (Wear white or ivory if possible to get the right color application.)
Have your bridesmaid or wedding consultant help you slip into your dress. Make sure that you have a kerchief over your face to protect your gown from your makeup and vice versa.
View your full reflection in a full length mirror and savor the moment. You are getting married and you look fabulous!