Wedding Dresses for Encore (Second time) Brides

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Getting remarried? Wondering what to wear? If you're like most encore brides, you're no longer a 24-year-old blushing bride looking for a romantic Cinderella ball gown. You're probably a bit older, more mature and have spent years developing your own individual sense of style. You want to find a dress that reflects that style and the woman you have become.

In choosing your perfect dress, you'll first want to decide on what type of wedding you'll be having. Is it going to be a traditional church wedding? In a garden setting? At a resort or country club? Or perhaps on a white sandy beach at sunset? The time of your ceremony will also influence your wedding dress. An evening event typically requires something more formal than say, a lunch or tea-time event.

Before you go shopping, think about the styles that work for you. Examine dresses, outfits, and colors that draw compliments from your friends. You'll want to keep these in mind as you shop for your perfect wedding dress.

Most encore brides tend to go for styles that reflect "simple elegance". Some examples include floor length evening sheaths, tailored cocktail suits trimmed with pearls or lace, cocktail dresses in a light shade, dressy pantsuits, or vintage dresses. Gowns that are cut on the bias, have A-lines, and feature high, draped or V-shaped necklines are some of the most slimming and flattering of styles.

Like many encore brides, you may be wondering if it's appropriate to wear white. Rest assured, it is perfectly appropriate. And last, there's the question of a veil. Is it appropriate for an encore bride to don a veil? Well, yes, except for the blusher veil, which falls in front of the face. This type of veil symbolizes virginity and remains reserved for the first-time bride. We recommend other elegant options such as decorative hair combs, headbands, tiaras, and even hats.

Keep in mind that your encore wedding should be about you. Wear something in which you feel beautiful, comfortable and confident. Let the real you shine through, and you can't go wrong.