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Wedding Dresses: Avoiding Gown Malfunctions

Apr 28, 2008
Talk to a single girl about wedding dresses and you're sure to get an earful of must-haves. They talk about fairy princess gowns, expensive brocade, and unique gowns meant only for them. When it's time for them to get their bridal gown, they fall down to earth with a bang.

Gown Malfunction

The thought of slipping or struggling into an ill-fitting wedding dress or tuxedo is everybody's nightmare, worse than fending off Freddy Krueger on Elm Street. Those heavenly wedding dresses and tuxedos you've seen on rows and rows of racks can become disasters if you don't make sure that alterations are carried out to perfection.

This is true if you've hastily ordered a gown on eBay or inherited a wedding gown from your grandmother's heyday. Reputable bridal shops have experienced modistes who will do the alterations and beadwork by hand. Their experience with wedding dresses won't have you ending up with tight chested gowns with tight armholes.

Other bridal dresses disasters including popping buttons, shrunk gowns, improper accessories, inappropriate undergarments, a zipper that won't close, and a tiara that does not look right with the gown. And these are discovered on the wedding day!

Avoiding Gown Disasters

Usually the gown is selected a year or six months before the wedding because several things can happen in-between. It's better to get a gown six months ahead, instead of a year. These helpful tips are products of years of wedding gown disasters handed from one bride to another.

Rules to go by for the perfect wedding gown:

* Don't get pregnant.
* Watch your weight.
* Follow a strict beauty regimen.

When shopping for the gown, don't let your groom, sister, bridesmaids and your mom tag along. Instead, choose one or two friends and your mom to go with to check out the wedding dresses on the rack. You can start the great hunt with a picture or photo cut-out of a wedding gown that has caught your fancy.

Other tips to follow:

* Don't get a gown with a long train if you have no handler. Although it looks romantic and gorgeous, having a long bridal train can be disastrous if you have no handler or someone to attend to the train whenever you move.

* Make sure the gown has the correct hem. During the fitting, bring the shoes with the right height so the hem can be adjusted accordingly.

* Wear the proper brassiere or corset for the perfect fit during the fitting.

* While fitting, choose the right veil, gloves, crinolines, and other wedding accessories at the same shop.

* Choose the right accessories to enhance the look of your gown.

* Fittings should take place 8 weeks before the wedding, and check the zippers and the buttons when the gown is delivered.

* If it can be arranged, have a fitting a week before the wedding.

* Have your bridal photo session and dress rehearsal two days before the wedding.

Remember that the wedding dresses reflect the tastes and personality of the bride, so make your choice, but listen to some comments or advice from the resident designer of the bridal shop. They have something to say to help you avoid those wedding gown disasters.

Wedding dresses make the bride, so do not rush and regret those wedding gown booboos.
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