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Wedding Attire for the Bride and Groom

Aug 6, 2008
The guys have it easy. Pick up the tuxedos they rented months ago right before the wedding, put them on and then be sure to return all the pieces in decent condition right after the wedding. The women, however, don't get so lucky. For the bride, her quest for the prefect wedding dress means hours poring over bridal magazines and the internet in search of the perfect look and months of agonizing dieting and humiliating dress fittings. Plus she needs all the accessories. Unfortunately, selecting wedding attire for both the groom and bride is something that cannot be avoided, unless they're headed to Las Vegas or the county courthouse.

The wedding attire is one of the first items that needs to be addressed, especially if the wedding will take place at the height of the season. Only planning the wedding budget is above attire on the list of pre-wedding chores. Most brides are acutely aware of this task as they have often been thinking about it since they were little girls! Even so, brides often spend more than a month shopping and trying on gowns before the final decision is made.

After her search time is over, the bride still needs ample time for custom fittings and special ordering. A wedding dress typically needs three fittings to guarantee the perfect dress for the big day. It would also be prudent to allow extra time for any unexpected delays or emergencies.

The wedding dress along with the accessories often takes a significant portion of the wedding budget. This isn't totally necessary as there are always options that would look stunning without spending thousands. The amount available for the wedding gown should be fully discussed by the couple with a set amount agreed upon in advance of the purchase. For the bride, who will be the center of attention and the focus of many photos, looking her best will be of major importance.

Couples should discuss the type of wedding they would both like; elegant, informal, themed, seasonal, outdoors, or something else. The bride's and groom's attire will set the tone for everything else in the wedding including the color scheme, decorations, flowers, venue, transportation, and of course, what their attendants and parents wear.

And in addition to the wedding dress, the bride needs accessories including the veil, headpiece, train, shoes, undergarments, stockings, garter, handbag, and jewelry. Much of it can be ordered along with the wedding dress, but other accessories will have to be purchased over the coming months. Be sure to factor in the costs for these accessories when planning the wedding attire budget.

The groom's attire reflects the style set by the bride's. The groom should arrange his tuxedo rental 6 to 12 months before the date and get fitted, then the men pick up the tuxes which come with everything needed including the cummerbund, tie, and even the shoes!
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