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Wedding Gowns 101: Here Comes The Bride

Oct 9, 2007
Unless you are planning a very informal wedding, wedding gowns or dresses are an important part of your special day. They are made to be as extravagant or a discreet as you like, and are readily available in various sizes at bridal stores and on-line wedding shops. Designer wedding gowns are stunning, elegant and stylish and can offer exquisite embroidery, elaborate bead work, detachable trains, custom-made hemlines, figure-hugging corsets and flowing hoop skirts.

Typically the most common materials used for wedding gowns are satin, silk, chiffon, lace, tulle and organza. Some bridal gowns are made exclusively of tulle fabric and some bridal dresses are made of all lace. Bridal gowns can have very long trains and some bridal dresses have very short trains.

Note that gowns are priced according to the following factors:

The kind of fabric, often silk of superior quality
The amount of fabric, which can be at least ten times the amount used for an evening gown
The type and quantity of detailing, which can also be more extensive than on an evening gown
The labor involved in creating the dress

Let's Go Shopping

The biggest day of your life will be the day you start shopping for wedding dresses and beautiful wedding gowns. All of your life you have dreamed of what you will look like in a bridal gown, and the first bridal dresses that you actually put on will thrill you to no end. The day of your wedding people will ask how many different gowns you had to try on before you made your final selection.

Sizing Your Wedding Gown

Never order the size you hope to be by your wedding day! It is advisable to buy a wedding gown that is a little bit larger than your usual size, as they often run small. Alterations on wedding gowns and dresses can be incredibly expensive if you buy the wrong size or a style that is not good for your figure.

Marriage and Maternity

"The days of pregnant brides having to wear a muumuu and running off to quiet areas to get married are over", said maternity bridal designer Gail Lerch, owner of Toronto-based Sara Houston Inc. Maternity wedding gowns are designed differently than traditional gowns. But despite the growing demand, most bridal boutiques still do not carry a separate maternity line.

Informal Weddings

Informal wedding gowns are easily available and are less expensive than very fancy gowns. Informal wedding gowns are designed keeping in mind the outdoor and the indoor factors such as climate, fashion, theme and invitees. Informal wedding gowns are intended to be sleek and simple.

Conclusion

Buying a wedding gown is a personal choice, but can sometimes feel pressured. So when you are shopping for your bridal dress make it a fun time for your family or friends to add their opinions. Most gowns are made to make the bride look absolutely stunning. However, not all wedding gowns photograph as well as they should. It is important to take some photographs while trying on your final options before making the big decision.
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