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Wedding Dress Shopping

September 12, 2011

No matter what the rest of your wedding is going to be like, you still have to decide on the specifics of the dress. All brides dream about the wedding dress, but sometimes those dreams can turn into nightmares! Everyone’s heard a ton of wedding dress horror stories, but by simply keeping a few things in mind you can avoid wedding dress mishaps easily.

The first thing to remember is that when you are wedding dress  shopping, you should take along someone who is supportive without being a bully! This is your wedding dress and you should get to decide what looks good on you. If you find that the saleswoman is being a bit too pushy, take your business elsewhere. This is a kind of stress you don’t need.

If you don’t want to listen to tradition or superstition, then don’t! Nothing says you have to be married in pure white, especially if it makes you look ill! Many brides these days are deciding that they would rather have dresses with a bit of color to them, whether its pastel shades of blue or just a richer cream or yellow. If you’ve found the perfect dress but are a bit concerned with its color, see if a dye job is possible.

If your wedding brings together different ethnic or cultural heritages, don’t be afraid to incorporate them into the ceremony and your dress. For instance, many Vietnamese women get married in a scarlet ao dai, the national dress of Vietnam. What about combining the color or the shape of this distinctive garment with some Western accessories? Remember that your wedding dress should reflect you and what you feel is valuable and beautiful.

Think about what you need to be able to do in your dress. While a long, full skirt might be just fine for a wedding held in a church, it might not be such a good idea if you hold your wedding out of doors. If you really love the idea of a train, think about asking the seamstress if it could be bustled up behind you for the reception. This is a great quality and makes for a dress where you can look like a princess but still kick up your heels.

Also, think about the material of the dress and the time of year when you are getting married. If you are looking forward to a summer wedding, think about dresses in light chiffon, pure cotton or silk; all of these materials breathe well and are cooler. In winter, take a look at dresses in brocade, velvet and satin. Thinking about the temperature will help you stay comfortable during the ceremony.

While there are lots of tips when it comes to wedding dresses, the most simple one and the one that trips up a lot more brides than you think, is, don’t buy it unless you love it!

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