wedding dress and jewelry
So what’s your style? High Fashion, Haute Couture, or the phrase heard at every bridal salon, “Simple and Elegant”? We ask you to pose this question to yourself: “What does simple and elegant mean to you?” Does it mean a simple A-line in satin with no beading or a satin bodice with rouching and a billowing full tulle ball gown? When determining your style, you are very lucky because today’s trends really do run the gamut, with something for everybody.
Designers are focusing on three classifications of brides today, more so than in the past. The Young Bride, also known as the princess bride, who is in her early to mid-twenties, the Mature Bride who is in her early to mid-thirties and the Encore Bride who is marrying for the second time.
Today you can see the resurgence of many styles and fabrics from the 1920’s to the 1980’s. Yes, the 1980’s looks are coming back -- but perhaps with a little less fabric. Color is very hot in Europe right now and we are starting to see a small percentage of brides embracing this as part of their selection. Whatever style you embrace, we hope you will look at it as your once in a lifetime dress or gown. Think outside of the normal ‘9 to 5’ garments and treat it as a special gown that when people see you they say – ‘oh...now that is so her!’
The modified version of the 1920’s – 1980’s gown will be seen today as the bustled back and corset bodice with a modified slim A-Line, Column or Mermaid skirt utilizing intricately placed ruffles and lace. Along with this look also comes the pleated skirt or hemlines. You, as well as other modern brides today, may be calling it the “Coffee Filter” look. Also, the off-the-shoulder bodice is creating a stir again; as a different look rather than a strapless gown. As we have known for some time, the strapless gown is not for everyone and if not fitted well does absolutely nothing for the bride. The Bolero Jacket is becoming a favorite of brides no matter what style of strapless gown.
Rouching and pleated bodices are still in style as we begin to see the side wrap by itself start to fade. The braiding and twisting of fabrics for the bodice are popular with just a touch of embellishment. Box pleated, low waist skirts are back to assist in a slimming look. As much as taffeta wrinkles and is reminiscent of the 1980’s, it is making a come back. Not in volumes like we saw consume the bride of the 80’s and 90’s, but in a more sophisticated look where the prominence is placed on the quality and artistry of the fabrics used. Fabric roses and feathers are ‘in’, while split front gowns are on their way ‘out’.
Veils have started to resurge along with the drama of a specific type. If you don’t envision your entrance into the church encircled in a cloud of tulle, the elbow or fingertip length veil will always be in style. But, the big news is what we will call the floor length royal cathedral veil. This veil, with every inch of its drama, is fabulous. Draped to the floor in front of the skirt’s hemline and a full ten feet from where the veil falls to the floor behind the bride -- it is truly a vision!
It is like no other shopping you have ever experienced. This will be the single most photographed, watched and adored garment you will ever wear - that’s what makes the search so exciting. Starting to shop for your gown eight to twelve months in advance will ensure that the process won’t be rushed or needlessly overpriced.
Bridal gowns, in general, are found in a range of shops, including off-the-rack stores, boutiques, and department stores. Brides with limited budgets or an urge for something different can try vintage-clothing stores, consignment shops, and outlet stores. Making an appointment to visit bridal gown boutiques can’t be emphasized enough; while guaranteeing that you will have a fitting expert and a room reserved for you for at least one to two hours, it will also guarantee that you will have ample room for attendants who are coming along to try on gowns.
Whether it’s classic, modern, or vintage, every bride has a vision of her perfect gown. In general, brides can choose from six classic silhouettes.
The Ball Gown has a fitted bodice and very full skirt. The A-Line & Circular Gown are cut in close at the bodice and have a flared "A" shaped or full circle skirt. The Sheath, Mermaid & Column Gown are all form fitting and hug the body.
A variety of sleeves and necklines can be used to uniquely set off each silhouette. After determining the silhouette, you’re free to focus on the details. Your fitting expert can help you match fabrics to your skin tone and find your preferences in the way each fabric drapes and responds to light.
We recommend gowns made from natural fibers; silk, cotton or wool. These are the most common fabrics found in bridal wear, with silk being the most popular. The cloud-like chiffon is excellent for veils, while taffeta works best for sleeves, bouffant skirts, and bustles. Details add the finishing polish to the bridal gown, and the possibilities are endless.
Embroidery can add texture to any fabric and can be tied into the accessories: think of delicate beading along the waist of the gown that is sweetly replicated at the edges
of the veil. Flounces, ruffles, and embellishments to seams such as piping can also add a layered complexity to an already beautiful gown.
Whether simplistic or high fashion, accessories can make or break the gown; you should be extremely selective in choosing what you’ll wear. Accessory style should match that of the gown; the bold and dramatic jewelry should be saved for the high fashion look, while the more delicate, classic accessories perfectly complement a gown that is simple and traditional.
Tiaras are glamorous as well as versatile, and some can even be converted into a necklace, to be enjoyed after the wedding, and most can be worn in conjunction with a veil.
Measurements will be taken after you have made your final decision on a gown. Have the gown fitted to your current size, even if you are planning to lose weight before the wedding. It will take several months for the designer to construct your gown once your special order has been placed. After that time, the boutique will call you when it arrives.
Finally, you’re ready for your first fitting, which usually occurs nine to ten weeks before your wedding. However, let the boutique know if you need the gown in advance, such as for a formal portrait sitting. At the first fitting, it is very important to bring your accessories and all undergarments so that you can get an idea of how the entire ensemble comes together.
Wearing your shoes to the gown fittings will ensure accuracy in measuring to your height, while also giving you a chance to slightly break in your shoes before the ceremony.
Alterations are made between the first and second fittings, so when you go back to try on the gown, the fit will be very close to the final result; minor changes may need to be made while you wait or before the final fitting.
Couture, the French word, which literally means "high quality sewing," is used quite casually today, in fashion magazine headlines and on the labels of some lower end brands.
But when speaking of fashion, couture is something very specific: A garment that is completely custom-made, from impeccable lining to hand-stitched hem. Not only is the dress made to order, the fabrics and embellishments are of the highest quality. The tailors, seamstresses, embroiderers, lace makers and other craftspeople who spend hundreds of hours assembling these pieces are the most skilled in the world.
The inside of the gowns are as magnificent as the outside; you might possibly turn it inside out and think you have another gown! When a bride wears couture it means she is really serious about fashion -- and she has an income to indulge her passion. Because it is "the pinnacle of bridal fashion", for the girl who really, really does love fashion, it is the most exhilarating experience in the whole world.