A wedding is an exciting time filled with choosing decorations, venues, cake flavors, and dresses. If you are like most brides-to-be, you want to share that excitement with as many people as possible. Chances are good that your bridesmaids are your closest friends and family members, so they seem like the perfect group to help you make decisions about wedding dresses. Not so fast, though. You may be asking for trouble.
They Might Not Agree – or Even Get Along
The first thing you need to remember about your group of five to seven bridesmaids (an average figure) is that while they might all be near and dear to you, they might not even like each other. Save yourself the stress of trying to be the peacekeeper by shopping for your wedding dress with only one or two people of your choosing. Involving your bridesmaids may lead to heated disagreements and feuding – and nobody wants a group of scowling bridesmaids on their wedding day.
It is YOUR Wedding
Many brides-to-be choose to take their bridesmaids out for a day of dress shopping just to make sure that they like their dresses, that they fit well, and that everyone is satisfied. This never ends well, though. Unfortunately, no matter how hard or how long you try to find a dress style and shape that everyone loves, it will never happen. Above all else, remember that your wedding is your day. Choose the style and color that fits your wants and needs, and gently remind the bridesmaids who would have preferred something different that it is your day and it is your choice.
You Will Stress Yourself Out
Going shopping for bridesmaids’ dresses might sound like a lot of fun, but in some cases, it is best if the bride-to-be sits this one out. After all, you have enough decisions to make. You have to decide how you will wear your hair, where you will get your “something borrowed”, or “something blue”, what kind of entertainment you want at your reception, and more. Take some of the stress out of shopping for dresses by providing your bridesmaids with guidelines. For instance, tell them you want them to wear dresses of a certain color in a certain material, but give them the flexibility to choose their own cuts and style. Then, you can focus on the other aspects of your wedding.
You Will Feel Pressured
In some cases, your bridesmaids may actually pressure you without even realizing it. For instance, say you have decided on a vintage wedding gown, and you want your bridesmaids to wear semi-elaborate vintage gowns of their own. If some of your bridesmaids do not like this idea, they might try to pressure you into changing your mind. Again, it all comes down to one very important piece of information – this is your wedding day, and you get to decide. Although there is nothing wrong with being open to suggestion, too much pressure is stressful, and it may even cause a rift.
All in all, there are plenty of things that you can do together with your bridesmaids before the big day. Take them with you on your cake-tasting journey to get their opinions. Go shopping for cute shoes together. Just do not stress yourself out with extra pressure over your decisions for your wedding day.
Although your wedding day is your own and you can wear the fabrics and accessories that appeal to you most, chances are that you want to remain true to current trends. Fortunately, when it comes to bridal trends, very few things actually change throughout the years. Here are some ideas for your bridal accessories and fabrics for 2015.
In 2015, there is no one fabric that is “trendier” than any other, but this year is all about sheer fabrics with intricate details and embellishments. Although huge tulle skirts made their way out in the 1990s, you should never turn your back on tulle as an amazing wedding gown fabric. When treated and sewn properly, this material offers amazing elegance and whimsical flair all at the same time. If you truly want to make a statement, consider a feathered skirt. For a timeless look, nothing is better than a traditional chiffon A-line gown with a sweetheart neckline and the embellishments of your choosing.
Jewelry is also an important part of your wedding day, and while brides past tended to keep things simple so as not to draw attention away from their gowns, things have certainly changed. This year saw the introduction of vintage jewelry – especially in brass. You can go small, along the lines of a simple pendant, or you can really go big with a Victorian-style cameo on an adorned brass chain. The possibilities are truly endless, and you can carry this theme into your headpiece, your earrings, and more.
For practicality’s sake, choose a shoe with a wide toe box and a relatively low heel. In terms of style, the possibilities are once again endless. Many women choose to go wild with their bridal shoes, and some go for sequined low heels embellished with colorful crystals and clear rhinestones. Another big trend in 2015 involves calf-length ribbons crafted from the same material as your dress. When choosing shoes, keep your dress length in mind, too. There is nothing wrong with simple shoes; a white shoe with a couple of simple embellishments can also make a powerful statement.
Some women seem to fret over the bouquets they will carry more than the dresses they will wear. Fortunately, 2015 is a great year for new and classic bouquet trends. Full-on luxury is big this year, and many people are avoiding exposed stems and foliage. Hyacinths and orchids in pastels are hot, as are flowers inspired by the season. In fact, if your wedding is coming up this fall, consider woodland-inspired bouquets that reflect autumn’s glory. Ferns and foxgloves can truly set off your roses. To set it all off, you can even carry your floral pattern into your hairpiece for a truly romantic style.
One of the best things about bridal trends is that they never truly go out of style. Although some things are more popular in 2015, it is all about you, your wishes, and your personality. It is your big day, after all, so accessorize to your hearts’ desire with anything that makes you feel beautiful and confident.
You have basked in your engagement, you have decided on a venue, and now it is time to choose your dress. Perhaps you found the dress of your dreams, but it is a little too tight in the shoulders or it reveals a little more of your bust than you would like. Alterations are amazing these days, and with just a few simple stitches, you can transform your dress. Here are the top alterations made to today’s bridal dresses.
#1 – You Must Adjust the Bust
Although taking in the bust of a wedding gown for a better fit is simple, things get a little trickier when the bust is too tight. If you found the dress of your dreams but your “cup runneth over”, do not despair. In some cases, as long as the dress zips, there is enough extra fabric in the seams to allow for the necessary alterations. If not, a little trick known as a gusset can make all the difference. Essentially, a tailor sews in some extra fabric in the underarm area of the dress, which is invisible, but provides enough room to support the bust rather than squish it.
#2 – You Might Shrink (or Grow) Before the Big Day
All women handle the stress of planning a wedding (and the idea of married life) differently. Some will lose weight due to the stress, and others may gain a few pounds. What happens if your dress fits to start, but a couple of weeks before the big day, it is too loose or too tight? Tailors see this all too often, and that is precisely why sizing changes are the second most common alterations made to bridal dresses. Taking in or letting out a dress is relatively simple, even if you the big day is just around the corner.
#3 – Belted in the Wrong Place
Bridal dresses with belts, ribbons, and sashes are popular, particularly among women who want to create the appearance of a slimming hourglass figure. Wide sashes and belts help hide trouble spots, and thinner belts accentuate a trim waistline. Depending on your height, though, you might find that the belt loops (usually little more than a single piece of thick thread) rest on your hips – or even up high on your lower ribcage if you are especially tall. As long as the rest of the dress fits, the tailor can easily reposition the loops to help hold your belt or sash in the correct place throughout the ceremony.
#4 – When You Cannot Just “Sleeve” It Alone
Maybe those sheer puffy sleeves seemed like a great idea when you bought the dress, but now you are second-guessing yourself. Perhaps you want three-quarter sleeves, maybe you want sleeves that match the fabric of the rest of the dress, or maybe you do not want sleeves at all. Fortunately, a tailor can make these alterations as long as he or she has enough time to do so. If you want to add sleeves to a sleeveless dress, the process of finding the right material in the perfect color can take some time.
Of course, the number one alteration made to bridal dresses all over the world is the traditional hem. It is important for the dress to fall just so, and no two women are built the same. A traditional hem can make a dress shorter by a few inches or a fraction of an inch, and it can provide some extra fabric and length for taller women.