Wedding dresses are literally the icing on the cake on every bride's wedding day. You can find perfect wedding gowns online, or simply brainstorm which style of wedding dresses to start looking for as you narrow down your search.
First you need to determine which types of wedding dresses are right for you.
Your wedding dress should tell the world exactly who you are. After all, this is YOUR day, and your wedding gown is the key way that you share yourself with your wedding guests -- and, of course, your husband-to-be.
By now, you've likely given some thought as to what kind of wedding you would like to have: traditional, informal or a theme wedding, perhaps.
Here are some general guidelines:
In formal weddings, brides generally wear long white/cream-colored wedding dresses and a veil, perhaps a train and, of course, gloves.
In semi-formal weddings, brides generally wear long white/cream-colored wedding dresses, a veil and gloves if desired.
In informal weddings, brides have more flexibility. They can wear wedding gowns of any color -- short or long -- or even a suit.
What about theme weddings? Here you should decide first on the theme and then on the formality of the wedding you've always wanted to have. Only then is it time to shop for wedding dresses and wedding accessories to determine which ones match your theme!
As you can see, the most important aspect to consider when selecting wedding dresses is your own sense of style.
For specifics on what's appropriate to wear for each type of wedding, I recommend Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette, which devotes an entire chapter to wedding dresses and other fashion dos and don'ts, or Vera Wang on Weddings, in which Wang shares her vast fashion expertise with you as you plan your wedding. Both can be purchased from any major online bookstore and have great tips on buying wedding dresses.
How can you purchase wedding dresses online?
The Internet can be a tremendous help when you're looking for wedding gowns and have a tight wedding budget. And let's face it -- most of us do have to keep the bottom line in mind when we plan the most important day of our romantic lives.
After you have given some thought to the type of wedding you want to have, I recommend that you:
When you've gone through all these steps, you're certain to have accessed all the wedding dresses available to you -- and you will very likely save your hard-earned money if you end up finding discount wedding dresses available only from an Internet vendor.
Good luck with your search! Though it might seem daunting at first, if you follow these tips, you'll be well on your way to finding a beautiful range of perfectly elegant wedding dresses.
Stacey Martin is the publisher of MarriedBliss.com, where you will find objective reviews of online wedding vendors, tips on wedding planning, advice on where to buy wedding dresses online and much more helpful content for brides-to-be and couples planning their weddings.
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f you want to be a wedding planner, you're probably the type of person who strives to be perfect in everything you do. So, now that you're thinking of starting your business, you might feel like you want to wait until everything is in perfect order before you launch.
But, as you are striving to be perfect, time is passing, and many of the brides you could be helping, who would have hired you, are finding others to help them.
Perfectionism stops many wedding planners from being successful. So if you want to become a top wedding planner, don't make these 3 mistakes that perfectionists make:
Mistake #1 - They look for the perfect niche
It's important to find a target market of brides who will value you and pay for your services. But, too often I've seen new wedding planners spend months agonizing over the right one to choose. Do you research, pick a niche, create the services they need and will buy, and market to them. If, after a time, you discover you picked the wrong niche for you, you can switch. Don't waste a lot of time just thinking about what might or might not work, take action.
Mistake #2 - They look for the perfect method of marketing to brides
I'm often asked for specific information about where to advertise and market wedding planning services. The reality is there is no one, sure-fire perfect method or place to advertise and market yourself, but there are many that could work for you. Think about where your target brides might look for vendors then test some paid and free methods. Use them for a few months and see if they are bringing you the results you want. If they aren't, move on, you won't find what works for you unless you do some testing.
Mistake #3 - They don't go out to meet brides
Many new planners are afraid to go out and meet brides face-to-face because they lack confidence. They're afraid of saying the wrong things and looking bad. No one expects you to sound like the celebrity wedding planners you see on television. Of course, you want to speak and act professionally but you also want to be yourself. Don't be afraid to share your passion for weddings and the knowledge you have that will help brides have the weddings they want. You'll develop more skills talking to brides as you get more clients.
Don't wait for everything to be perfect. If you've got the experience, knowledge and skills it takes to become a professional wedding planner, start your business today.
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Make a Wedding Plan
Immediately Upon Engagement Decide on a Wedding Date
There are people you really want at your wedding. Give them as much notice as possible that they should set aside the date for you. If the wedding will involve travel and an over-night stay for guests, it's important to let them know that as soon as possible. It will be helpful for you to get early feedback on who may not be able to attend the wedding.
Set your budget
Your budget is the single biggest wedding decision to make after the decision to get married itself. Consider the range of projects you need or want to take on during your first year of marriage: honeymoon, buy a house, start a family, start or continue post-secondary education, buy a car, travel. Calculate the cost of these projects. The wedding costs will compete with these other projects. Calculate the money you will have from all sources for the wedding and your other projects. This will help establish the maximum amount of money you can spend on the wedding. From this calculation, all other spending decisions about the wedding will follow. It's a terrible idea to borrow any money from any source for your wedding.
Select your bridal party
There are hundreds of details involved in planning the wedding and in getting through the wedding day.Your bridal party can be a huge help in handling these. Everything from RSVP tracking to picking up the flowers can and should be delegated. Can every member of the bridal party afford a bridesmaid's dress or a tuxedo? Is every member of the bridal party physically fit and mature enough to shoulder the responsibilities involved? Be objective.
Choose your theme. [modern, vintage, classic, rural, contemporary, etc.]
It's your wedding. Within reason and the bounds of good taste you should have what you want regardless of who will pay some of the expenses. Have faith in your own judgment and taste.
First Review & Planning Session
All the above should happen almost immediately. Once you square away these 4 foundations of your wedding, what follows are estimated time frames for everything to follow. Buy a binder, a hole punch and index tabs to collect & organize these details. Start a spread sheet to track all expenses. This is your wedding plan. Check it & update it often.
12-18 Months Out - Ceremony Location
Your caterer may have suggestions about where to hold your ceremony. You may have seen a pretty location yourself. Since many couples no longer get married in a church many reception locations have a "chapel" or an additional area for a wedding ceremony, . A wedding arch decorated with flowers can make a ceremony setting take shape almost anywhere you want. Will a botanical garden or public park permit wedding photographs? At what charge? What is Plan B in the event of rain?
This choice will be a function of a number of things: how many guests you are having, how far they have to travel, what kind of wedding (cocktail, plated service, etc.), your budget and what you both like.
The number of weddings in almost any part of the country is greater than the number of available beautiful reception venues. That means competition for venues and rising prices in a seller's market. (It's called supply and demand). Will a venue permit an outside caterer? Is the outside caterer charged for permission to serve food there? Is there a kitchen that the caterer may use or will food be brought to the venue already prepared hours before dinner? Will a kitchen have to be set up on site? Is the venue air conditioned? Does it have sufficient washrooms, coat check & racks with hangers, parking?
For outdoor weddings, caterers should have a list of beautiful and functional venues. Consider having your wedding on the property of a friend or relative. As farm weddings & country weddings become ever more popular consider rural venues that the Ministry of Food and Agriculture or a local 4H club can suggest.
Cottage weddings on a distant lake are more remote. Consider the expertise of your caterer in providing service well off the beaten path. How well equipped are they for off-site catering? How will the location impact the need for overnight accommodation? Will you need late night transport between the cottage and hotels? Are there Bed & Breakfast Inns in the area where guests can stay close to the wedding? Could the wedding be held at such an Inn instead of at the cottage? Parking and washrooms are critical for a cottage wedding, as is the potential for tense neighbour relations due to traffic congestion, trespass and late night noise.
DJ &/or Band
Your music choice will be a big part of how your celebration turns out. If the music is too loud older guests will leave early. If you choose the wrong genre of music for your demographic it's no fun. Before you pick a DJ ask if you can drop in on an event he is spinning the tunes for. You'll get a pretty good idea if that D.J. is for you. The same selection process applies to a band. Attend an event where they will play.. Ask for references and establish firm ground rules about arrival/set-up time, alcohol or drug use before and during the event, dress code, flirting, electrical & space needs, frequency & length of breaks. Plan your play list. You will need to feed the D.J. or band members, (& any other support staff you hire for the wedding). Make sure the caterer provides for this at an agreed upon price.
Most photographers have a portfolio you can see to get an idea of their style. Packages with a set price are a good idea even if you are not budget conscious. Give your photographer a copy of the wedding day schedule and make sure he/she can stick with it. Most delays at weddings are the result of a photographer who falls behind & can't stop taking one more shot. You will delay the rest of the wedding if you let the photographer take charge of the schedule. Your guests will be waiting.
A nice addition to your wedding memories.
9-12 Months Out
Sometimes, brides pick a wedding dress FIRST. But, more often, other factors such as theme, location, time of year and entertainment sway the dress decision. It may not be your dream to buy a wedding dress that someone else wore before but the potential savings are considerable. After all, you will wear this dress but once. On the other hand you will see it in pictures of the wedding for the rest of your life. You have a right be beautiful on your wedding day.
8-10 Months Out
If you can, get all the girls together for a full day of dress scouting. Keep budgets in mind and go for a style that will flatter a variety of body types. There is no excuse for any member of the wedding party to dress like a tart.
6-9 Months Out
Quite often the groom will get his rented tuxedo for FREE, since you ordered so many outfits.
Make sure you have a budget in mind before you see your florist. Packages are always available and there is a big range in price, depending on the type of flowers you select and the complexity of the arrangement. Make a list of everyone who will need flowers that day so that you don't forget anyone. Are flowers to go on each guest table, the head table, buffet or other tables? If the wedding will be on a property that your family owns, can the garden be planned a year before the wedding to coincide plant flowers that bloom in time for the wedding?
You will need a rough idea of how many guests are attending. This tells you how many tables will need centerpieces. Although tall centerpieces are striking, they might make it difficult for guests to see each other over the arrangement. Try for a low, simple arrangement that adds colour but doesn't take up too much space on the table. This is critical for platter or family style service.
For rural or cottage weddings, centre pieces made from birch bark, wood, or natural fibers can be charming. Remember to consider the colours of linens, flowers, dresses. The centre pieces should complement these items. Can you make the centre pieces yourself with help from your friends?
If you plan an elaborate themed wedding, you may want the help of a professional wedding decorator. These professionals have access to props and materials that you may have trouble finding. For simple decorations, like tulle and ribbon, you probably have at least one artistic friend that would love to help. Consider lighting as part of the decorations.
Order Invitations and Send invitations.
You need to spend real time considering who to invite without offending any friend or relative. Before inviting anyone you haven't seen or spoken to in years remember that your wedding should be spent with people you care about and who care about you. Be diplomatic when Mom wants to invite her 200 year old great aunt that you've never met. But, be realistic as well.
Proofread the invitations several times. It's hard to correct a printing error on something already in the mail. If the wedding will take place at a cottage or other hard to find location, include a map. Make sure that GPS or Google maps actually help find the location. If they don't, your map & directions should tell people not to use them or else they will get lost. The map should include a "Help" phone number to call on the wedding day. If you create a web site or Facebook page for the wedding, refer to it in the invitation.
Dress Fitting Check
Make sure to weigh yourself before each fitting, so you can keep track close to the wedding day.
Your Wedding Plan
Schedule an evening with your fiancee to track how closely you have kept to your original budget and schedule. If you are way off course, now is the time to correct it.
4-6 Months Out
Book Bridal Shower
Although it's usually a friend or family member who holds this event for you, you should be consulted on the date and location to make sure you will be available that day. You need to balance your role as a guest with your role as the bride at your own shower.
Book Bachelorette Party
This event is also hosted and arranged by a close friend or relative. Don't schedule it too close to the wedding day. Hangovers are not the best way to start your wedding day!
Book Bachelor Party
This party has a reputation for getting out of control. Plan such entertainment as poker, for example, that will keep guests cool and calm.
Master or Mistress of Ceremonies
The seamless flow of the wedding day, both ceremony and reception, will depend on your M.C. He or she has real responsibilities. These include making sure: that the schedule is followed, that guests and suppliers arrive in the right place at the right time, that photos don't run over time, that dinner service is explained, that guests are invited to the buffet table by table, that guest speakers, (including whoever will say Grace before dinner), are introduced and don't run over time and that toasts are presented according to a planned sequence. This is a critical job and cannot be assigned to anyone immature or inarticulate.
3 Months Out
Taste Tests with your Caterer/Venue and your Baker.
A great chance to get a peek at your wedding dinner. Chances are you won't notice food at your own wedding.
Hold Bridal Shower
You need to balance your role as a guest with your role as the bride at your own shower. Be diplomatic in giving an opinion on shower food and décor. Showers are generally held with little or no alcohol. It's unforgivable for anyone to be drunk at a shower.
Hold Bachelorette Party
This will be your last wild ride for the foreseeable future. Have fun and remember the good times.
Hold Bachelor Party
More fun with the guys - enjoy this blast from the past.
Dress Fitting Check
Oops! Time to get back on the stationary bike and eat more salads.
4 Weeks Out
Begin to Finalize Details with Your Vendors.
All your guest responses should be in by now. Finalize guest numbers with your caterer or venue.
Final Dress Fitting Check
Yahoo! It fits!
Make sure you fill out your data sheets with all formalities for your DJ/Band: Music choices, bridal party names, dos and don'ts, etc.
Make salon appointments for manny, peddy, makeup, tanning, hair, etc.
1 Week Out
If you haven't done so already finalize your timeline with your DJ, venue, caterer, photographer, florist and planner (if you hired one). The final timeline should be e-mailed to all of these suppliers. There are no excuses for being late or falling behind schedule.
3-5 Days Out
Pick Up Tuxes
Make sure you pay all your vendors, or prepare the cash/cheques for all your wedding day vendors.
Give the list and chequess to your Best Man or Maid of Honor, so that you don't have to worry about these on your wedding day.
YOU MADE IT! Be thrilled by the centuries of tradition & the love that you have just shared. Enjoy the day of your dreams.
Leave for your honeymoon.
Take some time off from all the rush and just enjoy each other!
Two Weeks after the Wedding
Thank you cards for wedding presents
Check your gift cards to make sure you don't leave anyone out. Get a friend to help double check.
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The day you say 'I Do' has to be special in every way possible. Be it the place you choose for the occasion, the flowers, the bride's maid dresses, uniqueness of the ring bearers or, anything for that matter, you always wish and walk an additional mile to ensure that everything about the occasion is extraordinary, singular and definitely exceptional. More often than not, dancing after the ceremony happens to be something more than just pure fun. It is often considered symbolic. The last dance the bride has with her father, and how she is swept off her feet by her new husband once her hand is passed on by the former to the latter, bring tears to many eyes.
This is one of the reasons why, couples have for a very long time, stressed on their wedding dance since the very day they agreed upon getting married. In fact, these are the days when the couple to be married and the invited guests both wait eagerly for the ceremonies to end and the party to begin which is enriched with dance and that too of certain standard. This is one of those aspects in any wedding that goes a long way to make it memorable for all present in the occasion and of course for the newlyweds.
Many Reasons Back Approaching Wedding Dance Studios:-
It is fair enough if couples decide upon planning their dance sequence themselves. It is also perfectly alright if some odd layman who may have some prior experience in shaking a leg or two in some occasion or the other for a tip or so to cook a tolerable presentation. But then, all this should be undertaken under some risks which include landing up more in some TV program showing ridiculously funny home videos than anything else. Considering this as a potent threat to shifting massively from the very reason behind performing the dance in the very first place, it seems only reasonable to allow professionals to take over for a while prior to the occasion.
There are a number of potent reasons that is sure to convince anyone about the difference that wedding dance studios can create even for those who have been unfortunately blessed with two left foot.
To begin with, on approaching the studio one is certain to come across others who are also in the process of seeking professional help to guide their moves on the floor. So, one would know that they are not alone when it comes to sub standard dancing skills.
Secondly, the number of quality studios headed by masters in the art has risen considerably following the demand for the same that has heightened over time. So, locating a certain studio of the sort will never be too difficult irrespective of where one may be located.
Thirdly, there are a number of courses that are offered by the latter which include both long term courses that extend over weeks or, months or power packed crash courses that last for a couple of weeks for lesser.
Fourthly, it is the affordability that has been drawing the attention of many towards making the effort.
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It's the night of your family's annual Thanksgiving dinner and everyone is there sitting around the dinner table ready to start digging into all the great hot food that your family has so painstakingly prepared for the past couple of days. Pop makes a toast of thanks to all; you sip, and then to your amazement, your boyfriend says that he wants to make a toast, but instead, asks your mom and dad for your hand in marriage. Well, there goes dinner--you start crying along with your mom and aunts, and the men are shaking his hand, and the dinner is getting cold. That's when the celebration really kicks up a notch and everyone is so happy for the rest of the evening, and before you know it, your whole wedding has been planned during that one single dinner. But at that moment, who cares? You're so excited that you can't think beyond the moment and you're just enjoying being together with your family.
Okay, so you wake up the next morning and begin to remember all the plans that were made the night before; some of them you like and some of them you don't like. This is when you need to call your boyfriend, oh, excuse me, your fiancé to set a time to get together to discuss all the plans that were made and how he feels about all of it--after all, he has a family who would probably like to put in their two cents on all the arrangements.
Getting engaged during the holidays, and "holidays" being the operative word here, is exciting and stressful at the same time. You work full time, which takes 40 hours out of your week; add in holiday shopping, parties, etc., in the hours left over (don't forget to factor in time for sleeping), and now you're engaged and your families are pulling you in many directions. So how many hours remain for you to have some personal time? The most organized, sane person would be stressed out at this point.
It is at this time that you and your fiancé need to make some smart, sound decisions. You can either:
1) put your wedding plans on hold until after the first of the year and enjoy the holidays with your family and friends; or
2) you can stress yourselves out by trying to make wedding plans during the holidays, trying to appease everybody and take the risk of arguing over little things just because you're worn out and stressed.
Decision #1 sounds real good to me; how about you?
The week between Christmas and New Year's is a great time to get together (the two of you) to discuss a plan of action. The last week of the year is so quiet and everyone just wants to rest after all the hustle and bustle of the last two months. Your minds will be much more rested and ready to discuss a plan, and when you gather your family together to discuss your plan, they'll be more receptive to changes.
Just a note to you both: when you're making your plans, keep your families' wishes in mind to some extent by incorporating what they want for your wedding. After all, they've been waiting for this moment also, and if they didn't have a large wedding themselves, they'll be living it through yours, and how you manage all of this will determine the end result.
If you need help in getting through all of this, search the internet for wedding planning workshops in your area and sign up--you'll be amazed at what you can learn.
Happy Holidays to all!
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One of the best things about being a woman is being pampered. Make your
bride-to-be feel pampered by throwing her a spa-themed wedding hen night. A day
at the spa will get rid of wedding jitters and will provide a great opportunity
Nowadays, you can choose whether you'd want to celebrate the party at a spa
or have the spa come to you. In planning where to spend the party, think of the
location which would be convenient for everyone, especially for the guest of
You could spend it at your house, or at the house of a relative or a friend.
Call the spa ahead of time and arrange for spa specialists around three days or
a week before the party. This way, you won't have to worry about fitting the
party into a specific schedule. Ask for their services so that you'll know what
to expect-usually spas provide stations for back massages, foot massages,
pedicures, manicures, paraffin wraps, facial and skin treatments, and their
Prepare the food yourself or have them catered-this way the guests can enjoy
drinks and yummy desserts as they move from one station to the next. Choose
foods which are mess-free. Finger foods are great-crackers, cookies, and
chocolate truffles are some examples. You can also serve fresh fruits.
You could also spend a day at the bride-to-be's favorite spa. Although, a day
would probably be not enough for all those pampering treatments-a weekend would
be more preferable. If money is not a problem, you could go to five-star spas.
Remember, though, that the time is meant for bonding with the bride-to-be and
her closest friends so if you don't want to spend money, you can opt for
budget-friendly spas. The main point is for everybody to feel pampered.
Of course, don't forget the party favors. If you have the money, you can opt
for personalized terry robes with the initials of each guests embroidered into
each robe. You can also make a personalized party bag with a spa theme to it.
Put in aromatherapy candles, nail polish, travel sized lotion, bath scrubs or
salts, and certificates to a spa.
A spa-themed wedding hen night is sure to make everybody happy. It could take
some of the worries off the bride-to-be's mind before her wedding. It would
make everyone feel everyone relaxed, and not to mention beautiful, just in time
for the wedding.
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Upgrade from the wedding videos and albums of your parents and grandparents,
those endless shots of the guests with the bride and groom, the wedding feast
and the infinite toasts. The newest in trends in weddings is the online shoot
that gives wedding cinematography a slick twist, with even a cameo of your film
star heart throb playing a cupid or first love!
It does mean a whole lot more hard work, for the professionals and the couple
too. First of all, in getting to know each other, what is required to tell the
love story and its scripting. The online wedding video does not, as a rule,
follow the schedule of events. It takes key events, interspersed with bits and
pieces of precious memories, what the couple and their families may like to
remember of the Big Day and of those that went into making their young people
what they are today, with shoot, old and new pictures, quotes, songs, family
jokes, what have you.
Once you are on the same page as your clients and the paperwork has been
completed, it is time to get your equipment ready. These short films are not the
normal video. They are technically superior, shot in HD with Dolby 5.1 surround
sound and authored in Blu-ray.
Shooting in HD would be a far remove from those earlier lessons in hand held
light meters and the standard 18% gray calculations to balance the stark
variations between the glorious bridal attire and the groom more somber
Wedding photography, or any for that matter, needs a delicate balance between
the depth of the field for striking backgrounds and shallow depth for artistic
effect or dewy portraits of the bride. That is where both focal length and
aperture both count. The ultimate effect comes after practice, which means
experimenting with different apertures to perfect the dewy shots of the bride,
the firmer look of the groom, a range of different looks for the rest of the
story line and the other players in the new age wedding story.
Perhaps the most important thing is to ensure that all the equipment needed
for the shoot, plus spares, in case of any mishap or malfunction, is always at
hand. It helps to have more than one camera and cameraman, to get shots from
different angles and depths for efficient editing later to produce a world class
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Costa Rica Wedding
Costa Rica is a popular choice for North Americans who decide to opt for a
destination wedding. This small Central American country is the oldest democracy
in the hemisphere and offers U.S. and Canadian couples beautiful natural
settings, low prices, safe environments, and friendly locals who are glad to
help them with their very special day. With spectacular jungle covered mountains
teeming with birds and wildlife and picture perfect palm lined beaches, there
is no shortage of attractive venues for the bride and groom to make their vows.
While the official language is Spanish, English is widely spoken because North
American tourists are very important to the economy.
Wedding costs vary greatly, but if you shop around, you can find a quality
venue and a great wedding planner and photographer for a fraction of the price
you would pay for comparable facilities and settings in the United States or
Canada. It is also likely that even though a couple planning their nuptials in
Costa Rica may invite the same number of people they would for a wedding at
home, fewer people will show up. Thus the happy couple can have and pay for a
smaller final guest list without excluding anyone from the invitation. We
recommend an extra reception at home to include the people who were unable to
attend the wedding in Costa Rica.
Local legal procedures for verifying the wedding are fairly simple and
official government registration costs are low. Weddings performed in Costa Rica
are recognized in both the U.S. and Canada if they are properly documented. You
will need a passport to travel to Costa Rica and this will serve as adequate
proof of identification to document your marriage. A sworn statement confirming
that your date and place of birth round out your identification requirements.
Forms are usually processed in as little as 10 days. In addition, you will need
two witnesses who are not family members. If you choose to elope for your
destination wedding and have no guests, hotel staff can act as witnesses.
Costa Rica does have one unusual requirement. If either the bride or groom
have been divorced in the last 300 days, the bride must take two physician
administered pregnancy tests before the marriage license is approved. If you
think about it, to some degree this is a practical requirement, since it ensures
that there will be controversy over a surprise baby from a previous coupling
with someone other than the groom.
While Costa Rican people are friendly and easy to get along with, there are
cultural differences in expectations of service and timing. The famous
expression "Pura Vida" means "pure life", something the locals have celebrated
and enjoyed for years and a great source of pride. It also means "Relax, don't
worry about it so much; it will be here soon, or not." For this reason, it is
important to choose a wedding planner that understands your North American
expectations. Fortunately, if you look around, you can find a planner who both
understands both "Pura Vida" in all its forms and understands the service
expectations of "gringos" to bridge the gap and make sure your wedding day runs
as smooth as the peeling glassy waves Costa Rica is famous
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The train is one of the things that distinguishes a bridal gown from any
other type of formal dress. Having that fabric sweep behind you as you glide
down the aisle is part of the fun of being a bride. There are many options in
trains - which one is right for you?
at all. This type of train just barely brushes the ground. It is often seen on
very slender sheath gowns, and at informal weddings. A sweep train is also
favored by second time brides who want a special dress, but not a lot of pomp
Leaving the train down is only manageable if the bride does not plan to do much
This is a nice length for a garden wedding, or a beach ceremony. If your wedding
is outdoors, be sure that you have a smooth surface for your train to glide
over during the processional so it does not snag or tear. You will definitely
need to bustle a train of this length.
about four feet from the waist of the gown. The chapel train is beloved for its'
versatility. It is enough of a train to make the bridal gown feel fancy, but it
is not too cumbersome. It can be bustled under the gown, with a technique known
as a French bustle, or brought up to the outside with little buttons or hooks.
The outside bustle tends to work best on gowns that have pleats or details in
the back to cover the hardware. Occasionally, a bride will choose to have a loop
at the end of the train so she can wear it over her wrist for the reception.
This is quite a gracious look, but not a good choice for anyone who is very
active or at all clumsy.
seen. The cathedral train reaches nine yards from the waist of the gown - that
is a lot of fabric! A train of this grandeur is suitable for only the most
formal of indoor weddings. The location needs to be as opulent as the train, and
have a very long aisle, hence the name "cathedral" train. This is the right
choice for you if you are having a very elegant wedding, and love drama. To
balance out such an extravagant gown, all of the bride's accessories should be
equally fabulous. Choose accessories like custom bridal Swarovski necklaces,
over the elbow gloves, and sparkling tiaras. A train this long will require a
double layer bustle to get it up for the reception. Managing such a complicated
bustle is not easy, so be certain that your attendants get lessons from the
bridal shop. (A tip for the bustlers: when you are crawling around under the
bride's dress, be sure not to lift her skirt so high that her fanny is exposed!)
A clever and fabulous way to make it easier to match up the proper sets of
bustle ties is to finish them off with little touches inspired by the bridal
ensemble. For instance, if your gown has bows on it, stitch tiny bows onto the
bustle ties (each pair should be a different color). Brides wearing sparkling
custom bridal Swarovski necklaces will naturally want twinkling crystals to
decorate their bustle.
train of all, measuring ten or more yards (30 feet!) from the waist of the gown.
A train this over the top should be worn only by actual royalty. Considering
yourself a princess is not enough to be able to pull off this much train without
looking silly. (And besides, it would weigh an absolute ton!)
is your chance to let your personality shine. Whether you like things simple
(sweep train) or extravagant (cathedral train), there is a train that will just
feel right to you. And if the dress that melts your heart does not have the
right train, fear not - it can always be customized. After all, shouldn't a
bride get to have things exactly the way she wants them?
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