How to Choose your Wedding Dress Style and Groom's Suit Design
Wedding Dress Styles
The choice of the
bride's wedding dress is something that depends on taste, by all means,
but certain norms exist on the matter. First and most traditional is
that brides customarily dress in white, although nowadays cream colors
are very acceptable. Many designers flirt with other tones, like blue,
mallows, roses and red or even black.
Rather short women
should avoid skirts which are excessively voluminous, since they would
only flatten their figure more. It is better opt for thinner waisted
skirts without cross-sections. The sleeves must be simple, neither
puffed up or excessively light.
The golden rule of
choosing a wedding dress is simplicity. Some brides make the
mistake of think that the more adornments, bows and frills they wear,
the better it will make them look for their big day. Nothing
could be further from the truth. It should not be forgotten that the
simple act of going all in white, with a long, rich fabric
dress, covering yourself with a veil and carrying a bouquet of flowers
in your hands is already enough to make you look completely dazzling on
your special day.
Another important aspect
important is to look for a wedding dress of which fits your
personality. That is to say, that if you always wear jeans,
to not go for an overly sophisticated dress. The dress should
also match any particular theme of wedding that you may have chosen. If
you organize a rustic wedding, forget the stiletto heels and
cabaret-style dresses. In the same way, in a civil
wedding one is not as subject to the norms of protocol like
in a religious church wedding, but common sense still rules: in the
courthouses and registry offices short dresses or skirts at half-calf
length, such as may be worn out on a shopping street are much more
Tall women do not have
so many problems, since they can settle for any style. The dress
totally fitted to the body like a glove, will suit them
perfectly. However, if she is very tall and the intention is
for her not to seem to have so much height, dresses with skirts which
have a lot of volume with cross sections, pleats frills and layers.can
be the best choice.
If you think that you
have a few extra pounds, it is best that you choose a wedding dress
with simple lines, without many embellishments, and in a style which does not cling
tightly to the waist. The general rule in choosing the dress is to try
to disguise any possible defects and to highlight the parts of the body
that you like. For example, for women without a waist, tight
bodices are not a practical style - you would seem to be on the verge
The veil is an optional
add-on and is restricted almost always to religious ceremonies.
Although it is a somewhat old fashioned style, it is a perfect ally for
the timid or nervous bride. As a general rule, the veil must never have
more importance than the dress and, although it sounds obvious, has to
harmonize with it. In actuality it is not so easy to find two matching
whites, mainly because the weaves are going to be different. The length
of the veil depends on personal preference, but it has to be
chosen with comfort and practicality primarily in mind. Think, for
example of a bride wearing a veil of a certain length and rehearse at
home the moment that the priest declares you husband and wife and the
veil is removed from the face. The bride should be able to do
this without fuss and without destroying her hairdo.
With regard to the
choice of lingerie that the bride will wear on the wedding day, not
only should the questions of whether it is pretty or ugly or if it is
suggestive and sexy be considered. The main thing to think about is
comfort, since it is going to be a very busy day and it would not be
good for the bride to have to hitch up her underclothes all
the time due to lack of support. In addition, it is fundamental to
ensure that the underwear is suitable for the dress, that is to say,
that the underwear does not create lines, particularly if it is a
fitted dress. Also be sure that the bra fits the neckline of the dress.
For this reason, the best advice is that the test wearings of the dress
are performed with the same set of underwear that the bride is going to
wear on the wedding day.
You should to take
advantage of a special occasion like this one to use a shirt with
cufflinks - something that is rare these days but but very
elegant. A necktie pin is also a perfect touch.
Although the bride with
her white dress, frills, bouquet and veil is usually is the center of
attention, the groom still needs to look the traditional part. Despite
the fact that he is supposed not to know how the dress of his bride
will look, it is preferable that the couple discuss between themselves
the general style, so that a complete mismatch between their styles
does not happen, with the bride for example arriving in the most modern
vanilla coloured pant-suit, and the groom standing in the church
dressed in a full tuxedo.
One classic style of
suite for the groom, which has Spanish origins, is called a "Chaque",
which literally means "cutaway". This comprises a
black or charcoal gray suit, black or gray waistcoat, soft white shirt
and grey striped pants. Previously the necktie used to be of gray
color, with spots or discreet stripes, but can now be any tone and
If a groom decides to
wear a cutaway, the bride and groom's father and the male
witnesses also must wear one too, although protocol allows the
witnesses to simply wear a dark suit.
Another type of suit,
often worn by gala attendees but also used in some wedding is the
tailcoat. This is usually restricted to evening or night time
weddings but is not really in general use for the bride aand groom's
big day. It is similar to the cutaway but with a
black jacket and pants and always with a white bow tie. The shirt
should always be white, unless you want to be mistaken for a waiter!
Another item of men's
jewelry to which you should pay special attention is the
watch. If the groom does not have an elegant one, it is
possible to use the good custom of engagement gifts and to ask the
bride for one so that the groom will not have to wear a cheap plastic
sports watch which would not go well with his dignified suit.
To finish things off, a
small but very elegant and festive detail is to place a small flower in
the buttonhole, which always must be in harmony with the bridal
bouquel, with the same type of flowers.
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