Choosing Your Wedding Dress
There was a time when a marriage was not simply a union
between two people, more often it was a union of two families or even two
businesses. The wedding gowns often worn by the bride were a status symbol to
depict the status and position of the brides family. The type of material
and colors of the wedding dress, especially among nobility, were meant to show
the importance of the families.
Brides were generally adorned in silk,
satin and furs along with many bold colors as a depiction of the social status.
Those of lesser stature continued to wear gowns of similar design made of
materials of lesser value. The length of the train often determined the wealth
of the brides family, as well as the amount of material used in wedding
The color of wedding gowns prior to the wedding of Mary, Queen of
Scots would have been bold colors of purple and reds. When she married Francois
II of France she became the first to wear white. It was almost considered a
slap at the French at that time as white was the official national color of
mourning in France.
However, white wedding gowns did not catch on until the
wedding of Queen Victoria and Albert of Saxe-Coburg. Her official wedding
picture wearing a white gown was widely publicized and prompted many brides to
opt for the color of their own gown. The amount of material used in the gown
remained a symbol of the brides status in life with many of the poorer
families choosing simple church dresses in white.
The trend of brides
wearing wedding gowns designed after those of popular culture continued until
after the turn of the 20th century. For example, during the 1920s a bride
would wear a short gown, resembling the dresses of the so-called Roaring
20s with a long train in the back.
Since that time, brides began to shun the practice of
wearing a wedding dress that copied the designs of popular culture and around
1940 wedding gowns reverted back to the designs of the Victorian age, made of
white material with more elaborate and ornate designs.
white wedding gowns were considered a sign of innocence and purity and
somewhere along the line was thought to symbolize virginity. This notion has
slowly faded and most brides choose white wedding gowns regardless of the
circumstance of the couple. It is not unusual for white to be worn during
second and even third weddings to allow the bride to experience a white-themed
Research Goes a Long Way
Many brides-to-be will head
off to the store and sort through racks of wedding dress designs without a
clear picture of what they are looking for in a gown. Before spending a lot of
time in a dress shop, the bride should picture in their mind what they hope to
look like on their wedding day. With that picture in mind, consider the
different style available in a wedding dress and learn a little of the language
involved to better relay your desired style to the shop.
dress styles are determined what many call the silhouette. This describes the
cut of the wedding dress and how it falls to the floor. For example, ball gowns
will look good on everyone but the very short person, on whom the gown may seem
overwhelming. Crinolines will also be part of most ball gowns and they usually
have a lot of fabric requiring extra care while wearing them.
wedding dress that isnt as full as a ball gown yet has the material flow,
an A line gown can fit most everyone. The fitted bodice flows from
the waist and can be useful in hiding lower-body irregularities. With an empire
gown, the skirt begins right under the breasts and falls from there to the
floor. Empire style dresses are better suited for less formal weddings and
provide extra fit at the stomach.
A sheath style wedding dress is
usually made of thinner fabric and will not hide any flaws on any part of the
body. Typically worn by brides with a slender, consistent build they are not
recommended for those who may have flaws from the waist
Ultimately, a primary factor in the choice of a wedding dress will
be the bride's budget. With some gowns costing in the hundreds and even
thousands of dollars, it is important the bride look their very best on their
wedding day, but it should also be remembered that this is a garment that a
person will usually wear only once.
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