When little girls spend their math classes daydreaming of weddings (instead of winning the World Series — not to say you can’t do both), what do they dream of first? The perfect wedding dress, of course: a gown in white satin with a bustle and sweeping train, the perfect embellishments, and the perfect shoes. There are few occasions in our modern world where a woman finds herself in a position to wear a no-holds-barred ball gown, much less a crystal tiara, and all too many where she’s called on to wear to a neutral suit or uninspiring “biz-caz” combo. No wonder that with so many brides, their wedding plans start with the dress. Many of these brides are lucky. They may search high and low, braving chilly department stores and pushy bridal shops, but eventually they come face-to-face with The One. They know this is The One because they start crying, or their mother or friends all start crying at once. Suddenly the rest of the planning … the theme, the tone, the right kind of venues … it all springs to life. Other brides aren’t as fortunate. They’ve searched just as hard, working their way through shops across three or four states, but they haven’t found The One. Instead, they’ve found three or four Contenders, all of which are serviceable and nice, but not earth-shattering enough to tell them that now is definitely time to stop the searching and get on with the planning. These brides have it harder. Even if you’re the first kind of bride, buying the dress is such a momentous decision that you run a risk of falling into that wallet-skinning category known as the Two-Dress Bride. Here are some tips for picking the perfect dress and avoiding that awful fate. 1. Bring the entourage, but don’t buy. It’s fun and useful to bring your mother, friends or sisters on the dress-shopping expedition. It gives you a buffer against an overbearing sales staff, and it’s fun to see if your impressions of perfection are shared by your loved ones, not to mention how they’ll love being part of such an important decision. But no matter how enthusiastic everyone gets over a certain dress, don’t buy in the heat of the moment. Give yourself time to reconsider and buy with a cool head later, alone. The vast majority of dresses are non-returnable, so when you’ve bought it, you’ve bought it. 2. Don’t buy too early unless you must. Bridal gowns can take four to ten months to come from the manufacturer, but there’s no reason to buy over a year ahead of time, unless your chosen style is going to be discontinued. Give yourself some time to sit on your decision. Once you pick a gown, you’ll see a hundred others nearly like it. You’ll become a walking encyclopedia on that style of gown. All the better if you still have room to choose. 3. If you’ve bought “The One,” stop shopping. Any more window-shopping at this point will only lead you down the road toward the dreary land of Two-Dress Brides. What you need to do instead is remember that blissful feeling of having tried on The One. Go get The One out of the closet, put it on and stand in front of the mirror. You’ll remember exactly why it’s The One. 4. If you’ve bought “The One” and can’t stop shopping, get a second opinion. Show your first and second choices to other brides. Be honest — tell them you’ve already remortgaged your condo for the first dress, but you think this second dress might be It. They’ll be truthful, too — the first one was better. You’ll feel reassured. 5. Don’t tell yourself “I’ll sell the old dress and choose a new one.” This old saw of the Two-Dress Bride just won’t work. You’ll never get more than a fraction of what you paid for your first dress if you bought it new. 6. Don’t be afraid to aim high — no matter what your budget. Some brides knew from the start they wanted a designer label, but life just didn’t cooperate by making them heiresses. Yet all is not lost if you’re willing to shop courageously. At any given moment, a better-heeled bride is selling her once-used St. Pucchi or Ulla-Maija on eBay. She paid thousands upon thousands, but you, smart shopper, will pay half that or less. To take this road, you must shop earlier than other brides so you’ll have a choice of gowns. Always pay with a credit card so you’ll have recourse if the dress doesn’t arrive in acceptable condition, and again, shop early so you can buy another if necessary. Shop courageously, but not recklessly. 7. Shop online, but never send a check. Bridal gown businesses sometimes have a way of disappearing overnight. No matter what the proprietor tells you, never make a purchase as large as a wedding gown without the chargeback protection of a credit card. If they say they can’t take plastic, move on. 8. Don’t hold out forever for The One. Some brides never find The One. What they do find is a few dresses they look beautiful in. If you’re this bride, try starting your planning from the theme instead of the dress. You’ll probably eventually get sick to death of dress shopping. When that happens, “good enough” really will be good enough. Concentrate on other aspects of the wedding that mean a lot to you, like the venue, the food, or the inevitable adoration of your soon-to-be husband. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=13051&ca=Womens+Interest
Everybody has excitement behind the wedding dress because it is something most women undergo. It is the one special day of women life for that they have been waiting for and as such, when the time come they go through great measures in order to be able to find wedding dresses. Wedding dresses come in all styles, shapes and sizes and it is always difficult to get an ideal fit. No matter how perfect your figure it is inevitable that you’ll need to make some alterations to the wedding dress for your big day. Most bridal shops will offer wedding dress alterations to make the bride pleased with her purchase of the wedding dress. Most of the shops that sell bridal gowns also have an expert that will deal with the wedding dress alterations if needed. It is quite easy to get alteration rather find yourself. But be sure that the seamstress from the store will do a good job because the company hired and made sure that the seamstress will provide quality service. You can go for the bridal shops that offer free wedding dress alterations along with the purchase of their wedding gown, while some ask for an extra fee for the wedding dress alterations. Usually bridal dresses require three varieties of alterations. Hemming, bodice alterations and Shortening of sleeves. Hemming may be required to adjust length so be careful for this alteration because length is the important factor for the gown. Alterations may be required to make a perfect fit for bride’s bust, waist and hips it, so is also known as bodice alterations. Shortening of sleeves is the last option in the wedding dress alterations. Many brides are lucky enough to find a dress that fits them nearly perfectly. In these cases, only a few minor wedding dress alterations are necessary. The figure type will affect how the alterations done. So you will have to be there in person for measurement and not simply send over your regular measurement for the alterations. The alteration must take into account the type of accessories the bride is going to wear. You will have take into account the shoe, the jewels, the type of bouquet and even the theme of the wedding. Many brides are lucky enough to find a dress that fits them nearly perfectly. In these cases, only a few minor wedding dress alterations are necessary. The figure type will affect how the alterations done. So you will have to be there in person for measurement and not simply send over your regular measurement for the alterations. If you are on budget, you would have to consider how much the alteration will cost. You will compare this price with the cost of a new bridal wear without alterations. It can be difficult to find a good seamstress these days and when you do don’t be surprised if she is booked up for weeks in advance. This is something you need to be thinking about before you order the dress. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=838785&ca=Marriage
What is your once in a life-time decision on the eve of your marriage, except the selection of your life-partner? It is your wedding gown! Many other important items such as wedding ring, wedding jewelry make the day special for you but the wedding dress that envelops your entire body is the most important thing. It gives you the appearance of an angel from the celestial world–that will be remembered, appreciated and quoted by all those guests who were present on the occasion. No doubt, you have a fairly good knowledge about the wedding gowns. But when you actually go to finalize the purchase for your own wedding gown, you will be amazed and taken aback by the vast number of designs, the range of styles, shapes and colors available. Do not have any pre-notions about your wedding gown. Go to the market with an open mind. The fashion market and the textile designs and qualities are changing so fast that the one of the most surprised and confused persons to take any decision on the wedding dress would turn out to be you. Doesn’t matter! It is a life-time opportunity! You are going to be bride, the VVIP of that auspicious day. The entire stock, the designs of the wedding gowns present at the store, are your slaves today. You can see and examine anything and everything. You are the monarch of all that you survey at the departmental store. Have patience. Select carefully, very, very carefully indeed! No shopkeeper worth his profession would persuade you to take a hurried decision as far as selection of the wedding gown is concerned. He understands your difficulty and internal feelings! Don’t underestimate yourself. Think, you are the number one model of your country. Try various combinations and do all possible experiments. Match and experiment with your hair style particularly. Make generous use of the mirror in front of you. Before you venture upon the adventure of the bridal shopping, you need to make a detailed and emphatic study of articles and photographs of some of the bridal magazines. Of course, your friends, some of them married would give you generous doses of advice! Understand the difference between the genuine and counterfeit advice and finally take your decision. Let it be your decision- no decision under pressure from any quarter. The dress-specialists, with the first look at your figure and personality are able to make out what would be ideal for you. Listen to their advice but let the decision be yours. This is an opportunity for you to learn from him. But this is also the special opportunity to learn from your expectations. He may be right in his measurements, but you are not wrong in your dreams. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=92385&ca=Marriage
The hard part is over, you found the perfect wedding dress and the vision of you walking down the aisle in it is still in your head – now what? There are several steps you will want to take to preserve the beauty of your wedding gown so that one day in the future your sister, daughter or niece may have the joy of wearing that special wedding gown as well! If you make the decision to have your dress professionally cleaned and preserved, we recommend that you take it to a cleaning service that specializes in wedding gown preservation and not just a local dry cleaners. Below we present information concerning wedding gown preservation to help you decide the best way to preserve your own memories. Why have your wedding dress preserved? Stains- Stains cause damage to fabric over time but they can generally be completely removed if dealt with promptly. Sugar stains, such as spilled champagne, or chloride salts from perspiration may not be noticeable now, but if left untreated for a long period of time, they will turn into brown spots which might not be removable. For that reason you should have your wedding dress cleaned and preserved as soon after the wedding as possible. Fabric discoloration (yellowing)- the dyes used in your wedding gown fabric also include certain forms of acid. Over time, this acid will be released as it breaks down which will cause the fabric to yellow. Preserving your wedding gown includes “stuffing” your dress in acid free tissue and placing it in an acid free storage box. Both the tissue and the box will help absorb any of the released acid and keep your wedding gown it’s original color. Bacteria and fungal growth- if your wedding gown is exposed to moisture (from humidity in the air) and extreme climate conditions such as temperatures over 85 degrees, bacteria and fungal growth can occur damaging the fabric of your wedding gown. Storing your wedding dress in a plain cardboard box is dangerous as well because cardboard absorbs moisture, which will promote the growth of mold and mildew on your gown. Oxidation leading to rust of metal components (zipper, etc…)- It is a known fact that metal that is exposed to oxygen and moister over time will begin to rust. To slow down this rusting process, a dress preservation company may seal the box with a plastic wrap that does not let oxygen pass through it such as Mylar low residue plastic. Also, they will place inside the box packets of oxygen absorbing chemicals which will help to absorb moisture and oxygen inside the box. (You may have seen such packets included in a shoe box from a new pair of shoes or something that has been shipped to you.) How do they preserve a wedding gown? Generally a preservation company will begin with a thorough examination of the gown to analyze the fabric, dyes and ornamentation on the wedding gown. The locate and type of stains will be identified and minor repairs may be done such as reattaching any loose beads or sewing a minor ripped seam. (Some wedding dress preservationist will perform these repairs after cleaning.) Next the stains will be removed with the safest cleaning agents suitable for you wedding gown fabric and type of stain, makeup, perspiration, wedding cake or champagne. Then the gown will actually be cleaned in a solvent such as Hydrocarbon or Stoddard solvent (similar to the dry cleaning process) if appropriate for you wedding gown fabric. Hopefully the preservation company you choose will have a designated cleaning tank just for wedding gowns to avoid any exposure to left over solvents from general drycleaning. Your wedding gown is then placed in an acid free box and formed with acid free tissue to support the wedding gown and to prevent excessive creasing. **NOTE: It is very important that you find out the actual type of “acid free” box the cleaning service uses. Inexpensive acid free boxes are only covered with a coating of acid free material which may wear off or re-acidify within three to five years; leaving your dress exposed to moisture and possible mold and mildew growth. Make sure the wedding preservationist uses archival-quality acid free boxes which will protect your dress from moisture, light, insect, and fluctuations in temperature and humidity. You may even want to purchase a pH pen at a local hobby store or conservation company to determine if the packing materials are remaining acid free (the ink will change colors if the acid levels are too high.) Some companies will then “seal” the box your gown is stored in while others will leave the dress “unsealed” so that you can take the dress out to view it in the future. Be sure and discuss the issue of “sealed” or “unsealed” method with your preservation company and make an informed decision. Some companies warn that sealing materials may cause more damage than protection. Where do I store my wedding gown now? Where and how you keep the dress will have an effect on the success of the whole preservation process. Flat surface- If your dress is stored in a box find a dry, cool and dark place to store the box flat with bodice of dress facing upwards. Storing the preservation box in this manner will prevent undue shifting of the dress which may cause wrinkling and distorting the shape of the dress. Wedding gowns should never be left hanging for years because the pull of gravity will stretch and weaken the fabric’s fibers causing the dress to loose its form and shape. The hanger can leave marks on the shoulders creating a ridge for dust to gather on which could lead to stains and if the hanger is metal or wood, it may also discolor the dress. Dark place- Fabrics will fade if exposed to sunlight and other forms of strong ultraviolet rays. From the Textile Museum brochure: “Ultraviolet radiation from natural daylight and fluorescent light bulbs causes damage most quickly, but all light causes damage over a period of time.” Stable in temperatures and humidity- Do not store your dress in an attic, garage, cellar or basement because of extremes changes in temperature and humidity. All fibers deteriorate if left in high temperatures and may discolor permanently. Also, damp cold environments, such as cellars or basements can lead to mold and mildew growth and may attract insects to your gown. If the wedding gown is kept in a very dry place with high temperatures, the fabric may become brittle and fray. Choose a place in your living quarters such as the top of a large closet that is not used very often or under the bed. Not in plastic-Do not store your wedding gown in a plastic bag or box. Plastic traps moisture which can lead to mildew and insects. Instead choose a clean white or unbleached cotton sheet to wrap your dress in or in the conservation box provided by the wedding gown preservation company. How much does it cost? The cost of wedding dress preservation will vary depending upon the condition (tears, stains, antique fabric) and complexity of the dress (cathedral train, extensive bead work, layered skirt.) Pricing should include shipping and insurance to and form the company (if not local), preliminary inspection, cleaning, and repairs, as well as the return of your dress in archival-quality preservation packing materials. We found the typical price range for wedding dress preservation to be $295 to $400. Of course depending on where you live and the complexity of the dress, your costs could be considerably higher. We also found specials through the internet for as low as $75 and in-home preservation kits as low as $59.95. If you choose to use a economy company, be sure you are not defeating the purpose of preserving your gown – the adage of “you get what you pay for” is almost always true! Additional information on wedding gown preservation Professional conservation labs are usually quite happy to answer any questions you may have on the telephone for no charge. The Rocky Mountain Conservation Center is in Denver, there’s one in Minnesota, and there are a few others across the states. I don’t know the phone numbers offhand, but you could probably post to bit.listserv.museum-l (it echoes to the museum-l mailing list) and ask for the number, or ask a librarian to help you find them. Other informative sources are: Your state’s Department of Archives/History A curator at a museum which features a textile collection Textile Conservation Group c/o Tapestry Conservation St. John the Divine 1047 Amsterdam Ave. New York, NY 10025 American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works AIC/FAIC 1717 K Street N, Suite 301 Washington DC 20006 Textile Museum Conservation Department 2320 ‘S’ Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008 Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=225336&ca=Marriage
Knowing how to dress for a wedding reception is important. If you’re dressed too fancy or not fancy enough, you’re going to stand out like a sore thumb. That’s not the kind of lasting impression you want to leave on your fellow guests or the happy couple. Unless you’re the bride or groom, it pays to learn how to dress for a wedding reception before you attend one. The big wedding hit for all ages this summer is the dress suit, as seen on Carole Middleton at the royal wedding. if you’re a younger guest, make sure the dress is shorter than the coat – it will look fresher. if you want to wear trousers, make it a trouser suit not trousers and shirt, otherwise you run the risk of looking like one of the groom’s friends the great color question You should never wear white to a wedding, or a dark color. Weddings are a celebratory time when you can break out some color. Prints can work, too, but if you go down the floral route, keep the print graphic and bright not insipid Not too matchy-matchy, please Do not wear one colour head to toe. I was at a wedding last weekend and wore a pink skirt suit with leopard-print shoes, a leopard-print bag and a black straw hat. it was slightly off-key while still adhering to the rules. Everything should be linked somehow – you can put incongruous things together but two elements should match you can’t beat vintage tailoring, and 1960s-style dresses work brilliantly for weddings. Apparently, vintage traders were inundated with people trying to find the most individual outfit for Kate Moss’s wedding yesterday – probably the biggest fashion parade ever But will it last? Weddings are a chance to dress up, but always test the dress. many women will buy a dress because it looks nice in the changing-room or good on net-a-porter.com. Bear in mind you have to be able to sit – and dance – in the dress. you don’t want it to split to top it all… Don’t be afraid to dress your head. Hats are a great way of expressing a fashion moment. A boater-style straw hat looks hip and can be quite dramatic. the word ‘fascinator’ makes my toes curl. it is the antithesis of cool. Feathers are a total no-no, too Put that pashmina away! Don’t wear a pashmina, which has become a trusted wedding staple for so many women. Wear an oversized blazer or a man’s dinner jacket instead – they are very on-trend. if you are a single lady going to a wedding beg, steal or borrow a jacket off one of the single men while you are there. It’s a brilliant way to flirt the final touches Shoes have to be practical – factor in the standing, walking and dancing. I borrowed a pair of designer shoes for one recent wedding and could barely stand as they were so uncomfortable. As for make-up, put on enough to register in the photographs. think somewhere between what you would wear at work and to a nightclub. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=950753&ca=Womens+Interest
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