Wedding dress tips for brides in their forties

By on August 14, 2015

It isn’t unusual to find brides who wait till they are in their forties to tie the knot. Our opinion is that forty is the new twenty, and many women look their best at this age. So, if you are a bride in your 40’s, plan your wedding just like you would when you were in your twenties or thirties.

This article is dedicated to those of you beautiful women who are worried about the appropriate wedding attire when you plan your wedding when you are in your forties. So, here goes.

40s wedding

Go with your figure and personal style, instead of your age

If anything should determine the style of your wedding dress, it has to be your body shape. Follow the general guidelines of finding a silhouette that will bring out your best features while hiding the less attractive features. Here is an easy guide:

  • Hourglass shapes can carry off almost any dress
  • Apple and pear shaped women would look good in ball gowns
  • A-line dresses look good on almost every structure
  • Fit and flare gowns look best on hourglass figures
  • If you are petite, choose dresses that emphasize your upper body and make you look taller
  • If you are plus-sized, avoid sheath and empire-waist gowns

Choose a color that you like for your wedding gown

This article on The Guardian suggests that brides in their 40’s usually do not prefer white wedding gowns and equate typical wedding gowns to elaborate costumes. If this is the case for you, don’t feel obliged to wear white. Instead, choose an elegant gown in a color that complements your skin tone. Your wedding is all about you. So, whether you prefer a colored wedding dress or an elaborately embellished one, go with what you like.

Don’t worry about rules and how to fit in

There are no rights and wrongs in wedding fashion, or rules that say you have to go with a classic choice if you are in your forties. What looks good on one woman may not be the right choice for another. So, go with your instinct. If you are a bride who looks twenty, don’t hesitate to wear a dress that is designed for a twenty-year old. If your choices are mature and you prefer simple elegant dresses, go for it.

Pay attention to alterations

Don’t just settle for what you find off-the-rack. Set aside a part of your dress budget to alter your dress well. Wearing a well-fitted dress will itself make you look and feel fabulous. So, engage the services of a professional seamstress and make sure your dress fits you. If you aren’t comfortable with low cut necklines or strapless wedding gowns, remember that you can always customize a dress that you like. Just keep an open mind and let your bridal consultant help you find one that will make you a beautiful bride on your big day.

To find the wedding dress that can do this task, visit us on Best for Bride and make your pick today.

About Olga Pomeransky

Olga is manager at Best for Bride since 2005. Currently Best for Bride operates 4 bridal stores in Canada (Toronto, Etobicoke, Hamilton and Barrie). Best for Bride sells wedding, bridesmaids, mob dresses and more. http://www.BestForBride.com

7 Comments

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    Theresa Dowd

    August 15, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    I didn’t really think it would matter what age you were when getting married, however, you do make some very relevant points.

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    Natalie Grant

    August 15, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    I get a kick out of this title, LOL. Who cares how old you are, right? You are getting married and are going to choose the right dress for you, regardless.

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    Anna Randall

    August 16, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Good tips, thank you for sharing.

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    Victoria Robertson

    August 16, 2015 at 12:28 AM

    When it comes to thins like this, you are really providing some very good information for the rest of us to learn from!

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    Sue Edmunds

    September 2, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    I like that first tip. Go with your body and personality not your age. That is very helpful.

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    Diane

    August 26, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Great tips – especially the first one. It is a great time to be a bride again. I can’t wait.

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      Mildred Moore

      November 22, 2017 at 12:57 PM

      Thank you for agreeing. I feel the same way about the tips that I find here.

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