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Wedding Dresses: No Pain, No Gain?
As a bride, in choosing your wedding dress, you want to look your best in the bridal gown and will be willing to make certain sacrifices for it. The question is that is it really necessary? After all, women have thrown out the whalebone corset a long time ago, and comfort need not be given up for beauty.
A Lifetime Decision
In choosing from the thousands of wedding dresses available from thousands of designers, there are a few things that you should remember. First and foremost is that just because it looks good on the model or mannequin, it does not mean it will look good on you, or vice versa. Second, you will be in that dress for the better part of the day or night, and you would not want to remember your wedding day as the day you looked great but felt so uncomfortable.
Tricking the Eye
While it is true that most brides will look their prettiest in their wedding gowns because of the natural glow and beauty of happiness, a little help from a few fashion tricks will not hurt anybody. There are designs that draw the attention towards what you think are your best features. A low cut dress to show off beautiful shoulders, or knee length ones that show off the shapely legs.
There are also wedding dresses that are designed to “correct” body types, like if you feel that you need to shorten the way your torso looks, you could opt for the empress cut on your dress. The main point is that you should get an unbiased opinion of what your body type is, and ask around which design would look good on it. You don’t want to end up with ruffles in places that need not be emphasized.
The comfort factor in wedding dresses does not rely mainly on the design but on how well it fits you. Even if you are getting a wedding dress straight off the rack (which really is a good idea because you can already see what the dress looks like in reality), you should not wear it straight off the rack. Have it altered and give it a dry run and imagine yourself if you can survive in that dress for at least eight hours. While you’re at it, do the same for your wedding shoes.
Another alternative that some brides take advantage of is to have different dresses, one for the walk down the aisle and another for the wedding reception after. This is also probably one of the reasons why many wedding dresses survive the wedding party. You can have the “reception” dress patterned after the “ceremony” dress, but in a simpler version.
Tradition dictates that wedding dresses are white, and according to Ms. Manners, everyone has the right to wear one. That doesn’t mean that you cannot get married in anything but. If you really feel that white is just not your color, then pick one in the color that you think suits you better.