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Wedding dresses for the modern glamorous bride

The modern bride is unconventional and daring. She doesn’t obsess over traditions or worry about how brides are expected to dress, act, sit or behave. All she wants is to have a memorable wedding that she will cherish. When she chooses a dress, she looks at various factors, some of which include

  • one that fits her wedding theme
  • one that sparkles with individuality and allows her personality to shine through
  • one that is stunning and gorgeous
  • one that allows her to flaunt her super-sexy figure and look her very best
  • a dress that is uniquely different and one that will capture everyone’s attention

Here, we bring you our favorite wedding dresses that fit this description. Modern day brides, get ready to be enamored by this stunning collection that you will love to get your hands on.

Bold and feminine Elegance Bridal Gown 8691

This stunning white gown has a black lace overlay on the bodice as its signature element. An pretty bow is pinned to the waist and features a scintillating button for extra glam. The skirt is a cascade of soft feathery pleats in an inimitable style, rendering the modern bride a princess with personality. The pattern is glamorous and captivating. Lace which has always been considered a vintage style element is updated in black to make it endearing to the bride who wants something unique. Ruffles add feminine charm while the pattern itself is unusual and attractive.

Picturesque and perfect Jasmine Couture Spring T172004 gown

Not every bride has the confidence to carry off this modern design. The fit and flare silhouette drapes like a glove and features asymmetrical ruchings all over the criss-crossed bodice all the way down to the hips, from where it gently flows into a soft skirt. The highlight of the gown is the portrait off-the-shoulder neckline that instantly enhances glamour. Show off your sexy shoulders and decolletage in this stylish gown that is uniquely bewitching.

Mori Lee Voyage 2014 Chiffon 6782 gown

A halter-style neckline that plunges into a soft V, supports and styles this stunning Mori Lee wedding gown from the Voyage collection. Perfect for the bride who wants to get married in a romantic destination far away from home, this dress is light and easy to transport. The soft silhouette snugly drapes around the bride’s natural curves, helping her look elegant and confident. A slight sprinkling of sparkles along the neckline and the pleated crisscross bodice are all that it takes to make this gown a winner.

Short and stylish Alfred Angelo 2015 2512NT wedding dress

Brides who do not wish to be weighed down by a long and heavy wedding gown will love this breezy and delightful Alfred Angelo wedding dress with a high-low hemline. The sweetheart bodice and scintillating waistband at the natural waist add marvelous details to this glamorous gown. Show off your stunning figure in this snug A-line gown, which is anything but boring.

To check out more details on these gowns or to find your choice from a wider variety, visit our online gallery at Best for Bride.

 

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When two brides are better than one: Wedding dress ideas for lesbian weddings

A bride in white, gliding down the aisle is a sight to behold. So, how about two brides in focus on a wedding day?

Choosing dresses for two brides can be confusing, as there are so many things to consider. Do you both wear dresses, or is it better that one wears a dress, and the other a suit?

Well, it all boils down to wearing what you look great and feel comfortable in. If you are planning your wedding sometime in the near future, here are some dress pairings you may like to look at.

Both in dresses that are similar, but not exactly the same.


Modern bridal collections bring out dresses that are similar in many aspects, yet unique in their own way. If you want a cohesive look, consider dresses that match, but aren’t entirely similar. This way, both of you look matched, without compromising on individual style. The similarities could be in the fabric, neckline or pattern.

Wedding dress and white wedding pant suit

If either of you wouldn’t like to wear a dress, there are plenty of other options. One of the most popular choices is the wedding pant suit, which is a two-piece formal attire in white. It is stylish by itself, but can be accessorized too. It is one choice that competes with a fabulous wedding dress, and can create the same impact.

White wedding dresses that are entirely different

If both the brides want to wear dresses, but don’t like the idea of being too similar, they can choose two different gowns that reflect their personalities. One factor to keep in mind, is that your choice of attire should be complementary, as certain fabrics and colors don’t pair well.

If you want to keep the looks entirely distinct, here are some options to consider

  • Modern sheath silhouette with traditional ball gown
  • Mermaid inspired gown with A-line dress
  • Short hemline dress with modern Grecian inspired gown
  • Colored wedding gown with minimalist wedding dress

Traditional wedding dress and Suit with vest, button down shirt, tie and trousers

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To sport the traditional style of bride and groom, one of the brides can choose a stylish suit while the other wears a traditional wedding dress. Add drama to the masculine attire, by pairing it with fantastic heels. For an updated twist from the traditional style, consider checkered or printed shirts, or an unusual shade for your vest, so it oozes with style.

Don’t forget the impact of the location, color theme and the accessories you choose. Remember that there is more scope for glamour and glitz at your lesbian wedding. So, play it to the most.

At Best for Bride, our collection features dresses of all types. Take a look at our online gallery, and you are bound to find the wedding outfits that the two of you would love. Book your appointment with us, and whether the two of you come shopping together, or separately, we will make sure you enjoy the experience.

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Trends we love: Brides in Pants

There is a certain image that is associated with our idea of a bride—a beautiful woman draped in yards of fabric that flows into layers of a stunning skirt and culminates in a spectacular train. She is a vision in white as she gracefully glides down the aisle in her wedding attire, complete with veil and a scintillating tiara.

As times have changed, so have women. The modern bride doesn’t always conform to this traditional idea. Take a look at the bridal catwalks and you will see designers breaking bridal traditions with show stopping designs. More recently, we have been noticing the wedding dress facing stiff competition from modern pant suits as you can see on the 10 biggest bridal trends for spring 2016 at Fashionista.

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Join us as we explore all about the types of weddings where this attire is appropriate, the body types that it is most suitable for and more.

Pant suits for the stylish bride

Every bride wants to look different and special on her wedding day. Sure, you can achieve this by choosing a different colored dress or a short hemline. But, nothing screams unique like a bridal pant suit. It allows you to fashion a unique style statement and helps you stand out as a bride who will be remembered for long because of her unusual outfit choice. A chic, well-tailored pant suit is not only stylish and modern, but practical as well. You will not feel weighed down by heavy layers of fabric and can let your smart and stunning personality shine through on your big day.

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Who can carry it off?

The answer is anyone. Just like there are wedding dresses for every woman, there are bridal pant suits too. You just have to find one that suits your body type and build. Narrow pants are slimming and look great on hourglass figures and women who want to look lean. Petite and slender women can choose pants that flare at the base or those that are loose-fitting and stylish. The spotlight is on minimalist white designs as they look impeccable and show off your best features. If you rather prefer a feminine and soft look, you can choose divided skirts or pair your trousers with lace or peplum tops.

Accessories

The best accessories that add a hint of glamour to a white pant suit are colored gold. Consider pairing your outfit with a stylish hat for classic glamour. High heels and peep toe sandals work for your feet. If your wedding is in winter, pair your pant suit with a fur stole or wrap and add a blazer. Keep your accessories simple, but stylish as you do not want to divert focus from your spectacular dress choice with overbearing accessories.

When is the pant suit appropriate?

The type of pant suit you choose determines the type of wedding it is appropriate for. For a casual, outdoor affair, tactile and light breezy fabric tops would be suitable. You can wear it for a formal event also (although not for a traditional one). We suggest well-tailored wedding pant suits in elegant silk for a formal wedding.

The wedding pant suit surely isn’t for everyone. So, are you ready to experiment with this trend, or would you like to stick to the traditional wedding dress? Take a look at the various designs that we have at Best for Bride and find out whether this trend is as interesting as it sounds for yourself.

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4 great ways to have an environment friendly wedding

If there is one event in your life which deserves some extravaganza, it is your wedding. Every couple considers having a grand wedding with some pomp and show, so that it is special and remembered long after it is over.

Nevertheless, it is time we all thought seriously about the environmental impact that weddings have. After all, weddings are not your average eco-friendly events. Research by the Examiner reveals that the average wedding produces nearly 63 tons of CO2, causing significant environmental damage. Fortunately, there are certain measures that you can employ to have a green wedding, without compromising on having a fantastic day. Here are some suggestions for you to consider.

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Cut down on paper

Weddings involve lots of paper, from save-the-date cards and Thank you cards to escort cards and programs. An average wedding invitation has anywhere between 3 and 8 pieces of paper. If you are truly concerned about how many trees go into creating this bulk of paper, consider going paperless. But, if you do not want to compromise on tradition by choosing the email route, keep your wedding stationery to a minimum. Or, you could also choose tree-free paper for all your needs and seed paper is one such trend that is growing in popularity.

Go with what is local and seasonal

Cut flowers used in wedding arrangements can have a huge environmental impact, as they are often shipped from far away countries and are grown in greenhouses using pesticides and fertilizers. Add a distinct touch to your floral arrangements by choosing local flower varieties and allow your florist to customize your bouquet with what is in season. This not only allows you to cut down on your wedding expenses, but also helps you score extra green points.

Minimize wastage by choosing reusable centerpieces and decor arrangements

Most of the elements used in wedding decor end up in the trash following the ceremony. Stretch your money further by reusing the decor elements at the ceremony site at the reception too, but only if you have the time to do so. A better idea is to employ reusable decor elements like bamboo, potted plants, fruits and organic elements like seashells in your decor that can be donated or gifted. You could consider small shoots of lucky bamboo as your wedding favors, or give away your centerpieces to your guests as they leave the ceremony to minimize wastage. Also choose containers that you can use in your new home. Check out the Green Bride Guide for more environment friendly wedding decor ideas.

Go green with your wedding dress

If you want your own special wedding dress for your big day, so be it. Otherwise, consider renting your wedding dress or restyling your mother’s wedding dress, and giving it a new lease of life. With rental services, like we have at Best for Bride, you can find a fabulous wedding dress for a fraction of the original cost, and not worry about maintaining or preserving it after your big day. Since this will be worn by another bride once again, the dress is put to maximum use—thus becoming a better environmental choice.

Which of these ideas would you like to consider for your wedding day? If you like the idea of renting a wedding dress, visit us at Best for Bride to find a fabulous choice. Visit our online link at Best for Bride for all the details about renting a wedding dress from us.

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7 tips to help you sell your wedding dress

The wedding dress is usually one of the most important things that reminds a bride of her wedding day. Nonetheless, it is a dress that is seldom worn more than once. Unless you plan to have a vow renewal ceremony wearing your original wedding dress years later, or wish to hand it down as an heirloom for the future generations, it will usually just be boxed and sit in your closet in the years to come.

Although most brides aren’t too eager to sell off their wedding dresses soon after they are married, many decide to let it go after a while. When you think that you’ve spent a huge amount of money on it, it is pretty sensible to recoup some of that amount by selling it. This money could be used to celebrate a honeymoon, or it could go into the family’s financial budget, wedding day debt or a similar need. Then there are also those dresses that are sold for other reasons. It could be that the marriage didn’t work out and the bride decides to give up everything that reminds her of it. Or, it could be that the bride wasn’t sure she wanted to wear the dress she bought, and so decided to sell it and buy another.

Either way, it would be a great favor to another bride who wishes to look splendid on her wedding day, but doesn’t want to or can’t afford to spend too much on her wedding dress. So, we can say that both parties are benefited by your decision to sell your dress.

Now, lets get on to the more important part of how you can make sure that your gown is sold, and get the best deal for it. Here are some tips that will help you sell your gown at the best possible rate.

1.Sell it as soon as is possible

You know how volatile fashion is. A design that is trendy and stylish today, may seem dated in a year’s time. Wedding dresses are no exception. There are very few designs that are timeless, and will always be sought after. So, once you decide to sell your gown, it only makes sense to do so as early as is possible. The Green Bride Guide mentions that used gowns will have a good resale value for up to 2 to 3 years, after which their worth starts dwindling. This means that you shouldn’t leave it lying around in your closet for too long after your wedding, if you wish to get a good price off it. If you sell it within the first year itself, you can recoup most of the money you spent. Remember that selling off a gown when the style is still current means you will have more buyers looking at it, and this will potentially improve your chances of getting a good price. However, if you have a dress from the 80’s or 90’s to be sold, don’t hesitate to do so. These are considered vintage and in great demand by brides who choose vintage wedding themes. Just spend some time to research the details, and you can decide on the price accordingly.

2.Prepare your gown by having it professionally cleaned

Don’t make the mistake of believing that another bride will take over your gown just the way it is, after you have worn it. You will have to get it cleaned professionally so it is in top shape, if you want it to be sold. Every wedding gown should be dry cleaned and boxed, so its look is preserved and it isn’t prone to yellowing or damage from the stains that have set in from it’s one-time use. If you intend to sell off your wedding gown, make sure that it is quickly sent to a professional wedding gown cleaning service soon after your wedding. The longer you take to get it to a professional cleaner, greater the chances of the stains setting in and becoming permanent. If you will be going away on your honeymoon, entrust the task to your bridesmaid, so it is cleaned promptly and all the stains are taken out. When your dress reaches the cleaners, they will carefully inspect every stain and every form of damage, and address it appropriately. When a potential buyer sees a clean dress, they get the idea that you’ve taken care to preserve it. Immediately, the dress becomes more attractive. This will help you negotiate your price and get a better deal. So, don’t skimp on this part, as it will be worth the money you spend on cleaning. To read all about cleaning and preserving your gown, check out this link on Best for Bride.

3.Decide on the price to list

Be sensible about the price you expect from selling your gown. In general, a gown that is less than 3 years old and is in excellent condition can fetch you close to fifty percent of the price you spent on it. You can get a expect a slightly higher return on designer gowns, as these are in greater demand. There is an online tool on the Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses website, that allows you to calculate your wedding gown’s worth. You can check it out here. What this calculator does is to compute the value of your second-hand wedding dress, by asking you to input information like the designer collection it belongs to, age of the dress, original price, the condition it is in and whether it has been cleaned after use. It will then not only give you a realistic price that you can expect for it, but also provides you a list of real examples of sold and currently on-sale gowns that are identical to yours. You can thus obtain a starting price for your gown and plan your sale around it.

This article on the Daily mail also provides some real examples of how this tool’s calculated values for various gowns correspond to the actual price they were sold at. One of the examples on this link mentions that the bride who made a purchase did so because she was under a time constraint to find the designer gown she wanted. So, buying it second-hand made more sense. In such cases, you can usually get slightly more than what the calculator suggests as your sale price. Also remember that although you may list a certain price when you decide to put it up for sale, be prepared to sell it off if a customer offers you a price that is close enough.

4.Look at both online options as well as boutiques to sell it at

Don’t limit yourself to just one of these options. Since your chances of selling it off are equal in either case, make sure you explore both. Your immediate destination may be eBay and Craiglist, but there are also websites specifically catering to second-hand wedding dress sales. These are Still White, Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses.com and Nearly Newly Wed.com.  These websites usually have a one-time listing fee, but allow you to keep your advertisement on till the dress is sold. Since these are online destinations that many to-be brides frequently visit, it improves the chances of your dress being picked. So, it is worth the nominal listing fee. The other option you can consider is going through consignment wedding shops and boutiques that offer dress rental services. These shops may be prepared to do an outright purchase of your gown for a fixed commission. If you buy your wedding dress from a shop that also buys used wedding gowns, you may like to obtain a quote for how much they will pay you if you sell it back to them. One of the advantages of doing so, or even using the second hand dress price calculator, is to budget for your wedding dress accordingly. If you factor in the price you can get on the sale, your dress will seem to be more affordable, as you will actually be paying only the difference amount and still get the look you desire.

5.Make sure your listing is complete, accurate and informative

Brides who seek second-hand gowns want to find out all they can about the listed dress. This allows them to compare options and pursue the one that looks best. So, make sure your advertisement caters to this expectation. Provide all the details you can about the dress, including the model number, color, collection, year of manufacture and where you bought it from. Also list the original price, so they get a fair idea of what you actually spent on the gown. Additionally, if you had any alterations done, this information should also be provided. Remember that not all alterations are reversible. So, specify how it is in your case. It will also help if you mention whether you had the gown personalized with any extra details. Since this will usually alter the original look of the dress, it will help to state this upfront than have to say this at a later point of time.

6.Add both original and actual pictures of the gown

An attractive picture immensely helps your listing. So, make sure you search out the original picture from the designer and add it to your advertisement. Brides also want to see how the gown compares to the picture, and more importantly how it looks after you’ve used it. So, it will be good if you can include a picture of the gown on a mannequin, after it’s been cleaned. Also add one or two of your best wedding day pictures to help them see how it looked on you. Make sure that you upload only good quality photos of high resolution. It should be clicked under good light, and the dress should be highlighted beautifully. If there are attractive motifs like embellishments or signature design elements that make the gown attractive, add pictures of these too. Also, remember to include pictures of the gown taken from the back. If there are any damages that couldn’t be rectified during cleaning, make sure that you mention these and where possible, add pictures of them. Your potential buyers can understand the extent of damage based on this, and can decide if it will affect their decision. Just think of what you would like to know when you have to buy something as important, and tailor your listing to meet these expectations. This will improve your chances of making the sale.

7.Welcome buyers to come and inspect the dress before buying

A bride who has to shell out a huge amount of money for her wedding dress will do so only after she is certain it is the right choice. With so many online frauds, they usually choose to check it out in person, before proceeding with the transaction. Be prepared for this. You can discuss your availability and convenience with a buyer, so they can come and check the dress to make sure they are satisfied. Some buyers may want to try on the dress prior to buying it. It is up to you to decide whether you think this is alright. Buyers who usually come all the way to check out dresses are usually serious about it. They may proceed with negotiations and buying it on the spot if they are happy with what they see. So, if you have an appointment lined up, make sure you know your limits so you can make the right decision, should the opportunity arise.

With these tips, it is likely that you will have no trouble selling the wedding dress that served you so well. Remember that when you do so, you are gifting another bride a magical chance at feeling as fantastic as you did on your special day. And if you aren’t certain you want to buy a wedding dress yourself, consider renting your own. Our rental services at Best for Bride feature a great selection of designer wedding dresses at a fraction of the original cost. You can always make your wedding day dreams come true, without the hefty price tag attached to it, by opting for this route. Visit our Rental Services Page on Best for Bride to find out more about this option.

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Bridal fashion trends for Spring 2016

There is much to look forward to in Bridal Fashion for Spring 2016. The international catwalks were teeming with trends that spanned eras and brought contemporary and modern choices into focus, alongside elegant timeless trends.

If you are getting married in spring or summer this year, here are the trends to look out for.

Feathers

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The latest in tactile fabrics that has taken the runways by storm, are wedding dresses with feathers. Feathers appeared everywhere, on the skirt, in the waistband and even in the bodice. Although they are more like a cozy winter/autumn element, this time the scales have tipped in favor of spring and summer. Flirty feathers adorned full ball gown skirts or appeared as accents to create a subtle effect. Overall, the presence of feathers on a wedding gown adds a playful touch to it, and is perfect for a casual or semi-formal wedding. It was also seen in two-piece wedding suits and bridal ensembles. That’s another fashion trend, which we will look at.

Trousers and two piece wedding suits

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Picturing a bride in a pair of well tailored trousers is a little difficult. After all, it comes nowhere near our traditional idea of a wedding bride in a ball gown, complete with tiara and veil. Nevertheless, this trend was huge on the spring/summer bridal runways. White tuxedos were styled to fit snugly and tops in lace and strapless patterns were used to create dynamic silhouettes. Also replacing the traditional long flowing wedding gown were two -piece chic ensembles, both with cropped tops for the younger stylish bride, and longer bodice halves for the less daring ones.

Daring low backs and plunging necklines

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The illusion neckline and back has been in the spotlight for the last two years. This trend continues, but this time is more stunning. Women today are embracing their bodies and want to show off what they have. Don’t be surprised to find more and more wedding dresses featuring bare backs and soft plunging necklines. The V-neckline is a favorite this season. Being very versatile, this is one trend you can choose to go with, whether you are tall or short, curvy or thin. If this is not for you, go with the illusion trend that is sexy and sophisticated, but not as revealing.

Dreamy Floral prints

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While we’ve seen colored gowns on the runway every year, this time it is more about dreamy prints that are perfect for spring and summer. Dainty floral prints on both the bodice and skirt were a huge hit. It still fits the classic description of princess-like wedding gowns, but has an endearing charm due to the addition of floral elements. Prints were highlighted with watercolor effects and lace appliques that blended well into the rest of the fabric.

The Huffington Post gives us more trends that were hot on the catwalk including partial overlay skirts and 3D effects created by layering fabric and lace. Blush and blue wedding gowns were also popular choices.

Which of these trends will you be incorporating into your wedding wardrobe? To find a dress with these features, or one that you have always dreamed about, visit our wedding dress collection on Best for Bride.

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Ideas for an entirely unique bridal look

Have you ever wondered why even the most bold women choose to dress conservatively on their wedding day? If you take a look at the wedding pictures of your friends, it is likely that you will find them to be similar and safe. Weddings are the occasion when nobody wants to take a risk.

Why don’t you do something different and surprise everyone, for a change? It doesn’t take too much to make a statement, and here are some ideas to make sure your wedding look is unique and memorable.

Colored gowns

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For those of you who are really bold enough to defy tradition, choose a colored gown. Or if you aren’t fond of white, don’t settle for it on your wedding day. You will find stunning wedding gowns in every color of the rainbow, so pick the color that suits your skin tone the best. If you do not want to go all the way with color, how about choosing a white gown with a colorful print on it instead? There are plenty of white gowns with contrasting black details, but you can also find ones with embellishments in different colors.

Unique hair accessories

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Pep up your bridal ensemble with one or two oversize accessories. The obvious choice is to use a large, but beautiful hairpiece or you could switch it for a large flower or a floral headband. Other options include chunky necklaces and colorful waistbands.

Two-piece wedding dresses

Replace the traditional long flowing wedding gown with a two-piece ensemble. My Lady Designs bridal collection, for example, allows you to mix and match any skirt with any bodice from the collection to create your own unique dress.

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For the bride who wants something really different, you can even switch out the wedding gown for a pant suit instead. With this choice, your guests will always remember you unconventional, not to mention unusual look.

A hat and a veil

Replace the traditional tiara or headpiece with a hat over your veil. Wondering how you will turn out in it? You will undoubtedly be a picture-perfect bride. Perfect for an outdoor garden wedding, consider this option if your wedding style is casual or semi-formal.

Unconventional shoes

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How about stepping out of those uncomfortable heels and wearing a pair of comfy sneakers to your wedding? Or pair your wedding dress with a stunning pair of knee high boots. It is up to you to choose whether you would like to show off your shoes or keep them hidden under your wedding dress and keep your guests guessing what it is that you’ve chosen to wear.

A shorter hemline

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The traditional wedding gown is long and white. But, you can always step up the drama by choosing a shorter hemline. The length of your dress can range from knee length to ankle length, and you can even pair it with a colorful underskirt for a vintage look. An asymmetrical hemline like you see in this Mori Lee gown would render you the epitome of style. With a shorter wedding dress, you can be certain of one thing—it will be practical, stylish and unique.

Which of these fashion-forward bridal dress ideas would you consider for a unique wedding day look? To take a closer look at these fantastic wedding dresses featured here or for more wedding tips and advice, visit us on Best for Bride.

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Wedding shopping made easy for slender and skinny brides

Wedding dress shopping is rarely easy. However, it is even more difficult if you are a bride who belongs to either end of the size spectrum. So, if you are either plus-size or skinny, you may have a tougher time shopping for your wedding dress.

When choosing wedding dresses for skinny brides, there is the challenge of finding a dress that suits your slender body frame. Not all wedding dress styles flatter the natural body shape of really thin women. Choosing a wedding dress according to your body shape will ensure you find a flattering fit that enhances your best features. If you are slender with a straight, boyish structure, there are certain features to look for in a gown so that it looks good on you.

Let us find out what they are.

Factors to look for when choosing wedding dresses for thin brides

The overall bridal look is determined by how the various style elements of a wedding dress come together. Nevertheless, there are certain factors that are known to work well on skinny brides. For instance, a textured and thicker fabric is guaranteed to create a fuller figure than fabric that clings. Similarly a closed neckline is more suitable than a strapless one.

Use such factors as a starting point for your wedding dress selection. This will allow you to narrow down your choices to dress styles that bring out your best.

So, here are the main factors to consider when looking for wedding dresses for thin brides.

Choose the right Fabric 

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While some fabrics tend to cling and make you look thinner than you actually are, there are others that plump up your figure and give you just the right amount of curves. You should choose these.

Taffeta, tulle and organza are fabrics that add more bulk, especially when they are in layers. These fabrics are also more structured and hold their shape. This makes them the best fabric for wedding dresses for skinny brides, since it will not fit too closely.

Stay away from crepe and chiffon which cling, and satin which can weigh down your smaller build. These fabrics will highlight your naturally slim features, and make you look thinner than you actually are.

You may like to take a look at ball gowns or A-line dresses with the bodice and skirt having different textures and with a natural or dropped waistline. For example, in a dress with a ruffled bodice and a silky skirt the waistline is more pronounced, creating the illusion of curves. The mixing of textures in the upper and lower halves also creates more bulk in your figure.

Pick the right Silhouette 

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Skinny brides and those with rectangular figures usually do not have a distinct waistline. The smaller bust and lack of hips actually create a straight structure. So, a dress silhouette that enhances the dimensions of the bust and hips would create a more feminine figure. This would also draw attention to your slender waistline.

Ball gowns which flow into layers from a pinched waist, are a thin girl’s best friend. It can hide the lack of hips, while drawing attention to a slim waistline. If you wear a spectacular waistband or bow that highlights your waist, it will be even more fetching. Certain A-line gowns also look good on thin brides.

If you want to go for a trendy mermaid inspired gown, choose one with ruchings on the body and a tiered or thickly layered skirt, as this creates the illusion of curves. For women who are small-chested, a good option is to choose dresses with a ruffled bodice as this adds more bulk. Dresses with intricate embellishments like beading or embroidery in the bodice will also create a fuller upper body that enhances the appeal of a slim figure.

Opt for a suitable Neckline

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The neckline is a main feature of any bridal dress that doesn’t go unnoticed. Hence it is a signature element of the bridal look. Unfortunately, there is no single ideal neckline for wedding dresses for slim brides. Slender wedding dresses can look good whether it has a covered or revealing neckline style. It mainly depends on your specific body structure and facial features.

The neckline you choose for your wedding dress should be based on how bony your neck and shoulders are. A general rule of thumb is that higher necklines look better on thin women. If your neck is long and your collar bones stick out, stay away from halter necks, strapless and sweetheart necklines that make you look even thinner. Boat necklines widen up the proportions of the upper torso and are a good choice, as are illusion necklines. A wide-cut V-neckline is also a good idea, but avoid plunging cuts.

Consider off-the shoulder necklines and multi-way dresses based on how it drapes over your figure. You can also consider scoop necklines since this will help your neck and shoulder regions appear more rounded. Collar styles are also suitable since it will conceal the thinner dimensions of your upper body.

Choose Sleeves that create the right balance

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The sleeves you choose can drastically alter the overall effect of your dress. There are certain types of sleeves that will make the arms look skinny, while others make them look fuller than they actually are. So, this is a choice that should be made wisely.

Sleeveless gowns look good on thin women only if they have well-toned arms. If your arms are very slim, it is better to avoid sleeveless and strapless styles. This is also a factor to consider when choosing wedding dresses for tall skinny brides. You may end up looking even taller and skinnier than you actually are with the wrong choice of sleeves.

Opt for cap sleeves, butterfly sleeves or three-fourth sleeves which fit snugly. These are safe choices that work universally for slim women. Illusion sleeves in lace or with appliques over the sleeves can also camouflage thin arms. The neck and sleeves should go together to hide any trouble areas and seamlessly integrate to create the illusion of a well-balanced upper torso.

Pick the right Length 

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Just like the silhouette, the right length is also important when choosing wedding dresses, to create the impact you want. The same dress style may sometimes look more appealing on your body frame, if it is in a different length.

Thin women can easily carry off shorter gowns. Silhouettes like the A-line will add more femininity and grace to your slender frame. If you will be having a beach wedding or if your wedding will be a casual event, consider a short wedding dress. In full-length gowns, lace gowns are the best choice.

When choosing full-length gowns, it is best to avoid straight styles like the mermaid that elongate your body and highlight the absence of curves. However, loose fitting styles like the column will create the illusion of curves where there aren’t any. Dresses with defined waistlines and a fuller skirt like the A-line or ball gown are best to create a graceful, feminine style in any length.

Choose dresses with the right amount of details

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We already mentioned that textured and structured fabric as well as elements like lace are suitable for skinny brides. However, it is important to not go overboard with details, since this can overwhelm the small figure. For lace gowns, pay attention to the placement and style of motifs. Dresses with larger appliques that span the entire length can drown a smaller bride. It is better to have dresses with scattering of lace in the bodice or skirt.

Similarly, embellishments in the neck and shoulder can help a dress appear wider in the top. This will visually enhance the proportions of this space. When choosing dresses with lace in the hemline, wider details will help the silhouette appear rounded. Choose dresses with embellishments  in the areas you wish to highlight. Since these details draw attention, you do not want it to make you look shorter. Keep the embellishments simple and scattered, as too many details can clutter up your bridal style.

Let us now take a look at some of the features we just discussed with the help of some gowns from our collection at Best for Bride. We can then see and understand how it will help a skinny bride look fantastic on her wedding day

This dress from the Sophia Tolli collection has a textured bodice and a voluminous A-line gathered skirt that flows to full length. The gentle pleats in the skirt camouflage slender hips. Meanwhile, the intricate embellishments in the bodice add more dimension to the upper body. The waistline is highlighted by the distinct transition in textures from the bodice to the skirt. Finally, the presence of wide straps along the shoulders steadily holds the neckline in place.

The Mori Lee 8204 has all over lace, and the texture creates a more rounded figure. The A-line skirt starts from a well-defined waistline and looks feminine with the ruched effect along the center. The scalloped edges in the hemline further accentuate the flair of the dress, and it is sure to make a slim bride look curvy in just the right places.

 

This Mori Lee 5603 features a high bateau neck that conveniently conceals thin collar bones. The design of the neckline also creates a wider illusion in the top region, that makes the torso appear larger. Although the dress continues with the same finish in the entire length, the modified A-line skirt with structured pleats creates a wider lower half as well. This enhances the effect of a slim waist and balances out the overall figure.

Notice how the cap sleeves and textured bodice in this Mori Lee 5573 add more definition to the upper body. The delicate details in the neckline create a more rounded effect. Similarly, the light and airy fabric in the skirt creates an hourglass figure, which is perfect to add extra curves to a slim figure. It is also well supported in the neck and bust regions, making it a great choice for brides who are small-chested.

 

Where slim brides are concerned, it is easy to see why this dress is just right. The 8110 Mori Lee wedding dress has a textured bodice complete with lace appliques. The larger and obvious details add extra dimension to the proportions of the bust. Full-length illusion sleeves conceal skinny arms and bony shoulders. The details also span out in the waistline and drop down into a gorgeous pleated A-line skirt. The airy nature of the skirt contrasts with the thick details in the bodice and sleeves, creating a visual balance in both the halves. The neckline is also modest, but romantic and beautiful while supporting the bust.

We hope this has helped you understand what to look for in your wedding dress, when you are a slim or slender bride. The choices are plenty. All you have to do is know how to pick the right mix of features to create the impact you require. To browse our collection of wedding dresses and find one that suits your figure, visit us on Best for Bride.

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5 tips to make sure your wedding dress is sold online

Wedding dresses hold memories, but cannot always be kept forever. Many brides choose to sell their wedding dress after their weddings, and often do this online. There is huge demand for pre-loved wedding gowns and you can easily find a bride who can give your wedding dress another chance. Here are some tips that will help you make sure your wedding dress is sold online.

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Get it cleaned and ready for sale as soon as possible

Nobody wants a wedding dress that looks shabby. Whether you intend to sell your dress or save it for yourself, get it cleaned immediately after the wedding. Wedding dresses should be professionally cleaned and boxed, so they do not age. If there are any stains, make sure you have it specifically targeted and your cleaner gets it out. Have it displayed in an attractive manner, so that your buyers feel you have taken the pains to care for your dress and they think it is a worthwhile investment.

Be reasonable with your price

Don’t expect to recoup the entire amount, even if you sell the dress just days after the wedding. The reason women look at used wedding dresses is to save cash this way, or else they would just go with a brand new one. The Daily mail suggests that used dresses be priced at 50% of their original cost, if they are in excellent condition and less than two years old. This way your buyer gets a better deal going with your gown, than choosing a similar one on sale.

Advertise in all the right places

Make sure that you place your ads wherever possible and with all the relevant details. You can never be sure of where brides will look for their dresses. Also, put aside some time when you can attend to potential buyers who want to look at the dress.

Support your advertisement with real photos

Brides searching for second hand dresses want to see a clean, well-maintained dress that they can use as such. So, post a few pictures of yourself wearing the gown and make sure that these pictures look good. The pictures that you post online should clearly show off the various features of the dress, including the details in the front and on the back. Have it taken without the veil or other accessories, and the pictures should be well-lit and clear. If there are any interesting details, like embellishments, add close-up pictures of them and supporting descriptions to make it more attractive.

Give plenty of information regarding the dress

List the information provided by the manufacturer, including the model number, original price and dress size. Also, write about any alterations you have made and whether they are reversible. If the dress has any damages or stains, make sure you mention that too. Buyers want to know all that they can about a dress before considering your offer, so the more details you provide the sooner they will be convinced whether they want the dress. If you are ready to negotiate, fix your limits so you don’t make a hasty sale that you will regret later.

To choose your wedding dress online, or to rent it if you do not want to buy one for your own wedding, visit us online at Best for Bride.

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Fairy tale wedding dresses without the pouf

Many brides come wedding shopping with their mothers. And, it is surprising how many of these mothers want their daughters to choose a traditional wedding dress with lots of pouf, so their daughters look like fairy tale princesses on their wedding day.

It is when the bride doesn’t want this, that the shopping session becomes unpleasant. It is only natural that a bride wants her mother to approve of her wedding dress choice, but doesn’t want to compromise on her style preferences either.

We have witnessed many debates between moms who want elaborate ball gowns, and brides who want their moms to like their dress, without having to choose a heavy gown. Hence, we thought it’s a good idea to feature these fantastic wedding dresses that give you a fairy tale look, sans the pouf. Sound interesting? Then read on!

Mori Lee 2771 Fall 2015 Collection

This is a ball gown with a difference. The dropped waist elongates the torso, and the layered skirt is balanced. The skirt is pleated, which gives it a more defined structure. The delicate beading begins at the sweetheart neckline and continues all the way to the waistline. The back dips into a classic V-neckline. Also available with this dress, is an optional shoulder coverlet created in lace. This makes it all the more versatile, so it is suitable for for both a traditional ceremony and a semi-formal reception.

Jasmine T172010 Couture Spring 2015

How elegant is this ravishing lace ball gown! A welcome variation to the heavy ball gown, the silhouette is perfectly crafted to closely follow your natural curves, and it has just the right amount of bounce in the skirt. The contrast waistband defines your slender waist, and the intricate floral lace motifs make it fit for a princess. The flower clusters thin out towards the skirt in a fascinating design.

Sophia Tolli Y11567 Mon Cheri Spring 2015 Collection

Pouf with a personality, that is what we think this gown is all about. The tiered trumpet skirt is made of layers with jut the right scattering of details along the edges. The sweetheart neckline has an eyelash lace trim, and the dropped waist beautifully enhances the slender figure of the bride. At the back is the traditional corset, that snugly fits your natural curves. Mom will agree that this is a fairy tale dress, even sans the ball gown.

Now, here are a few tips on how you can choose a dramatic wedding gown that is anything but bulky and boring.

  • Look at fit and flare gowns with a thick skirt. This way, you will have enough layers to create an impact, without it cascading from your waist.
  • Choose fabrics that are light and airy, and not crisp and sheer. This makes it look elegant.
  • Dropped and draped waists are slimming and allow you to look fantastic even in a ball gown skirt.
  • Dresses with vertical embellishments or those with cap sleeves are pretty, without overly spilling out.

To check out more dresses that fit your vision, come visit our bridal gallery on Best for Bride and we can help you choose the dress that mom approves, and you would love to be married in.