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5 tips to help you choose the right Quinceanera Gown

Quniceanera has historically been celebrated in communities of Latin America on a girl’s fifteenth birthday, and signifies the transition from childhood to womanhood. The wiki on Quinceanera mentions that this tradition that can be traced back to ancient Aztec culture, still continues to this day under various names like “Festa de debutantes” in Brazil and “Fete des quinze ans” in the French Caribbean.

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On this day, the birthday girl is the center of attention, and deserves a dress that allows her to steal the limelight. If your Quinceanera celebration is soon to be celebrated, here are some tips to help you find the right dress for your big day.

Recognize your body type to find the right silhouette

You may have fallen in love with a certain dress, but remember that it needn’t look as great on you as it does on the model. This is because the beauty of a dress is enhanced when it is draped on a figure it is designed for. So, your first step in preparing for your gown shopping is to identify your body type and what features you would like to emphasize or hide. If you are heavier on the top and have broad shoulders, you may prefer ball gowns to balance out your figure. These dresses also suit girls who are straight with very few curves. For girls with a small chest and wide hips, empire silhouettes or dresses with asymmetrical pleats would look good. If you have an hourglass figure, you can carry off almost any dress, including fit and flare gowns.

Fix your budget before you go shopping

Quinceanera gowns are available in various price ranges. Know your maximum budget, so you do not look at gowns that are out of your reach. When planning your shopping budget, also put aside an amount for alterations and accessories. Some girls choose more than one gown, and change after the reception. A more budget friendly option is to choose a dress with a removable overlay skirt, so you can sport a traditional look for the ceremony and easily transition to the stylish shorter hemline for the reception by removing the outer layer.

Pick your colors carefully

There are two things to remember when picking your dress color; it should match your complexion and it should go well with the colors at your party. If your party has a specific color theme, make sure that the color of your gown blends well with the theme. While some colors will bring out your best, others can leave you looking pale, fat or sick. If you like a particular design, but the color isn’t nice, check whether the gown is available in other colors and make your pick from them.

Make sure it is comfortable

Quinceanera gowns involve layers of fabric, and can quickly weigh you down. When choosing your dress, look for those that don’t feel too tight or stifle your movements. Walk around, sit and move in it to make sure it is one that you will be comfortable in, prior to purchasing it.

Get it altered to your measurements

If your dress doesn’t fit your like a glove, you will not look or feel good in it. After you make your selection, get a professional seamstress to alter the gown to your exact measurements. This will make all the difference between looking good and great. So, don’t skip this step.

At Best for Bride, we have an interesting variety of Quinceanera dresses, perfect for your big celebration. Check it out today and make your pick.

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4 signs that you have found the wedding dress of your dreams

Princess-style ball gowns, stunning mermaid-inspired dresses, elegant A-line dresses—the options in wedding dresses are endless. Your wedding shopping is the experience of a lifetime, one where you buy the most important dress you’ll ever wear. While you may come across several fabulous dresses at your bridal boutique appointment, how do you know which of these is “the dress?”

Let us look at the signs that the dress you have on is the right one!

  1. You forget all about the other dresses you tried on when you wear this one
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When you find the dress of your dreams, all the confusion about whether the dress with the beautiful neckline was better than the one with the stunning back details suddenly disappear. You do not think of any other dress, but this one. This is because, this is “the dress!”

  1. You suddenly feel emotional, or someone accompanying you tears up seeing you in the dress

The normal reaction for a bride who has found the perfect dress is to suddenly feel emotional. But, if you aren’t the person for tears, there is still a chance that someone who has accompanied you will be tearing up. The right dress will have everyone gasping in amazement when they see you walk out in it. When you find everyone glassy-eyed and unable to take their eyes off you, you should know that this dress is just perfect.

  1. You feel you’ve never looked this beautiful before
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The magic of the perfect dress is that it makes you feel like a Goddess. You feel you look flawless from head to toe. Everything, or almost everything about the dress flatters you, and you cannot think of anything that you want to change in this dress. You do not want to take it off, and you are mesmerized with how well it suits you, from every angle. If you feel that the dress you are wearing is the best one you’ve worn all your life, don’t think any more—buy it.

  1. You begin imagining your wedding day already

When you find a dress that fits your expectations, the first picture that comes to your mind is walking down the aisle and getting married in it. Images of your big day are formed in your mind, and you imagine the wedding ceremony in it. You may of course, need to make a few changes and alter it to fit you perfectly, but you can’t wait to wear it and amaze everyone with how beautiful you look in it.

  1. All your previous ideas for your wedding dress seem insignificant when you try this dress

You may have decided to settle for nothing but a ball gown skirt or you may not be able to imagine anything but a sweetheart bodice, but when you find the right dress, all these thoughts disappear from your mind. Even when the silhouette, neckline, sleeves and pattern are entirely different from what you had envisioned, you will not want to look at another dress. This is a sure sign that you have found your dream wedding gown.

To find the perfect dress for your wedding day, and for more wedding tips and advice, visit our website at Best for Bride.