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Wedding Dress Tips for the Bride who is expecting

Getting married when you are pregnant doesn’t mean you have to look matronly on your wedding day. There are plenty of choices for expecting women, so they can look fantastic on their big day while they celebrate their journey towards motherhood.

When choosing a wedding dress, the question you should ask yourself is whether you want to hide your bump or flaunt it. Here, we have rounded up some tips to help you choose the right wedding dress in both scenarios. Join us as we discuss them.

Conceal your bump with a gown with a raised waistline

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A raised waistline is one that lies above your natural waist. In such a design, the focus is shifted to the bust area. You find this in gowns with empire waistlines. When there are several layers of fabric that flow away from the body, it is easy to hide your bump. Another idea is to wear an overlay skirt with an interesting waistband at a height where your bump will be conveniently concealed. Asymmetrical waistlines which drape towards one side of the body instead of at the centre, are also a good option.

Flaunt your figure in an A-line or trumpet gown

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If you want to show off your new silhouette, you can do so with an A-line gown or trumpet gown that fits you snugly. Go easy with the embellishments and details, as you do not want to look too cluttered. A gown with a satin finish will be slimming, while it still draws attention to your figure. While altering your gown, don’t make it too tight as you will feel and look uncomfortable in it.

Size the gown right

You cannot predict how much you will grow in the months leading up to your wedding. So, choose a dress that allows you to accommodate the changes in your size and shape. As a rule of thumb, add one inch per month for the months remaining up to your wedding date, and then order a dress one size larger than what this corresponds to on the size chart. This means there will be enough fabric to take in, if you do not grow as big. It will also easily fit you, even if you grow bigger than you expect to.

Choose a flattering neckline and sleeves

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Your overall look will also depend on the neckline and sleeves of your wedding dress. V-necklines elongate your torso and make you look slimmer. Similarly, a strapless or sweatheart bodice allows you to emphasize the slimmest part of your torso—the neck and shoulders. Also choose sleeves that add the illusion of length. Three-fourth sleeves and cap-sleeves are stylish and good options to try.

When choosing your wedding dress, make sure you are comfortable in what you wear. It should allow you to breathe and not stifle your movements. Have it hemmed to the right length, so you do not risk tripping over it. Also pay attention to the shoes you wear. Avoid high heels, instead go for a good looking but comfortable pair of peep-toes or flats.

Your wedding is a big day, and make sure you have fun as you celebrate it with all the people in your life who mean the most to you—including your little bun in the oven! For more wedding tips and advice, visit us on Best for Bride.

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Is your wedding dress the perfect fit? Here is how to find out

Finding your dream wedding dress is only half the deal. To be the bride you always wanted to be, your dress should fit you perfectly. One that is too tight or loose can totally spoil your look.

So, this article is all about the various factors that make sure your wedding dress fits perfectly. Let us begin.

Choose the right size

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This is crucial to make sure that your wedding dress will be perfect after alterations. Do not choose a dress that is more than two sizes bigger than your actual size. Another thing is that however certain you are of being much slimmer when you walk down the aisle, buy a dress that currently fits you. When you do lose those extra pounds, you can take your gown in; but if you don’t you’ll end up with a gown that will be uncomfortable and tight.

Does it allow you to move?

This is a very significant question. Wedding dresses can be heavy and when you choose a silhouette such as the trumpet, your movement will be restricted to a great extent. Imagine how it will be if you have to dance through the night when you can barely walk in your gown? Or worse, how exhausting will it be if you have to climb a staircase in a gown that clings to you? Consider the venue, the practicality of the dress and whether you will have trouble moving around the room in the dress you choose, before you commit to it.

Can you breathe in it?

This is very important if you intend to choose a dress that is smaller than your actual size. When a dress size is smaller, it is small all over. So, you will have a dress with not only a smaller bust and waist, but also one that fits more snugly. Remember that you will be wearing your wedding dress for several hours, and so you should be comfortable in it.

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A tight dress that feels as though it is about to snap isn’t the ideal choice. The bodice should fit snugly, but it shouldn’t be too tight that your skin feels pinched. Similarly the skirt shouldn’t be so heavy, that you will be exhausted dragging it along. If you think it is so, check whether you can have a few layers taken out and whether the gown would still look good. Make sure your dress has enough allowance so you won’t feel too uncomfortable in it when you are done with dinner and dessert.

Get the length right

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One of the most embarrassing things that can happen is to trip over your wedding dress and fall. Unfortunately, hundreds of brides have ended up having such mishaps, mostly because they didn’t get their wedding dress length right. To avoid this mistake, wear your wedding shoes to your fitting sessions and get your dress hemmed at the precise length that will allow you to walk comfortably without tripping over. An experienced seamstress will know how to do this correctly.

To find the right wedding dress and also get it altered and fit for your big day, visit us at Best for Bride.

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How to choose the right veil length for your wedding dress

The wedding veil is a classic accessory that has the capacity to transform any woman into a bride. With time, the designs and lengths of wedding veils have changed. Despite this veils are still very much in, and it is one accessory that most brides turn to in order to complete their bridal look.

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Veils can have different lengths: very short, shoulder length, elbow length, fingertip length, knee length, floor length and royal length. This brings us to a very important piece of advice: you should never buy a veil without first trying it on. A veil that is advertised as knee length may be finger length on some women, due to their height. The effect of a veil may also change depending on how high or how low you attach it. So check this out first.

A veil not only to completes your bridal look, but also highlights the most interesting features of your bridal outfit. By choosing the appropriate length for your veil, you can draw focus to the bodice, skirt or neckline of your dress. Let us look at which veil length will be most suitable for you, based on what features you wish to emphasize.

Very short veils

Similar to visors, these end at the chin. It draws focus to the upper half of your dress. If your wedding dress has an interesting neckline, this would be a good choice to consider.

Shoulder length veils

When the veil ends at the shoulder, it reveals the details on the back and neckline. It is a perfect choice for illusion back dresses. Shoulder length veils are not really traditional fare, so you may want to consider another option if you prefer a traditional bridal look.

Elbow length veils

As the name suggests, these veils skim the wedding dress at the elbow. The positioning near the waistline will draw focus to the skirt. If your dress has detailing on the back, it would be a good idea to go for one in sheer fabric so these details aren’t lost under the layers. It looks great with ball gown dresses and A-line skirts, with embellishments at the waistline and beyond.

Fingertip length

Fingertip veils fall below the waist and emphasize the details on the bodice. It goes well with fitted silhouettes and fit and flare dresses, but can be used with most wedding dress types. These veils create a dramatic bridal look and are perfect for formal weddings.

Knee length veils

Ending at approximately knee-length, these veils are good with dresses that end at mid-calf or those with a long train. You can dress up a simple wedding dress by choosing a veil that is textured and has elaborate embellishments.

Floor length veils

As the name suggests, these veils flow from your head to your toes and gently skim the floor. We suggest that this veil be considered if your dress doesn’t have a train, or you would lose the details on the train beneath this veil.

Royal veil

The most dramatic of veils, it spreads out to several feet behind you. Unless it is sheer, the veil can hide the back details of your dress. Consider it if your wedding dress is very traditional and has a noticeable train.

We have pretty veils in all lengths and in various designs at Best for Bride. Check out our collection today to find the one that is perfect for your wedding.

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A guide to choosing the right sleeve length for your wedding gown

Wedding dresses come in all sizes, shapes and patterns. To choose a suitable wedding dress, there are a number of factors that the bride has to pay attention to. One of these is the sleeve-length. The right length is not only important in determining your wedding day look, but also in helping you feel comfortable and confident.

Additionally, the sleeve length suggests whether a dress is suitable for the type of wedding you have planned. For example, strapless gowns are not usually modest enough for traditional church weddings.

Let us now take a look at the various types of sleeves that wedding dresses feature and what characterizes each of them.

Cap sleeves: These cover just the uppermost portion of the shoulders and look like an extension of the neckline. There is no fabric under the arms, and the sleeve actually resembles a wide strap. While adding a modest touch to a dress, this sleeve still keeps the dress modern.

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Spaghetti straps: Resembling thin ribbons, these straps offer support to the upper section of the gown while being slender and looking sleek. When scintillating elements are used on the straps, it adds a touch of modernity to a wedding dress.

Sleeveless and strapless: Sleeveless gowns have fabric at the shoulder and this supports the bust, whereas strapless gowns are held up by internal support. The gown starts close to the bust, and hence is lower in the case of a strapless gown. It is necessary to find the right fit so the neckline doesn’t keep shifting.

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T-shirt sleeves: These may be flat or puffed, and the length that falls between a cap-sleeve and a three-fourth sleeve. It offers modest coverage and the length of the sleeve draws attention to the bust.

Three-fourth sleeves: The sleeve slightly extends to below the elbow, and is slimming. Three-fourth lace sleeves have a vintage touch, and they can be classic, without looking too old-fashioned.

Long-sleeves: Either done in a narrow fashion, or else to loosely cover the entire length of the arm, long-sleeves are formal and often feature buttons at the wrist which make it easy to wear.

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Butterfly and bell sleeves: These sleeves fall gently over the arm and loosely fit the entire length. While bell sleeves flare out at the wrist, butterfly sleeves ripple and flutter and can be of any length. They add a touch of detail at the arms, and are usually fashioned in lace with floral motifs.

Juliet sleeves: A classic favorite with designers, it features a puff at the shoulder which continues into a fitted long sleeve at the wrist.

When choosing the length of your wedding dress sleeves, consider the effect you want to create. The hemline of the sleeve directs attention to the part of the body where it ends. So, if you want to look taller and slimmer, opt for longer sleeves, while if you want to draw focus to your decolletage, shoulders and arms, choose sleeveless or strapless. If you love a gown, but it doesn’t have sleeves like you wanted, you can consider adding a sheer or mock bolero to add the sleeves you want, or have sleeves added in the same material as the dress has. It is only a matter of customizing your wedding dress to suit your taste.

For more valuable wedding dress tips and advice, and to choose your wedding dress, visit us at Best for Bride.