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Two words not to be daunted by, but we somehow just can’t help it. Your wedding day is hopefully the one opportunity that you will have to invest in such a beautiful piece – it should be enjoyed, but also gotten right. Our lovely guest blogger, Jaci Vianna shares a few tips to help the wedding dress adventure a little easier.
Once upon a time, brides simply wore their very best dress, or had a new one made for the occasion, but it was always worn again and again whenever a suitable bit-of-a-do turned up.
Royalty usually had theirs emblazoned with jewels to advertise their wealth and status, and favoured embroidery in metallic threads of gold and silver. In the candlelight of dark cathedrals, the flash and gleam must have been spectacular.
Queen Victoria brought the advent of the first white wedding dress that we know of, and since then, the tradition has persisted right up until our present time. If we look for reasons, and are fond of symbolism, then we'll see that white is still a sign of purity, and shines like a beacon in a shadowed church, but if we look a little further, white and all the shades thereof, is flattering against soft female skin.
Now, the dress is worn once and photographed a thousand times. We will be reminded of it forever, our grandchildren will see it, and so it must stand the test of time. This is all nerve racking stuff, because we don't want to make a mistake, and we do want to feel like a princess on this one special day.
The glossy wedding magazines are full of gorgeous confections, and are both helpful and confusing. They will furnish you with hundreds of ideas, but eventually you'll have to stop the looking, and make an appointment at your chosen bridal shop to try a few dresses on, before you find the one special gown that's meant for you.
Often, we have an idea of our dream dress, sometimes carried in our heads since childhood. When we find this gown, and try it, we can be amazed to see that it doesn't always suit at all, so go with an open mind.
There are a few simple rules to achieve an iconic look, even if the dress itself is less stately:
Wear your hair up, or have it half up and away from the face. This makes the neck look longer, and on a more practical note will stop a bedraggled look developing as the day wears on.
Wear earrings, but no necklace. The necklace will put a horizontal line around the neck, cutting it in half, making it seem shorter, and less graceful. Of course, if Granny comes up with the family pearls that have been worn by all the brides in your family since time immemorial, then this rule may have to be ignored.
Choose a dress with a train, and a full "cathedral" length veil, both of which will glide beautifully behind you down the aisle. Rowton has particularly perfect settings for this sort of magnificence, whether you marry inside or out.
Remember that the back view is what most people see during the ceremony, so make it count.
The dresses of the moment are almost ethereal. Narrow and soft, they remind one of mermaids and are made from lace, embroidered tulle and chiffon (often all at once), sometimes scattered with pearlescent sequins and beads. There's been an introduction of colour, with pastels of every hue and flowers with transparent petals abound everywhere.
The trains on these fairy tale dresses fall in pools on the floor, making puddles of light.
They stray away from the iconic vision, but wearing one of these you should appear to float down the aisle on airy clouds.
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They are all really lovely, and that makes it almost impossible to choose.
The best advice possible is to take your Mother. When she starts to cry, you've probably found the one!!
Once the dress is chosen, everything else about the wedding will begin to take shape. You'll know the styles and colours for the bridesmaids, the cake will be designed to complement, and the flowers and table decorations will become part of the whole glorious setting. That is when suddenly it all gets very exciting.
Here at Rowton we see a lot of wedding dresses, but we can honestly say that on her wedding day, every single bride is exquisitely beautiful. It's not the dress, not the make-up nor the hair. Sadly for us, it's not even our wonderful castle. It's the bride herself.