In all reality, what the groom wears really depends upon the theme of the wedding. If the wedding is at an upscale five-star heel, then a tuxedo would be the most appropriate attire. However, if the wedding is a relaxed beach wedding, then sandals with dress pants and shirt would be most appropriate for the wedding day. Although the decision may be made by the bride as to the wedding theme, the groom still has a very important decision as to what to wear.
What A Groom Should Wear
A groom’s attire can be broken down into four categories: Very Formal, Formal, Semiformal and Informal. As mentioned above, the wedding theme will have the greatest influence as to the choice of attire. However, the time of day of the wedding is also another big influencer. Lastly, the wedding colors will also have a determination into what the groom wears on his wedding day.
Very Formal – Very formal weddings are typically morning or late evening weddings. The groom would wear a complete tuxedo including vest, white bow tie and tails, and shirt with striped trousers. The very formal wear is also commonly accompanied with a top hat, walking stick and gloves.
Formal – Fitting for a “black tie” event for the groom and groomsmen. The attire can be either a black tie or bow tie. The tuxedo also includes a vest or cummerbund. Rented formalwear can include the following: jacket, vest or cummerbund, pants, suspenders, shirt, cufflinks, tie, studs and shoes.
SemiFormal – This is where a bit of personal taste and fashion meld into the formal arena. Color can be infused into the formal style in the tie, cummerbund, vest and also the shoes. The groom can also add fashionable suspenders accent to the outfit. Current fashions include colorful jackets and pants to add a personal groom’s flair to the wedding.
Informal – Informal can start the chart on the high end with a suit. Dark suits are preferred in the black, gray and navy spectrums. A great tip is the material should match the season – flannel in winter and cotton in summer. Blazers can also be worn with jeans.
Points to know about Groom’s attire:
The colors selected for the groom and groomsmen should match
All attire should compliment the bridesmaids’ dresses
Formal wear should be rented a minimum three months in advance and measurements at least three weeks in advance
Cufflinks make for a fantastic accessory present for the groom
Be sure arrangements are made to return rented attire the day after the wedding as to not incur extra rental fees PER DAY
Shirt and jacket sleeves should end at the wrist bone
The wedding dress will be the single most important purchase a bride makes that will determine how she feels and looks on her wedding day. The dress should be comfortable enough to dance the night away and also elect stares from all in attendance.
We first suggest all brides search the Internet to get an idea of what they “think” would look and feel best on them. Be sure to go dress fitting even if purchasing a dress online to get an idea of the feel and look on your particular body style. When going to a bridal salon to try on a wedding dress, be sure to check first if they require a scheduled appointment. This ail ensure a dressing room and bridal consultant will be available to attend to every need.
There are six basic silhouettes that make up all wedding dresses
A-Line – The most flattering look to most figures of all the dress styles. A-lines add height, slimness and minimize hips. A-line has a narrow top, that skims the rib cage and then flows out into an “A” triangle.
Wedding Dress Styles
The ball gown is the most romantic of all the dress styles. The ball gown has a dropped waist that is set off with a full skirt. The dress is extremely flattering around the waist. It is perfect for an average height bride with a classic romantic taste – like Cinderella.
The princess style is a cousin to the A-line. However, the Princess style has seams that start at the neckline, run through the waist and continue down through the hips. The Princess dress slims and lengthens. Bride typically add tiaras to accent a Princess style wedding dress.
Sheath signifies sophistication. This style is sexy yet understated. A Sheath style wedding dress has a slim profile, statically placed darts and seams. It showcases the bride’s body without showing too much skin. Sheath style favors a slim, tall, petite or thin bride.
The style fit for a queen! The Empire style has a waist seam that falls right below the bust, elongating the petite bride and flattering a smaller bust.
A Sip Dress gives the impression and feel of a negligee. Definitions of a slip dress include slimming, silky, and shows the bride’s figure.
Before going dress shopping, the single most important first step is to set a budget – and stick to it. Next, ask a truthful friend to go dress shopping. Be sure to try on many different dress styles. The one that looks best may not match your envsions. Speak up when needed. Is the dress to heavy, is the dress’s neckline too low, is there not enough bling? Keep in mind, if you have a hard time bustling the dress at the fitting, or if the material is uncomfortable at the fitting, it most likely be the same during the wedding day. Be confident and comfortable in the wedding dress from the starting point. Don’t forget about the perfect dress accessory – seamless lingerie.
Lastly, wedding dresses will need to be ordered, shipped and altered. Wedding dress shop at least four months before the wedding, preferably six to ten months before the wedding. All dresses should be ordered no later than eight weeks before the wedding.
Are you caught up with the feeling of being pressured with your wedding preparations particularly on your wedding dress? Getting fed up with all the wedding gown designs being presented to you? Or are you thinking too much on the budget that you’re already entertaining the idea of accepting your mom’s offer of wearing her old gown? While there’s nothing wrong with wearing your mother’s wedding dress at your matrimony, you can still manage to get a fashionable gown even if you’re on a budget. Why won’t you try buying your wedding dress online and see the big difference?
Buying your bridal gown online can mean a great deal of benefits on your part in terms of the convenience and the value for money. While it’s understandable that some might oppose to this idea right away because of the risk of having the wrong measurements, this can be easily avoided if you purchase your gown at a high quality online wedding site. Aside from that, you are treated with a lot of great designs and you can manage to check out a lot of different styles of dress in just one sitting. Take a look at some of these pretty-looking and see it for yourself:
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While these other dress designs can be found at some of the reputable sites that abound the internet today.
Another great advantage you can get from buying your own wedding dress online is that you’ll be able to find inexpensive dresses for your whole entourage. Aside from their lovely wedding gowns, the green guide also makes bridesmaid dresses and they have more than 500 selections. And best of all, you can get all of these dresses at a fraction of the cost!
So why waste your time and effort strolling’round bridal shops and boutiques when there’s an easier and cheaper way of getting your perfect wedding dress? Consider ordering your wedding dress online today and this will surely take all your worries away.
No one distinct purchase a bride makes for her wedding day will dictate how she feels, acts, and carries herself throughout the day more than her wedding dress.
A bride’s wedding dress shows her personality.
What does a wedding dress say about a bride?
Is the wedding dress a full length dress showing a formal traditional feel or is it just below the knees showing fun and chic?
Does the dress have a veil that the groom must raise in order to kiss his new wife?
How much cleavage is the dress showing? Is the dress off-the-shoulder, strapless, halter, spaghetti straps, etc. Does the desired dress offer the desired reaction from onlookers?
The perfect wedding dress should elicit sighs of jealousy from women and mesmerize stares from men.
How to select a wedding dress? First, check out the different styles of dresses online so you have an idea of what you like. An example would be DressFirst. Second, make an appointment at a local bridal salon to try on dresses. Be sure to bring pictures of the style of dresses you think you like with you to the appointment. Third, keep an open mind. Just because you like a particular style of dress doesn’t mean it will be comfortable or enhance your body style. Don’t forget to set a budget and stick to it! Finally, a dress should be comfortable. If a bride is not going to change out of a wedding dress, a bride will be in the dress for the ceremony – 30 minutes, pictures – 30-60 minutes, and reception – 3-4 hours. Why not be comfortable?
Common styles of wedding dresses:
Ball Gown – Romantic natural or dropped waist set off with full skirt.
A-Line – Think of the capital letter “A”.
Princess – Universally slims and lengthens with seams from the neck to hips.
Sheath – Has a slim profile.
Empire – The empire seam falls just below the bust.
Slip Dress – Similar to a negligee.
When ordering the dress, brides should keep in mind what to wear underneath the dress as well. Discuss this with the dress seller at the time of trying on dresses to get the most comfort.
When should wedding dresses be purchased? The maximum is eight months and the minimum is four months before the big day. We do say no more than eight months as a person’s weight fluctuates over time and no sense in taking any extra risk.
Finding the perfect wedding undergarments can be such a challenge for brides-to-be that we decided to write a second wedding blog article about it. Below are our top three tips on finding the perfect bridal undergarments for your wedding dress and for your wedding night.
Examine the Fabric of your Wedding Dress– Before venturing to find your bridal underwear, really pay attention to the construction of your wedding dress. Is it a silky a-line dress? Then perhaps you should avoid lacey lingerie and pick a bra and panty combination that won’t show under the material. Also, consider how you’d like your body to look in your dress. Our New York wedding photographers often have clients who express sentiments like “Oh, I wish I had bought a push-up bra for my wedding dress, I really wanted to fill out the top the neckline more”, after viewing their wedding photos.
Pick your Lingerie Before your Fitting– Having worked both in the fields of wedding photography and lingerie sales in New York, this is one wedding dress tip that I can honestly say will save you so much time and money! Many brides get fitted for their wedding dress before finding their wedding undergarments which sticks them with the problem of finding bridal underwear and bras that fit with the measurements of their altered dress. Remember, once a dress is altered, it cannot be changed. Find lingerie that that will give you a perfect shape before having a tailor fit your wedding dress.
Wedding Night Lingerie– Many brides relish the chance to shop for delicate white, ivory or cream-colored lace bridal lingerie but that doesn’t you have to! I have seen many brides feel completely uninspired when picking their honeymoon lingerie because they feel like they have to choose a white lingerie bra and panty set. Check out bridal bustiers, corsets and garters. Find something that you feel sexy in, not just something that falls into the stereotypical idea of bridal lingerie! What’s important is that you love how you look and feel on your wedding night.
We truly hope this wedding article was helpful for all you brides searching for your bridal undergarments and wish you the best with your wedding planning. Congrats!
It’s the newest and most extreme form of wedding photography: trash the dress photos. You’ve probably seen the viral photos and video of the bride setting her wedding dress on fire before running into the ocean after her beach wedding. This trend is not always about lighting the wedding dress on fire but it mostly centers around destroying the dress days or hours after the wedding ceremony. Examples include the bride and her groom jumping into the ocean, the mud, and every other messy situation you could imagine.
Wedding Dress Trashing
The “Trashing The Dress” video has gotten a lot of flack from fellow wedding photographers for taking the trash the wedding dress trend to dangerous levels. The wedding photographer from the now famous video and photos, Eric Simantov of White Studio Photography in Tel Aviv, explains that “All brides are looking for something that hasn’t been done before”, which how the idea of trash the wedding dress photos came around.
Our New York wedding photographers urge couples to take precaution if they plan to participate in this new wedding trend. A 30 year-old bride in Montreal drowned recently during her trash the wedding dress photo shoot. The wedding dress photos were taken by a 115 foot waterfall, the weight of her wedding dress dragged her down into the rushing water where she later died.
The creator of the trend, John Michael Cooper, a wedding photographer in Las Vegas, told the New York Times, “In fashion photography, they often put really pretty people in very ugly places…I’m applying that technique to weddings”. Now, websites like Pinterest and tumblr are overflowing with images and inspiration photos titled, “Trash The Wedding Dress Ideas”.
While this trend will certainly make your wedding day memorable, we can’t give this the green light unless we know the bride and groom will be safe. Your safety is far more important that your wedding photos! New York wedding photography is always memorable and exciting, even without setting the bride and her wedding dress on fire. We recommend fun and safe ideas like painting your wedding dress or having your photo taken in it while riding a rollercoaster like “The Cyclone” in Coney Island. Congratulations to all the couples planning their wedding and stay safe!
“First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage”. You may recognize this rhyme from your days on the playground, but in 2013, these rules need not apply. Many couples first lived together and have children before ever tying the knot, and that’s great. Couples should live their life in a way that’s most positive for them even if it’s non traditional. Many women become pregnant during the engagement part of their relationship and decide to celebrate their wedding day as a pregnant bride. If you are considering this option, know that you are part of a new wedding trend with plenty of glamorous examples. Some stars who have wed while expecting include Drew Barrymore, Kate Winslet and Jennifer Garner. Below are our top three tips for blushing brides to be who will walk down the aisle while “great with child”.
Tips for Pregnant Brides
Find the Best Style and Fit – Try to find fuller gowns rather than a figure hugging dress. Tell the sales associates at the wedding dress store that you are expecting and how far along you will be during your wedding day. Wedding dress styles to consider: A-line, princess line or empire line. Also be good to your dressmaker! She will have to work extra hard to give you the dress of your dreams. Famous New York wedding shop, Kleinfeld Bridal, of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress”, has in-house seamstresses who are renown for their wedding dress tailoring skills. If you live in the East Coast, definitely check it out.
Don’t Be Afraid to Wear White – The virgin bride in a white wedding dress has now become a minority with only 15% of brides marrying today claiming to have never had sexual intercourse. In America, specifically, 95% of women become sexually active before the age of 25. So don’t feel the need to avoid buying a white wedding gown, unless you want to. Historically, wedding dresses were never white. It wasn’t until Queen Victoria of England wore a white gown to her royal wedding in 1840 that white dresses became the norm for brides.
Save the 6 Inch Stilettos for Another Day – Pregnant or not, all brides spend hours standing during their wedding ceremony and reception. Our New York wedding photographers also catch their brides sneaking out of their bridal shoes after hours on the dance floor. Plenty of shoe designers make great bridal flats.
We hope this advice for pregnant brides looking for the perfect wedding dress was helpful to our readers! After years in the New York wedding photography industry, we have been able to gather some great tips from our past brides that we thought we should share with you all! Congrats to all the mamas-to-be and brides-to-be!
Congratulations, you have found your perfect dress! Next step: accessorize! Even though your biggest accessory is your ring, you can still express your style with a little something extra. Use it to show off your individuality. Lets face it, the traditional wedding ensemble has been around for a very long time, and while it is the tradition that makes is so special, it can never hurt to make it your own.
Accessorize Your Wedding Look
The biggest trends focus on adding vibrant colors through jewelry, shoes, handbags, as well as hair accessories.
Shoes are becoming one of the ways of expression. It started out as a fun way to add that something blue, but it has now grown into pinks, greens, reds, any color at all just to brighten up the dress.
Obviously when it comes to wedding jewelry you don’t want anything that is going to take away from the ring. A lot of brides now though are adding a little subtle pop of color into their jewelry. Also, jewelry that has a vintage look is gathering a lot of attention from brides.
One of the biggest trends for 2012 and for the upcoming seasons as well is the feather fascinators. This goes along with the vintage trend and allows brides to step away from the traditional veils. These fascinators are large bridal hair accessories worn on the side of the head as a part of the hairstyle and the feather fascinators are inspired from the recent royal wedding of last year where there was an overflow of wedding hats and head pieces.
About the Author:
Enchanted Celebrations is a wedding planning company based out of Manahawkin, New Jersey. The company was created by a young entrepreneur, Alex Karas in 2006 and is now run as a well-oiled machine out of his home. Alex is a wedding expert for News 12 New Jersey and has authored many wedding planning articles and a wedding ceremony etiquette book. He graduated from Stockton College with a Bachelor of Science and is pursuing a Masters in Management from Thomas Edison State College. On top of this Alex is also certified in Adobe Photoshop.
So the vows have been exchanged, the cake has been cut and you are now officially a Mrs. While you are still basking in the “after wedding” glow one may wonder, what do I do with my beautiful wedding dress? For many, they choose to preserve their gown, either as a keep-sake, or in the hopes that they will pass it down their future daughter. However, if you are not looking at preserving or passing down your gown, there is an artistic and fun way to get one last hoorah out of your dress.
Trash The Dress
A Trash the Dress photo shoot is where the bride completely “trashes” her fairy tale gown to capture a once in a life time photo. These pictures are as unusual as they are memorable. The entire trash the dress phenomenon has made a huge impact since it was introduced in early 2000, and ever since then brides are searching for new ways to top existing trends. Trash the dress allows both bride and groom to present an alternative flare to the dos and don’ts associated with traditional weddings.
One thing to consider when in search of a photographer is their portfolio, and that it should contain a section of trash the dress photos. Not only will you be able to view their photography skills but you will also get some fun, new ideas and poses that you could use in your session. Be clear with your photographer and what your vision is. You only get one shot at trashing this beautiful dress, and you want to be sure that you are getting the shots that you envision.
There are so many possibilities when it comes to ways to trash your dress. Much of it depends on where you live and the time of year. Brainstorm areas where it would be unlikely that a beautiful white gown would be. Do you live near train tracks or an old train yard? How about a funky part of town with old or run-down buildings? Are you near a lake, streams or the ocean? Once you have your location picked out, then the fun really begins! Don’t be afraid of getting on the ground, kneeling in mud, lying on your back and really getting dirty. Climb trees, rocks or fences. Snow and rain make for some beautiful shots, so don’t be deterred if the weather calls for rain or snow on the day of your wedding!
If you live near the mountains, how about you drive up the canyons and get some great shots climbing on rocks, wading in streams, rolling in open fields and wandering through trees. If you live near water, like the ocean, consider a water photo-shoot. Wear your gown as you splash and swim in the water, roll in the sand, and explore the shoreline.
Just remember, this photo-shoot is meant to be dirty and a bit funky. At first it will most likely feel a little strange getting your dress dirty. You were so careful with it before and during your wedding, that actually getting down on a dirty floor with it will seem a bit strange. However, after a few minutes and a few great shots, you will ease into in and it will be fun to “Trash the Dress”!
Guest Author Bio:
Olivia Nicholas is a seasoned wedding planner with over 10 years in the wedding business. She has a passion for all things related to the celebration of marriage; from engagements to weddings to the honeymoon. This passion also motivates her to work in her spare time as a freelance writer and author for MyWedding.com