Bride headdresses What am i going to wear on my head? This is perhaps the first question to ask once you have decided on your wedding dress. Of course you don’t need to wear anything, but it is the rare bride who doesn’t at least want to put a flower in her hair for the trip down the aisle. The veil is the most traditional bridal headdress; it is seen in various forms in different cultures, where it sometimes had the purpose of preventing the bride and groom from seeing each other, and sometimes was supposed to offer symbolic protection to the couple. At times the veil was a piece of fabric held over the head of the bride or of the couple as the ceremony took place; in some cultures the bride was draped to the ground in the veil. Veils disappeared from fashion in this country for several centuries and brides tended to wear flowers instead; the joint Victorian cults of the white wedding and the coy female led to the reinstatement of the veil as a means of hiding the bride’s supposed blushes! (more…)
Special wedding dress Once you have decided on the basic shape you want your dress to have, there are all kinds of embellishments that can be used on bought and home-made dresses that make that particular garment special. Some of the finishing touches are shown here; there are endless combinations of effect and color. 1 Tiny colored flowers can be dotted over the dress or over the hemline and sleeves. 2 Larger flowers can be made out of fabric and appliqued to the dress. 3 Lace can be used for necklines and inset panels. 4 Ribbons can be used as sashes and to tie in bows on sleeves and flounces. 5 Ruffles of lace or fabric can be used to decorate sleeves, necklines, flounces or hemlines. 6 Small or large tucks can be made in the fabric of skirt, bodice or sleeve. 7 Embroidery can be used to decorate any part of the dress. 8 Net may be layered over the main fabric of the dress to give an ethereal look. (more…)
Making your brides dress special Once you have decided on the basic shape you want your dress to have, there are all kinds of embellishments that can be used on bought and home-made dresses that make that particular garment special. Some of the finishing touches are shown here; there are endless combinations of effect and color.
1Tiny colored flowers can be dotted over the dress or over the hemline and sleeves. 2Larger flowers can be made out of fabric and appliqued to the dress. 3Lace can be used for necklines and inset panels. (more…)
Styles of wedding dress What kind of dress are you looking for? One that evokes a particular era, for instance Victorian, Edwardian, or 1920s – or one that is in a particular mood, such as romantic, classic, elegant, severe? Whether you are buying, making or hiring your dress, choose a style that suits the tone of your wedding and is flattering to your figure. 1Peasant style, with a laced bodice, 2 American style, with ruffled sailor puffed and gathered sleeves and a collar, bows at chest and sleeves, layered, gathered skirt. half-length gathered sleeves and calf- length gathered skirt. 3 Edwardian style, with high neckline, leg-of-mutton sleeves, fluted skirt with deep sash dropping below waist level. (more…)
Buying, hiring or making – best wedding dress? One big question that needs to be answered near the beginning is – where are you going to obtain your dress? Will it be bought, made by you, made by a dressmaker, borrowed, hired? Cost may well be a factor in your choice. If you have little money to spare you will need to borrow or hire a dress, or have one made very cheaply. If you can spend a medium amount you could hire or make the dress, or buy one from a cheaper range or choose a secondhand gown. If you have a lot of money to spare the world is your oyster; you can have a dress made with all the frills and furbelows you care for, or you can buy the dress of your dreams.
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The bride dress Your wedding dress is probably the detail of your wedding that will take the most time and care to sort out – and will also be the detail that everyone else wants to know about. It will probably be the most expensive garment you will ever invest in, and will be crucial to your feeling of happiness and well-being on your wedding day. So take your time over every detail and don’t let anyone rush you.
Traditions The setting aside of a special dress to be worn only on the wedding day is a relatively recent custom; for many centuries ordinary brides were simply married in their smartest clothes. Often the only thing that distinguished a bride from all the other women at the wedding was that her hair was loose; this would be the last time that she would wear her hair ‘down’ as opposed to piled on top of her head, so she would make the most of the occasion by releasing it from its customary plaits or ponytail. For many years strict clothing rules governed who could wear what, so ordinary people were often barred from wearing special fabrics or garments.
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Pre-wedding parties Marriage is the beginning of a whole new life together, and there are many traditions of the bride and groom holding parties separately with their own friends of the same sex while they are still single – usually soon before the wedding. You may not like the idea of having a ‘final fling’ while you are still supposedly unfettered, but there is nothing to stop you enjoying a unique get-together with your own particular friends before your wedding day.
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Planning your budget Use this list to plan your own wedding budget. Fill in your own maximum sums in the space provided and also fill in who will be responsible for that particular cost.
Cutting wedding cost You may be beginning to despair and thinking ‘How can we ever afford to get married if that’s what it’s going to cost?’ But all is not lost; there are numerous ways of cutting down on the costs incurred by a traditional wedding. Even if you have a more or less unlimited budget it is silly to pay out unnecessarily for details that you are not that bothered about, so you might find some of these ideas useful. If you are on a very limited budget these ideas could make all the difference between a disappointing wedding day and one that is full of most of the traditional trimmings – but at less than the traditional cost!
In rural England bride-ales were common. /4 small party would be held in the church after the ceremony, then a collection box would be sent round. Alternatively, guests could throw money into a bow! in the church before or after the service.
Transport – wedding budgeting Many a bride dreams of arriving at the church in a white Rolls Royce – but you may start to have nightmares when you look into prices! If you are hiring all the main cars for a wedding then you will need at least two and probably three or four; each can cost well over £100. And, if course, if you want anything more fancy such as a vintage car or a horse and carriage the costs will be still steeper. Ask for estimates from as many firms as you can so that you can be sure you are getting the best deal.
Photography Unless you have a very skilled photographer among your relatives or wedding guests, it is best to entrust the photography on the big day to a professional. Firms vary widely in what they offer; some have a flat fee for the day and a certain number of prints; others will charge for the orders taken. (more…)