of the social changes over the last two decades, a bride may not
be sure what kind of gown is appropriate for her wedding. Can
she wear a long gown when she's marrying for the first time at
age 30 or 40? Is white appropriate for a second marriage? What
should she wear if she's lived with her fiance before the marriage?
are some basic rules in bridal etiquette to help a prospective
bride make her choice:
Any bride may wear a long, white gown. . .no matter how many times
she's walked down the aisle and no matter what her age.
bride should wear a veil and train only for her first marriage
because they symbolically represent youth and innocence. An older,
first-time bride or a second-time bride might select a wreath
of flowers or a beautiful bridal hat in place of a billowy veil
bridesmaids and the mother of the bride never should wear a gown
longer than the bride's.
white and eggshell are the most popular color choices. However,
many designers are adding a hint of pale pink, peach, blue or
mauve to traditional white gowns.
bride can have beautiful laces, taffetas, satins, velvets and
organzas like her mother and grandmother wore, but the fabrics
may be made of man-made fibers.
of advancements in technology, gowns made of rayon, acetate, nylon,
polyester and spandex look and feel delicate and luxurious, yet
they resist wrinkling during the ceremony, are easier to maintain
and resist yellowing over the years.
gown styles range from extravagantly beaded designs to simply
tailored wedding suits. Victorian styles continue to be the most
popular because the high necklines and inset sleeves create flattering
some styles are more appropriate than others for various ages
and situations. Off-the-shoulder ball gowns are a perfect look
for the young, first-time bride. For the bride in her late 30's,
a three-piece wedding suit is a comfortable and practical style.
good choice for a bride in her mid-40's might be a strapless,
floor length gown in flowing fabrics. The gown could be used again
for formal occasions.
also want gowns that they can wear for other occasions. In fact,
the most common complaint among attendants is that they never
can wear their gowns again.
on your bridal shop consultant for help in selecting the perfect
wedding ensemble. . .the one that best reflects your personal
style and figure.