Style & Beauty
Your big day is quickly approaching: the invitations are sent, the venue is scheduled, the menu is set, the flowers are ordered, and you’ve found the wedding dress of your dreams! Everything’s panning out just right…except for one thing. You still don’t have shoes!
Picking the right shoes for your wedding day can be quite a task. You want them to be stunning, but you also want to avoid falling flat on your face in front of your future spouse and your guests. If you’re still undecided about your wedding day footwear, here are several great tips to help you pick the perfect pair of shoes, as well as some advice that will keep you dancing all night long at your reception.
Picking the Perfect Wedding Shoes
The truth is, there’s no one set way to pick the perfect pair of wedding shoes. Every bride is different, just as every woman is in day-to-day life. Some gals like stilettos, while others prefer sneakers. While you’ll have to decide what type of shoes are right for you, these tips should give you a good start on the process.
Pick Your Dress First
The first step to finding the perfect pair of wedding shoes is to find the perfect wedding dress. It’s important to at least select your dress before finalizing your shoe decision. After all, you’ll want your shoes to match or complement the style of your dress. If you can, bring your dress along on for shoe shopping so you can see the items together before committing.
Shop Around and Try Them ALL On
While it can be tempting to grab up the first pair of shoes you think you love for your wedding, it’s important to spend some time shopping around. Don’t assume there isn’t a better option out there. Try on a variety of options, even if you don’t think you’ll like them. It’s amazing what “fits” in the end.
Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute
That said, don’t shop around too long. There’s a fine line between being a prudent shoe-shopper and being a lazy one. Once you have your dress, start the process. Ideally, you should have these elements finalized a few months out from your big day.
Make Comfort a Priority
Comfort, comfort, comfort! Comfort is key when picking shoes for your wedding day. It’s important to note, however, that comfort is relative. What you find pleasant may vary drastically from what another bride does. The only person who matters in this choice is you. If you’re good in heels for hours at a time, go for it! If you detest heels, find a pretty pair of flats instead.
The shoes you pick don’t have to match your wedding dress. In fact, many brides enjoy adding a pop of color with their shoes. Additionally, don’t forget to get a few shots of your shoes during your professional photography session!
Avoid Online Shopping
Online shopping is extremely popular, but it probably isn’t the best way to find your wedding shoes. While it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll find a pair you love (and likely at a price you can’t argue with), the potential hassle associated with returns and refunds simply isn’t worth it. Picking a pair of wedding shoes without trying them on just doesn’t work.
Keep Your Venue in Mind
Is your wedding indoors or outdoors? This should be a key factor in determining the type of shoe you ultimately select. Outdoor ceremonies and receptions may call for drastically different footwear, especially if you’re getting married in a unique location or plan to do a lot of walking around for photos.
Love Your Final Shoe Selection
Most importantly of all, love the shoes you pick for your wedding day. Choose a pair that suits your personality and that make you feel good both inside and out! It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks as long as you love the final selection you’ve made.
Helping Your Feet Survive the Night
Finding a pair of adorable wedding shoes is one thing, but making it through the day and night on your feet is something else completely! Now that you’re better prepared to pick the shoes of your dreams, here are a few tips that’ll keep you on the dance floor all night long.
Wear Your Shoes Beforehand
Another reason it’s important to purchase your wedding shoes with plenty of time to spare is that you’ll want to wear them a few times before your big day. Not only will this help wear them in, but it’ll give you a chance to confirm they’re “the ones” after all.
Have a Spare Pair
The absolute best way to save your feet is to have a spare pair of shoes handy for your reception. Ideally, these will be more comfortable and appropriate for dancing. Even if you don’t wear them all evening (or at all), it’s better to have them available just in case.
Consider Adding a Gel Insert
Depending on the style of shoes you have for your wedding day, it may be smart to add gel inserts. Even inserts that provide a minimal amount of additional support can be immensely helpful. You’ll definitely be thankful for them the day after your reception!
Attach Shoe Grips
Slip and slides are fun, but not generally appropriate for weddings. If your shoes don’t have good traction, consider purchasing shoe grips. These can be found in a variety of colors and styles and are usually simple to attach.
This year is filled with new wedding gown styles and trends that are still being discovered by brides-to-be. While the year has just started, couples everywhere are beginning their wedding planning. What better way to start the process than to look for your wedding dress?
Here are few tips on the hottest and most elegant wedding gown style trends 2018 has offer.
Years ago, bows used to be very popular, whether you were wearing them on your head or on your clothing. They were one of the biggest trends of 2011. Seven years later, bows are back in style. They either compliment the back of the gown as an accessory, or in the front of the dress as an accent bow. Bows are more commonly seen on the back of the wedding dress to bring attention to a long dress tail as the bride is walks down the aisle. With bows, you can use them with a simple look, such as small delicate bows, or you can really get noticed with large decadent bows. A statement bow will get noticed and may spark many fashion-related conversations at your wedding.
If you saw any bridal shows in the last few months, capes are one of the biggest trends right now in the fashion design. Capes can be a great addition to a wedding dress, because they can be worn instead of veils. Some capes are very long, spreading all the way to the floor, covering the long back of the dress. These capes can give a unique, royal look to your wedding dress. Capes can be made out of lace or any type of material that will compliment a white gown color.
If you are having trouble deciding whether you want a fitted gown or a large extravagant one, overskirt dresses are the choice for you. An overskirt dress is fitted in the chest area and a little bit of the waist and then becomes a bit larger at the bottom with a semi-puffy skirt. These gowns are popular for indoor wedding events in a church, marriage chapel, or any inside venue. They are not recommended for outside weddings. This particular dress option is unique since it shows off a woman’s figure while she is walking down the aisle.
Over the years, wedding dress neckline designs have changed periodically along with other fashion trends. Many dresses are worn off the shoulder or strapless making them the most common wedding gown styles. High necklines have become one of the newest trends for 2018.
These types of dresses highlight a bride’s face and accent a hair updo. High neckline styles prove that most women can look terrific with a high neckline type of dress, as well as the more common open neckline look of the last few years.
One of 2018’s biggest trends is fitted sleeve gowns. There are so many ways for sleeves to give an appearance of luxury when made with lace or other materials, and augmented with pearls or beading. The sleeves work best when they stand out in contrast to the gown material, or are an extension to another element in the front of the dress, such as a lace illusion neck.
More commonly attached to fitted gowns, sleeves can give the impression that the bride is wearing something similar to a shawl. These sleeve gowns are very entertaining to try on and feel very different than sleeveless dresses. Each dress has unique sleeves that add a fun and elegance to your wedding dress design. They can compliment the dress or stand out as an accent. Different styles of sleeves are more intriguing when the bottom of the dress is fitted straight down, and there is no long dress tail or any distractions from the beautiful sleeves.
We are only three months into the new year, and there are many new options for wedding dresses for brides to choose from. Whether you want to pull off a “princess” look, or a more traditional style, there are many new dresses that feature some of the wedding dress trends for 2018. These different styles are best worn in certain types of venues. For example, most women don’t wear large princess-like dresses to an outdoor wedding because they don’t want to risk having the wind blow their dress around. A sleeve gown is perfect for an outdoor wedding because the design is generally more streamlined.
Designers all over the world continue to create unique and beautiful wedding dresses for brides getting married this year. They are taking some chances with some new looks, as well as bringing back some classic styles such as bows and sleeves. Before choosing your wedding gown, take into consideration factors such as the type of venue, possible weather conditions, and the comfort of the dress.
New dresses are making their auditions at bridal shows, and brides cannot wait to see other styles that might be coming out in 2018. Remember, you want to feel elegant and comfortable in your wedding dress, so you can wear it all day and night on the big day!
The process of choosing a wedding dress is now so customizable that the number of options can be overwhelming. When you are considering the choices available to you, one way to narrow down the options is to look at the different fabrics and materials available, and select which one represents your style. While no fabric is exclusively for a particular personality type, it’s fun to think about how each fabric conveys an element of a bride’s taste and personality.
Are You the One Who Is Always Poised and Elegant, Floating from Room to Room?
Try chiffon. Of the sheer fabrics, chiffon is one of the lightest and most airy options. It puffs along beautifully when you dance or walk, but also floats just slightly when you are moving. At the same time, it has the heft necessary for a nice drape. When you are standing still, you’ll still look incredibly refined and cloud-like in your photographs. If you want a different fashionable look, rather than the ball gown, a single layer of chiffon can soften the look of an otherwise slinky gown, adding a halo effect to your look.
Are You Mature at Heart, a Bit down-to-Earth, and an Old Soul?
Try lace. Lace comes in so many varieties. There is a traditional quality to it. A nice combination of strength and delicate looks. It is common to find lace in an illusion neckline or as edging and detailing on a gown. A full lace dress can be incredibly beautiful when overlayed over a fabric with a slightly different shade of white or blush. Many vintage gowns have substantial lace elements. This is a great option if you want your dress to be a throwback to weddings gone by and a testament to the beauty and intricacy of well-made gowns.
Are You the Trickster, the Prankster, or the Best Person to Spend an Evening With?
Try tulle. Tulle is the bouncy, stiff netting that ballerinas use to make their tutus. Using tulle in a ball gown will give your dress the flounce and volume that characterize every “princess” dress in the movies. This fabric is so playful and fun that you can do a lot with it. It can be the underlayer for any number of other outer fabrics, and it gives fullness that makes your dress stand out from typical formal wear. Dancing at a wedding is never more fun than when full skirts swish and sway, and you’ll enjoy every moment of it!
Are You the Serious and Caring Type, the One Who Watches out for Friends and Family?
Try satin. Satin is strong, durable, and smooth, giving it that luxurious look and feel when you touch it. By choosing a satin dress, you get options like ruching or draping, making it quite versatile. Technically, satin can be made from a lot of different fibers, so look for one that gives you the qualities you want. Check to see how easily that particular satin wrinkles, whether it is breathable, and whether it is warm enough (if you are aiming for a winter wedding). The versatility of satin will help you put your best foot forward. Being dressed in a practical and beautiful satin gown will help you throw the best party for those you love.
Are You the Life of the Party and Always the One to Make an Entrance and Stand Out?
Try sequins and beading. Sequins are as diverse as the women wearing them. You can be sure to throw a glittery light show across the wall when you enter the room. Beading can make a dress made of a simple material into a true work of art. They can draw attention to the hem, waistline, or neckline of your dress, depending on what you most want to accentuate. Certainly dresses with sequins and beading don’t have to be loud, but if you definitely want to be the sparkling jewel at your wedding, they are the best way to bring the brightness to your wedding.
Most classic wedding dresses use elements of different fabrics and materials. Look at the dresses of your fashion icons and personal role models as a method to narrow down your choices. Figure out what you like about them. Whether you aim for the practical or the most delicate fabric possible, ask people at your bridal shop about the way to care for your gown to keep it in mint condition.
You can have your lace edging while floating around in your tulle ball gown to represent both parts of your personality. As you look for the “perfect dress” moment, considering a few materials you hadn’t heard of before to push you to experiment and choose a dress you’ve never noticed on the rack. A beautiful, memorable gown that you care about, regardless of material, is the perfect match for your personality.
Shopping for a wedding gown is probably the most stressful and exciting part of the wedding planning process. With a group of trusted friends by your side, you can decide on the perfect wedding gown to wear on the happiest day of your life. Many people dream about their wedding day and want their dress to be perfect, but sometimes brides-to-be make a few mistakes that delay the goal of finding the right wedding gown.
Here are some helpful tips to help you avoid all the wrong turns when choosing your wedding dress.
Time is Valuable, Use It Wisely
When searching for “the dress,” the bride has to make certain there’s enough time to get a custom-made gown (unless you are going the pre-owned route). Usually, custom dresses take up to six weeks to design and make. In many cases, the bride ends up ordering the wedding dress and bridesmaids’ dresses at the same time, so they can all be ready in time for the ceremony. Waiting until the last minute to order a custom wedding dress is not a good idea.
Ordering the dress should be at the top of the list of things to do before the wedding. Most engagements usually last up to twelve months, which is when planning for the ceremony takes place. Custom dresses should be ordered up to a year before the wedding. It is very tempting to start dress shopping right away after a proposal, but the quicker you shop and buy a dress the less chances you’ll have to explore all the other options. Purchasing a dress too early can mean you find a gown that you later decide you don’t like as you get closer to the wedding day.
Shopping for a wedding dress takes time—the process cannot be rushed. The bride must be able to explore the options and be free to consider different types of dresses. One thing you need to remember when shopping for a wedding gown: do not try on dresses you cannot afford. Even though there is a lot of excitement during dress shopping process, take your time and stick to your budget. Many brides tend to have a problem staying on a budget. They become so overwhelmed and excited with the different dresses and other details, they forget how much they can actually spend.
Looking around at different stores in different cities is also a good idea. You can have a larger outlook on the different sales and prices of dresses in several markets. If you are not ready to make a purchase once you’ve tried on dresses, then you are probably not ready for dress shopping. The reality is, you go dress shopping with an intention of buying a dress and not just trying it on. Shopping wisely can be a difficult task for most brides-to-be. Just remember, don’t try on anything you can’t afford.
Some brides think they can lose lots of weight in a short period of time without having to adjust the size of the dress. Remember to choose the dress you feel most beautiful and comfortable in without having to follow an extreme diet to fit into it. Maintaining a strict healthy diet throughout your engagement is always a good option, especially when you are ordering a custom-made dress. After you have spent countless hours budgeting and waiting for the right dress, when you finally purchase it, you are ready for the next step.
At Last The Day Has Arrived!
Finally, after waiting for the long engagement to be over, the big day has finally arrived! The most special day of your life, your wedding day. Throughout your wedding day, you should strive to keep your dress clean and perfect.
In order to avoid a dress disaster on your wedding day, you need to have emergency kits in all of your bridesmaids’ purses. Just in case something spills or tears, a handy tool kit will be available to fix the problem. Let’s hope nothing happens to the dress on the day of the wedding, but it is always a good idea to be prepared.
Avoiding a wedding dress disaster can be a challenge, but following a few simple steps can help. As a bride, you should be thinking about taking your time to choose the right dress that you are comfortable in it. Maintaining a strict budget will help you make up your mind faster about certain dresses, especially if they are out of your price range. Use your time wisely when shopping to avoid doing everything at the last minute and spending more money than you had planned.
Lastly, when the dress purchase is finally made, you should be ready for any kind of disaster on your wedding day. Emergency tool kits should include sewing kits, wipes, and Tide to go. Have the bridesmaids keep the emergency kits handy, and keep them close by throughout your special day.
Many brides are looking for a combination of value and price when they begin wedding dress shopping. After all, there is such a wide range of how much you could pay for a wedding dress, and not all gowns are made with the same quality. One option you can choose that will save a lot of money is selecting a pre-owned wedding dress. Not only does this give a one-time-use dress another chance to shine, it’s also more environmentally sustainable to reuse a dress. At the same time, it can be fun to think about the dress as a part of another story of love and marriage. Some brides bond over having shared a dress. Typically, you can get a fancier dress within your budget if you also choose a pre-owned one.
There are some strategic steps to finding the best deals on pre-owned wedding dressesthat will help manage your expectations. With the high sticker price on new dresses comes an expectation of support from the dress store. With a pre-owned dress you’ll want to put some plans in place to make sure you are getting what you really want, and you can handle any alterations that need to be made.
Go Wedding Dress Shopping in Person
You will learn a lot during a wedding dress shopping day. You may be tempted by the endless sea of white and blush gowns. You will learn what size range you wear in wedding dresses, what styles look good on you, and what kind of accessories (such as a veil) you want to factor into your budget. While it’d be lovely to find the perfect dress while shopping and discover it on sale, you will probably have to shop around.
If there is a large pre-owned dress store in town, try gowns on there, but keep in mind that there will be more variety available online. If you don’t find something you want in the right size, ask the shop’s owner when they will get more inventory in, or if they have networks where they can find more dresses that fit your size and preferences!
Look for Important Features in Each Dress
Classified ads and used dress shopping websites can be very overwhelming, so one way to make sure you aren’t inundated with options is to decide on the important features early. You know you want a size 6, empire-waist gown for under a certain amount of money. Or, you want a size 8 tulle ball gown and you know how much you are willing to pay. Once you apply these filters to your online search, you will be able to see when new postings go up, and check out what they have to offer.
Another important detail to consider is whether or not the seller offers free return shipping. In some cases, the website itself ensures free returns, but verify this fact with the seller. If you are really serious about the dress, perhaps offer to split the cost of a return. If you think the dress is a long shot for you, there’s no reason to have the seller ship the dress to you, only to discover it doesn’t fit after all. Use good judgment and accept that you might pay one or two shipping fees to get to the “right” dress.
Patience Is a Virtue, but so Is Being Decisive!
One of the ways that people benefit when buying a new gown is that they save time from not having to shop around at many dress stores. There are multiple copies of this exact dress, and the store or online shop can order your size in a new version. Since the perfect pre-owned dress may come along only once, it’s wise to think about a deadline for buying your dress, and a range of time you will be looking for it. When you find the right dress, you have to be ready to commit fairly quickly, since it might not be there when you check back.
Keep in mind a few options for your price range. Would you push your upper price limit a little higher for a truly life-changing designer dress? Are you trying to stay under a particular price, no matter what comes up? Since you are already getting to know the market for dresses for sale in classified ads and wedding dress sales, you should also consider if you intend to sell your own dress after the wedding. Rarely do women mind that a dress has been in two weddings instead of than one, especially after a professional cleaning job. It’s a good option to consider pre-owned dresses if you find yourself with a tight budget but want to choose a specific high-quality dress.
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We all want that perfect wedding dress moment. You want to feel as if you’re walking on air because you’ve found the dress that’s going to make you feel like a princess on your wedding day.
We have a few ways to ensure you get that perfect wedding dress moment. and tips on avoiding common mistakes.
Making a Wedding Dress Choice Too Fast
You may feel pressure to choose a gown right away, with the worry you’ll never find the perfect dress. Don’t settle for one you aren’t totally in love with. You will have time to find the perfect wedding gown, if you start shopping early enough. Shop around to different bridal stores to try on as many dresses as you need to feel confident in your decision. You don’t want to regret your wedding dress choice for the rest of your life, just because you chose to settle on one that was acceptable. You may not scream with excitement when you find “the one,” but you’ll just know it inside. Choose one that makes you feel confident and radiant. Take your time to fall in love with a wedding dress. It might be the first one you try on, or the 99th, but you’ll find the perfect dress if you are persistent.
Waiting Too Long to Shop for Your Wedding Gown
Take your time deciding on your dress, but don’t wait too long. Some brides think going shopping for the dress a month before the wedding is acceptable. It isn’t. Off the rack wedding dresses aren’t usually tailored to your body shape, so they must be special ordered and custom tailored.
Making a special wedding dress doesn’t happen overnight. Usually, a wedding dress will take around six weeks to complete. You need to leave time for extra alterations and last minute tweaks. Some dresses aren’t finished with all the final alterations and touch-ups until a few days before the wedding. You want this dress to fit you like a glove, so you have to give everyone else time to make that piece of perfection for you to wear at your wedding ceremony.
Judging the Dress by the Hanger
You might be focused on a certain style of dress, but you shouldn’t dismiss other styles you aren’t as sure about. The dress may look strange on a hanger and gorgeous on your body. Try on different styles of gowns because you may actually surprise yourself. You probably know what type of dress makes you feel the most confident, but be open-minded and try on different cuts and styles. You may be surprised to find out you love a strapless style, when you’ve never thought of wearing one before. There are hundreds of styles of wedding dresses with all different types of embellishments. Have fun and try them all on instead of limiting yourself to just one style.
Throwing Your Wedding Gown Budget out the Window
Set your wedding dress budget and then stick to it. Don’t try on gowns you can’t afford and then fall in love with them. You’ll either leave the store with a sad face or leave the store blowing your wedding budget. You have a budget for a reason, so buying a $3,000 dress when you only allowed $1,500, will leave you skimping on something else later.
Remember alterations and last minute fitting tweaks need to be permitted in the budget. Alterations can get pretty expensive if you need a lot done, so set aside some money just in case. Make sure you tell the wedding dress stylist about your budget when shopping, so they don’t bring your dresses that you can’t afford. Don’t worry, no matter the budget, there is a perfect dress out there just for you.
Bringing Your Entourage to Choose a Dress
It’s fun to turn wedding dress shopping into a party, but it can get overwhelming when many opinions are involved. If you bring a whole entourage with you, expect many different opinions that could overwhelm you. Not everyone has the same style or taste. Half of your entourage may love your dress and the other half may hate it. You may look in the mirror and fall in love with a dress, but other opinions cause you to second guess your decision.
The best thing to do is bring one or two people with you who will give you an honest opinion. They probably know your style and know what you love. Explain to them the dress isn’t about what they love, but it’s all about what looks best on you. Make sure the people you bring will be honest with you and tell you if something doesn’t make you look like a princess. You want to bring friends and family whose opinions you trust, and whose opinions won’t overwhelm you.
You Have to Be Able to Move around Comfortably
Your wedding dress is something you’re not only going to wear standing at the altar, but you’re going to wear dancing and socializing all night. You want to choose a dress that allows you to move freely while allowing a certain level of comfort. Of course, the dress won’t be as comfortable as if you were getting married in your sweatshirt and shorts, but it should allow you to walk freely and dance with your new spouse.
Choose something that fits in all the right places, but still allows you some breathing room. You need to be able to eat a bite of cake without spilling out of your dress. Practice wearing your gown around the house if you still need assurance you can comfortably wear it all day, before the big day comes.
The right veil is an accessory that can change your entire look on your wedding day. The wedding veil traditionally is a piece of a bride’s wedding attire that can be pushed back to reveal her face, top off her princess look, or just hang there in pure beauty. Historically, the veil was actually worn so evil spirits couldn’t see the bride’s face and steal her away from the groom.
If you choose to accessorize with a gorgeous veil, we have some options and a style guide for you.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Veil Style
Before you choose the type of veil you want, there are a few things you should consider. Think about your wedding dress and how it will harmonize with the veil. You want the veil to be an enhancement and not the star of the show. Evaluate where it will hit on the dress if you are wearing a strapless or a halter-style dress. The last thing you want to do is take attention away from your dress. Think about your hairstyle and how it will go with your veil. You will want to take the veil to your hair stylist so they can work the veil into your hair design for the wedding. If you’re planning to go with an extensive updo, you don’t want a heavy veil that will conceal the beauty of your hair.
If you are wearing your hair down, you can choose almost any veil. You just don’t want the veil to hide your hairstyle. Think about the location where you will be married. If you are in confined space, a long veil with a train isn’t the best option. If you’re getting married outdoors where it might be windy, you don’t want a long veil flying around hitting your guests in the face.
You should also decide if you want a simple or embellished style of veil. Any length or type of veil can be embellished with lace, embroidery or jewels. If your dress is embellished, you may want to shy away from an embellished veil, but it’s your style, so you can add anything you want to a simple white veil.
It’s got a fun name with a vintage look. The birdcage veil is usually made with tulle. They traditionally cover a part of the bride’s face and usually fall right above the chin. This type of veil is beautiful with short dresses when you are going for the all-over romantic, vintage style.
The blusher veil is perfect for the bride that wants the beautiful, dramatic moment when the veil is lifted to reveal her lovely face. This type of veil covers the entire face landing at the shoulders. It’s perfect for any length of dress whether a long train or a shorter length.
The fingertip veil reminds many brides of royal weddings, such as the wedding of Kate Middleton to Prince William. It’s a flowing, extravagant veil that goes to your fingertips. It’s long and looks beautiful in photos, but might get in your way for dancing and socializing all night. Many brides take this veil off after the actual wedding ceremony. Long veils are best with dresses that don’t have a train so the styles don’t compete with one another to be star of the show.
This is the perfect type of veil to wear when you want a long veil, but not too long. Commonly known as the “waltz veil” or “ballerina veil,” the ballet veil is usually knee or ankle length. It doesn’t traditionally touch the ground, making it easier for you to walk and dance if you want to wear it at the reception. It is still best worn with dresses that don’t have a train.
A chapel veil is the perfect length for many brides. It’s not the longest veil of choice, yet short enough to allow movement. It’s perfect for updos and dresses without trains. The chapel veil is usually a few inches longer than the dress itself. It’s traditionally worn at more formal weddings, and many brides choose to take it off before the wedding reception. Although it’s short enough to walk in, dancing in a chapel veil might be difficult as guests try to navigate around it without bringing you down.
The cathedral veil is traditionally one that expresses beauty and elegance. It’s mostly seen at very formal weddings. It flows at least 20 centimeters past a train of a dress. That being said, before you choose a cathedral veil to go with your dress that has a train, make sure the two complement one another. This veil looks beautiful in photos and it can extend up to nine feet making a cascading look.
An elbow veil is a gorgeous, yet lighter look for your big day. It’s flattering for any woman to wear and it falls to the elbows. The best thing about this type of veil is it won’t compete with a short or long gown. It looks good with just about anything. It’s usually without hassle as you aren’t fighting with it to get out of your face all day and night. Embellishments are perfect for this type of veil.
Drama and style come together with a flyaway veil. This type of veil falls right at or below the shoulders. It offers volume and a vintage look to any type of dress. This type of veil isn’t as formal as some others so is traditionally worn in a more informal wedding.
Engagement rings might be on your mind and you are trying to decide whether to go with a diamond or moissanite ring. When it comes to engagement rings, diamonds are typically the way to go. However, couples today are beginning to choose alternative stones that are more affordable and environmentally friendly. Moissanite stones have become increasingly popular and are worn in engagement rings throughout the world today. Truth be told, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but in reality, women are intrigued by the sharpness and shininess of a moissanite center stone. If moissanite is a stone that can replace diamonds for engagement rings, will people continue to purchase diamonds?
Here are a few details on moissanite rings.
History of Moissanite
Most people don’t know much about moissanite and its history. In fact, many ring shoppers think it’s a newly discovered stone. A chemist and Noble Prize winner named Henri Moissan, discovered the moissanite stone in 1893 in a meteor crater in Arizona. It wasn’t until the mid-1990s that companies and scientists began to take more of an interest in the creation of this gem for jewelry design. This new, diamond-like stone is created from microscopic particles, and strictly made in laboratories with the help of highly specialized chemists and laboratory equipment. The stones are made from a process of thermal decomposition in a high-temperature manufacturing process.
The moissanite stone was initially created to give the appearance of having similar qualities to those of a diamond, however, they are distinctly different when examined closely. In order to create these diamond-like stones, lots of technology and energy is required for their production. Scientists spend hours working to create the perfect moissanite stone. Typically, moissanite stones cost 30-50% less than an average diamond ring.
Care and Maintenance of Moissanite Rings
Just like any other gemstone or diamond jewelry, moissanite rings must be cared for with regular cleaning and maintenance. Although they are very durable, maintaining a good care routine is always recommended. Moissanite rings are designed to be scratch-resistant and can even withstand a temperature of up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The structural density of this gem is unbelievable, but keeping it in a secured jewelry box is always a good idea to avoid damage from chemicals and dust.
Every few months or so, bacteria and small particles will accumulate on your moissanite ring. There are some specific methods to keep your ring clean without damaging the stone. Use a toothbrush and some light dish soap to gently scrub your gem and maintain it looking shiny and beautiful. This routine should be followed every few months, when small particles can be seen on the surface of the stone. Usually, these particles and bacteria come from washing dishes, cleaning tasks, or even touching your hair. Maintaining a good cleaning routine for your moissanite ring will help it last much longer and keep it looking new.
Moissanite Versus Diamonds
Whether it’s a diamond or a moissanite gem you choose for your ring, you will have an emotional attachment to it as it becomes an everyday piece of jewelry. Moissanite rings are far more economical and environmentally responsible. There is no mining behind the creation of moissanite stones in contrast to diamonds. Some people argue that moissanite stones have a more rainbow-like prism effect and shine brighter when showcased in the sunlight when compared to diamonds. Real diamonds can have inclusions or a more cloudy appearance from their natural origin.
Both of these stones are very durable and can be worn every day. Moissanite stones are more affordable than diamonds and have the same desired effect when purchased as an engagement ring stone. The durability of both stones is almost equal. However, if price is your biggest concern, diamonds can be more than three times as costly as moissanite. In the long run, either type of ring has the same symbolization of marriage and commitment, but moissanite is the most affordable.
Moissanite engagement rings are crafted to perfection and deserve more attention than they receive in many engagement ring stores. These rings can typically last decades and will never lose the fire and beauty of the moissanite stone. Symbolically, this is what a couple wants in an engagement ring—a ring that represents their love forever.
Moissanite is more flexible in working with jewelry design concepts. Diamonds are a bit more difficult to accommodate other shapes and cuts, given the fact that they are usually mined in a basic round shape. Different shapes and styles of moissanite stones can found in different countries. Since moissanite stones are chemically and scientifically created, they can take on any shape that is desired. Moissanite rings can be purchased in almost any jewelry store that offers a wide selection of wedding and engagement rings.
Overall, engagement rings are purchased for the same reason— to represent the love between two people who intend to marry. If purchasing a moissanite ring is more affordable and environmentally friendly, then more couples may chose moissanite rings for these reasons. Fewer couples may choose to purchase diamond rings after getting a glimpse of the beauty of moissanite rings, but it is an individual choice for every couple to decide for themselves.
We’ve all seen that “perfect wedding dress” moment in the movies. You know the one we’re talking about: The bride-to-be is at a wedding dress shop, looks in the mirror, and knows that the dress she has on is the one she wants.
In reality, you might try on 25 dresses, decide that you hate all of them. Then you go back the next week and pick one out that you’ve already tried on. You might choose the very first wedding gown you tried on. Anything is possible when you’re shopping for the dress—the one you’ve been dreaming about since you were five years old and put a napkin on your head pretending it was a veil.
Shopping for your wedding dress can feel a little overwhelming. You’ve probably never tried on a wedding dress before, or had a room full of people making comments on everything you try on. Not to mention, you’ve never heard all of the wedding dress terminology before.
When you’re ready to shop for a wedding dress, check out our five wedding dress shopping tips to help you find that dress of your dreams.
Know Your Wedding Dress Budget
Whether your budget is $500 or $5,000, knowing the limits of what you can spend is crucial when shopping for a wedding dress. Of course, many dresses that are drastically out of your budget are going to look fantastic, so it’s best to not risk falling in love with something you can’t afford.
Know What Type of Silhouette You Want
It’s a good idea to do a bit of research online or go through a few bridal magazines ahead of your wedding dress shopping appointment.
The most common bridal gown silhouettes you’re going to see will be:
- Ballgown: This style would what many describe as the classic “princess” dress. They have a fitted bodice and a full skirt.
- A-line: A-line gowns are probably the most popular silhouette. They have a fitted waist and have an “A” shaped skirt that flairs out at the waistline.
- Trumpet: Trumpet gowns are very fitted from the neckline to the hips, and then flair out at the bottom.
- Mermaid: Mermaid gowns are similar to trumpet gowns in that they are very fitted, but they don’t flair out until about mid-calf.
- Sheath: Sheath gowns have a straight shape from the neckline to the hem.
- Tea Length: Tea length dresses were popular in the mid-century and are now a fun, vintage silhouette for more casual, garden weddings. Most tea length dresses are in an A-line shape but the hem ends in the middle of the calf or at the top of the ankle.
Don’t Be Afraid to Try Something New
You may have always pegged yourself as a bride who would want something over-the-top and dazzling. Something that was a real show stopper. But when you walk into that dress fitting appointment, you may find yourself swooning over a simple sheath gown that fits you like a glove.
Be open minded when you go shopping for a wedding dress. You never know what you’re going to like until you try a few of them on, and you might end up choosing a dress you hadn’t considered.
You Have to Feel Comfortable in Your Wedding Gown
Everyone wants to look their best on their wedding day, but you should also be comfortable. You’re going to be running nonstop all day long talking to relatives, making sure things are running smoothly, dancing your little heart out, and smooching with your brand new spouse. You don’t want to be tugging at your dress, sucking in, or feeling like you have to check to make sure your bra isn’t showing. Pick a dress that’s beautiful and that moves with you.
Go with Your Instincts
You may not have that enlightened moment when you cry your eyes out and hug everyone in the store because you’ve found your perfect wedding dress. You know what looks good on you and what you envision wearing when you are walking down the aisle. Your mom may have an opinion, your sister might love you in the first dress you tried on, but go with your instincts. You know which wedding gown you really love.