Finding the Right Designer Wedding Gown For You

Your Wedding Dress is The Single Most Important Thing About Your Wedding!

The way you look on your wedding day (aside from the vows of course) – at least according to the bride is the most important part of the wedding day. The wedding gown is the main attraction and focus during the ceremony.

Every guest stands when the bride walks down the aisle to meet her groom, and every eye is on the bride and her wedding dress. With this in mind, it is no wonder that so many brides are nervous and anxious – completely stressed out when they go in search of the perfect wedding gown.

Designer wedding dresses add that unique and personal touch that many brides aim for when choosing their wedding dress. With so many designers, it can be difficult to know which dress it “the one”.

Which Style Wedding Dress Is Best For Your Body Type?

The wedding gown has to be the right shape for the bride’s figure to flatter her natural beauty and draw attention to her attributes.

Designer wedding gowns are made to enhance and compliment women and come in varying styles and designs. You can do research on the Internet looking for the different types of designer wedding gowns and can visit every bridal shop within the area. Bridal Shows are a great way to see what’s out there. These events have fashion shows with models displaying the current fashion trends in designer wedding gowns or dresses. Here you will be able to see how a dress looks on a live person and watch how it flows when they walk in it. You will also be able to see what types of accessories are chosen to enhance the dress as well.

That doesn’t mean that you should jump in a purchase a gown at 3 or 4 times what you could pay for the same wedding gown online.

Of course, designer wedding gowns can be very expensive depending upon the style and the designer.

How much you are willing and able to spend will depend upon how much you have allocated to your budget – and how badly you want that one particular gown.

Before spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on a designer gown, check around at different bridal shops for sales and specials. Attend bridal fashion shows as many times they give discounts for designer dresses just for attending the event.

Create your own design using ideas from various dresses you’ve looked at and see if you can find a designer who will create the ultimate dress for you. No matter your tastes or budget limitations, there are plenty of ways to find the perfect designer wedding gown for your special day.

The Meaning Behind Wedding Favors

Special Parting Gifts

Weddings impart a good feeling to anyone attending these celebratory events. If you’re a guest at one of these occasions, you’ll be sure to come home with a memento from the happy couple that will be unique as well as memorable. If you’re in the process of planning a wedding yourself, it’s important to choose your wedding favors for your guests and order them early as you’ll have a lot of other arrangements to make as well.

Where it All Began

Take a look online and you’ll be amazed at the number of offerings. It makes one wonder where the tradition of offering a wedding favor to guests started. Well, to obtain your answer, you’d have to travel back in time a few centuries to France and Italy. At that time, the aristocrats in those countries offered small presents, known as bonbonnieres (in France) or bombonieres (in Italy) to the guests at weddings. Such gifts were also presented to guests at other happy occasions as well, such as birthday parties.

A Gift of Influence

A bonbonniere or bomboniere was a porcelain, crystal or metal box. Some were made with fine gems or precious stones. Inside the boxes, one generally found five small candies, or sometimes sugared almonds. Each piece represented health, fertility, wealth, longevity and happiness. As a result, the tradition prevailed and that’s why we offer favors at weddings and bridal showers today.

A Large Selection Online

Of course, today we have a much larger selection with respect to favors for weddings or bridal showers. On the Internet, you’ll find a wide array of unique wedding favors that you can use as gifts for your guests. Pick from flowers, candies, candles, bottle stoppers, measuring spoons, tea bags, and personalized boxes, just to name a few.

Do Some Virtual Window Shopping

Naturally, practical favors are always appreciated. For example, give your guests picture frames that can be used as place card holders. Using favors in this way can save you a lot with respect gift wrapping. What’s nice about shopping on the Internet for your favors is that you can match the favor to the type of wedding you are planning. Take your time and browse over the selections; however, make sure you do it far in advance of your actual wedding date as the gifts will need to be personalized. Sites that offer favors usually provide information and ideas on wedding invitations and decorations as well as accessories. Use the time to choose unique wedding favors and related items for your special day.

Unique Candy Apples

For example, you may want to give your guests a sweet treat, such as a brownie ball, which is available in a bride or groom motif. Pick the chocolate-covered candy apple bride, accented which white chocolate pearls or the candy apple groom, with a white and dark chocolate tuxedo.
A Vintage Selection
On the other hand, you may prefer to give your guests a birdcage holding a tea light. This type of favor is great for a vintage-type wedding. The metal cage holds a tea light and doubles for holding place cards as well.

A Little Bit of Tea or Jam Anyone?

Or, maybe you’d like to give guests a teapot and infuser for a party favor. What a perfect way to depict sharing. A chrome spreader with a heart-shaped handle is a good present for your guests to take home too.

Favors are a nice tradition and an excellent way to celebrate the “union” and family and friends. Maintain the tradition by looking at all the offerings online.The

How to Pack a Wedding Dress for Travel

So you are getting married abroad? You may now be wondering about that all important wedding gown and how best to take it with you to your wedding destination. This article is based on industry knowledge and first hand tales of brides that we have dealt with over the years.

Specialist wedding gown cleaning is often carried out on dresses prior to going away to your wedding destination. Sometimes, brides will buy a secondhand dress and have it cleaned first. If this is you then it is probably easier to have a professional wedding dress cleaning company box it up for you in a wedding travel box. This type of box is most suitable for travel with your dress and also is made from PH neutral card and contains acid free tissue. The whole purpose of this box is that your gown will stay with you at all times on-board the aircraft.

If you have purchased a brand new dress from a wedding gown shop then using the same type of box is your best option also. The wedding gown shop should be more than happy to pack your dress for you.

After all alterations have been carried out and you have had your final fitting at the bridal store, ask them to pack the dress for you. In a box you supply to them or they may be able to sell you a wedding travel box directly.

There are several on-line companies that sell travel boxes but please always ask for PH Neutral card (heavy) and acid free tissue for packaging the dress. Please note that in general the cheaper boxes also do not have a thick corded carrying handle but a plastic handle that pushes into the box thus making it unsuitable to store your dress in afterwards.

If you have purchased the dress and have it at home then it is recommended using a wedding dress travel box and packing the wedding dress yourself.

Step 1. Layer the acid free tissue in the bottom of the box and then around the edges.

Step 2. Try to estimate the number of folds required to get the dress into the box with the bodice facing upwards on the last fold.

Step 3. Lay the train in the bottom of the box then place tissue over and tuck in tightly at the sides

Step 4. Fold the dress over and press down firmly now lay more tissue over this folded layer tucking in tightly at the sides.

Step 5. Finally fold the dress with the bodice facing to the top of the box again pressing down firmly and again place tissue over and tuck firmly into the sides.

Step 6. Now don’t forget the Veil and tiara if you have one… then place the lid on and securely using the drawer string.

Tips:

– Don’t try to pack the hoops and under skirt into the travel box.

– Don’t panic if your dress looks squashed – most wedding destinations will have steamers to steam the wedding dress on arrival.

– Always check with your airline the maximum size of hand luggage allowed on board the aircraft.

– Wedding dress travel boxes come in many sizes and colors.

– Unpack your wedding dress as soon as possible to avoid bad creases setting in.

– Some airlines do allow the wedding dress on board in the cabin in the gown bag hanging compartment but check with your airline!

– DO NOT put your precious dress in your suit case – It may not arrive with you and liquids can ruin and damage your dress if they leak in the hold of the aircraft.

– If you MUST put the wedding dress into a suitcase and into the hold of the aircraft then please make sure you cover the whole dress with a strong water tight plastic bag.

Most Wedding Travel Boxes come with a cord handle instead of ribbon and lace that holds the lid in place as you carry. These sturdy boxes protect the dress from any untoward accidents whilst traveling, and can be used after the day for storing the wedding dress in.

The standard size wedding dress travel box dimensions are as follows:

Wedding Travel Maxi: 35 x 55 x 20 cm (deep) – The Travel Maxi provides the maximum space allowed in the overhead lockers, to fit within the hand luggage dimensions requested by major airlines. Please check with your airline. The depth allows for a fuller skirt and veil.

Flying with Thomas Cook? Thomas Cook has restricted hand luggage of 42 x 27 x 22 cm, which is not the ideal shape for a wedding dress, but there is a Wedding Travel Slim Box that is especially for Thomas Cook flights.