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The Wedding Gown

Do you have a vision of your gown? Maybe you want to keep an age old tradition by wearing your motherís wedding gown or design your own. As you begin your search, start by looking through wedding albums and glancing through bridal magazines to get some idea of the style of gown you most desire.

The wearing of the white wedding gown is a fairly new tradition that started in the 1800ís. In the United States and Europe, a bridal gown could have been a shade of purple, blue or even gray. It wasn't until 1840 with the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, that the queen appeared in an all white gown with matching white accessories.

Todayís wedding dress is usually white or ivory and accounts for approximately 6% of the wedding budget. Be careful not to do impulse buying. You should begin shopping for your wedding gown ten months before the wedding date. Use the assistance of the professionally trained bridal consultant to help select the most flattering dress. It is also a good idea to take the maid of honor when you are shopping for the perfect dress, perhaps even mother or sister. Most importantly, select the gown that makes you feel beautiful.

Special Note - If you are in love with a certain gown, however you envision a slightly altered sleeve or an additional touch of lace, keep in mind that a full-service bridal salon can create your custom wedding gown.

The Most Popular Style Gowns Include:

Ball Gown or Cinderella (most common in formal weddings), A-line, Fitted, Empire, and Mermaid style gowns. Select amongst these styles depending on your height and figure, wedding style and season of wedding. The timeline for ordering the wedding gown is six months in advance of wedding date.

Special Note - If you are on a limited budget and are looking for price-cutting solutions, Jessica McClintock has a large selection of bridal and bridesmaid dresses at lower costs. Do an internet search on Jessica McClintock for additional information. Other cost cutting options include vintage shops for a slightly used wedding gown, or consider borrowing or renting a wedding gown.

Bridal salons and finer department stores have endless selections of dresses, veils, and headpieces. The sales consultants are trained to make you look and feel your best on your wedding day. Comfortable shoes are recommended since your wedding day begins early and goes on for hours. The brideís jewelry should be simple and not compete with the dress.

Every bride needs to hold in her possession something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. The tradition of wearing something old was often a gift from the mother of the bride to her daughter. The wearing of her motherís gift was said to bring wisdom to the bride in her wedded life. Something new, represented the new family union of the couple. Something borrowed was lent by a happily married woman, she extended upon the new couple some of her own age old marital bliss. The told legend of "something blue" is worn as a symbol of purity, fidelity, hope and love for the new bride.

Today, brideís often select two garters, one to throw and one as a keepsake, one of the garters is often blue. The tossing of the garter is said to have risen from the bride detecting the drunkenness of the men at the wedding, the bride sensed likely mayhem, so to prevent a scene, the bride quickly removed the garter herself and threw it to the rambunctious crowd of men.