Friday, September 27, 2013

The Eternal Adornment of Wedding Gown: Bridal Gloves

  • The fascinating history of bridal gloves

Gloves used to be everyday wear for women and especially on church grounds and at weddings, which exude a vintage elegance. As symbols of prestige and power, they were typically seen on the hands of royalty. In the middle ages, ladies would give them as a token of affection to her suitor, and by the Renaissance, women of fashion wore ornately embroidered gloves daily. Some even collected them obsessively, such as Queen Elizabeth I (sixteenth century) who accumulated more than 2,000 pairs! The tradition of giving gloves as keepsakes to wedding guests continued into the nineteenth century.

A pair of gloves is a sophisticated accessory that signify a bride’s special status. Second only to the veil and tiara, bridal gloves send a signal about who is the significant person at the event. When a woman marries, she is special that day, a princess with privileges. One of the privileges of princesses is to be free from hard labor and using her hands. The gloves signify that she is not to dirty her hands or lift a finger. Brides also wear gloves for that extra bit of elegance and statement of fashion style. So, when considering gloves, brides should know how to choose the right gloves.

  • How to find your right gloves

Modern brides are free to utilize the customs of the past or break all the rules. While gloves were worn every day by previous generations of women and were worn as a matter of course at weddings, today’s brides view gloves as optional. However, along with veils and tiaras, gloves are a significant signal that on this day, the bride holds a special position.

Most brides choose a glove based on a style, color, and fabric that matches the gown. Since gloves are a major accessory, they should accentuate the dress style. Simple gowns pair with ornate gloves and complicated dresses are balanced by understated gloves. Brides should also keep in mind the time of the day wedding takes place, the formality of occasion, and the venue. For instance, long gloves at a beach wedding seems incongruous, but long gloves, known as opera gloves, are more appropriate at an evening wedding at an indoor venue. The most important factors in choosing gloves are the length and sizing.

  1.  Glove Length

Most brides could safely choose a glove that goes over the wrist or just up to the elbow; these lengths will compliment most dresses and are comfortable. Standard gloves with buttons range from 1-button at the wrist to 20-buttons that end at the shoulder. The 6-button glove ends below the elbow and the 8-button reaches over the elbow. Dresses with long sleeves necessitate only short gloves. Dresses with short sleeves can bear any length up to and over the elbow. Sleeveless and strapless gowns can bear the longest length, up to the shoulder. Brides should also keep in mind that if wearing a bridal jacket, the glove length should be adjusted as necessary.

  2.   Glove Size

Finding the right size is also important as a glove that is too tight will be uncomfortable and gloves that are too loose will be awkward. To measure for gloves, wrap a tape measure around the hand at the widest part around the knuckles, without including the thumb. Use the guidelines posted online and match the measurement. Keep in mind that brands vary slightly in size.

  3.   Glove style

  • When Wearing Vintage Gloves

Wearing vintage bridal gloves can be a great choice for many brides on their special day. Vintage style weddings are very popular, and brides can benefit from some of the unique styles from the past. They can find vintage gloves and other vintage wedding accessories from well-known designers or emulate style icons like Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn. They can also fill the something borrowed tradition by asking if they can wear a relative’s pair from their wedding day. Asking to wear a mother’s or grandmother’s wedding gloves will make them feel good and add a special memory to the bride’s big day. They may not match perfectly, but sometimes sentimentality is more important.

  • When Wearing Fingerless Gloves

Fingerless gloves are very popular among modern brides. Also called gauntlets as they are generally short and fit around the wrist, the fingerless glove allows the bride elegance and flexibility. During the ring exchange, taking off the glove or making other accommodations can be tricky, so the fingerless bridal glove is a perfect compromise. The material on these gloves covers just the knuckles on the hand. Some gloves have a loop that hooks around a finger to keep the glove in place. Brides can find fingerless gloves in a wide variety of fabrics and designs.

Some warm tips for gloves wearing

Tip 1: Do know when to wear gloves

Gloves should be removed for the ring ceremony, worn or not worn for the reception line after the ceremony, worn for first dances and pictures, and removed when cutting the cake, eating, and drinking. The trickiest part of wearing gloves is the ring ceremony. Short bridal gloves are easier to remove after handing the maid of honor the bouquet. Longer gloves may be more difficult so a work-around is in order. Cut the ring finger seam so that with one small movement the finger is exposed, then have a second pair of gloves for after the ceremony.

In the greeting line, brides can either leave the gloves on or off. Leaving them off will allow the intimacy of skin to skin contact when people are congratulating the bride. During formal pictures and when entering the reception room when people will be taking pictures it is a good idea to have them on especially to complete the bridal outfit. Wear them for the special dances with father and groom and for throwing the bouquet. Take them off when cutting the cake, eating and drinking.

Tip 2: Do practice

After purchasing the gloves, do spend some time practicing putting them on and taking them off. If possible, practice with the maid of honor the handing off of the wedding bouquet and the gloves. This transition should be handled smoothly and discreetly as it should not be a spectacle for the guests. It especially should not look like a strip-tease. If possible, turn the back to the guests and be sure the officiant knows that a little extra time is needed for this moment. Since the gloves will be put on and taken off several times throughout the event, practice will help the bride handle the gloves with style.

Tip 3: Do not pay attention to rules

While common practice is to choose gloves that complement and match the dress, and rules govern when to put on and take off the gloves, modern brides are free to make their own rules. To express one’s personality, brides should not pay attention to any rules that do not work for them. Brides do not have to pick a color, design, or fabric that matches the dress. Pick red gloves if the dress is white. Choose leather gloves if the dress is silk. Pick lace bridal gloves if the gown has geometric lines. Wear the gloves to cut the cake if desired. Take off the gloves for pictures. Break the rules and please oneself on one’s special day. After all, the central pair for the day is the bride and groom, not the gloves.

Friday, September 20, 2013

The Perfect Bridal Veil for Your Wedding Gown

For every girl, nuptial is the most important occasion that she has ever shown up in all her lifetime. After the wedding gown, a veil is one of the most defining aspects of the wedding ensemble, though it is just an accessory. Almost every bride with a romantic fantasy think that she does not feel like a bride to be married until the moment when she has her fancy veil on. There's just something about a wispy piece of white fabric that completes the transformation from the daily persona to the bride. So, here we post some wedding guidelines about the veil to you all who are going to get married, and hope to  give you some handy instructions.

First and foremost, the ideal veil depends largely on the style of wedding gown you choose, After all, your veil must remain in harmony with the style of your wedding (party, an official reception, wedding in the church …). Pick something bold to fit your theme, or something softer to be more conventional. The veil you want should really compliments your wedding dress. Remember, veils should merely complement wedding dresses, so don't be overly obsessive about finding a perfect match. If your dress has a lot of elaborate details, you should select a wedding veil that has little or no embellishment. Cut edge, pencil, satin cord, or satin ribbon edge veils will be perfect as they will not hide the beautiful details at the back of your wedding gown. Elaborate veils look best with simpler wedding gowns. Lace veils and mantilla style veils will embellish the plain back of the wedding gown. Veils with scattered Swarovski pearls or rhinestones will add a beautiful sparkle to your dress. 54” or 72” wide veils are perfect for detailed full skirt gowns whereas full 108” wide veils go better with slim simple gowns. 

Secondly, ask yourself how long you plan on wearing your veil. It will dictate how long it should be. You can decide to wear your veil for the ceremony only and then remove it for the reception or you can wear your veil all throughout the wedding. If you want to wear your veil during the reception, pick either a shorter veil or a multi-tiered longer one with a bottom tier that can be detached after the reception. All cathedral veils in Victoria’s Wedding Veils collection come with a detachable bottom tier, which is conveniently attached to the comb by Velcro; thus, the top layer or layers can be worn on their own during the reception. 

In addition, you may want to take into account the religious requirements for your wedding. Various religions have different conventions against veils, so it is necessary for you to know the customs of your religion.

Apart from these conclusive details, you can get into all of the other exciting details. consider the following pointers before making your final decision:

1. Consider the different lengths.
  • Short veils such as visor veils do not extend past the chin. Visor veils resemble fascinators worn to horse-racing events. If your bridal gown has a high neck detail, this type of veil can work well. They are a good style to pair with sophisticated or eclectic style wedding gowns.
  • Shoulder length veils are around 20 inches in length. They are perfectly suited to dresses that have bust,waist, or lower back details. However, they are often too informal for classic, formal dresses.
  • Elbow length veils are approximately 25 inches long, this veil falls to around the elbow. They can work well with romantic ball gown style dresses, because they end where the fullness in the skirt begins.
  • Waist length veils are just slightly longer then an elbow length veil at approximately 30 inches. They suit most dress styles that do not feature a train.
  • Fingertip length veils are one of the most popular lengths, when you stretch your arm out it reaches around your fingertips. They are approximately 36 inches long and also suit the majority of dress styles.
  • Knee length veils are approximately 45 inches and reaches to around your knees. It looks good with mid calf length wedding dresses.
  • Floor length veils are often referred to as a ballet length veil, they just brush the floor at around 72 inches. They are well suited to full length gowns that do not have a train.
  • Chapel length veils are slightly shorter then cathedral length; these veils still drape onto the floor. They are typically around 90 inches long. They are best partnered with dresses that feature a train.
  • Cathedral length veils are the longest and therefore most formal, these veils are usually around 120 inches long and some extend up to nine feet along the ground. They work best with full length, classic wedding gowns.

2. Consider the Width.

Veils typically come in three different widths that create varying degrees of fullness at the sides and top.
  • 54 inch width is the sleekest version, with limited fullness at the top and sides. If you want to show off a dress detail that is covered by your veil, this type is sheer enough to accommodate.
  • 72 inch width is moderate in height and width. It offers some coverage around the arms, so it is a good match for simple shoestring strap dresses.
  • 108 inch width is the widest and has the most fullness on top. It comes around to cover the arms. This style is great if you are wearing a strapless dress and would like some coverage around your arms and shoulders.

3. Think About the Color.

Your veil needs to be a suitable color match to your wedding gown. There are several white and ivory shades, pinks, beige and gold. You can also choose between a regular and a shimmer finish. Shimmer veiling offers a distinct shine, which is especially evident under lighting. In contrast regular veiling is matte in appearance. If you want to ensure an exact match, make sure you can order veil swatches to match to your dress.

4. Look at what type of face shape do you have.

A veil frames your face, so your face shape is an important denominator in choosing a veil. Consider the following advice for your face shape:
  • Round face-a round face is virtually as wide as it is long and looks full in appearance. When choosing a veil look for a style that will help make your face look longer and slimmer.
  • Square face -a square face is typically wide and angular looking. When choosing a veil look for a style that will soften your face and add length. It is preferable for your veil to reach at least shoulder length and for it to have some volume on the top of the head.
  • Oval Face-an oval face shape in slightly longer then it is wide, it is similar in appearance to an egg shape. As this face shape is well balanced, you are free to experiment with different veil styles.
  • Rectangle face-a rectangle face is longer then it is wide and it tends to appear narrow and angular. When choosing a veil look for a style that has width around the face, but no height at the top of the head.

5. Find out your body type.

Your veil has the ability to help correct the proportions of your body shape.

  • If you have a large bust or stomach, you will benefit from wearing a long veil that extends to fingertip length or below. This is because it will help elongate your upper body.
  • Pear shaped women tend to suit veils that end at shoulder, elbow, or waist level. These lengths draw attention to your smaller points, rather then the width of your hips.
  • Full figured women should ideally stick to one tier, narrow width veils, because you don’t want to add an extra volume to your body. Tall women can typically carry off longer veils, but shorter women tend to suit veils that are waist height or above.

5. Clear about what kind of hairstyle you will be wearing.

Your choice in hairstyle plays a role in determining what sort of veil and headpiece you can carry off.
A heavy head piece, long veil, or multiple tiered veil all require a supportive up-do hairstyle like a bun.
A half up/half down hairstyle will work with moderate weight and length veils.
If you intend on wearing your hair all down, then it is probably best to stick to lightweight or shorter designs.
You also need to consider the placement position on your head. Some hairstyles suit a veil that is attached to the front of your head, but others look good with veil that is attached further towards the back.
If you have short hair you will need to attach the veil towards the front of your head.
However, if you have long hair and want to show off an elaborate up-do, you will need to position the veil further back. Wide veils typically need to be worn towards the front of your head and veils that do not have gathers look better worn towards the back of the head. Your veil can be attached with a comb and pins or combined with a tiara, crown or headband. It is a good idea to buy your veil well in advance of your wedding date, so that you can take it along to your hair trial.

At last, I hope this post will be helpful to you.

Friday, September 13, 2013

How to Make a Perfect Work of Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

For every bride to get married, how to make the upcoming nuptial go perfectly is what you really concern about. Within the intensive wedding timeline, how to Coordinate bridesmaids dresses is a really tricky thing. Now, we are excited to introduce the mismatched bridesmaid dresses and share some of the best industry tips with all of you. Are you into the mismatched bridesmaid dresses? Mismatched Bridesmaid dresses are a huge trend right now, and we love it!  As you can see, your girls have different personalities, body types and skin tones, and mismatched dressed allow them to feel confident and comfortable while looking beautiful in a dress that fits their style!

We know that your current goal is to magically make your bridesmaids look like they effortlessly got out of bed, picked out their attires, and poof! – everyone looks stunning together. However, what all it needs is a appropriate preparation. And the secret to making mismatched bridesmaid dresses work is to keep some element of consistency among the dresses. If you’re into this on-trend medley of maids’ attire, take note of these 5 tips to create a perfectly coordinated crew of ladies for your big day. 

1. Think about what aspect you prefer to mismatch

You can have everyone wear the same color but in different styles, or you can play with different materials and textures.

Seeing as there are dozens of ways to mismatch your maids’ dresses, I thought I’d list out a few more ideas to get the wheels turning:

Same dress in different colors
Same dress in different lengths
Same color, different dress
Same color, different textures and/or patterns
Same dress, different accessories or beauty looks
Same color, length, fabric, different dress
Same designer, different dress

2. Pick a color scheme

Please take note that base the dresses on various tones of that central color or pick shades that are within the same color family. If you’re not especially savvy with color matching, stop by your local hardware store and grab a fan of paint samples to get inspired.

3. Make an inspiration board

Pinterest is an incredible visual resource. By pinning all of the dresses and accessories you are considering onto a single board you will be better able to imagine how everything will look together on the big day.

4Let your maids opt their dresses

No one knows your body better than yourself and the same goes for your bridesmaids. If you can outline the basics of what each girl needs to look for in a dress, you can pre-selected the color, brand, and fabric with your maid of honor. Then, set up a second appointment and invited all of your maids to pick out their own cut from the selection. I think everyone would really happy of the fact that they got to have a say in the style they would be wearing on the big day.

5. Tie it all together

One of the best ways to tie mismatched dresses together is by selecting a uniform element that each girl can wear. Whether it’s a necklace or even a lovely pair of shoes—I think a common item that each maid can wear makes the overall look more cohesive.

At last, I hope you found this post helpful and feel confident to curate your mismatched bridesmaids! And you will love your pictures after the event so much more if you make a right preparation.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Grecian Wedding Dresses For A Bride With Goddess Fancy

As the autumn is approaching, there is more wedding gowns options left for the fussy brides. Undoubtedly, autumn is a pleasantly cool weather and the all-too-appropriate period of dreamy dresses created from the most fantastic flowing fabrics. One of the favorite hallmarks of these beautiful dresses is the Grecian goddess gown. These gowns are known for their one-shoulder, v-neck, and strapless styles that cascade romantically to the floor. Aside from these ones, the exquisite empire-waistline design and the glossy gown fabric also hit the heart of every bride who desires for a perfect goddess-inspired look. With the addition of beaded cap sleeves, a Grecian dress can become instantly vintage, while a simple spaghetti strap, empire waist style lends itself so well to an oceanside soiree.
Here we list some incredible styled shoot of Grecian bridal gowns that will make you look like a goddess. Take a look! 
Style 1: Concise and Noble Wedding Gown Collection
Though without the ruffles (a favorite style) and beading, we love that these dresses are simple but no less stunning. In the first picture, this concisely strapless Grecian gown create a purely noble touch, but we love that you can still see the sweetheart neckline. In the second picture, the off-the-shoulder empire column gown with glossy and draped surface cast the great glamour on the bride. With a more amazing effect, as the third picture shows, the V-neckline bodice with vivid pleats perfectly outlines the bride’s voluptuous figure,especially spotlighting the bride’s sexy collarbone, highlighted with romantic ruching. 

Style 2: Romantic and Graceful Wedding Gown Collection


This graceful A-line Grecian gown with beautiful watteau train fits well the young bride who opts a romantic themed wedding. As the first picture displays, the slim bodice with one-shoulder strap perfectly outlines the bride’s curve, highlighted with delicately beaded applique on the left shoulder and also embraced the waistline. The flowing watteau train from the left shoulder stretching down to the floor casts a glamorous on the bonny bride, and enhances the charming vision effect. We also can see this romantic halo surrounding the bride in the second picture. The similarly symmetrical design turn up in the every detail design, and even does not lessen the dreamy effect, highlighting with the well-cut opening on the bishop-styled sleeves.
If you want to add some sexy touch on your wedding gown, these two attractive V-neckline Grecian dresses fits you well. They feature a form-fitting bodice with exquisite beadings embellished on the waistline, accompanied with a flaring chiffon skirt, which stretches down to the floor.

Style 3: Distinctive and Asymmetrical Wedding Gown Collection

This radiant wedding gown collection with the asymmetrical straps is the top choice of the bride with a distinctive flavor. As the first picture shows, to emphasize the feminine curve of the beautiful bride, this graceful gown has a pleated slim bodice, accented with a sweetheart neckline, fresh-looking but no less glamorous. The second dress stands out with a unique design, which is adorned with ornate appliquéd strap at the right side and dramatically flowing side-draped at the left waist, and stretching down to the floor with a chapel train. Sometimes all you need is the cool detail embellishment for a dress to be completely vogue.
Style 4: Vintage Wedding Gown Collection with Additional Ornament

Vintage Cap Sleeve

We think this style is perfect for a vintage wedding because of the embroidered bolero! Cap sleeves are a huge trend this season, and we love that this dreamy gown is complete with beading. It's perfect for a vintage-themed fete.