Design Your Own Wedding Dress
A bride's wedding day is one of the most important days of her life and finding the perfect dress ranks high on the "to do" list.
Designing your own wedding dress may sound like a daunting task but if you follow these easy steps it truly won't be difficult at all and you will create the bridal outfit of your dreams.
Deciding the Silhouette
A ball gown silhouette is traditionally a gown that flares out from the waist resembling a Cinderella or princess type dress. It's among the most popular silhouette.
An A-Line silhouette works well for brides with any shape. The A-Line gown has a fitted bodice and the skirt flares out slightly from the body making this style well accepted by many brides.
The Empire Style flares out from just under the bust line and works well for brides that have a tummy they want to hide.
The Sheath is a form fitted dress that works well with brides that have great figures and aren't looking to hide any body flaws. Please note, it may be a bit difficult to kneel or sit in this dress type.
As the name implies, the Mermaid or Trumpet style dress is fitted on top and through the waist and flares out just below the knees. As with the Mermaid silhouette, this dress type may make kneeling and sitting a bit difficult
An A Symmetrical hemline is one that slants upward and will show a little leg. This style is great for the bride who wants to show off her beautiful legs.
If you like a lot of frill you may want to consider a gown with a lot of ruffles and layers.
Neckline and Sleeve Length
Depending on the temperature of your wedding day and what you find comfortable, you may want to choose a strapless, sweetheart, halter, spaghetti strap, scoop, square, V neck or high neckline with long, short, cap or sleeveless dress.
By now, you probably know what color looks best with your skin tone. You have many choices in the white, cream, ecru and ivory shades. Some brides are choosing a white dress with a colored trim while other brides are choosing black, red or other colors.
If you're having a formal affair a floor length or tea length dress is appropriate. If you're having a less formal celebration a short dress will work beautifully.
Again depending upon the time of year and the climate on your wedding day, you may want to choose a light or heavy fabric. Some of your choices include: silk, satin, taffeta, chiffon, velvet, crepe, jacquard, brocade, tulle, lace, cotton or linen.
Beads, Bangles, Crystals and Pearls
If you like a lot of glitter and glamor you may want to choose beads, bangles, crystals and pearls to adorn your gown. There are several really good Design Your Own Wedding Gown websites that you will find helpful. Take a look and decide if one will work for you.
One of the most important decisions to make if you design your own gown is to choose a really experienced tailor who is willing to work with you as your dress is being created.
If you're into being different, and want to design your own wedding dress, how about having your photographer take a secret picture of you and present the picture to your hubby as a Valentine's Day gift?
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