You’ve dreamed about walking down the aisle since you were a little girl and now the time has come to make your dream come true. Selecting the perfect gown may be a lengthy process and is one of the most important decisions you will make during your planning process. Start early by browsing through wedding magazines for ideas and styles. Mark the ones you like and bring them with you as you begin to shop! Bridal Shops have gown specialists who will assist you with measurements and narrowing down your selections to find the style dress that will look best on your body type. Have fun, try on as many gowns as you want. You will know when you have found “the one”!
Some of the more traditional gown styles
Empire Line ~ Princess Cut ~ Ball Gown ~ Straight or Column Dress ~ Dropped Waist ~ Ballerina
When selecting your Bridal Party Gowns (bridesmaids, junior bridesmaids and mother(s) gowns) follow the same guidelines as you did for your gown. You want your bridal party to look amazing and feel comfortable at the same time!
Accessories such as; veils, tiaras, hair pieces, jewelry, shoes, handbags and lingerie are a great way to spice up your wedding day fashions! Ask your gown specialists for suggestions and recommendations.
Budget & Timeline
Your wedding attire (both bride and groom) is about 6-7% of your overall budget. It is best to order your gown 9-18 months prior to your wedding, bridal party gowns 6-9 months prior and men’s formal wear 3-6 months prior.
Helpful questions to ask:
Do you carry bridesmaid’s dresses?
What are the time frames for my dress?
Do you offer alterations?
What about my out-of town bridal party?
What shipping options to you offer?
What are your deposit requirements?
What is your return policy?
“Shopping for the dress of your dreams is a once in a lifetime experience! Have faith in your choice, it could be the first dress you try on! The gown you found in a magazine may look totally different on you. Be open to trying on multiple dresses and styles, you may be surprised, something you didn’t think would look good actually makes you look the best! Take a deep breath and smile! You’re going to look phenomenal”! Sandra, Wendy’s Cincinnati Bride
“When choosing their maids gowns, many brides are picking a color and fabric, and then allow the attendants to pick a style to suit their body. It is best to stay with the same length gown for all- you’ll be much happier with your wedding pictures”. Anne, Wendy’s Cincinnati Bride
Men’s formalwear makes up half the wedding party! Therefore it is very important to have the groom and groomsmen looking just as fine! Will your groom be wearing a formal tuxedo or perhaps a suite? Find a place that specializes in formalwear. Once you have made your selection, trust they will help him create the perfect style to compliment your wedding.
Helpful questions to ask:
- Do you offer on site alterations?
- What about my out-of town bridal party?
- What are your deposit requirements?
- What is your return policy?
What is the typical formalwear outfit for each role in the wedding party?
Typically the idea is to have each member of your party match who they are walking down the aisle. For instance, the groom would match the bride with a vest and tie in white, ivory, or any other color the bride is wearing. The groomsmen vest and ties usually match the bridesmaid’s dresses and ring-bearers will either match the groom or groomsmen depending on what dress the flower-girl is wearing. Fathers traditionally wear black, silver or another neutral vest and tie. Joe, Skeffington’s Formal Wear
Traditionally, formalwear is to be worn after 6 pm. If your celebration is during the day or themed to be less formal, why not try a tailored suite. There are many benefits from having a customized designed suite that will work with the theme of your wedding and then will become a staple in your wardrobe for years to come. Mike, Folchi’s Formal Wear