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    8 Wedding
Guide • Wednesday, January 25, 2017
shapely legs, consider a dramatic
gown with a slit to show them off.
Certain gowns can enhance the decol-
However, when shopping for their lete or show off an hourglass shape.
• Remember, many gowns can be
gowns, brides may prioritize beauty
over comfort, even though it’s entire- modified so that you feel secure and
ly possible to find a gown that’s both confident. Sleeves can be added or
stunning and comfortable. When staff fabric placed to cover up any per-
and friends or family who have come ceived flaws. Confidence and pride
along to offer advice start to gush over are important parts of the comfort fac-
wedding gowns, brides-to-be may feel tor.
• Get sized correctly. Bridal gown
pressured to downplay any discomfort
sizes do not coincide with street sizes.
they feel.
To make sure brides look flawless Depending on the manufacturer,
and elegant but are still comfortable in brides may have to select gowns that
are several sizes
gowns, consider
“And love is love is love is love is larger than they
would normally
love is love is love is love, cannot be
• Know what to killed or swept aside. … Now fill the should not be a
cause for alarm.
and world with music, love, and pride.”
— LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA Brides should
what to cover up.
go by their
No two body
types are the same, and many women measurements. Attempting to squeeze
feel certain parts of their bodies are into a dress that is too small will only
their best assets while they want to lead to discomfort on the wedding
downplay others. Try on gowns that day.
• Purchase the right undergarments.
play up your best features. If you have
The dress
from 2
Improperly fitting bras, shapewear
and other undergarments can lead to
discomfort as well. Some seamstress-
es can sew in supportive cups to
remove the need for separate bras.
Brides can explore various options to
reduce the visibility of certain accou-
• Move around in the gown. Brides
should not just stand in front of the
mirror and smile when trying on
gowns. Put them through their paces.
Try sitting, bending and even a little
dancing. Make sure the dress is com-
fortable to move around in.
• Try different options. The gown
brides have in mind may not be the
one they ultimately go home with.
Explore different styles and materials.
Choose cooler, breezier fabrics and
lightweight gowns, like crêpe, geor-
gette or organza, for summer wed-
dings. Heavier fabrics, such as bro-
cade, may be more comfortable in the
Wedding gowns can be both beauti-
ful and comfortable for those who
know how to shop. — Metro
Casual weddings
from 4
Look for eclectic fabrics to use as
gift tags or napkin holders. Hand-
painted signs or a hodge-podge of
picture frames can display pertinent
information, such as itineraries or
seating arrangements. Encourage
friends or family to contribute a
favorite menu item to the food offer-
ings. A home-baked dessert can be
delicious and budget-friendly.
Clothing often indicates the for-
mality of an occasion. Everyone
from the wedding party to the
guests can dress down. Sundresses
can replace taffeta bridesmaids’
gowns. Guys can opt for tailored
sports coats with jeans. Guests may
feel comfortable in less formal
attire that facilitates dancing and
Casual weddings are becoming
more popular as many couples are
playing down the party for various
reasons. — Metro
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