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The Schultzes

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Posted: Thursday, Apr. 01, 2010

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Every young girl dreams of the day she will walk down the aisle in her beautiful wedding gown.

Selecting your gown

Finding the right gown, and having it properly fitted, requires time and patience. Begin your search at least six months before your wedding day. In most cases, a gown is not purchased directly from the rack. Therefore, you need to allow time for ordering, delivery, alterations and any possible delays.

You can start your selection process by looking through bridal magazines and by going to bridal salons. In-house consultants can help you select the gown that is best suited for your figure and the style of your wedding. Once you have an idea of color, fabric and style, begin to try on dresses. Go with your instincts. You’ll know when you have found the perfect gown for you.

If you choose to have a custom-made dress, find a reputable dressmaker or designer who will help you create the look you want. To be assured of top quality and proper fit, allow your dressmaker sufficient time. Many dressmakers will have requests for wedding gowns well over a year in advance.

Whether you purchase your gown from a retailer or have your gown made, you will want to do everything you can to ensure your gown looks just right on you. To help you get that perfect fit, make sure the lingerie you wear to each fitting is the same type you will wear on your wedding day. It is also important that you wear the same style and height shoes as your bridal shoes. To top off the perfect look, see that your veil complements your facial features and consists of lace or fabric that will go with the dress you have chosen.

Attendants’ attire

Your bridesmaids will prepare the way for your entrance, so you will want their dresses to complement your wedding gown style, yet be different enough to ensure that your gown stands out. Once you have chosen your wedding gown, begin the search for your bridesmaids’ dresses, allowing no less than twelve weeks for delivery. If possible, all bridesmaids’ dresses should be purchased from the same shop. When choosing the style of the dresses, keep in mind your attendants’ shapes and sizes, and also stay within a reasonable budget.

The flower girl and ring bearer should wear attire that complements the wedding party, but most importantly, they should be dressed so that they feel comfortable.

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