Weddings dresses demand silk, satin and lace
If you believe the lyrics to the Broadway song, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But silk, satin and lace make pretty good buddies, too. And when it comes to wedding day glamour, they seriously compete with the solitaire.
Brides getting married this fall will likely choose wedding dresses made of these fabrics, most often some form of silk, predict retailers and bridal magazines.
Jennifer Dezutter at Sposabella Canada says silk organza is pretty much the top-selling fabric in wedding dresses earmarked for the season. “The kind of elegance you get with fabrics like silk and satin fits into the demand for simple, classic looks that currently dominates the market,” she says. “There is not a lot of beading and glitz today.
Brides are leaving the sparkle to the diamonds.” What there is plenty of,” says Violet LaPerle, who has tracked bridal trends for 38 years from her LaPerle Fashions store, is the princess line silhouette. “That’s the one that goes under the bust, narrows over the waist and then widens out over the hip,” she explains. “The princess silhouette gets wider at the back to flow into a train that makes it easy to wear all day long.” Imitating the look of what Jane Austen heroines are wearing in the barrage of blockbuster movies made from her novels, these new wedding dresses sport short sleeves, and are worn off-the-shoulder more often than not. Unlike the ladies of the real Austen era, however, modern brides leave the long gloves at home. “Girls today just don’t seem to like them,” says LaPerle. “Maybe because they are too formal.”
In a decade in which comfort is the rallying cry of a fashion generation, anything that might prove irksome gets left behind. As for skirts, most are full and decorated with lace around the bottom. And if there is beadwork on wedding dresses, it shows up here at the hem and in trim around the train.
White preferred color White remains the preferred color for wedding dresses, regardless of the couple’s age or lifestyle. To some in the industry, more surprising than the lack of long gloves and beaded gowns is the move away from elaborate headpieces, except among some traditional ethnic groups, which insist on more conventional bridal standards. Elsewhere, when there is a headpiece today, it is typically a headband with a short veil attached. And many of the fashion-forward choose flowers scattered lightly in the hair as a yet more contemporary option.
In keeping with the move to playing down the conventional, bouquets are kept simple for fall, with lilies and small flowers among the choice blooms. Some brides forgo the bouquet altogether, says LaPerle, a second marriage trend embraced by no-nonsense brides getting married for the first time. “There is no question a lot of them want simplicity and comfort above anything else in wedding dresses,” adds Dezutter. “They want light fabrics, no heavy trains, no tiaras, nothing too flashy. “We are definitely moving away from all of that into a more minimalist look, which simply reflects what is happening in fashion everywhere.”
Costs can be cut Weddings can be very pricey, but there are ways of cutting costs without the big day looking like you have. Sometimes careful planning or shopping around can make a big difference, not only when shopping for wedding dresses.
Here are some tips from Bridal Guide magazine‘s Wedding Budget Planner to help stretch your wedding bucks:
- Saturday night is the most expensive time to hold a wedding reception. To save money, consider Friday night or Sunday night, Saturday afternoon or Sunday afternoon, or a week night. Morning and afternoon weddings also call for lighter, less-expensive fare, so you’ll be able to save on the menu as well.
- Consider having a justice of the peace perform your ceremony at the reception site so you can avoid paying an additional location fee.
- Use a credit card when you are paying a deposit on your gown. A federal consumer protection law covers all deposits made with credit cards, so if there’s a problem with the gown, or if the store goes out of business, you’ll be able to get your money back.
- You can save a bundle by choosing flowers that are in season at the time of your wedding and by keeping labor to a minimum.
- When hiring a videographer, watch out for hidden charges like microphone rentals or mandatory additional tape copies (you can often have extra tapes made by a local video store for less). Also, make sure the package includes enough hours to cover your entire wedding (at least four to six hours) so you don’t get hit with overtime charges.
- Look for a formal-wear store that offers package deals.
- Serve your wedding cake as the dessert course if you’re having a sit-down dinner. You might also skip the “anniversary cake”– the top layer of the wedding cake that is traditionally taken home and kept in the freezer to eat on your first anniversary.
- A bride might want to find a professional who can do both hair and makeup for less than you’d have to pay for two separate people.
- Wedding Dresses were made to be fun, remember that when shopping for your wedding dress.