Tuesday, June 12, 2012

What to wear to a beach wedding

Summer is the season for beach weddings, which can come with an unwritten dress code. As a wedding guest, dresses can be hard to choose. Cocktail dresses may seem too formal, and while LBDs are a good choice for most special occasions, a summer wedding at the beach calls for a light, flowing summer dress.

Floral prints are the perfect choice for a beach wedding because they fit the fun mood. The level of formality depends on the type of fabric you pick, with cotton being the most casual and satin or shiny fabric among the most formal.


 
 Keep your accessories casual but still polished. Finding appropriate shoes can be an issue for beach weddings, as you don't want to be sinking in the sand with high heels or too casual with a pair of flip-flops. The solution? Flat, strappy sandals are always a good choice, as are ballet flats. If you want some height, choose a wedge that won't sink into the sand as much. Who knows, you may end up kicking them off anyway!

  Don't forget to bring something like a wrap or a pashmina in case it gets breezy. As for your hair, why not let it pick up some texture? After all, you're at the beach!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Taking your dress-size measurements

Sizes vary between dress manufacturers, so it's not always a given that if you're an 8 in one dress you'll be that size in another brand's dress. Knowing your measurements can help you figure out what size you'll be, as most brands have a measuring chart available to compare to online.

Follow our Measuring Instructions for the best fit. 

 
You can use a cloth tape measure and a full-length mirror to measure yourself. Getting someone to help you may be beneficial, as you might not always be able to reach or read the measurements. You should wear dress undergarments or light clothes when you measure yourself to avoid added bulk. Be sure to stand up straight and keep the measuring tape snug but not too tight.

To find your bust measurement, measure around the fullest part of your bust. You may also want to measure around your shoulder blades and under your armpits depending on what style of dress you're looking to buy. Next, find your natural waistline and measure that. Finally, measure the fullest part of your hips.

Once you find your measurements, compare them with your dress brand's measuring charts and choose the size likely to fit you best. If it's not perfect, you can always get a good tailor.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Making bridesmaid dress shopping easier before your destination wedding

If you've made the decision to hold a destination wedding, this is a huge expense that you're expecting your bridal party, friends and family to take on. With this in mind, it may not be wise to ask your bridesmaids to shoulder the debt for upscale formal dresses, so it may be best to allow them to pick one of their own.

Bridesmaid gowns are a significant investment, and there's no point in forcing your loved ones to pay for a dress they're only going to wear once! However, you don't want your friends showing up and looking like a discordant mess, so lay down a few ground rules for them before they go shopping.

Start by picking a color that everyone can agree on. This will help to narrow down your bridesmaids' style choices significantly and allow you to settle on something everyone likes. You should also discuss styles and cuts to find the right balance of embellishments and other features so you'll all be looking your best on the big day.

Asking your bridal party to commit to an exotic locale is one thing, but forcing them to wear a dress they may not like is another. Giving them the freedom to choose their own ensemble will avoid disagreements and help limit the expense of your ceremony.