Wedding Lush » Dresses Wedding Ideas & Wedding Tips Wed, 07 Mar 2012 04:48:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to Press your own Wedding Dress Wed, 08 Dec 2010 13:49:58 +0000 galleca Regardless of whether you have had your dress hanging in your closet for 1 month or 1 year, your dress will have wrinkles and crinkles that will need to be ironed out. A lot of brides these days don't trust themselves with an iron and will have this professional done, but if you are looking to save a bit of cash and are brave, you can press your dress yourself.

You will need a few tools before you start this process:

  • An iron
  • An ironing board
  • A water spritzer bottle
  • A thick towel
  • Tissue paper
  • 1 sheet
  • Two dress hangers
  • Two ribbon loopers
  • Pins

1)'' Start off by unfolding your ironing board and place the thick towel over your ironing board.

2)'' Heat up your iron, making sure to put it on a medium setting. Make sure that you choose to iron WITHOUT steam, and empty any water that may have still be in the iron. Water can cause a great amount of damage to your dress. Any stubborn wrinkles will be removed with the help of your spritzer bottle.

3)'' Start with the bodice part of the dress. If the front of your bodice is plain and without any embellishments, you can press it with your iron from the outside. However, if you do have embellishments and decorations on the bodice, make sure you press it from the inside of the gown so as to not cause any damage.

4)'' Once the bodice is complete, then move on to the sleeves (if applicable). Take a hot pad or a pressing mitt and slip it over your hand. Place your hand inside of the sleeve, and then press the sleeve against the mitt. Once completed, stuff tissue paper inside of the sleeve (this will prevent the sleeve from becoming wrinkled).

5)'' If you have bows on your dress, make sure you press them too using your pressing mitt or hot pad. Once completed, stuff these with tissue paper as well to keep them wrinkle-free and to help them keep shape.

6)'' Now comes the train! Find an area where you will be able to hang your dress so that it is approximately 5 inches off of the ground. Starting at the side seam, work your way right around to the front of the gown, and then move to the back of the gown. Take care to press your dress right up to waistline and also right down to the hem.

7)'' Once you have finished pressing the dress, take your two ribbon loopers and attach it to the bottom of your train with pins. Hang your dress up some where safe

TIP: If you do not have ribbon loopers, a skirt hanger will also work well.

8)'' When transporting your gown, bring the two hangers that are holding the bodice and the skirt together, and then place it inside of the wedding dress bag. Take care when transporting it and you should have a 100% wrinkle-free dress for your wedding day!

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The Perfect Wedding Dress: How to find it Tue, 07 Dec 2010 18:43:41 +0000 galleca If you are like most brides, you have been dressing up your little dollies in wedding dresses since, well, for as long as you can remember! But what we think looks good on them may not look very good on us. Don't go shopping around for dresses thinking of yourself as a life-sized Barbie; it's important to go dress shopping with some rules and guidelines so you know that you'll look exactly how you want to on your wedding day.

Know your Wedding Date (or at least the Season)

If you don't know when about you are getting married yet, then you are wasting your time dress shopping. It's important that you know whether you are getting married in the spring/summer or fall/winter months, or if you are having a destination wedding, as this will help determine the style of dress, the materials that it should be made out of, and other fine details. Browse all you like, but don't put down any down payments or purchase any dresses just yet!

The Dress should fit you Now

One of the biggest mistakes that the overly ambitious bride makes is purchasing a dress that is one or two sizes too small for her. It doesn't matter if your wedding is 3 weeks or 3 years from now; buy a wedding dress that fits you today. All too many brides buy dresses that are too small and begin a wedding diet plan ' only to then fall into the trap of having wedding parties with wine and fatty foods, food tastings, and other celebrations that lead to a high caloric intake. Not only that, but planning a wedding is stressful, which adds to the increased craving for sugars and fatty foods.

If you are able to lose the weight for your wedding day, congratulations! But if you bought a dress that fit you on the day you purchased it for your wedding, you can easily have this altered to fit you on your day. Buying a dress that is too small cannot be so easily altered, or it may even be downright impossible.

Gown Styles and Types based on Body Shape

Your body shape dictates the style of dress that you will wear. Here are some of the most common body types and what dresses you should strongly consider wearing so that you look the most stunning on your big day:

Pear-Shaped: To help draw attention away from the hips, look for a dress that has a lot of textured fabrics and decorative pieces around the bodice and with a rather simple skirt.

Short: Empire waistlines and high necklines will trick people into thinking that you are a lot taller than you really are.

Full-Figured: Princess style gowns are a great choice. Think A-line skirts with a V-shaped or U-shaped neckline and you're on the right track to buying the right dress

Thin: Princess style dresses or full skirted gowns are a top choice for the taller ladies out there. These dresses will help give you a more full and feminine look.

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The Then and Now: A Look at how Wedding Dresses have Evolved Mon, 06 Dec 2010 20:13:57 +0000 galleca If you have paged through your mom and dad's old wedding album, you have undoubtedly noticed a change in current wedding attire. Even watching a joke video show on the television will reveal the brides of the 1980s wearing the big poofy sleeved dresses that are merely a relic 20 or some odd years later. Let's step into our time machine and look at the dresses of then and compare them with the dresses of today.

The Ball gown for Bridesmaids

Back in he 1970s and 80s, having a full length ball gown as a bridal dress was all the rage. Sure, it looked like you just stepped out of your high school prom, but that was the style back then!

Let's fast forward to the 21st century. These ball gowns that are often now just plain laughable to the modern bride have been replaced with chic cocktail-length dresses that allow for versatility and comfort. These gowns are flirty, sexy, and they are very figure flattering, no matter how large or how small the bridesmaid may be. As the wedding market grows, so does the different bridesmaid dress options that are out there.

The Poofy Sleeve

Looking back, most women can't even believe that they wore a dress that had a giant poof on their shoulder that was about the size of a softball. These were used on tons of wedding dresses back in the day in an effort to appear stylish and also covered up.

Nowadays, you'll be hard pressed to find a modern gown with giant, poofed up sleeves. These days if you are looking for a sleeve, you will find a dress with a dainty capped sleeve. These sleeves will provide a bit more coverage for the modest bride and more comfort, but they are far less bulk and cumbersome than the 'poof'. The best part is, almost any bride of any body type can pull off the capped sleeve, which is why it has become such a popular choice.

The 'Blah' Pastels

Back in the day, every bridesmaid would wear some sort of soft, girlie pastel shade. This was thought to be a reflection of her more 'feminine' side, and it was thought to be more pretty. Though this was true in some cases, often bridesmaids would just look washed out and 'blah'.

In this new century, bridesmaids have now been choosing beautiful new shades that include bold colors, vibrant shades, and deep jewel tones that are flattering to any bridesmaid ' and that will help her stand out from the crowd. It's not a shocker to see that delicate robin's egg blue replaced by a bright turquoise, or that soft purple to be now turned into a purple jewel tone. The motto these days is, the richer the color, the better!

The Taffeta

What a mistake this was. Twenty to thirty years ago, wedding dresses almost always included taffeta ' SHINY taffeta, no less. This tacky material has since been replaced with a far more flattering and fluid silky charmeuse that is form fitting and very glamorous. Unlike the stiff taffeta of 20 years ago, the charmeuse fabric will cling to your body in all of the right places and will only enhance your beauty on your big day.

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Eco-Friendly Wedding Dress and Accessory Ideas Mon, 06 Dec 2010 07:35:26 +0000 galleca So you want to leave less of a carbon footprint upon the face of this Earth. That's great and all, but how can you go about doing it? If you are looking for ways to have an eco-friendly and 'green' wedding, you have come to the right place. Here are some ideas on how to plan your eco-friendly wedding:

Your Wedding Dress

One of the cutest and most symbolic ways to go 'eco-friendly' for your wedding day is to wear the very same dress that your mom wore (as long as she kept her dress!). You can wear any dress from any woman who has had an impact on your life, and see if you can have it tailored to fit your body appropriately. That way you will not only have a sentimental dress, but you will have one that is also stylish.

TIP: If you don't have a dress you can borrow or refit so that you look fabulous on your special day, consider picking up some organic silks and/or cottons and asking a local seamstress to sew your wedding gown. You'll be glad you did!

Your Wedding Day Shoes

If you are like most women, there's a good chance you have a whole lot of shoes in your closet already just waiting to be worn once again. If this sounds like you, then why not pick out a pair to wear with your wedding dress? Should you have the classic dress that reaches down to the floor, there's a good chance your shoes will go completely and utterly unnoticed during your special day.

If you have worn a pair of shoes to a wedding of a girlfriends who is in attendance, why not have them dyed again to suit your wedding dress? Your girlfriend will get a kick out of you wearing them too!

Your Jewelry

You don't need to go out and buy a lot of different jewelry pieces for a wedding; often what you have in your own jewelry box is sufficient enough.

If you don't have anything that is able to be worn on you big day, consider making your own beaded jewelry. You can buy both crystals and vintages beads and create your very own necklaces, bracelets and earrings to wear on that special day. Check out your local art store for jewelry-making resources.

Your Flowers

Flowers put a huge damper on our environment, given how most of them are flown in internationally and are then sold to us for a large, marked up price. If you want to choose eco-friendly flowers, consider choosing silk flowers or those that are grown locally.

You can also opt for Fair Trade flowers if you really just have to have a certain flower that isn't 'in season' in your area of the world during the time of your wedding.

Your Wedding Bag

The bag is where you can have the most fun when being eco-friendly. You can pick out almost any old thing from a second hand store and incorporate it into your wedding attire, or you can even pick out a bag that you have had for years and years and use that on your wedding day.

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What Should the Alternative Bride Wear? Sun, 05 Dec 2010 15:21:26 +0000 galleca So you're not a big fan of the wedding gown, no matter how slim and trim or big and billowy it may be. It doesn't matter if it's white, ivory or red ' it's never been your 'thing', and it never will be. That's fine and all, but if you're a bride who is seeking alternatives to the old fashioned wedding gown, it can be hard to decide what to wear! So what should you wear to your wedding?

The Used Wedding Gown

For the slightly alternative bride, what you may want to consider is buying a used wedding gown. There are shops that sell only used wedding gowns that you can purchase, or if you like the thrill of the hunt, you can visit numerous second hand stores seeking your perfect used wedding gown. This is an especially fantastic idea for any bride who is having a vintage-themed wedding.

The Jeans and T-Shirt Wedding

If you are thinking of wearing jeans and a t-shirt to your wedding, you should put a lot of thought into both items of clothing that you will be wearing. Some brides and grooms will re-dress in the clothing that they first met each other in, or that you went on your first date in, which usually involves jeans and a t-shirt. You can also wear shirts and jeans that match one another or that are completely different. The key here is to choose jeans and t-shirts that hold some sort of a significance to both the bride and the groom so that there is a reason for you wearing them (unless you are choosing to wear the jeans and t-shirts out of carelessness).

The Bikini Wedding

What better way is there to shock your guests than to walk down the aisle in a bikini' If your groom is brazen enough, he may even be willing to wear a Speedo ' but don't bank on that. This is a particularly fun and different idea for anyone who has chosen to be married at a lot location, such as a destination wedding in Mexico or Aruba. The bride can wear a tasteful cover up and wear glamorous heels or flip flips with her bathing suit, or she can simply go barefoot.

The Comic Book Heroes

So you and your groom are total comic book nerds. Maybe you are a DC Comics fan and love Batman, but your groom is a Marvel Comics fan and adores Spiderman. You can both attend your wedding as your favorite comic book hero, as a 'hero' and a 'villain', or any other comic book duo that your guests are sure to appreciate. You can use this same theme for any common TV shows that you both love, video games, anime characters' the list goes on and on.

TIP: If you do choose to go with this sort of theme, try to coerce your wedding party to get in on the fun and dress in theme, too. As an added benefit, they'll have their Halloween costume for next year all ready to go!

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The Modern Wedding Dress: A Change from the Old and Traditional Sun, 05 Dec 2010 14:51:23 +0000 galleca You're so over the white, lacy dresses with the incredibly long train. You aren't feeling the long veils, especially the types that are draped over your face during the wedding ceremony. You want something different, you want something new, but you're not sure where to start. Here are some things you can be on the look out for when you are hunting down the perfect modern wedding dress:


So you never dreamed about walking down the aisle with a twenty-foot train trailing behind you. You are not alone. A lot of modern wedding dresses these days vary in length, some being mid-shin in length or some being right above the knee in length. You can choose from an A-Line style of dress, a tight tube-style dress, or one of the most modern and most stunning forms of a shorter dress is one that flairs out around the hips and then tapers down again to the bride's thigh.

If all else fails, you can opt to wear a white cocktail dress or any sort of evening dress that suits your style and wedding theme.


An easy way to add a 'dash' of modern to your wedding dress is to add some color! No matter what length your dress may be, you can easy buy dresses that either come in full on different shades (such as pink, violet, blue, black, brown, etc.) or you can add a colorful trim or sash to your dress that also matches the theme of your wedding.

Some other things to decide when choosing a different colored dress or splash of color include:

  • Does the color compliment your skin tone?
  • Does the color you have chosen have any sort of personal significance' Is there a cultural significance?
  • Does your groom like the color, or are you keeping it a surprise?

Don't be surprised if your groom is a bit shocked if you show up in a wedding dress that has different colors. It may take him a moment or two to adjust, but he'll love the uniqueness of your dress.

Cultural Dresses

There are some brides who really want to use their wedding as an opportunity to celebrate where they came from, and what time is more fitting than celebrating that with your family, both new and old' Some cultural dresses that you may want to consider for your own wedding are:

  • Chinese brides can choose from a number of beautiful red Asian dresses
  • Cherokee Indian dresses involve wearing a tear dress with a ribbon shift
  • A Celtic dress is usually green with the coloring or pattern matching the family's family crest
  • Silk kimono style dresses are a fun way to celebrate any Asian culture

Bridesmaids Dresses

Any bridesmaid section of any store will have a whole lot of different dresses with different styles with a ton of different color options. If you are stuck on finding your alternative dress, why not try the bridesmaid section of the store' Your bridesmaids will love helping you choose out your dress while you and they choose out theirs.

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How to 'Size Up' to your Wedding Dress Fri, 03 Dec 2010 16:39:13 +0000 galleca So you think you know what size you are. Surprisingly enough, most women actually have no idea just what size they are! We often wear the wrong jean size, the wrong bra size, and some of us even wear the wrong sock size without realizing it. Though we may be able to pull off wearing the wrong sizes in our day to day wear, when it comes to your wedding dress, it's a good idea to know what size you are prior going wedding shopping.

The Size Chart

The size chart, something that most women loathe and want nothing to do with. It's time to break out your measuring tape and start taking measurements! There are three areas on your body that must be measured so you can determine your dress size: Your bust, your waist, and your hips. Once you have those measurements, you can use this chart below to determine your size (size chart is in inches).

Size 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28
Bust 32 33 34 35 36 37 39 40 42 43 45 47 49 52 56
Waist 23 24 25 26 27 28 30 31 33 34 36 38 40 43 47
Hips 35 36 37 38 39 40 42 43 45 46 48 50 52 55 59

If your measurements happen to be between some inches in there that don't fall into the chart, make sure that you always order one size up. A larger size can always be altered to fit your body correctly, whereas a smaller size leave very little grace for any alterations if you put on even an extra 5 pounds.

TIP: If you have a bottom or bust that is proportionately larger than the rest of your body, it may be a good idea to order two sizes up. Choose sizes that will always fit the largest part of your body.

What About Height?

Yes, your height certainly does play a role in measuring for your wedding dress too. If you aren't entirely sure how tall you are, it's time to break out that trusty ol' measuring tape again and measure just how tall you are. Here are some rules when it comes to ordering the length of your dress:

If you are 5'2' and under: Choose what is commonly referred to as a 'petite' size of dress. The length will be far more flattering and require a lot less alterations

If you are 5'6' and under: Lucky you! You can order the standard, regular size dress that most North American and European wedding dress shops offer.

If you are 5'9' and above: You will have to ask about what the manufacturer of a particular dress can do to accommodate your height. Take into consideration what shoes you will also be wearing on that day, as that will only make you even taller!

NOTE: Different countries have slight variations on sizing and measurements. If you are planning on having your dress come from Europe or Asia, make sure you ask them for their own sizing chart and base your sizing from their chart, not the one that is provided here.

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How to 'Measure Up' for your Wedding Dress Fri, 03 Dec 2010 16:26:52 +0000 galleca All brides want that perfect dress for their perfect day, but that also means taking accurate measurements of your body, especially if you are having your dress custom made! Custom made dresses are becoming all the rage these days, particularly as companies overseas can reproduce a $3000 dress and have it only cost you $300. The one thing that they will need to have to ensure that your dress will fit properly is your measurements.

To properly measure yourself for your custom made wedding gown, you will need a few things:

-'''''' Measuring tape

-'''''' A sizing chart

-'''''' Pencil and pad of paper to write down your measurements

-'''''' A friend to help with the measurements

-'''''' A full length mirror (optional if you have a friend to help)

So where do you start?

The Bust

To measure your bust, stand with your shoulders even and raise your arms up. This is where your friend will come in handy. Have your friend take the measuring tape and place the tape right around the front and fullest part of your bust (this is usually around the nipple area) and, keeping the measuring tape even, bring it around behind your back.

The Waist

A lot of women don't actually know what or where their waist is! The waist on your body is the smallest measurement in your midsection, so where your sides tuck in the most. This is usually slightly above the belly button. You or a friend can bring the measuring tape evenly around your body, and then write down the measurement you receive there.

The Hips

The hips are usually 7 inches or so below where your waistline lies, and slightly below your pelvic bone. Think about where the fullest part of your bottom is, and bring the tape around there to the front of your hips. It is useful to have someone help you with this, unless you do have a full length mirror. A full length mirror will provide you with a side view so that you can actually see just where your hips are the widest.

TIP: Do not measure for how small you are planning to be; measure for how your body is now. All too many brides buy a dress that is too small even after they measure because they think they are going to lose weight. Losing weight before your wedding day is no easy feat, so unless you are 100% determined to drop the 5 to 10 pounds needed to drop down a dress size, stick to the size you are measuring at now. It's easier for a seamstress to make a dress smaller, not larger.

Additional Tips

Most women are 5'6' and below, so the length of the standard size dress is tailored to fit these women. The closer to 5'5' or 5'6' you are, the less length-related alterations you will need to make to the dress. If you are below 5'2', you should consider choosing a 'petite' length dress. If you happen to be taller than 5'9', consult your custom dress maker on how they can accommodate your height.

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Dressing for an Autumn Wedding Wed, 01 Dec 2010 19:19:44 +0000 galleca Most guests are used to attending a wedding during the balmy days of spring or the hot days of summer. When it comes to attending a fall wedding, you may have to be a bit more prepared dress-wise than if you were to attend a beautiful summer wedding where the sun is almost always guaranteed to be keeping those rain clouds away and the temperature warm. Here are some things to consider when you are planning your attire for an autumn wedding:

Where Is the Wedding?

Obviously if your autumn wedding is in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic you don't have to worry so much about being a bit chilly during the wedding ceremony or the reception. But you may have to take other things into consideration, such as whether or not it is the rainy season there during this time of year or the dry season.

No matter where you go, it's important that you look into what the average temperature for the area is, what the humidity usually is, and how frequent it rains during that month. You can even look at historical information these days that will tell you just how likely it is for there to be rain on that exact day, right down to the hour in some instances.

What are Other's Wearing?

If you are not entirely sure what you should be packing, start by taking a 'what are you wearing' poll amongst people who you know are going. What are they wearing' Are they going to wear a hat, a jacket, a sweater or shawl' Are they wearing a longer dress or a shorter dress' How the others are dressing will help you decide how you may want to dress as well.

Next, it's time to look into what you actually already do have. Flip through the clothes on the hangers in your closet and look through your drawers. That skirt you haven't worn for two years may be able to be coupled with a gorgeous shirt that will transform you into a stunning beauty for this autumn wedding.

What are Fall Colors?

When we think of fall, we think of those rich browns, brilliant reds and bright oranges, but there are a lot of other colors that are very fall-oriented, such as gray tones, black, silver, beige colors, and moss greens.

What Fabrics should I Use?

Autumn isn't a particularly cold time of year in most areas (again, do your research!) so it's a good idea to still choose a dress that is made out of a lightweight wool material, or go for silks. If you do need to keep a bit extra warm during those chilly fall evenings, you can consider finding or purchasing cover ups, such as:

  • Wraps
  • Shawls
  • Blanket serapes
  • Jackets
  • Capes

What about Footwear?

You can never go wrong with boots during a fall wedding. It may be the smartest footwear choice a woman can ever make, given how the weather tends to be a bit less predictable and that you will need a bit more extra added warmth during these cooler months.

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Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses and Accessories for a Fall Wedding Wed, 01 Dec 2010 18:57:49 +0000 galleca Fall is an exciting time of year when the colors of the world begin to change from fresh, lively greens to vibrant earth tones. It's a great time to be dressing in deep, rich tones that will give your wedding that 'fall' feel. There are some other considerations that should be made, however, when dressing your bridesmaids for a fall wedding. Here are some things you should take into consideration:

The Weather

The spring and summer are balmy and warm, but fall is often a time when it's a bit cooler (especially at night!) and there is almost always an increased risk of rain. Given that the weather and the temperature are a bit less predictable than those warm spring and summer months, you should take different styles of dress and cover-ups into consideration. For example, you may want to try dressing your bridesmaids in a light fabric, such as a silk fabric, and then pair up the dress with a nice cover-up. Shawls and wraps look wonderful with sleeveless dresses. Or, you can also choose dresses with capped sleeves or a matching cropped jacket.

The Style

Though spring and summer weddings means that you can pull off the tea-length style of dress, the longer dresses are more fitting for fall and they will keep your bridesmaids a little bit warmer, especially if you are planning on outdoor fall wedding. For fall weddings, having bridesmaid's dresses that reach the ankle are acceptable, though most lengths fall either slightly above the knee, or an inch or two below.

The Flowers

If you have already picked out your flowers for the wedding, great! You have a great color base to start working from. Rust colors and warm browns are beautiful choices, or for the slightly more daring bride, try going for a seasonal candy apple red dress to match the rich, warm tones of your flowers.

The Accessories

As mentioned above, a shawl or some sort of cover up should always be a strongly considered accessory for a fall bridesmaid. Never forget to add a handbag either, as your bridesmaid will need a handbag that matches her dress and the colors for your wedding.

The jewelry accessories themselves could be something that matches a fall theme, such as maple leaves or apples. Generally you can choose the same accessories such as necklaces, bracelets and earrings as you could for any other season, but a neat twist may be finding the accessories in tones that match fall colors and that are suitable with the bridesmaid's dress.

Additional Dress Tips

If you are feeling a bit stuck on what color to choose for your bridesmaids, why not choose a neutral tone dress' You can choose a rich beige or a darker brown town, but then add a splash of color by adding a bright and bold sash to the waist of the dress. Sashes are flattering on almost any body type, and can even help your bridesmaids conceal any 'trouble areas' around their midsection.

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