Wedding Lush » Dresses & Fashion 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 Meaning Behind the Wedding Ring Tue, 07 Dec 2010 18:38:26 +0000 galleca Ever wonder why we give our beloved a ring on our wedding day' It's not just some scheme that the jewelry companies came up with; it's an age old tradition that has been carried on throughout the ages, and for good reason. Nothing can be as eternal and as much of a symbol for the bond of marriage than a ring. The ring is a representation of the undying love and never-ending vows that we have and keep for our partner.

The ring is also a symbol in astrology to mean the Sun and the Moon. The sun and the moon, in astrological terms, is a reflection of the masculine and feminine energies within the cosmos. For couples who truly follow this symbolism out to the fullest, one of the partners will receive the gold ring to reflect the sun and the other a silver ring to reflect the moon.

There are also several folktales that are involved in the wearing of the rings. Rings have been worn for centuries for 'protection', with many believing that the wearer of certain blessed rings will receive certain amounts of protection. This practice is still carried out in most religious ceremonies today, as the priest 'blessing' the two rings during the wedding ceremony is a way of providing protection to the couple.

If you have ever seen a Celtic wedding ring, then you know that there is a bit more to it than just having a 'ring' placed on a finger. Celtic rings own a very long, long history, with most of them involving the geometric knot work that we have all come to recognize as being Celtic artwork and handicraft. These same knots are embellished on classic Celtic rings. The flowing knots are thought to be a sign of the spring, which is a reflection of a renewal, fertility, and the reawakening of the life force that surrounds us.

Have you ever wondered why the wedding ring is traditionally worn on the third finger of the left hand, which most of us recognize as being named the 'ring finger' Story has it that the Romans believed that a vein in the ring finger ran directly to the heart. Having the ring on that finger provides not only protection, but it also fortifies the heart.

Here's another explanation, again involving astrology. Some believe that each of the fingers on our hands are associated with a planet. The left hand ring finger is associated with the sun, so it is thought that wearing a ring on this finger is a symbol of 'daylight' or seeing clearly and brightly.

Almost all cultures have their own story behind why they have wedding rings. If you happen to be fortunate enough to have wedding rings passed down to you from another generation, then you will have even greater stories to tell people about what that wedding ring means to you. No matter what the story, the wedding ring is a true reflection of the never ending love and partnership that you and your husband (or wife) now share as a single, cooperative unit.

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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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Diamonds: Not Always a Girl’s Best Friend Mon, 06 Dec 2010 06:53:31 +0000 admin Diamonds are beautiful, and you will be hard pressed to find a woman who wouldn't appreciate a glimmering, shimmering, sparkling diamond ring on her finger. But you will be surprised to find out that a lot of women appreciate other gems too. For the 'alternative' or unique bride, you may want to consider using a different gem other than a diamond for her engagement ring.

Not only is choosing a different gem more special, but it is trendy, it's easier on the wallet, and you can choose from a number of different shades and color tones.

The Difference of Stones

There are two different classifications for gems: the precious stones, and the semi-precious stones. The precious stones are an elite group, containing only four stones, which are diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires. Every other type of gem or stone that you see out there would be classified as a 'semi-precious'.

Don't immediately shut down the idea of having a 'semi-precious' stone on your ring. Semi-precious stones offer you a world of alternatives, which when purchased thoughtfully, will be far more appreciated by your bride than a simple diamond. For example, if you met your bride by the turquoise waters of Miami, you can buy a turquoise stone. You may choose a citrine stone to reflect the color of the moon which you may have shared your first date under, or a garnet to signify the fiery passion that you two share. A lot of gem stones have their own meanings, too; as the jeweler about what their own special significant meanings are and see if any would be suitable for your bride-to-be.

Consider the Strength of the Stone

Precious stones are all incredibly hard and durable, which is why you usually don't have to consider the strength of the stone when you are picking out diamonds. When it comes to semi-precious stones, however, you do have to keep their strength in mind. The strongest of the semi-precious stones include topaz, amethyst, aquamarine and garnet. The weakest of the stones are opal, peridot, and white turquoise. So if your girl works with her hands a lot or is a bit of a klutz, stay far, far away from those weaker stones!

How do I Know she'll Like It?

You know your girlfriend better than anyone else. If you two have been dating for a while, there's a good chance that she has already been dropping hints about what she would like and what she doesn't like. If all you have been seeing laying around are magazines for diamonds or pages ripped out of magazines featuring diamonds, then she's probably a diamond girl. You can introduce the topic in a casual manner, such as, 'What color stones do you like'? or you can visit a jewelry store with her under the guise of needing to pick out a pair of earrings for your mom or your sister. She will undoubtedly be browsing and making comments on what she likes, and what she doesn't like.

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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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What Shoes should I Wear on my Wedding Day? Sun, 05 Dec 2010 15:15:14 +0000 galleca The dress has been bought. The veil has been chosen. Accessories are locked away in sweet boxes for your big day. At some point closer to your wedding day, you may suddenly come to the realization that you forgot one major part of your wedding attire: your shoes!

Brides with a long, flowing dress may never even have their shoes make an appearance at their wedding day, but it's still important to choose the shoes that are right for you. Here are some tips on what shoes you should choose so you will be looking stylish and also be comfortable:


Look at the fabric of your dress, take a picture of it, and then bring that picture to the shoe stores you are going to for your wedding shoes. You want to try and match the fabric of the shoes to the fabric of your dress to create that put together, cohesive look. Any silk and satin gowns tend to look beautiful with satin shoes. Dresses that have silk chiffon or tulle will look good with raw-silk or crepe shoes.


There are a whole lot of different shoe types out there for a bride to choose from, so it is important to consider the type of wedding you are holding, the style of dress you are wearing, as well as your own personal preference. A bride can easily chose from slippers, pumps, strapped up heels or even sandals if she wants, but the shoe should match the style of the dress and theme of the day.


If you are a short woman who has always wanted to have that long, lean look, your wedding day may not be the best day to choose to wear a 4 or 6-inch heel. Consider how much walking and standing and moving you will be doing on that day. Consider how well you can walk in a tall heel, and how possible it may be that you will end up with a twisted ankle by the end of the night. The height should be based on three things: your comfort, the length of your dress, and the height of your groom. The most complimentary height when compared to your groom is within 4 to 6-inches, but if he is 6'4' and you are only 5'1', it may be a quirky statement to play up your short stature and stick with a low or no-heel shoe. On a similar note, it is usually not too flattering for a bride to tower over her groom, unless she truly is naturally taller than him.


If you have a white dress, you do not want an ivory shoe. To properly evaluate the actual color of your dress, make sure you look at it in daylight, or under similar lighting that will be at your ceremony and reception. Take a picture, and bring that with you when you go on your hunt for shoes. There are more shades of 'white' out there than you may realize, so you want to be sure that the shade of shoe fabric matches that of your gown!


Most shoes come with some sort of embellishment or design. If it is a design on the shoe that you like, make sure that it matches that of the dress. Similarly, if your dress has crystals on it, you will want to find shoes that have crystals on them and not pearls.

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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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