Wedding Attire

It is hard choosing the right attire for your wedding. You want everything to be perfect down to the very last detail. Many women find it hard to choose the perfect dress for themselves and especially the other people in the wedding. This can cause much stress. The best way to ensure that you find exactly the right look is to shop around many different bridal shops, look through magazines, and seek the advice of many trusted people. With much perseverance, you will be able to find what you are looking for.

Bridal Gown

Headpiece and Veils

Bridesmaids and Flower Girl


Bridal Gown

To almost every young woman, the most magical part of planning a wedding is picking out the perfect wedding gown. Most girls dream of becoming that princess they have always known they could be on their wedding day. Because all of these women are different with unique personalities, there are all different types and styles of dresses that look good on different body types. When choosing your dress, you should focus not only on the best style for your figure and personality, but also on the kind of formality you want in the dress. Usually, the longer and more detailed the dress, train and veil, the more formal the wedding. Although they may vary in detail and formality, most dresses fall into these five categories:



This style is one that looks good on anybody regardless of her body shape or figure. The long line that gently flows out from the waist in an "A" shape slims the waist and the full skirt hides areas most women do not want to have seen such as the hips or stomach. My dress was this style, as you can probably see from my pictures, and I loved wearing it. It was perfect for me.

Ball gown


This is the classic fantasy style that many brides think of when they picture their wedding dress. It has a full skirt that gathers at a defined waistline. This style will also look good on most figures unless you do not want to emphasize your waistline because this style of dress is usually tighter in this area. These dresses are usually worn in more formal weddings.



This is a dress that looks especially good on thin people because it is form-fitting. People usually wear this if they want a modern look or if they do not want to wear a dress with a full skirt. These dresses often come with detachable trains instead of being bustled up like full-skirted trains.



This dress style is very much like the sheath in that it is straight and form-fitting. The difference is that the bottom of the dress flairs out. This effect gives the wearer a very voluptuous look because it accentuates a woman's natural curves. This look is also better suited for slimmer brides because it does hug the body.



This is a classic style that is reminiscent of Victorian times. It continues to be popular because it another style that looks good on most people. It is characterized by a waistline that is above the natural waist and the dress flairs out from there. Because it does not hit the waist, it conceals the stomach area which is flattering to those with problems in that area.

Headpieces and Veils

To accessorize their perfect wedding dress, many brides choose the traditional accessory, the veil or headpiece. Even though you do not have to buy a veil, if you decide to go this route, there are many different styles to choose from. Here are the most common:


This style of a headpiece has a very fairytale quality in that it looks like a tiara or a crown, which makes the wearer look even more like a princess on her special day. These can come with different kinds of veils or can be worn by themselves for a different look. If it has a veil, the veil might be attached to the back or comes on a separate comb. Because I wanted to maintain the princess look, this is the kind if headpiece I chose.



This veil almost lookes like a crown but is usually made out of fabric rather than metal like tiaras or crowns are. This headpiece sits on your head like a headband, with the veil usually attached on top of your head, rather than behind like with most tiaras. This is good especially if you want to wear your hair down. It is hard to see the updo under the veil because it covers the back of your head.



If you are planning on wearing a bun or a similar updo, you might want to consider wearing a bunwrap. This headpiece goes around a bun and usually has the veil attached at the bottom. Often, the veil can be detached after the ceremony and the bunwrap can be worn for decoration. These look especially good on people who have long hair and can put their hair up in this manner.


This is a more simple veil in that there is no headpiece. Instead, the veil is attached to a comb which is the inserted into the hair. Often the veil is arranged in a waterfall style, which is when the veil is gathered at one point and flows downward as in the picture to your left. Although there is no headpiece, the veil by itself creates an elegant effect, which is why many brides choose it.

Bridesmaids and Flower Girl

When choosing bridesmaids' dresses, the same stylistic issues as choosing your dress are present. You should try to balance the style you want to compliment your wedding dress with what  would look good on everyone in your party. As you know, not every style looks good on different body types, and you want everyone to be comfortable and to look their best. This can be a difficult task. I had a hard time finding the right dress with the color I wanted in a style that would fit everyone. After much looking, I finally found the perfect dresses. They were a-line style and were made out of chiffon, which makes for a nice flowing effect. All of my bridesmaids liked them, and they all looked beautiful on my wedding day.

As for the flower girl, you should choose something that is cute that she will feel special in. You can either find a dress that matches yours, or not. You could also get her a small headpiece or have the florist make a wreath out of flowers.



For the men, the attire for a wedding is usually a tuxedo. If the wedding is not as formal, a very nice jacket can also be worn. For tuxedos, there are many different styles and combination of styles that can be worn. Here are some things to consider:

Coat Style

Because styles are so diverse in today's society, there are too many variations of the tuxedo jacket to count. Two main styles are tails, which are for extremely formal weddings, and the regular tuxedo coat, which comes in all lengths from short to long. In order to choose the best style, you should go to tuxedo rental stores and try them on. Bill wore a regular tux with a straight tie and vest. He and the other men looked very sharp.


Lapel Style

The lapel is the shiny collar of the tuxedo coat. There are three main styles: the notch, peak, and shawl. The notch looks like a classic suit, while the peak is similar except it is more pointed. The shawl is different in that it is one smooth line.


A tuxedo is not complete without the proper accessories. The two common accessories are the neck accent and the waist accent. For the neck, traditionally, men have worn a bow tie. Now, a man can wear an ascot or a straight tie instead of the classic bow tie if he wishes. All three can be formal, it just depends on what you prefer. Here are examples of an ascot and straight tie:


As for the waist, you can wear a vest or cummerbund. Either look is formal. If you are bigger in the stomach area, the vest would look better because it does not call attention to that area as much as the cummerbund does. 


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